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Indians 7, Reds 3: Friday's One Last Thing on Brandon Moss, expectations and better vibes

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 23, 2015

The Indians topped the Reds 7-3 Friday night, marking their fourth consecutive win.

Brandon Moss hit a home run—his seventh of the season—and drove in three runs. Carlos Santana also snapped an 0-for-25 slump.

Carlos Carrasco threw six quality innings, allowing two runs and striking out seven.

Friday’s One Last Thing: Brandon Moss is doing what was expected and the Indians are starting to see positives in multiple facets of the game.

Moss has seven home runs and many of them have been no-doubters. He’s provided a power bat in the middle of the order—he also has nine doubles—and has been a legitimate clean-up hitter. At other times, of course, he’s also struck out at a high volume. He has 40 strikeouts to date this season.

It’s par for the course for what Moss offered when he was an All-Star in Oakland. And it’s pretty much what Indians manager Terry Francona said all along when Moss was struggling, that when he hits, he’s going to hit for power and it’s going to come in bunches. Also, Moss told reporters one night that he’s going to strike out and we better get used to writing about it.

He then struck out quite a few times, and now he’s hit two home runs in three games. It’s who Moss is as a hitter.

“It’s been a battle lately,” he said after Friday’s win. “Hit some balls well to left that haven’t done much but other than that, it’s been a battle. Tonight I felt good, I made some adjustments in the cage, trying to get a little bit better path to the ball. Feel a little bit stronger and came out tonight and felt really good.”

Moss jumped on the first pitch he saw from Reds starter Mike Leake in the third inning and sent it over the right-field fence. He said he doesn’t always look to do that but the timing was right and he got the right pitch to drive.

“I’m looking for a pitch middle-middle,” Moss said. “I’m kind of in-between with whether I swing at first pitches or not. After I’ve seen a guy once and I’m leading off an inning, it’s not always the best thing in certain situations but he was struggling with his command so you know he was going to try to get strike one. I felt like, if he grooves you a pitch, don’t take it, don’t just let it go.”

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Moss was asked Friday night about the Indians’ starting pitching, how it’s been playing with a lead lately, how the clubhouse has been the past week. For the first time this season, all of them warranted positive answers.

On the starters: “It’s been pretty unbelievable. It takes a lot of pressure off of the offense. Obviously we’ve faced some really good starters in their own right the past few days. We’ve been able to scratch out a few and they’ve kept it right where it was. They’ve gone out and done an unbelievable job.”

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On playing with a lead: “Lately we’ve been on the road so it’s easier to get out to a lead when Kipnis is swinging the bat the way he is and you’re on the road and hitting first. I think playing from behind is never easy. You start playing for that one run and then that next run and it’s hard to string things together when you’re playing for one run because you start sacrificing at-bats and then yourself and you run out of outs. When you’re playing ahead you play loose and then you just try to add on any way you can. You feel better at the plate.”

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Brandon Moss drives in three as Indians beat Cincinnati Reds 7-3 for fourth straight win

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 22, 2015

Brandon Moss supplied much of the Indians’ offense in their 7-3 win against the Cincinnati Reds Friday night at Progressive Field, marking their fourth consecutive win.

Moss went 2-for-3 with a home run—his seventh of the season—a double and three RBI.
The Indians secured a lead they never relinquished in the bottom of the third, as Moss hit the first pitch he saw off of Reds starter Mike Leake (2-3) over the fence in right field for a 3-2 advantage.

In the bottom of the fourth, he extended the Indians’ lead to 5-2 with a two-out, two-RBI double to the warning track in right field.

The Indians added two insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh facing Reds relief pitcher Jumbo Diaz. Roberto Perez tripled after Reds right fielder Jay Bruce dove for a ball but missed. Jason Kipnis (3-for-5) drove him in with an RBI single, his second of the night. Carlos Santana followed with a double off the wall in center field, scoring Kipnis from first to give the Indians a 7-2 lead. That double broke an 0-for-25 slump for Santana.

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Indians catcher Yan Gomes on track to return to team Sunday

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 22, 2015

Indians catcher Yan Gomes, if all goes to plan, could be in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Gomes has been rehabbing from a sprained right knee he sustained against Detroit on April 11. The early timetable for his return was 6-to-8 weeks. If he does catch Sunday in Cleveland, it would be six weeks plus one day since his injury.

