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Cruz’ First Inning Blast Proves To Be Difference As Indians Fall To Mariners On Opening Night, 2-1; Three Takeaways From The Loss

The Cleveland Indians fell to the Seattle Mariners by a final score of 2-1 on Opening Night Thursday, as the ninth-inning rally for Cleveland couldn’t plate the equalizer. Corey Kluber pitched eight scoreless innings in a modified complete game, striking out eight batters while only allowing one walk. The difference in the game was a two-run blast by Nelson Cruz in the bottom of the first inning, as the slugger found a pitch to his liking and sent it to center field over the head of Bradley Zimmer. Felix Hernandez, Kluber’s counterpart, had a strong beginning to his 2018 season with 5.1 innings pitched in the victory.

Let’s take a look at the three takeaways from this one.

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Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling.

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