Blackburn Baffles Indians as A's Top Tribe 3-1 in Oakland; Three Takeaways

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Friday night's start of the Indians three-game set against the A's went sadly about as poorly as their series there did a season ago.

The team managed to score just one run, wasting a solid pitching outing for Trevor Bauer who suffered the loss as the Indians fell 3-1.

The Tribe made a pitcher in Paul Blackburn with an ERA over 8 look way too good, as he held the Indians scoreless in six innings of work.

The team falls to 44-36, and with another shot on Saturday to get things right, here's three takeaways from the Friday loss.

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1. Hitting Woes in Oakland Continue

How bad have the Indians been when it comes to playing in Oakland in recent history? Chew on this interesting stat from Friday's setback.

The team has scored three runs or less in last 10 games in Oakland, which includes just six runs in three games last season and three in three games there in 2016.

Awful.

It didn't go much better on Friday night, as the team was held in check for just one run on six hits. This isn't the 90's Braves pitching staff they are going up against either, making it even more frustrating as to how bad this stretch against the A's has been on the road.

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2. No Help for Bauer

Indians starter Trevor Bauer did what he could to keep the Indians in the game, going 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and eight strikeouts.

He was snake bit by an Indians offense that did nothing against Paul Blackburn for six innings, and while he was able to manage eight strikeouts, all that really doesn't matter in the latest Indians loss.

With the loss the Indians pitcher falls to 7-6 on the season, most of which isn't his fault.

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3. Blackburn Shuts Down the Tribe

Paul Blackburn, as pointed out in our game preview, was very good against the Indians the last time he faced them in Oakland a season ago, going six innings, allowing three runs on five hits on July 15th.

All he did to follow up that outing on Friday was shutout the Indians for six innings, giving up just three hits with a walk and five K's.

As it goes with struggling pitchers at times, the Indians made Blackburn look really good, as he dropped his ERA nearly two runs from over eight to 6.46 in the Oakland win.

The Indians get a shot against 34-year-old vet Edwin Jackson to get the offense going on Saturday.

Getting late early here in Oakland....A’s are 30-0 when leading after 7 innings. Oak up 1-0 here in the top of 6.