Sizemore Snaps Slump As Tribe Reclaims 1st Place; Indians 8, Reds 1
During a June swoon that saw the Indians’ bats fall deafly silent, the offense busted out in a big way Friday night with an 8-1 pasting of the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.
The win moved the Tribe (43-37) back into sole possession of first place by half a game, as the Detroit Tigers fell to the San Francisco Giants last night.
Cleveland is now 3-4 on this nine-game trip through National League cities. That is quite the accomplishment after it began with a three-game sweep to the Giants, in which the Indians scored a combined four runs last weekend. The offense showed signs of life in Arizona with five runs on Monday and six runs Wednesday. However, the offense stepped it up another notch Friday.
A struggling Grady Sizemore broke out of his month-long slump with a home run (his eighth of the year), double and pair of runs batted in. Clean up hitter Carlos Santana also continued his climb out of early-season struggles at the plate connecting on home run No. 12 and collecting two RBI of his own. Asdrubal Cabrera kept his magical first half going, as he hit his team-leading 14th home run to go with his 48th and 49th RBI.
The Indians received another sterling effort on the mound as starter Justin Masterson kept the Reds off balance for eight strong innings. He struck out five and walked one in picking up his sixth victory of the season.
Cleveland continues its series with the Reds with a game today at 4:10. The Tribe will send Fausto Carmona to the hill as he will look to get back on track.