Indians split doubleheader with Padres

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 9, 2014 at 7:02 pm •  Published: April 9, 2014
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Zach McAllister's gem in the first game put the Indians in position for a sweep of Wednesday's doubleheader against the San Diego Padres.

A lack of hitting and a call that didn't go Cleveland's way ended the afternoon with a split.

McAllister pitched 7 2-3 scoreless innings and Jason Kipnis hit a two-run homer in the sixth, leading the Indians to a 2-0 win in game one.

Trevor Bauer (0-1), added to the roster to start the second game, allowed two runs and struck out a career-high eight in six innings, but the offense was shut down in a 2-1 loss.

The Indians were looking at a deficit immediately in game two. San Diego scored in the first, thanks in part to a call on the field that was ruled a no-catch by first base umpire Bob Davidson, even though Indians right fielder Elliot Johnson appeared to have made the play on a ball hit by Chris Denorfia. Indians manager Terry Francona used his challenge to have the play reviewed, but replay officials in New York upheld the call on the field.

A couple of hours later, Francona was able to find some humor in the situation.

"If anything, I thought they were going to call traveling," he said.

Johnson was convinced the call was wrong, despite the fact it was upheld.

"It was a catch, it was an out, let's move on," he said.

Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera fielded Everth Cabrera's ground ball to start the game, but his throw to first went into San Diego's dugout for a two-base error.

Johnson made a long run for Denorfia's fly ball and crashed into the fence in front of San Diego's bullpen. Johnson had the ball in his glove momentarily, but dropped it as he transferred it to make a throw. Davidson ruled Johnson didn't have control of the ball long enough and Francona immediately came out to talk with the umpire.

After a brief discussion, Francona challenged the call. After a delay of two minutes, the call was upheld. Cabrera went to third and the play was scored a double. Seth Smith's groundout scored Cabrera as the crowd's boos grew louder.

"I thought it was worth the challenge," Francona said.

Mike Aviles' sacrifice fly in the third inning was the Indians' only run of the second game. Robbie Erlin (1-0) allowed one run in six innings before San Diego's bullpen took over.

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