By Ryan Hohman
Justin Masterson threw a three-hit complete game gem and Asbrubal Cabrera hit a three-run home run to help the Cleveland Indians sweep the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 Wednesday evening at Progressive Field.
With the three game sweep, the Tribe splits the 2012 Battle of Ohio series after dropping the first three in Cincinnati just six days ago.
Masterson was in complete control from the opening pitch to the final out, baffling Cincy hitters with an array of pitches and a nasty slider to get his fourth win and lower his ERA to 3.98. The complete game was the fourth of his young career, and he finished it in fashion by fanning the side in the ninth.
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.
By Mike Brandyberry
When a team’s closer enters the game, most fans know the game is over. It’s what makes walk off home runs like Asdrubal Cabrera’s last night seem so special. It doesn’t happen often.
But with last night’s 3-2 victory in 10 innings over the Cincinnati Reds, the Tribe improved to 25-5 when Vinnie Pestano enters the game. That’s a pretty crippling number for a set up man who often enters with leads, but also in tie games.
“That’s an important stat for bullpen guys in general,” Pestano said. “The fact that we’re able to do that, it’s not just me. CP is following me and Joe (Smith) is usually in before of me. I think that stat is indicative of us being ahead after six too. I take great pride in our bullpen and how we close out games.”
By Christian Petrila
The Indians and their fans know a thing or two about déjà vu. Seeing how quickly the offense went south in June 2011, the recent struggles should raise every red flag in the city, as well as a little panic.
The 2011 Indians had a cumulative batting average of .228 in June. They scored a mere 91 runs that month en route to a 10-17 record. They were 32-20 and held a five game lead on June first. By the end of the month, they were tied for first and went from 12 games over .500 to five games over. They were held to three runs or fewer 14 times. We all know how last season ended.
Compiled by Jason Kaminski
Cleveland draws 82,781 for a doubleheader, a major-league record for a regular-season game that will be broken by the same club in 1954. The Indians will attract 2.6 million for the season, surpassing the 1947 Yankees …
By Mike Brandyberry
What a difference five minutes makes.
What looked like a game the Indians had thrown away with two wild pitches became a walkoff win when Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run home run off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the tenth inning for an Indians 3-2 victory. The come from behind victory, along with the Chicago White Sox’s 2-1 loss, put the Tribe back in first place.
The homer was Cabrera’s fifth walkoff, game-winning hit and second walkoff home run. With the count at 3-1, he loaded up on a change up and drove the ball deep into the warm, summer air.
“The fact that he didn’t try to pull the ball and used the whole field against a guy like Chapman was just terrific,” Indians manager Manny Acta said.
Josh Tomlin and Mike Leake would each pitch strong efforts for their teams but not factor in the decision. Tomlin pitched well for the Tribe in a month that has seen the starting rotation struggle to find quality starts. However, Tomlin’s wild pitch in the first inning helped set up the Reds’ first run of the game.
By Mike Brandyberry
The Indians used an offensive outburst last night to defeat the Cincinnati Reds, 10-9. The Indians offense was highlighted by Lonnie Chisenhall, who was a double away from hitting for the cycle, and helped pick up a struggling Derek Lowe. Lowe allowed seven runs in five innings before giving way to the bullpen.
Josh Tomlin (3-4, 5.56 ERA) will take to the mound for the Tribe this evening. Tomlin has struggled since returning from the disabled list on Memorial Day. He allowed six runs and 10 hits in only four innings of work last Thursday against the Reds. Tomlin—who is always susceptible to allowing home runs—was taken deep by Joey Votto. Votto is 7 for 14, with three home runs off the Indians this season.
He started out as a sports writer. He is best known as an umpire. And by the time Billy Evans died, he had become a minor league president – and served as general managers for Cleveland’s Major League Baseball and National Football League teams.
Billy Evans was born in Chicago in 1884, but his family moved to Youngstown as his father got a job for one of the steel mills that began to pop up along the Mahoning River. Evans graduated from the Rayen School, until 1910 the only high school in Youngstown, and went away to Cornell University.
Evans had played semi-pro baseball, and was on the college team. He had also worked on his high school and college newspaper staffs. He was called home to Youngstown after the death of his father, and latched on as the first “sporting editor” for the Youngstown Vindicator at $15 a week.
By Craig Gifford
Last week when Indians starter Derek Lowe pitched against the Cincinnati Reds, the fireworks came after the game. Lowe and Reds manager Dusty Baker had a war of words following a game that saw Lowe brushed back while batting in Cincy’s National League Park. He followed that by beaning Cincinnati slugger Brandon Phillips.
Monday night at Progressive Field, Lowe again pitched against the Reds. This time the fireworks came during the game. There were plenty of loud pops as the Tribe won a slugfest against its in-state rival, 10-9.
The victory snapped a two-game slide and moved the Indians two within one-half of a game of the AL Central leading White Sox who were dismantled, 12-3, by their cross-town rival Cubs on Monday.
Lowe did not get off to a good start and was hit hard as he allowed seven runs and 11 hits in five innings. Joey Votto, who has been on a tear for Cincnnati, got the scoring started with a solo home run in the top of the first. As would be the case all night when the Reds scored, the Indians answered. Shin-Soo Choo led off the home half of the first with his sixth tater of the season.
By Mike Brandyberry
A week ago the Indians and Reds met in Cincinnati with the Indians playing well and the Reds struggling to find their way. A week later, the two teams have switched roles. The Reds have won their last six games since last Monday, while the Indians are losers of five of their last six.
The Reds and Indians had the same pitching matchup last Wednesday when Derek Lowe (7-5, 3.78 ERA) took the hill for the Tribe against Cincinnati’s Mat Latos (5-2, 4.64 ERA). The Reds were the winners of a 5-3 contest. Lowe pitched six innings, allowing three earned runs and earning the loss. Latos pitched seven innings, only allowing two earned runs and garnering the victory.
The drama from last Wednesday’s game was not necessarily seen on the scoreboard, however. Latos threw inside on Lowe and he took exception with the pitch, blaming Dusty Baker. After the game Lowe had choice words for Baker, saying he had, “zero respect for that guy.” Lowe said Baker has been trying to hit him since his last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008.
By Dave Roberts
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers will commence their 2012 season opener on tonight in Jamestown, New York, in the first of 76 games this season in search of becoming the New York Penn League Champs. It’s an honor the Scrappers achieved once in 2004. Before the season formally kicked off players and media met together at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio, on Saturday to introduce this year’s squad to the public.
Last year’s squad played to a 41-34 finish, good for third place in the Pinckney Division. The labeling of last year’s team with a third place finish can be quite deceiving as they finished just four games out of first with their second best finish in the last seven seasons. With four players returning from last season, intermixed with guys from Lake County and the Arizona League, and of course, a selection of 2012 draft picks the team looks to pick up where it left off last year.
Manager Ted Kubiak, who coached these same Scrappers for the 1999, 2000, and 2003 seasons, has seen some very good squads in his time but spoke of this year’s bunch as “Some of the best I’ve seen in my 20 years with this organization.”
Kubiak’s familiarity with the New York Penn League will no doubt lend a hand with the team’s progress, especially since he took the organization in its first two years of existence to the top of the Pinckney Division. He felt the team really impressed in Arizona but like any other would not go without some challenges. “You never know once the season starts,” Kubiak said. “Once the bell rings and they see people in the stands instead of cactus, things change.”