Cleveland offense struggles in 7-1 loss

Cleveland offense struggles in 7-1 loss

The Cleveland Baseball Club only managed 4 hits in their 7-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

It’s hard to win when the offense only manages 4 hits and that is why The Cleveland Baseball Club did not come out on top Friday night. Cleveland only scored 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks while being kept in check by the Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff.

Cesar Hernandez, Tyler Naquin, Josh Naylor, and Oscar Mercado were the only Cleveland batters to finish with a hit. Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Franmil Reyes, Austin Hedges, and Delino DeShields were a combined 0-19. The middle and bottom of the order were hitless and that makes it hard to score runs.

Carlos Carrasco started for Cleveland and it was quite a laborious outing. Carrasco only allowed 1 run on 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 7, but it was not as easy as the line would make it seem. Carrasco had to work hard to get as deep into the game as he did.

Things did not got well after Carrasco exited the game. Phil Maton allowed 3 runs on 2 hits and 1 walk in just one third of an inning. Oliver Perez relived Maton and a run came across to score, but it was not earned. Cleveland was still technically in the game when Maton and Perez were pitching, but were pretty much taken out of it after their appearances concluded.

James Karinchak has been outstanding this year, but Friday night was different. Karinchak allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and 1 walk in just 1 inning. Karinchak allowed a home run Keston Hiura which would extend Milwaukee’s lead to 6. This was the first home run surrendered by Karinchak in his career.

Cleveland will look to bounce back Saturday as Game 2 is scheduled to start at 7:10 P.M.