The last time Logan Allen started a game for the Cleveland Guardiansthe rookie southpaw was trying to prevent a three-game sweep
When he takes the mound Thursday afternoon against the visiting Oakland A’s, he’ll be aiming to finish one.
“Every third game in a series, you’re playing for something,” he said.
THE Guardians avoided a San Diego Padres sweep when Allen took the mound on June 15, but he had little to do with the victory
Allen (3-2, 3.95 ERA) had his shortest start of the season, allowing five runs and four hits over three innings in Cleveland’s 8-6 win. He struck out two and walked four.
Allen took a 5-0 lead before taking the mound, but the Padres came back with three runs late in the first.
“Ideally you get a lead and you go out there and get zeros, and I couldn’t do that,” Allen said. “I didn’t really throw any punches out the door and had trouble finding the area.”
Allen felt his shots leave his hand the same way he did in May, when he went 1-1 with a 2.83 ERA in five starts.
“I really can’t think about it too much,” he said. “Go back to it and be ready for the next one.”
Allen did not face the A’s.
Cleveland could be without right fielder Will Brennan, who injured his shoulder in a dive. Guardians‘ Win 7-6 on Wednesday
The A’s have lost seven straight after a seven-game winning streak.
Oakland plans to send left-hander JP Sears to the mound in the series finale.
Sears (1-4, 4.24 ERA) made six straight starts in which he allowed two or fewer earned runs, but that streak ended Friday when he gave up four runs and four hits in seven innings in a 6-1 loss to visiting Philadelphia. Phillies.
He struck out seven and, for the second straight game, didn’t walk a batter.
“He made some mistakes at some good hitters,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “The ball was just over the top. When he tries to go over the area and misses mid-mid, it’s really the throws that hurt him.”
Sears has added a slider which should be useful against the Guardians
“With the new slider, I started pitching during spring training, and then this year there were a lot of popups,” Sears said. “That’s definitely been a big part of my pitching selection this year, attacking those guys. Hopefully I keep doing that and refine some things.”
Sears made his season debut against the Guardians April 4. He allowed three runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings in a game Oakland won 4-3
He made his only other appearance against the Guardians last season on relief, when he threw 2 2/3 innings for the New York Yankees on July 3