Indians 12, Rangers 1: Corey Kluber pitched six strong innings for his sixth straight win, and Abraham Almonte hit two run-scoring doubles.
NY has dominated them the last 2 nights and they are looking for the sweep tomorrow afternoon.
Ellis struck out and grounded out in his first two at-bats.
Helickson yielded a two-run homer in the third inning to Asdrubal Cabrera, who hit three homers in the first two games of the series.
Wilmer Flores pinch-ran for Cabrera and scored on Curtis Granderson’s sacrifice fly before remaining in the game at third base. This one was a shot – a two-run, opposite-field clout that cleared the fence in left-center by 35 feet. Cabrera has 16 homers, his most since 2012 and the second-most he’s hit in a season in his career.
“I’ve done it before”, Cabrera said.
Chris Davis homered twice and Mark Trumbo hit his big league-leading 39th home run for Baltimore, which has dropped three straight (see full recap).
Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan (1-8) gave up two homers on his first five pitches but recovered. “When I got to second base, I started joking around with the guys, telling them that I don’t know how I got two hits because I’m not a great hitter”. “The desire, the motivation, the not giving up until the last out”. Neil Walker’s was his 23rd of the season, matching his career high set in 2014.
The Mets have scored nine or more runs in each of their last three games. Remember when the ballpark was among the toughest in baseball to hit one out? The 29-year-old pitched through trouble throughout his abbreviated start, and served up a pair of booming home runs in the Phillies 12-1 loss to the Mets. In six innings, he allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out seven and walking two. His season ERA is 2.55, third best in the majors.
“I think the energy”, he said through a translator, “right now has taken us back to the last two months of last season”.
The breaking balls led to chases. Syndergaard threw 19 two-strike pitches out of the strike zone.
The Phillies defeat was an embarrassing one last night, falling by a score of 12-1. “And my slider’s been a lot more consistent”.
“Getting back to feeling the delivery again”, Syndergaard said about his recent success. The Mets (66-64) had their three-game winning streak snapped as they lost for just the second time in the last eight games. Collins joked that a few weeks ago, it would have hit Syndergaard in the back.
Mets right-hander Robert Gsellman is scheduled to make his first major league start for NY. And an old friend, righthander Rafael Montero comes up from Double-A Binghamton to try and revive his big league career.
To put that number into better perspective: before last year’s All-Star break, when the magnificent seven of Jerome Williams, Sean O’Sullivan, Severino Gonzalez, David Buchanan, Kevin Correia, Chad Billingsley, and Phillippe Aumont combined for 48 starts, the rotation had a 5.44 ERA.