Today the Browns took on The Plague
Game 1: Rodon v Estrada. Runs were at a premium in this one. New Brown Josh Reddick led off the 3rd with a single, moved to 3rd on ground outs from Perez and Fowler and came in to score on a wild pitch. It was still 1-0 in the top of the 9th when Maybin and C. Seager singled followed by a Jose Abreu triple to plate two insurance runs. Another new Brown, Cody Allen, worked the 9th for the save. Rodon improved to 4-1 on the season. Browns 3/6/0 Plague 0/7/0
Game 2: Cueto v Roark. Fowler tripled to lead off the game and C. Seager made it 2-0 with a dinger. The Plauge didn’t wait long to strike back as 4 of the first 5 batters reached against Cueto to put them up 3-2. They piled on 3 more runs in the 2nd as Wieters led off with a walk followed by a Hamilton single and a Santana touched ’em all. The Sharts got single runs in the 3rd, 6th and 9th but squandered many chances in a 6-5 loss. Plague 6/9/0 Browns 5/11/1
Game 3: Tillman v Sanchez. The Browns loaded the bases in the bottom of the 1st but couldn’t score. With 2 outs in the top of the 2nd the Plague got 3 straight singles followed by a Salvy Perez error. By the time the inning was over the Plague scored 4 runs (3 unearned). The Browns threatened against Sanchez but hit into 3 double plays to kill each chance. Cameron Maybin finally delivered two runs with a bases loaded single in the 8th, but that was all the scoring the Browns could muster. Tillman was a hard luck loser and the Browns lost back-to-back games for only the second time all season. Plague 4/7/1 Browns 2/6/1
Game 4: Lester v Fernandez. The Browns took an early 2-0 lead on a Dozier RBI single followed by a K. Seager triple. New Brown Jon Lester was cruising and looked like a sure winner when the Browns got an error-aided big inning of their own in the 5th. Tulo reached on an E3, Fowler doubled and Maybin drove them both in with a single. After a Dozier 2-out single K. Seager made it 6-0 with a single. Lester was still chugging along until the 7th when The Plague got 2 singles and 2 doubles to cut the lead to 6-3. For some unknown reason the Browns let Lester answer the bell in the 8th and with 2 outs he surrendered a solo shot to Goldy to make it 6-4. Dozier homered leading off the bottom of the 8th to push the lead back to 3 and Pedro Strop worked the 9th to earn the save. Browns 7/8/0 Plague 4/7/2
The Browns slashed .244/.314/.417 while pitching to a 2.83 ERA. The pen was scoreless in 6 2/3 innings.
Dexter Fowler reached leading off all 4 games via 3 walks and a triple. He was 3-11 with 8 walks in the series.
K. Seager started the series 0 for his first 9 before getting a triple, double and single in game 4. With a shot at the Cycle he struck out in the 8th.
The Browns had 4 triples in the series and now have 12 on the season which is 2 more than they had all of 2016.
After making trades to improve defense the Browns had a season low 2 errors in the series.