Tribe looks to slow opposing baserunners

Tribe looks to slow opposing baserunners

OAKLAND -- Some of the Indians' youngsters are learning that pitching in the big leagues is about more than pitching.

Case in point: In the fifth inning of Friday night's game, Zach McAllister lost track of Yoenis Cespedes at second base and allowed him to easily steal third with one out. Cespedes then scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly.

"You have to do a better job of controlling the running game and minimizing damage when guys get on," McAllister said. "That's something I have to do a better job of."

Baserunners have been successful in all 11 attempts against McAllister this year, but he is not alone. The Indians have allowed 101 stolen bases, tied with the Angels for the most in the American League. Their rate of throwing out runners is just 20 percent, which is second-worst.

"We have two of the best throwing catchers in the league," manager Manny Acta said, "but the past two years, we are not doing a very good job of holding runners."

Although Acta singled out the young pitchers, the Indians pitcher who has had the most trouble in that area is veteran Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez has allowed 26 stolen bases, the most in the Majors.

"He's got a lot of moving parts," Acta said. "That's nothing new with him. Some guys just have a certain type of delivery and they are always going to have issues holding runners."

Acta said he doesn't necessarily want the pitchers to disrupt their mechanics by speeding up their deliveries.

"It's about offsetting [the runner's] timing by sometimes holding the ball longer or by changing the look," Acta said. "There are different things you can do. It's not just speeding up."