After each club earned a win in Cincinnati to open their interleague home-and-home series (or maybe, a road-and-road series for the pessimist in the crowd), the Reds and the Indians will wrap up the four-game series with two games from Progressive Field on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
The Reds (21-24) won Monday’s series opener from Great American Ball Park with solo runs in the first two innings before a three-run seventh, aided by a throwing error by pitcher Josh Tomlin and a two-run single surrendered by Dan Otero with two outs to open up the game.
The Indians (24-20) won a close one on Tuesday as the offense erupted for four home runs, including two by Edwin Encarnacion in his old stomping grounds. The Reds made the game close by putting up four runs in the seventh inning against Carlos Carrasco and Bryan Shaw to tie the game, but the Indians added an eighth and decisive run when Encarnacion scored on a wild pitch by Drew Storen.
PITCHING PROBABLES and NOTES
Bonilla will make his first career appearance against the Indians on Wednesday. He was called up by the Reds during the third week of April for one long relief appearance, his first big league game since 2014, before being optioned back to Triple-A Louisville. He rejoined the club on May 11 and has made a pair of starts in his return while filling in for an injury-depleted rotation. He has taken the loss in each of those starts, giving up three runs over eight innings in a tough loss to the San Francisco Giants on May 13 before allowing six runs on eight hits in five and one-third innings his last time out against Colorado.
Bauer will look to continue a better approach over his last two starts, when he earned wins over Minnesota and Houston while allowing three runs in each appearance. He has made three career starts against the Reds, posting a 1-2 record with a 5.52 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. He has not faced them since 2015, when he made a pair of starts and was dealt a win and a loss during their head-to-head matchup.
The 6’5”, 29-year-old right-hander Adleman has faced the Indians once in his career and it did not go as planned. Just over a year ago, he took the mound as a rookie against them and exited the start after three and one-third innings with a strained oblique, just after surrendering a two-run home run to Carlos Santana. He has made one relief appearance followed by six straight starts for Cincinnati this season, winning two starts and losing two. His last time out, he allowed six runs on seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts in four and two-thirds innings in a no-decision.
Clevinger will make his second career start against the Reds in the finale. He made his Major League debut against the club last season in Cincinnati. The 26-year-old allowed four runs in his debut over five and one-third innings last May 18. He earned his second win in three starts and four total appearances on May 20, when he threw seven shutout innings of two-hit ball with eight strikeouts against Houston.
TV (both games) – Fox Sports SportsTime Ohio; Fox Sports Ohio (out-of-market)
Radio (both games) – Cleveland Indians Radio Network; WLW 700 (Cincinnati)
Abraham Almonte (OF) – 10-day disabled list (5/16) – right biceps strain
Cody Anderson (SP) – 60-day disabled list (4/2) – right elbow surgery
Brandon Guyer (OF) – 10-day disabled list (5/14) – left wrist sprain
Austin Jackson (OF) – 10-day disabled list (5/2) – left great toe hyperextension
Corey Kluber (SP) – 10-day disabled list (5/3) – lower back strain
David Lough (OF) – signed to a minor league contract (5/23); assigned to Triple-A Columbus
Homer Bailey (SP) – 60-day disabled list (2/14) – recovery from February 2017 right elbow surgery
Tony Cingrani (P) – 10-day disabled list (4/19) – right oblique strain
Anthony DeSclafani (P) – 60-day disabled list (4/2) – UCL sprain in right elbow
Brandon Finnegan (P) – 60-day disabled list (4/16) – left teres major strain
Nefi Ogando (RP) – 60-day disabled list (3/30) – right thumb inflammation
Nick Travieso (P) – 60-day disabled list (4/2) – right shoulder inflammation
Stuart Turner (C) – 10-day disabled list (5/20) – right hamstring s train
AL CENTRAL STANDINGS
The Indians enter the final two games of the series with the Reds with a 55-46 record against them in 101 contests, dating back to 1997 when interleague play began. The Indians have outscored their in-state rival, 518-453, during that span. The Indians have also dominated play in Cleveland, posting a 32-19 record at Jacobs/Progressive Field. The two teams have played in 20 of the last 21 seasons, skipping only the 2002 campaign.
No team had swept the season series until the Indians won all four games last season.
REDS BY THE NUMBERS
Eugenio Suarez has had a tough time with Bauer in his career, getting a single in seven plate appearances against him with three strikeouts.
Joey Votto has gone 2-for-6 against Bauer with a double, a solo homer, and a pair of strikeouts. He is 1-for-3 against Clevinger, doubling and driving in two while striking out twice. In the month of May, he has put up a .357/.516/.629 line at the plate with seven doubles, four homers, 19 RBI, and 23 walks, nearly as many as he has hits (25) for the month.
Tucker Barnhart is 1-for-1 with a single and a walk against Bauer. He has hit .297 in 13 games this month.
Francisco Lindor extended his hitting streak to nine straight games with a homer in Tuesday night’s win over Cincinnati. Over those nine games, he has hit .278 with three doubles, two homers, and two RBI. It is his second longest hitting streak this season, following a 12-gamer in April.
Michael Brantley also added to his own hitting streak behind a 1-for-4 day at the plate in the win with a double, a walk, and an RBI. Since May 15, he has nine hits in 30 at bats (.300) with five doubles, six walks, and two RBI. Brantley also had a ten-game hitting streak in April.
INDIANS IN DETAIL
Santana has a two-run homer and a strikeout to his credit in two at bats against Adleman. Lindor has also singled against him.
No Indians player has had a plate appearance against Wednesday’s starter, Bonilla.
Yan Gomes is hitting .340 in May in 14 games with six doubles, three homers, and ten RBI. He has drawn five walks to post a .415 on-base percentage.
Top prospect Bradley Zimmer is hitting .294 in seven games with a double, a homer, and three RBI. He has struck out nine times, walked four, and stolen one base.
The Indians will continue their longest homestand of the season to date this weekend as they welcome in the Kansas City Royals for three straight before the Oakland A’s come to visit for three. The Reds will continue their road trip with three games in Philadelphia and three to close out the month against Toronto.
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