Through nine innings: Indians 6, Phillies 0
The Indians bullpen held up. Bryan Shaw, Rich Hill, Joe Smith and Cody Allen combined to throw four shutout innings.
Bauer gets his first win with the Indians. His line: 5 IP, 1 hit, 6 walks, 5 strikeouts, 93 pitches.
Last night, the Tribe hammered seven home runs. Tonight, they came away with seven infield hits, the last of which scored their sixth and final run, a grounder hit to the right spot by Drew Stubbs that Jimmy Rollins was able to get to but not make the play.
Something also has to be said for Raburn, who finished the night 4-5 with a double, two RBI and a terrific catch in right field. He's currently in the midst of a 12-14 stretch with four home runs and nine RBI.
The Indians pick up a game on the Detroit Tigers after their 6-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
Through six innings: Indians 5, Phillies 0
Trevor Bauer was close to the definition of effectively wild tonight. He lasted five innings and gave up six walks but struck out five. More importantly, he kept the Phillies off the scoreboard.
That's a pretty amazing feat considering Bauer walked the leadoff hitter in four of his five innings, and in the fifth, walked the first two batters, and still made it out unscathed. He finished the night with 93 pitches, 50 of them strikes.
The Indians tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth. Mark Reynolds reached on an error by Jimmy Rollins that bounced into shallow center field. Reynolds rounded first and barely beat the throw to second. He then scored on an RBI-double to right-center by Raburn, who's having quite the night. Not only is Raburn 3-3 at the plate, he also made a terrific leaping catch at the wall in right field to rob Ryan Howard of extra bases.
Jason Kipnis later made a great leaping catch as well. Reliever Bryan Shaw came in for Bauer in the sixth, and allowed two base runners but no runs. Rich Hill and Cody Allen are warming up in the bullpen.
Through three innings: Indians 4, Phillies 0
When Trevor Bauer has found the strike zone tonight, he's had the Phillies off balance. Through three innings, he has four strikeouts (two by Michael Young and two looking, both on off-speed pitches) but has also walked three. He's already up to 53 pitches.
Bauer's twice walked the leadoff man tonight but got out of trouble. In the first, Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a walk but was thrown out by Yan Gomes trying to steal second. In the third, Laynce Nix got on base but was thrown out by Bauer with a terrific play on a sacrifice bunt at second base.
The Tribe took the lead off of former Indians pitcher Cliff Lee in the second inning. Carlos Santana walked and advanced to third on a single off the bat of Ryan Raburn. On a Mike Aviles flyball to left field, Santana was beaten by the throw but it catcher Carlos Ruiz never had full control of it. Santana didn't bull Ruiz over but the two did collide, and Santana swiped the ball away.
The Indians tacked on three more in the third. Michael Brantley reached on a bunt single and Jason Kipnis walked, all with one out. Asdrubal Cabrera roped a double into the left-field corner. Brantley easily came home and Kipnis scored all the way from first to make it 3-0.
With runners on the corners, the Indians got their third infield hit of the inning, a dribbler off the bat of Raburn that scored Cabrera. Brantley, Mark Reynolds (a groundball to the gap between shortstop and third) and Raburn all reached base without reaching the outfield.
Bauer and Lee are both at 53 pitches, but Bauer's managed to stay out of trouble.