Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 7/20/12

The Indians returned to Cleveland for their first home series of the second half. But it was an ugly night at Progressive Field on Friday, as starter Derek Lowe’s struggles continued. The O’s hammered the sinkerballer for nine earned runs in just three innings work. Old friend Jim Thome blasted on of his patented homers to right off Lower — his first since joining Baltimore. It was never close after Lowe’s implosion.

 Baltimore AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg N. Markakis rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .269     E. Chavez ph-rf-lf 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .176 J.J. Hardy ss 6 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 .216 J. Thome dh 5 2 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .277 A. Jones cf 3 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 .294 M. Wieters c 4 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 .249 W. Betemit 3b 2 1 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 .255 C. Davis lf 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 3 .264     S. Pearce lf-rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .254 M. Reynolds 1b 5 1 1 2 0 0 3 0 5 .211 R. Flaherty 2b 5 1 1 3 1 0 1 0 4 .196  Totals 39 10 11 9 2 8 7 0 19  Batting 2B - E Chavez (3, C Perez); J Hardy (16, D Lowe); J Thome (3, D Lowe); A Jones (21, E Rogers); W Betemit (13, D Lowe); C Davis (13, D Lowe); M Reynolds (15, D Lowe). HR - J Thome (1, 4th inning off D Lowe 0 on, 0 Out), R Flaherty (3, 3rd inning off D Lowe 2 on, 1 Out). RBI - J Thome (3), M Wieters (46), W Betemit (33), C Davis (43), M Reynolds 2 (31), R Flaherty 3 (10). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Hardy 3, C Davis 1, R Flaherty 1. Team LOB - 10.  Fielding DP - 2 (R Flaherty-J Hardy-M Reynolds, M Reynolds-J Hardy).  Cleveland AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg S. Choo rf 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .297     A. Cunningham rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .181 A. Cabrera ss 3 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 .280     J. Lopez 3b 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .253 J. Kipnis 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .275 M. Brantley cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .295 C. Santana c 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .223 T. Hafner dh 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .234 J. Damon lf 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 .233 C. Kotchman 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 .230 J. Hannahan 3b-ss 4 1 1 1 1 0 3 0 2 .240  Totals 34 2 9 2 2 2 7 0 15  Batting 2B - S Choo (30, M Gonzalez); J Kipnis (11, M Gonzalez). HR - A Cabrera (12, 1st inning off M Gonzalez 0 on, 1 Out), J Hannahan (4, 7th inning off M Gonzalez 0 on, 2 Out). RBI - A Cabrera (43), J Hannahan (23). 2-out RBI - J Hannahan. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Lopez 1, J Damon 2, C Kotchman 2, J Hannahan 1. GIDP - A Cabrera, C Kotchman. Team LOB - 9.  Baltimore IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA M. Gonzalez (W, 2-1) 6.2 7 2 2 2 5 2 1.29 2.61 M. Lindstrom 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.43 2.42 K. Gregg 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.38 3.72  Cleveland IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA D. Lowe (L, 8-8) 3.0 7 9 9 5 0 2 1.63 5.04 C. Allen 1.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2.00 0.00 E. Rogers 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 0.71 2.29 J. Smith 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.11 2.83 T. Sipp 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.29 5.52 C. Perez 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.05 3.06 WP - D Lowe. IBB - N Markakis (by D Lowe); C Davis (by D Lowe). HBP - C Santana (by M Lindstrom); T Hafner (by M Gonzalez). Pitches-strikes - M Gonzalez 114-79; M Lindstrom 23-16; K Gregg 19-13; D Lowe 82-37; C Allen 30-16; E Rogers 25-20; J Smith 16-11; T Sipp 22-14; C Perez 18-12. Ground balls-fly balls - M Gonzalez 7-10; M Lindstrom 2-2; K Gregg 1-1; D Lowe 7-7; C Allen 2-0; E Rogers 2-1; J Smith 1-2; T Sipp 1-1; C Perez 0-0. Batters faced - M Gonzalez 28; M Lindstrom 6; K Gregg 4; D Lowe 22; C Allen 5; E Rogers 8; J Smith 3; T Sipp 5; C Perez 4.
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