CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 2: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers rounds third base after hitting a solo home run off starting pitcher Zach McAllister #34 of the Cleveland Indians during the fifth inning at Progressive Field on September 2, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
After two decent starts, an Indians starter got hammered in the rubber game of the series. Zach McAllister gave up 7 runs in 5+ innings, including four home runs, three of them in the fifth inning. He also gave up a home run in the third to Jurickson Profar, who was making his major-league debut at 19 years old. So if 20 years from now, Profar is playing third base for the Yankees and about to retire, you'll be seeing a grainy 1080P video of McAllister trying to run a mid-90s fastball past Profar on the inside corner.
The Tribe lineup scored three runs on 9 hits, including four extra-base hits. Carlos Santana had two of the extra-base hits, including a third inning solo homer. Thomas Neal went 1-for-4 in his major-league debut, and Russ Canzler had a double as well. Neal and Canzler will be getting a lot of playing time this last month, though they aren't really the long-term answers for the current problems the Indians have.
With the seven earned runs, McAllister will dip under the 100 ERA+ mark; until today, he was the lone starter who had an ERA above the league average. Such is the story of this season: a long run of promising mediocrity, followed by a sudden death spiral into oblivion.
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