Game Preview #68: Cincinnati Reds (38-29) at Cleveland Indians (35-32)
By Mike Brandyberry
Last night the Indians came from behind in the 10th inning to steal a 3-2 victory from the Cincinnati Reds. The crushing blow was a two-run home run by Asdrubal Cabrera off Aroldis Chapman to give the Indians a walk off victory.
The walk off win gave the Indians their second straight win against the Reds and also a one-half game lead over Chicago in the American League Central Division. The White Sox lost 2-1 to cross their cross town rival Chicago Cubs.
Tonight the Tribe will look to return the favor to the Reds and sweep them out of town, just as Cincinnati did to the Indians last week in the Queen City. Justin Masterson (3-6, 4.38 ERA) will try to put together his fourth straight, consistent start. Masterson defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates last Friday night. He was clear after the start that his resurgence is no comeback, just getting back on track. He fanned nine hitters and allowed four hits over seven innings against Pittsburgh.
The Reds will send Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 3.84 ERA) to the mound to try and snap the Cincy skid. Arroyo earned a victory on Friday against the New York Mets, his first win since May 7. He is 4-4, with a 4.86 ERA against the Indians lifetime.
The Indians will try to score some runs for Masterson, as he has only received 10 runs of support over his last eight starts. If they are going to produce runs, it will be most likely without Jason Kipnis, who is receiving his first night off of the year. Kipnis did not start on April 13 in Kansas City, but entered the game in the second inning when Jack Hannahan was ejected.
Fans will be able to start dusting off their brooms at 7:05 pm at Progressive Field. The game can be heard on the Indians Radio Network and seen on SportsTime Ohio. Fans attending tonight’s game can take part in an Indians and Cleveland.com Tweetup at Goodfellers on E. 9th Street beyond Bob Feller’s statue from 5-8.
Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Michael Brantley, CF
4. Carlos Santana, DH
5. Jose Lopez, 2B
6. Casey Kotchman, 1B
7. Johnny Damon, LF
8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
9. Lou Marson, C
Cincinnati Reds Starting Lineup
1. Zack Cozart, SS
2. Chris Heisey, CF
3. Joey Votto, 1B
4. Brandon Phillips, 2B
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. Scott Rolen, 3B
7. Todd Frazier, LF
8. Willie Harris, DH
9. Ryan Hanigan, C
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