BY JUSTIN LADA
INDIANS BEAT WRITER
Ladies and gentlemen please stay in your seats and grab your oxygen masks and hang on for dear life, we are descending and a rapid and dangerous pace.
Well, Chris Antonetti won’t admit it, but the standings announce to the world that the Indians are crashing to the bottom of the AL Central quickly, falling into sole possession of fourth place after sleep walking to a 7-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics.
‘Ace’, Justin Masterson tried to help the Indians avoid being swept out of the bay area but didn’t give the Indians any chance to win, by giving up one run. So what’s six more?
While your ace is supposed to make you feel like you have a chance to win any time they take the mound, Masterson’s recent starts, including his seven runs allowed in 5.2 innings on Sunday made the Washington Generals feel good about their chances to win a game.
Coco Crisp will sure be sad to see the Indians head to the great northwest tonight, as he drove in five runs on three hits on the afternoon, staring with an RBI single in the third inning and a three run homer in the fifth.
That was more than enough for rookie Jarrod Parker, who won his eighth game, despite not starting the year in the bigs.
Parker lulled the Indians to sleep with 93 pitches in eight innings of shutout work, allowing just six hits, walking one and striking out two.
Ryan Cook dodged a single base runner in the ninth inning to seal the sweep for Oakland.
With two outs in the Jemile Weeks doubled in run number six in the sixth inning. Finally new pitching coach Reuben Niebla decided he didn’t like what he was seeing from Masterson and decided to go with Esmil Rodgers.
Rodgers allowed Crisp to single home a run charged to Masterson, his seventh and final, before getting the final out of the inning.
Indians relievers, Rodgers and Chris Perez didn’t actually allow any runs of their own, trying to keep the game closer than a laughing stock. Over 1.2 innings, the two allowed two hits (both Rodgers, and a walk by Rodgers) while each struck out a batter.
Brandon Moss added a home run in the fourth with two outs.
Over his last 10 starts coming into Sunday, Masterson has an ERA of 5.62 but somehow has a 5-2 record, which will move to 5-3. In August he was 2-2 with a 6.35 ERA before Sunday and has a second half ERA of 5.55 in 8 starts.
The Indians mustered seven hits on the afternoon but went 0-7 with any runners in scoring position. No one had an extra base hit and just three times the Indians had two runners on.
The Indians will head to Seattle to take on former Manager Eric Wedge in a three game series against the Mariners.
Starting Monday at 10:05 ET, Ubaldo Jiminez (9-12 5.62) will face off against one time Indian, Kevin Millwood (4-10 4.28).