Game #61: Cleveland Indians (32-28) at Cincinnati Reds (33-27)
By Mike Brandyberry
In a series that opened with one team getting hot and the other struggling, you would not have been able to tell which team was supposed to fill each role when the Reds dominated the Indians last night, 7-1. The Indians entered the series as winners of four of their last six, the Reds had lost five of their last seven.
Derek Lowe (7-4, 3.72 ERA) will look to get the Indians back on the winning path and remain hot on their nine game road trip. Lowe allowed seven runs in five innings last Thursday in a 7-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers. During his time as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves, Lowe compiled a 3-3 record and 4.57 ERA in seven starts against the Reds. Lowe will be looking for his team-high eighth win of the season.
The Reds will counter with Mat Latos (4-2, 4.85 ERA). Latos was acquired by the Reds through a blockbuster trade with the San Diego Padres last December. The Reds sent Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal, Brad Boxberger and Edison Volquez to the Padres to acquire the 24-year old right hander. Latos moves up a day in the rotation to replace Mike Leake, who is sick. Latos is 4-0 in his last nine starts, but with a 6.35 ERA, so the opportunity is available for the Tribe to capitalize offensively.
Michael Brantley will look to extend his hitting streak to 20 games this evening. Last night Brantley tied himself with the longest streak by an Indian in the last three seasons. He also had a 19-game hitting streak in 2010. Tonight, he looks to extend his streak to tie with the longest hit streak in all of MLB for the 2012 season.
The Indians acquired relief pitcher Esmil Rogers from the Colorado Rockies yesterday afternoon. Rogers had been designated for assignment because he was out of options. The Indians claimed him and worked a trade with Colorado for cash considerations. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Tribe designated Luke Carlin for assignment yesterday. Today, they optioned Matt LaPorta to Triple-A Columbus to make room for Rogers on the 25-man roster.
Last night, Jack Hannahan had his second rehab start, this time at Lake County. Hannahan was 0-3, with a foul out to third base, a ground out to first base and a strikeout looking. Hannahan is trying to rehabilitate a strained left calf. No timetable is established for his return to the Indians’ active roster. He is expected to play nine innings on Thursday at Lake County. After Thursday’s game he will be re-evaluated.
Along with the department of rehabilitation, the Indians earned their first American League All-Star today when Texas Rangers’ manager Ron Washington named his coaching staff. Indians head trainer, Lonnie Soloff was selected as the trainer of the American League squad.
Game time for tonight’s contest is set for 7:10 at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. The broadcast can be heard on the Indians Radio Network, with Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus, and on SportsTime Ohio with Matt Underwood and Rick Manning.
Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Jason Kipnis, 2B
4. Carlos Santana, C
5. Michael Brantley, CF
6. Johnny Damon, LF
7. Casey Kotchman, 1B
8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
9. Derek Lowe, P
Cincinnati Reds Starting Lineup
1. Chris Heisey, CF
2. Wilson Valdez, SS
3. Joey Votto, 1B
4. Brandon Phillips, 2B
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. Todd Frazier, 3B
7. Ryan Ludwick, LF
8. Ryan Hanigan, C
9. Mat Latos, P
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