The Indians' seven-game winning streak ended Wednesday night, but not because of a lack of good pitching.
Josh Tomlin took a two-hitter into the eighth inning, but he and Cleveland lost 3-1 to Oakland. Tomlin pitched 7 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.
Unfortunately for Tomlin, two of the three hits he allowed were home runs, both by the same player: David DeJesus. Tomlin was nearly unhittable otherwise but still saw his record slip to 4-1, although he did lower his ERA to 2.43.
It was another quality start for Tomlin, who has been remarkably consistent in his still young major league career. Wednesday was Tomlin's 18th start in the major leagues, and he has pitched at least five innings in all 18 of them. No other pitcher in Indians history has pitched five or more innings in each of his first 18 starts in the majors.
Tomlin's consistency has made him a favorite of manager Manny Acta, going back to last season, when Tomlin, as a rookie, had a record of 6-5. He was the only Cleveland starting pitcher to have a winning record.
Acta also likes the fact that Tomlin is a strike-thrower and works quickly. Tomlin has shown great poise and maturity on the mound. He does not seem to be intimidated by the big-league environment.
Tomlin is also very economical with his pitches. Wednesday night he pitched 7 2/3 innings on just 99 pitches. He didn't get a win, but he pitched well enough that he could have prevailed.
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