The game was billed as the Battle of CCs, but it was more the story of The Master and The Apprentice as Carlos Carrasco was touched for five runs in the second inning and C.C. Sabathia cruised to lead the Yankees to a 9-2 victory Tuesday evening.
The game turned when the Yankees had two on and one out when a ground ball was hit to Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera made the throw to Cord Phelps, but Phelps could not make the easy relay to first. The throw bounced several feet in front of first base. While Phelps should have made a good throw, it would be safe to expect Carlos Santana to pick the throw from the dirt.
Austin Kearns issued the punishing blow for the Cleveland Indians, as they came from behind to defeat the New York Yankees, 6-3. Josh Tomlin pitched seven innings allowing only two runs to earn his tenth victory of the season for the Tribe. Tomlin retired 18 consecutive Yankees at one point of the game.
Tomlin was the story early, throwing a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but as has been the story for much of the last two months, the Indians could not muster any run support. Mark Teixeira broke up the no-hit bid, then Robinson Cano followed with an infield hit before Nick Swisher lined an opposite field double to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. With only two hits through six innings, the Indians offense looked to be over-matched by A.J. Burnett.
Shelley Duncan gave the Cleveland Indians a fast start with a two-run home run in the second inning, but Mitch Talbot continued his inconsistent ways and allowed ten hits and six runs over just four innings, as the Indians lost the season finale to the Cincinnati Reds, 7-5. Talbot has struggled early in games all season.
Talbot was spotted a 2-0 lead when Shelley Duncan hit his third home run of the season. Duncan was the hitting star of the day for the Tribe, going 3-4, in addition to his two RBIs, however, Talbot never had control or command of his pitches. Talbot missed several spots and was hurt by the Cincinnati offense. The Reds offense was ignited by Chris Heisey‘s home run in the second inning. The Reds were able to post three in the second inning, and three more in the fourth before chasing Talbot from the game.
By Mike Brandyberry
Michael Brantley hit a three run home run and the bullpen only gave up one run, over seven innings as the Indians defeated the Reds, 3-1 on Saturday afternoon. The Indians are now 5-0 on the season against the Reds and will look for the sweep in Sunday’s series finale.
Lou Marson started the top of the third inning with a base hit. Fausto Carmona attempted to sacrifice Marson to second, but Scott Rolen’s attempt to cut down Marson resulted in pulling second baseman Brandon Phillips off the base. Meanwhile as Carmona stumbled running to first and face planted as he crossed the bag. It appeared he pulled his right quadricep and was forced to leave the game. Michael Brantley proceeded to hit his sixth home run of the season and gave the Tribe a 3-0.
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.
By Matt Van Wormer
The Indians have finally cut some dead weight, although, many would wish it was Austin Kearns who was given the old “heave ho,” Adam Everett is the man who has left the wigwam. Hitting just .217 on the year and playing below average defense prompted the Indians to designate the 11-year veteran for assignment. He cleared waivers and was given his outright release. A writer for the Indians mentioned in a Tweet that Everett had been contemplating retirement and the assumption is that is what will take place in the near future. Everett is a career .242 hitter.
That must be what the Indians are asking themselves after signing the veteran outfielder to a one-year, $1.3 million deal in the offseason. The plan seemed simple enough – bring in a guy who could back up all three outfield positions and slug 10-15 home runs on young team that could learn from his experience.
Three months into the season that plan has not exactly gone to form and that is putting it mildly. Kearns, who had averaged nearly 13 home runs a year in nine seasons before this one, has seen a complete power outage.
The once formidable hitter is hitting this weekend’s games and the season’s halfway point with zero home runs, two runs batted in and a paltry .194 batting average. In 33 games played and 110 at bats, there has been nothing to indicate Kearns may soon find his batting stroke.
The Indians will conclude their interleague portion of the season as they take on their in-state rivals in Cincinnati. The Indians just completed a series win against the Diamondbacks that saw Carlos Carrasco have another spectacular outing in which he gave up just two solo home runs to Arizona. Going into the series, the Indians hold a record of 42-37 good for a virtual tie with Detroit atop the A.L. Central (At last check, the Tigers were beating the Mets 5-1 in the bottom of the 7th. If they win, they will be .5 games up on the Tribe). The Reds, on the other hand, sit 2.5 games back in the N.L. Central behind St. Louis and a very hot Milwaukee team.
The Cleveland Indians scored in each of the first three innings, Orlando Cabrera had four hits and Carlos Carrasco threw seven strong innings on the mound, as the Tribe won the rubber match of the three game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-2. The victory, combined with the Detroit Tigers’s 16-9 loss to the New York Mets, moved the Indians back into a first place tie.