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Indians pitcher Zach McAllister walked away with a no-decision despite a stellar outing that included six innings of one-run ball with four strikeouts. McAllister now sports a 3.50 earned-run average over 14 starts this season. After being held without a run through five innings by Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma, a sixth-inning infield single by Casey Kotchman brought home outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to tally the sole Indians run of the day.
Acta, who was ejected from the game by second base umpire Ed Hickox for arguing the game's deciding play in the eighth inning that scored a pair of Seattle runners, is now forced to prepare his squad for a brutal three-game series with the Yankees starting Friday. Righty Corey Kluber will take the mound to kick off the series in an effort to get Cleveland out of its disastrous slump.
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who underwent Tommy John surgery in Sept. of 2011, is scheduled to begin pitching in live game situations this week. Carrasco has been assigned to the Arizona Rookie League, where he will continue his rehab back to the majors.
Carrasco, who as acquired by Cleveland when the team traded Cliff Lee to the Philadelphia Phillies, showed flashes in 2011 of what made him a top pitching prospect. In that season, Carrasco posted a 4.62 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 124.2 innings. If all goes well for Carrasco, he should be ready to rejoin the team on Opening Day 2013.
Carrasco's return to game action comes on the heels of the announcement that fellow Cleveland pitcher Josh Tomlin will have to undergo Tommy John surgery.
The Cleveland Indians will attempt to halt a six-game losing streak on Tuesday night at Safeco Field, as Manny Acta will give the ball to Roberto Hernandez for the second game in a three-game set with the Mariners.
Formerly known as Fausto Carmona, Hernandez gave up eight runs (five earned) over six innings in his 2012 debut last Wednesday in a loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The veteran right-hander will need to be much more consistent with his location on Tuesday, however, as he will take on Seattle ace and perennial Cy Young contender Felix Hernandez in what could go down as a pitcher's duel.
Seattle's Hernandez tossed a jaw-dropping perfect game in his last outing to become the third major-league pitcher to achieve the feat in 2012. He now has his sights on Cleveland's skidding offense to extend his hitless streak further.
Here are the starting lineups for Tuesday's game:
Roberto Hernandez, SP
The Indians will certainly have their work cut out for them, since they'll face Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who is fresh off a perfect game in his last start.
The Indians have struggled to score runs lately, averaging less than four per game during their recent losing streak.
One of the only pieces of encouraging news for the Indians is that King Felix really struggled against the Tribe earlier this season. In his worst start of the year, Hernandez managed only 3.2 innings, allowing 8 runs (6 earned), 10 hits, and 3 walks on May 16.
The Indians will send Roberto Hernandez to the bump, making only his second start of 2012.
Tuesday's game will start at 10:10 PM EDT.
Ubaldo Jimenez turned in a decent start, allowing 3 ER (including 2 HRs) on 5.2 innings. Jimenez left with the game tied 3-3, but the Indians' bullpen could not keep it close. Tony Sipp allowed a two-run home run in the 7th, giving the Mariners a 5-3 lead.
On Tuesday the Indians will try to best Seattle's ace, Felix Hernandez, to avoid losing their seventh three-game series in a row.
Jimenez (9-12, 5.62 ERA) struggled in his last start, allowing eight runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings as the Indians fell to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. It was a step back for the erratic righty, who struck out ten batters in six innings vs. the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 9.
Meanwhile, the Indians have lost five straight games, and are now 1-5 on the road trip. They still have time to right the ship at least a little bit, but they'll have to pitch a whole lot better than they did vs. the Oakland Athletics, who averaged seven runs per game while sweeping the Indians over the weekend. Here are the lineups:
Seattle will send veteran righty Kevin Millwood (4-10, 4.28 ERA) to the mound. First pitch is slated for 9:10 p.m. CT.
The Indians begin a series in Seattle on Monday.