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Indians bats explode off Hamels, rout Phillies 10-4

Tribe offense comes to life in the series finale to earn a two-game split

Indians bats explode off Hamels, rout Phillies 10-4
May 15, 2013
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For the first time since 1954, the Indians won a ballgame in the City of Brotherly Love, routing the Philadelphia Phillies and lefty Cole Hamels 10-4 on Wednesday.

A 17-game winner just one season ago, Hamels (1-6, 4.61 ERA) went just five innings, giving up five runs on six hits for his National League-leading sixth loss of the season.

A four-game winner in his career, Tribe starter Corey Kluber outpitched the Phillies three-time All-Star, yielding just three runs on six hits through six innings. After getting roughed up for eight runs against Detroit in his last start, Kluber (3-2, 5.40 ERA) pounded the strike zone to notch his first win since April 28.

Entering play having scored just three runs in their last three games, the Indians' offense exploded for 10 runs on 11 hits for their eight victory over the last 12 games. Splitting the two-game set with the Phils, Cleveland also take the season series against their NL East foes three games to one.

Like so many times already this season, it was the Tribe offense that got on the board first on a two-run double by Mark Reynolds in the third inning. Driving in two runs on the clutch two-bagger, the first baseman collected his team leading 33 and 34 RBIs of the season.

Philadelphia did not go quietly, as the game turned into a back-and-forth seesaw battle at Citizens Bank Ballpark just a half inning later.

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins cut the deficit to 2-1 on an RBI single in the bottom half of the frame, before the Tribe continued to do what they have done all season long: Go deep.

Indians third baseman Mike Aviles answered back in the fourth inning with his third long ball on the year, taking a first pitch fastball by Hamels for a solo shot to put the Tribe up 3-1. Coming to Cleveland along with backup catcher Yan Gomes from Toronto for reliever Esmil Rogers this offseason, Aviles has fit in well in limited time at the plate.

In 24 games, Aviles is now hitting .266 with three homers and 12 RBI. With third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall sent down to Triple-A Columbus earlier this week, Aviles will serve as the team’s primary third baseman against left-handed pitching.

Cleveland extended their lead to 5-1 in fifth inning after second baseman Jason Kipnis doubled to lead off the frame. Then, Nick Swisher got into the offensive act with a towering two-run homer to the seats in left field for his sixth long ball on the year. The right fielder is now hitting .292 (14-for-48) with four doubles, two home runs and six RBI against left-handed pitching.

Philly stormed right back again with two runs of their own on another two out hit by Rollins. Kluber silenced the opposition to just one run on four hits before the Philadelphia shortstop laced a two-run double to right field, making the score 5-3.

Scoring five runs through the first five innings, the Cleveland offense was just heating up. 

Extending his hitting streak to six games in the first inning, Tribe shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera also added a two-run double with two outs in the seventh inning before the Indians put the game away for good on the bat of Kipnis.

The 26-year-old second baseman launched a three-run homer off Phillies lefty Raul Valdes to seal the victory. For Kipnis, his sixth long ball was his fourth home run over his last 10 games.

Scoring 10 runs Wednesday afternoon, Cleveland improves to 17-3 when scoring four runs or more in a game.

Although he finished the day hitless at the plate, Kluber also put up solid at-bats at the plate in what were his first plate appearances in the big leagues. While he didn’t fare as well as starter Josh Tomlin last season, Kluber walked once and lined out to deep left field.

With the win, the Indians improves their record to 22-17 and move up to just a half-game out of first place behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central Division.

The Tribe will now take a much needed off day on Thursday before beginning a three-game weekend series with the Seattle Mariners at Progressive Field. Ubaldo Jimenez (3-2, 5.55 ERA) will take the hill for the Wahoo’s against M’s right-hander Brandon Maurer (2-5, 5.97 ERA) on Friday night. Jimenez is a perfect 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA in his last three starts.

Notes: Cleveland is now 16-3 when scoring the game’s first run this season….As great of a start as 22-17 is for the Tribe, the team began last year with the same exact record through the first 39 games of the 2012 season….Kluber threw 63 of his 92 pitches in the ballgame for strikes.

Follow Jim on Twitter @JBirdman27 or he can be reached via email at jberdysz27@gmail.com.

User Comments

Nick
May 16, 2013 - 12:55 PM EDT
You don't think they'd have him start off 2015? If we trade Drubs, I see no reason why as he's progressing very fine offensively and defensively he's ready right now. The kid has all the confidence in the world; the only legitimate reason I see why not to is to hold his rights a year longer.
Tony
May 16, 2013 - 9:51 AM EDT
As I noted in my prior comment, don't expect Lindor to get a lot of time in Columbus next year. Maybe the last 1-2 months, but that will probably be it. The Indians have two other priority shortstops in Akron in Ronny Rodriguez and Jose Ramirez who will get first dibs at Columbus next season. There is no rush on Lindor. He probably won't take over as the starting shortstop in Cleveland until a month or two into the 2015 season at the earliest. Only way it would be sooner is due to a combination of injuries and also complete prospect failures by Rodriguez/Ramirez over the next year-plus.
Nick
May 16, 2013 - 9:34 AM EDT
I agree League Park, it seems pretty obvious how this will work out and their path for Lindor. He'll get time in Akron this year, plenty of time in Columbus next year and we'll be our opening day starter at SS in 2015 and hopefully we'll have some good return on Drubs in 2014.
yourtribe
May 15, 2013 - 11:03 PM EDT
I meant clev in '15 as I said Columbus next yr. Just a typo.
Tony
May 15, 2013 - 10:57 PM EDT
I think people are way ahead of themselves on Lindor. He will probably play most of this season in Carolina, and may spend the last 4-6 weeks in Akron. He probably opens at Akron next season, and then finishes the last 1-2 months in Columbus and potentially is a September callup. Then he probably opens 2015 in Columbus and is a major league option at any point that season.
League Park
May 15, 2013 - 10:21 PM EDT
Next year is 2014. Cabera's contract expires after 2014. Expect tosee him traded for pitching in 2014 and Lindor to be in Cleveland the 1/2 half of 2014 or in 2015
anonymous
May 15, 2013 - 8:48 PM EDT
Good outing by kluber. Not sure on him yet but did OK today.

Lindor should be in Akron real soon. Columbus next yr and clev in '14.
Rocky55
May 15, 2013 - 8:41 PM EDT
Kip's en fuego. Nice to see Kluber pick up a win. Gotta be liking the Esmil Rogers trade.

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