Today the Wahoos came to Shartlesville to take on the Browns and runs and hits were at a premium.
Game 1: Paxton v Strasburg. The Wahoos threatened first when they loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the 4th. But Paxton struck out Arenado and Myers before getting Ichiro to pop up to the catcher to end the threat. The Browns got all the game’s runs in the 7th when Cabrera rapped a 1-out single followed by a Hairpin 2-run homer. Paxton went the distance to earn the shutout despite the Wahoos mounting a charge in the 9th. With two outs Ichiro walked and Gomez singled to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. Crawford popped up to end the game. Browns 2/6/1 Wahoos 0/6/1
Game 2: Rodon v Iglesias: The Browns struck first again as C. Seager lead off the 4th with a double and came around to make it 1-0 when Miggy thumped a 2-out double of his own. Jose Abreu smacked a 2-out homer in the 6th to push the lead to 2-0 while Rodon was doing his best Paxton impression by keeping the Wahoos off the board. The Browns went in search of insurance runs in the home half of the 8th loading the bases with 1 out. Cameron Maybin made it 3-0 with a Sac Fly to center. Rodon worked a 1-2-3 9th to put his signature on a 3-hit shut out featuring 14 K’s. Browns 3/8/0 Wahoos 0/3/0
Game 3: Tillman v Verlander. This time the Wahoos got on the board first with a big 3rd inning. Arenado lead off with a walk followed by a Meyers single. Marte plated one with a double followed by a K to Conforto. Run #2 came in on a Crawford ground out and Perez doubled to make it 3-0. Meanwhile Verlander was perfect through 4 1/3 until K. Seager singled, but was promptly erased on an Abreu 4-6-3. The Wahoos tacked on 2 more runs in the 6th as Encarnacion lead off with a walk, Arenado singled and they came into to score on a Myers double. That chased Tillman at 5-0. Sean Rodriguez hit a solo shot in 7th and the Sharts looked poised to take the lead in the 8th. Kyle Seager singled and Abreu and Hairpin walked to load the bases with none out. Blevins came in and K’d Cabrera and Perez. Guyer pinch hit for Turner and was plunked force a run in and make it 5-2 before Rodriguez flew out to strand 3. It ended 5-3 after K. Seager singled in Dozier in the 9th. Wahoos 5/6/0 Browns 3/6/2
Game 4: Montgomery v Kluber. In the Top of the 6th the Salvy Perez lead off with a double followed by a Fowler walk. Kyle Seager drove in Perez with double and Fowler came into score on a C. Seager Sac Fly. This time it was Montgomery’s turn to flirt with a no-no. The spot starter retired the first 16 in a row before issuing a walk to Crawford. In the 7th the Wahoos got their first hit, and cut the lead to 2-1 with an Encarnacion homer. The Browns got that run right back in the top of the 8th on a Dozier RBI single. In the 8th the Wahoos threatened again getting 2nd and 3rd with two down but couldn’t get the last big hit. Matt Bush relieved Montgomery in the 9th and allowed a 2-out single to Myers, but hi was promptly picked off 1st to end the game. Browns 3/6/0 Wahoos 1/4/0
Notes: Next up for the Browns is a Double Header 3-Day weekend with a series on Saturday vs the Speakers and on Monday vs the Lymebees
The Browns slashed .210/.288/.379 and hit just .125 with RISP
Kyle Seager was the offensive MVP going 7-15 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI’s.
Thanks to the two shutouts the Browns ERA was 1.74 for the series.
The Browns top 2 picks in this years draft, Cabrera and Turner, have slashed .180/.207/.239 through 20 games. That is not good in case you were wondering.