Steady rains in the northeast Ohio region on Friday spoiled the first game of the series scheduled between the Atlanta Braves and the host Cleveland Indians.
The game has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 20, as part of a traditional doubleheader.
An intriguing early season matchup between the Braves and Indians was pushed back to Saturday due to ongoing rains throughout the day on Friday. The game was called five hours before first pitch, with no letup of moisture in sight.
A young and exciting Atlanta team with several potential stars in the making makes its first trip to Progressive Field since 2007 (and just second time ever in the regular season) in Cleveland’s first interleague set of the year. The Indians have won three in a row after sweeping the Seattle Mariners earlier in the week, while the Braves were swept in three straight at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks and lost five of seven on their homestand.
The Indians lost two of three the only time that they hosted the Braves in the regular season (not counting matchups with the club during the 1948 and 1995 World Series). The Braves welcomed the Indians to Atlanta in 2004, 2013, and 2016, but trail in that part of the series, five games to four. The Indians swept the Braves in 2016, while Atlanta did the same to Cleveland in 2013.
Friday’s starting pitchers will appear on the mound at some point during the day on Saturday. The new series opener, scheduled for a 4:10 PM ET first pitch, will be started by Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber (1-2, 6.16 ERA) and fellow Atlanta righty Julio Teheran (2-1, 4.71 ERA).
Kluber will look to get back on the right track in his fifth start of the season. He lasted just two and two-thirds innings his last time out, taking a no-decision against the Kansas City Royals after allowing six runs while walking a career-high five batters. Teheran has won back-to-back starts and is coming off of a quality outing against the New York Mets on April 14, in which he allowed one earned run on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts in six innings.
Bauer pitched well his last time out, allowing a run on five hits in six and two-thirds innings for his second win of the year. The 22-year-old Toussaint, a former first round pick by Arizona in 2014, made his season debut on April 13 against the Mets, allowing an unearned run on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over six innings in the win. He was originally scheduled to start Friday night’s game against Kluber.
The weather in Cleveland includes a mostly cloudy day for Saturday, with chances of rain throughout. Early predictions appear to show some potential dry spots during the late afternoon and early evening hours, giving some hope that the two clubs can get the games in.
The postponed game was one of several in the Indians organization on Friday night. Home contests for the Double-A Akron RubberDucks, High-A Lynchburg Hillcats, and Class-A Lake County Captains were all canceled with doubleheaders scheduled for Saturday. Only the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, which was playing on the road in Toledo against the Mud Hens, got their scheduled start in on Friday.
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