Indians' no-hit bid broken up on Lowrie's homer in 9th
After right-hander Trevor Bauer went six no-hit innings against the Astros on Thursday, the Indians' bullpen took over, but closer Nick Hagadone could not complete the feat after allowing a one-out homer to Jed Lowrie in the ninth inning of the Tribe's 5-1 win.
Bauer threw 111 pitches in his season debut, allowing five walks while striking out a career-high 11 batters. Kyle Crockett (seventh) and Scott Atchison(eighth) each tossed a no-hit frame before Hagadone allowed the Astros' lone hit and run.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Bauer outage: For the first time in Indians history, a pitcher was removed from a game after the fifth inning with a no-hitter intact. Bauer was overpowering, but effectively wild, pushing his pitch count well over the century mark. He kept Houston's hitters guessing throughout the afternoon, leaving it to the bullpen to finish on his historic path.
Oh no, Wojo: Making his first Major League appearance, right-hander Asher Wojciechowski struggled with his command and couldn't get out of the fifth inning. He went four-plus innings and gave up four runs and eight hits, including homers to Roberto Perez and Jose Ramirez while throwing 88 pitches.
Inside job: In the second inning, Perez drove a pitch from Wojciechowski to right field, and Yan Gomes attempted to score from second. Astros right fielder George Springer made a perfect throw to the plate, and Gomes looked to be out by a few steps. Gomes then made a quick move to the inside of the plate, sliding just beyond the reach of Houston catcher Hank Conger for the Tribe's second run.
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS • Bauer's pitching line was extremely unique in terms of baseball history. It marked the first time since at least 1914 that a pitcher struck out at least 11 with no hits allowed in no more than six innings of work.
• Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco struck out 10 batters in Wednesday's win over the Astros. Combined with Bauer's showing, Cleveland had starting pitchers turn in double-digit strikeout games in consecutive April games for the first time since April 15-16 in 1966.
REPLAY REVIEW Astros manager A.J. Hinch's first replay review was an unsuccessful one. Hinch challenged a routine out call at first base at the end of the sixth inning, contending Indians first baseman Carlos Santana's foot came off the bag while stretching to catch a throw on a ball off the bat of Chris Carter. The replay official ruled the call on the field stood.
WHAT'S NEXT Indians: The Tribe will return home to Cleveland on Friday for its home opener against the American League Central-rival Tigers at 4:10 p.m. ET. Right-hander Zach McAllister is scheduled to start for the Indians in front of a sold-out crowd.
Astros: Houston hits the road this weekend, but it won't leave the state as it opens a three-game series in Arlington against the Rangers at 3:05 p.m. CT on Friday. Collin McHugh, who went 7-0 in his final 10 starts last year, gets the ball for the Astros, who won the season series from Texas last year after losing the previous five years.