Kluber Skins D-Backs to Split Series, Snap Skid; Indians 6, Diamondbacks 1
Mike Brandyberry | On 26, Jun 2014
After a game that drug on into the night on Tuesday, the Indians sprinted out to an immediate lead and never looked back Wednesday in Arizona.
The Indians used two triples from Michael Bourn and seven shutout innings from Corey Kluber to give the Indians a 6-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. After a back and forth game on Tuesday, the Indians sprinted to the lead quickly on Wednesday. The win gave the Indians a split in the short, two-game series and snapped a four game losing streak for the Tribe.
Cleveland jumped on top early and kept adding to their lead. In the first inning Michael Bourn started the game with a triple off Diamondbacks starter Chase Anderson. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly and two hitters into the game the Indians led 1-0. The next inning the Indians added another run when Yan Gomes hit his eighth home run of the season. The solo shot in the second inning put the Tribe up a pair.
Again in the third inning the Indians benefitted from a leadoff Bourn triple. This time Cabrera’s pop fly was not deep enough to center field to score him, but Michael Brantley grounded to first base to get the run home and stake the Indians to a 3-0 lead. Brantley led off the top of the fifth inning with a solo homer to right field, giving the Indians a 4-0 lead. His solo home run was his 12th homer of the year and the team lead.
Meanwhile, Kluber held the Diamondbacks at bay. After back-to-back singles to start the first inning and a leadoff single to start the second inning, Kluber worked out of trouble in both frames. In the third inning, Ender Inciarte doubled to left field with one out, but Gomes threw him out trying to steal and Kluber retired Gerardo Parra to end the inning. After Inciarte’s double, however, Kluber recorded the next 14 outs without allowing a hit.
In the seventh inning Cleveland put the game to bed before the midnight hour on the east coast. Brantley walked with one out in the frame and after Santana grounded out, Kipnis doubled down the left field line to make it 5-0. A hitter later, Lonnie Chisenhall singled over Diamondbacks’ shortstop Chris Owings and Kipnis scored easily to make it 6-0 at the stretch.
Kluber (7-5) gave the bullpen a much needed rest after last night’s 14-inning affair. He tossed seven innings, allowing just four hits and a walk, while striking out eight on 113 pitches. He also recorded his first Major League hit on the evening. After the bullpen was saturated last night, the Indians needed a quality start from Kluber. He did not allow a hit after the third inning.
Scott Atchison came on to pitch a three-up, three-down eighth inning. Marc Rzepczynski struggled in the ninth inning, retiring two and walking two before giving up a base hit to Miguel Montero to make it 6-1. Cody Allen had to come on, retire the final out and snap the Indians four game losing streak. Cleveland had 10 hits on the game, highlighted by three hits from Bourn and a pair from Brantley and Kipnis.
Anderson (5-3) suffered the loss for the Diamondbacks. Zeke Spruill pitched the final four innings of relief for the fatigued Arizona bullpen. Arizona will visit Cleveland later this season on August 12 and 13.
Cleveland is off on Thursday before they travel to Seattle for a three-game series with the Mariners. The series opener on Friday will feature Trevor Bauer (2-3, 4.40) for the Indians against Chris Young (6-4, 3.23) for the Mariners. The game is slated to begin at 10:10 p.m. from Safeco Field.
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