Gomes caught seven innings and simulated two more Wednesday night for Triple-A Columbus before acting as the designated hitter Thursday. Friday night, the plan was for Gomes to catch nine innings. If he feels good the next morning, he will come to Cleveland Saturday and be re-activated from the disabled list Sunday.

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Danny Salazar's outing, four-run first inning offensively give Indians 5-2 win against White Sox

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 22, 2015

The Indians hit back-to-back home runs to cap a four-run first inning and support Danny Salazar, who threw six scoreless innings, in a 5-2 win against the White Sox on the road Thursday night.

Facing White Sox (18-20) starter John Danks (2-4), Michael Brantley singled home a run to center field before Ryan Raburn grounded into a double play that scored a second run. Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles each followed with solo home runs to make it 4-0.

It was Swisher's first home run of the season.

Salazar allowed five hits over six innings and struck out eight. He improved to 5-1 this season with the win.

Bryan Shaw allowed a two-run home run to White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers in the bottom of the ninth inning.

This is the first time this season the Indians (17-23) have won three consecutive games. They will take on the Reds in a three-game home set starting Friday.

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Shaun Marcum leads Indians to 4-3 win against White Sox

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 20, 2015

Shaun Marcum was promoted by the Indians Wednesday and turned in a quality outing in a 4-3 win against the Chicago White Sox on the road that included a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the ninth.

Marcum (1-0) threw 6 2/3 innings, allowed two runs on four hits and struck out six.

The White Sox (18-19) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on Adam Eaton’s solo home run. The Indians (16-23) then scored for unanswered runs.

Mike Aviles drove in Jose Ramirez with a sacrifice fly in the sixth to make it 1-1. The Indians took a 2-1 lead on Ramirez’s RBI single to left field an inning later. Michael Brantley then added two insurance runs with a two-RBI double to right field off of White Sox reliever Dan Jennings (0-1).

Conor Gillaspie added a second solo home run off Marcum in the seventh, making it 4-2.

Zach McAllister recorded four outs to get the ninth. Then things got interesting.

With one out, Cody Allen loaded the bases with a single and two walks. He got Gillaspie to pop out for the second out, but the White Sox made it 4-3 on an infield single by Alexei Ramirez.

Allen, with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth, struck out J.B. Shuck to secure the win and earn his eighth save of the season.

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Indians call up SP Shaun Marcum, send down INF Zach Walters

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 20, 2015

The Indians on Wednesday promoted pitcher Shaun Marcum and optioned down infielder Zach Walters to Triple-A Columbus.

Marcum, 33, is slated to pitch Wednesday night against the Chicago White Sox. In Triple-A this season, he has a 4-0 record and 1.36 ERA in five starts. Wednesday night will mark his first major-league start since July 6, 2013 with the New York Mets.

Walters was expendable once Mike Aviles returned to the team. He went 1-for-17 with eight strikeouts in seven games for the Indians.

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Trevor Bauer's solid night leads Indians to 3-1 win against Chicago White Sox

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 19, 2015

Trevor Bauer turned in a solid outing and the Indians topped the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on the road Tuesday night.

Bauer (3-1) allowed one run and struck out seven over 7 1/3 innings pitched. Cody Allen came on with two outs in the eighth to record a four-out save, his seventh of the season.

The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first off of White Sox starter Jose Quintana (2-4) when Jason Kipnis opened the game with a triple and later scored on a sacrifice fly to center field off the bat of Michael Brantley.

After the White Sox (18-18) tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth, the Indians (15-23) responded in the top of the fifth with an RBI double by Jose Ramirez to again score Kipnis.

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Corey Kluber throws nine innings, Indians lose in 10th to White Sox 2-1

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 19, 2015

Indians ace Corey Kluber picked up where he left off in his last start but it wasn't enough in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox in 10 innings Monday night.

Kluber threw nine innings, struck out 12 and allowed one run. The Indians' offense, though, only mustered one run against White Sox ace Chris Sale. He struck out seven over eight innings pitched.

In the bottom of the 10th, Zach McAllister relieved Kluber. He allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base—Avisail Garcia walked and Connor Gillaspie singled. McAllister recored two quick outs by getting Alexei Ramirez to pop out and striking out Geovany Soto, but couldn't get the third as Carlos Sanchez singled to left field to win the game.

The Indians fell to 14-23 and the White Sox improved to 18-17.

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