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Indians 5, Mariners 0: Marla Ridenour's final thoughts on Josh Tomlin

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 29, 2014

Twelve final thoughts as right-hander Josh Tomlin dazzled at Safeco Field.

1. For some, the most stunning part of Josh Tomlin’s complete game one-hitter may have been that it came against a Mariners’ lineup with eight left-handers.

2. “I don’t know. It used to be the opposite,” he said. “Lefties used to give me a lot of trouble, but for some reason this year I’m able to command both sides of the plate. The fastballs inside, the cutters inside that open up that outer part for me, that’s what I have to do to them.”

3. Coming into the night, left-handers were hitting .259 against Tomlin, right-handers .281. But he had a similar disparity in 2010, when lefties hit .236 against him, righties .296. In 2011 it flopped back the other way, when right-handers hit .226, left-handers .267.

4. Tomlin gave the credit for handling the Mariners’ left-handed-heavy lineup to catcher Yan Gomes. “I had to have a good changeup to get them off everything else,” Tomlin said. “Yan made me throw it, he kept calling it, and it got better throughout the game.”

5. Tomlin would not criticize Gomes for his throwing error in the fifth inning that allowed Kyle Seager (who’d just notched the only hit off Tomlin) to reach third base. Gomes tried to throw Seager out at second as he advanced on a Tomlin wild pitch and the ball went into center field.

6. “There were two outs. I wasn’t worried about where that guy was going to go,” Tomlin said. “He could have scored from second on a base hit just as easily as he could from there. Yan made a great play, an aggressive play, he blocked the ball, went after it, I thought he had a pretty good chance, but that’s a tough play to make. At that point it’s me trying to pick those guys up. That guy got on because of me and Yan made an aggressive play and he gets to third. My job is to try to leave him there.”

7. Tomlin also seemed unfazed by Seager breaking up his no-hit bid. He got a flyout and two strikeouts to end the inning.

8. “That stuff doesn’t really bother me,” Tomlin said of the hit. “If I’m in the seventh inning and don’t have a hit, you know about it, obviously, but my main goal is to go as deep as I can and try to help this team win. You understand the fact that you’re doing something pretty special if it does get that long. In that situation I wasn’t thinking about that at all when that ball landed.”

9. Pressed on whether he’d play the what-if game, Tomlin said, “I don’t want to beat myself up doing that. I’m not going to change my approach just because I gave up a hit.”

10. Center fielder Michael Bourn had a good view of Tomlin’s performance. “He has to keep them off-balance,” Bourn said. “They’ve got some people who can hit in their lineup. He kept working them in and out.”

11. Tomlin wasn’t sure what his one-hitter would do for him going forward. “I don’t really know. I don’t know if I’m going to face the Mariners again, so I don’t know if it really does help me,” he said.

12. It might help him become a Mariner when he’s a free agent in 2017. Tomlin improved to 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 29 2/3 innings pitched at Safeco Field.

 

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