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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Indians Take A Walk In The Park To Beat Reds

The Cleveland Indians scored four runs on bases loaded walks and one on a sacrifice fly to win 5-3 in 11 innings.

Pedro Villarreal, the seventh Reds' pitcher, allowed three singles to load the bases, then walked Yan Gomes to force in the Indians' fourth run. A sacrifice fly by Jason Kipnis plated the fifth run.  Francisco Lindor singled but Jason Bourgeois threw Brandon Moss out at home.

The Indians stranded 18 base runners.

Bourgeois singled home Eugenio Suarez to send the Indians and Reds to extra Ohio Cup Innings.

With two outs and no one on with Cleveland about to frustrate the Reds leading 3-2, Suarez doubled. Bourgeois hit Cody Allen's 3-1 pitch into rightfield.  Suarez beat Ryan Raburn's throw.

Aroldis Chapman, who worked a season-high two innings, struck out five batters but not without drama.

Yan Gomes and Francisco Lindor hit singles around a pair of strikeouts.  Michael Brantley walked to load the bases.  Chapman faced pinch hitter Giovanny Urshela, the count went full. Chapman was in danger of walking in a run for the fourth time in the game. Instead Urshela swung through the pitch to strand three more Indians to make 16 for the game.

It was Chapman's 500th career strikeout. He did it in a record 292 innings to become the fastest to reach the milestone.

The Indians depended on the generosity of Johnny Cueto.

Cueto was off target, walking six in 3 2/3 innings, including Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley with the bases loaded. He struck out Carlos Santana, the last batter he faced, to strand three. The Indians stranded eight base runners in Cueto's four innings.

Jason Kipnis opened the game with single. Brantley singled in the first but Cueto got Santana to fly out for the second out.  The umpires had the field covered just before a rain delay that lasted 47 minutes.  After the delay, Cueto struck out David Murphy to leave two Cleveland runners stranded.

Eugenio Suarez got one of them back with his fifth home run against Carlos Carrasco.

Carrasco walked Billy Hamilton with one out in the fifth but backup catcher Roberto Perez threw Hamilton out stealing. It was the seventh time he'd been caught, the second time by Perez.

Relief pitchers Ryan Mattheus and Manny Parra were also in a giving mood.

Matthues walked Perez to open the sixth.  Carlos Carrasco's sacrifice bunt bounced off Mattheus' leg and all hands were safe. Kipnis drilled a pitch to the base of the righfield fence. Jay Bruce fielded it quickly and the bases were loaded.  Lindor flied out to shallow left.  Manny Parra came on and walked Brantley.  It was the third run walked in for the game.  Parra got Santana and Raburn out to strand three more Indians.
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Hamilton saved multiple runs in the seventh, after singles by Mike Aviles and Michael Bourn. Perez bunted them to second and third. Yan Gomes hit for Carrasco.  He lined what appeared to be a single to center but Hamilton picked it off the grass with a head first slide and got up in time to prevent Aviles from scoring.  Kipnis' bid to reach base for the fifth time was turned into an out by Brandon Phillips, stranding the 12th and 13th Indian baserunners.

Joey Votto's RBI single off  Allen brought the Reds to within a run.

Mark Rzepczynski pirched 2/3 inning to pick up the win in relief.

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