Spangenberg, 6 pitchers lead Padres to 1-0 win over Indians
By STEVE HERRICK
CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber put on a record-breaking performance Tuesday night and still lost 1-0 to the San Diego Padres.
The ace right-hander struck out 10 in eight innings — setting a Cleveland Indians mark with five consecutive double-digit strikeout games. But the 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner received little help from his offense or defense.
Cory Spangenberg drove in the only run with a groundout, and six San Diego pitchers combined on a five-hitter.
Padres manager Andy Green knew his team was fortunate to come out on top against Kluber, who is headed to the All-Star Game next week.
“You’re facing a guy who is in a stretch of the best baseball of his career,” Green said. “I don’t think we took him down, but we got one across the board against him.”
Cleveland manager Terry Francona missed the game after he was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic for tests. Francona was hospitalized twice last month after feeling lightheaded and having a rapid heart rate. He was fitted with a heart monitor last week and said at the time doctors had ruled out any serious health issues.
Team president Chris Antonetti said Francona did not experience the previous symptoms again, and the tests were being done to help determine what’s causing the issue.
Bench coach Brad Mills ran the team in Francona’s absence.
Kluber (7-3) yielded five hits and walked one, but Cleveland’s defense let him down in the fifth when All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and second baseman Jason Kipnis failed to turn double plays on consecutive grounders.
“It’s frustrating, especially to be the one that more or less messed it up and have it be a one-run game,” Kipnis said.
Padres starter Trevor Cahill pitched 4 1/3 innings, and Jose Torres (5-2) retired All-Star Michael Brantley on a groundout with the bases loaded to […]