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Indians sweep Reds with 5-2 win Sunday, powered by Trevor Bauer's pitching

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 24, 2015

Trevor Bauer continued the Indians’ strong run of starting pitching and the Indians completed the sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-2 win at Progressive Field Sunday.

Bauer (4-1) threw 7 2/3 innings, allowed one run on five hits, struck out four and walked none.

The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning off of Reds starter Raisel Iglesias (1-1). First, David Murphy singled to right field to score Carlos Santana, who earlier had doubled. Brandon Phillips followed with an error on a ground ball off the bat of Nick Swisher, which allowed Brandon Moss, who had walked, to score as well.

Another Reds error in the sixth inning extended the lead. With the bases loaded and two out, Michael Brantley hit a hard ground ball to Reds first baseman Joey Votto. Votto made a sweeping play to field the grounder, but he and pitcher J.J. Hoover couldn’t complete the exchange. Votto’s throw sailed into foul territory along first base, which brought home two more runs.

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Indians 2, Reds 1: Saturday’s One Last thing on Corey Kluber and run support

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 24, 2015

The Indians topped the Reds 2-1 Saturday night to win their fifth consecutive game.

Jason Kipnis had the go-ahead hit, an RBI-double to left-center field to score Michael Bourn from first in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Corey Kluber threw eight innings, allowed one run on nine hits and struck out seven.

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Saturday’s One Last Thing: The Indians still aren’t giving Corey Kluber much support, but lately, it’s been just enough.

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The Indians still aren’t giving Kluber much run support. In fact, no qualified pitcher in baseball has been less supported, with the Indians giving Kluber 2.2 runs per game.

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During his three-start stretch in which he has 37 strikeouts, one walk and two earned runs, the Indians are right on that pace with two runs scored in each game.

May 13 against the Cardinals and tonight, it was just enough and it came at just the right time.

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Jason Kipnis’ late RBI double, Corey Kluber’s solid outing lead Indians to 2-1 win against Reds

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 23, 2015

Jason Kipnis drove in the go-ahead run to support another solid outing from Corey Kluber, and the Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 for their fifth consecutive win.

Locked in a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning, Kipnis hit a double to the gap in left-center field off of Reds (18-24) relief pitcher Tony Cingrani (0-1) that scored Michael Bourn from first base to give the Indians their first lead of the day.

Kluber (2-5) threw eight innings, allowing just one run on nine hits and striking out seven. Cody Allen came on in the ninth and earned his ninth save of the season.

The Indians (19-23) played most of the game trailing but tied the score 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Kipnis singled, advanced to second on a walk and scored on David Murphy’s single to center field.

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Indians C Yan Gomes will return Sunday, spoke with reporters Saturday (video)

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 23, 2015

Indians catcher Yan Gomes will return to the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds after a six-week absence as he rehabbed a sprained right knee.

Gomes’ initial timetable was 6-to-8 weeks. Sunday will mark six weeks plus one day since he hurt his knee April 11 against Detroit.

Gomes is excited to return, and while it was nice to get some family time, he didn’t enjoy being out of the lineup every day.

“It’s kind of like a re-opening day. It’s been a long six weeks, just ready to get back out there now,” Gomes said before Saturday’s game. “When the team went on the road and I had to stay back, even though it was nice hanging out with my daughter and my wife, it just sucked. Like gosh, is there anything I can do?”

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On Michael Brelo verdict, Indians' Terry Francona hopes Cleveland takes opportunity 'to shine'

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 23, 2015

A Cleveland judge ruled Saturday morning that officer Michael Brelo was not guilty of two charges of voluntary manslaughter stemming from a police chase in November of 2012 that involved more than 100 police vehicles and resulted in the deaths of two people.

There was concern from many in and around the city of the reaction that would follow from the verdict, especially considering the recent unrest in Baltimore.

Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday that he did speak with security officials for the game in case there was a disturbance. He also said he hopes the city shows how it can shine.

Here is Francona's full comment:

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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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