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Tribe drops another one to Mariner's 4-3

BY RAY ROBINSON | 7/24/2013, 12:13 p.m. | Updated on 7/24/2013, 12:13 p.m.

Tribe drops one to Mariners 4-3

By Ray Robinson

Staff Writer

If you study long, you study wrong. And as Drew Stubbs found out last night, you can’t take too long trying to figure out what the other team is doing. His thinking and hesitating while running the base path cost him a run, and the Tribe the game.

In the ninth inning, with the Tribe down by one with no outs, Stubbs had made it to third base and teammate Lonnie Chisenhall was on first. Yan Gomes hits a hot grounder that was fielded by Mariner’s third baseman, Kyle Seager, who forced Chisenhall at second for the first out.

For some unknown reason, Stubbs, who is normally quicker than a jack rabbit, stopped as he was headed home and was caught in a rundown, completing the double play.

Michael Bourne went down swinging hard and the Tribe lost the contest 4-3.

They now trail the AL Central leader, the Detroit Tigers by 3 ½ games. The Indians haven’t fared so well after returning from the All-Star break. They have committed far too many mental mistakes and their bats have gone silent as well. The seven errors that they committed on this trip has choked the life out of them and could come back to bite them come seasons end and time to make a run for a wild-card spot.

They have lost four games of a six-game road trip, losing each by just one run. So, it’s not like they are getting slaughtered or knocked around, but, a loss is a loss.

Zach McAllister took the hill after making his first start since June 2 but was rocked in the third, giving up 3 runs on five hits. He finished the night giving up four runs on eight hits. He only lasted 5 innings, having thrown 109 pitches. He struck out five and walked three.

The Indians are currently 52-48. The Tigers, meanwhile are strolling along at 55-44.