Santana, Bauer lead Tribe to shutout of Cubs
CHICAGO -- The Cubs celebrated the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win but were unable to pick up a win of their own on Tuesday night. Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer and an RBI double and Francisco Lindor notched his first Major League RBI to lead the Indians to a 6-0 Interleague victory over the Cubs in front of 35,914 at Wrigley Field.
Trevor Bauer scattered four hits over seven innings for the win, while Jake Arrieta took the loss, issuing a season-high six walks. It's the fifth time the Cubs have been shut out this season.
"Any time you go out and put up zeros, things are going pretty well," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Bauer. "He got himself into a bind in the third -- bases loaded and had a full count -- and he reached back and got a big out there. Other than that, it looked like he got stronger as he went. It's pretty impressive."
Before the game, the Blackhawks paraded around Wrigley Field with the Stanley Cup, which they won Monday night by beating the Lightning in six games. The Cubs and Indians had been scheduled to play Monday but that game was postponed until Aug. 24 because of rain. The Cubs now are 2-6 after an off-day.
"It's just one of those nights," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "It just seems like the day after an off-day, we lose 6-0."
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Cleaning up again: Santana looked comfortable back in the cleanup spot (his first appearance in the No. 4 slot since May 3). After Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley drew walks in the third inning, the switch-hitting Santana crushed a 1-0 pitch from Arrieta to right field, where it dropped into the bleachers for a three-run homer. It marked Santana's eighth homer this year and his second in the past three games.
"Regardless of where they would have been hitting," Francona said, "when we swing the bat like that, we're going to be just fine. Carlos came up with a couple men on, and the ballpark was playing really big. … And my goodness."
Arrieta's outing: It was a struggle for Arrieta, who threw 112 pitches over five innings. It's the first time he's walked six in a game since July 31, 2011, when he did so against the Yankees. The right-hander had given up four earned runs over 12 innings in his two previous starts this month, and was charged with four Tuesday. He had not faced the Indians since 2012, but now has a career 8.69 ERA in four starts against them.
"I'm just frustrated with myself for the inability to overcome some of the walks and make some pitches," Arrieta said. " I just got beat tonight."
An inning of firsts: Bauer began the fifth inning with a base hit to center field, marking his first Major League hit (ending an 0-for-7 spell since 2012). Bauer's single helped set the table for Cleveland's second run. Kipnis replaced Bauer on the bases via a fielder's choice groundout, stole second and then scored on a single to center by Lindor. That marked the first RBI for Lindor, who was starting his first game in the Majors.
"The first two at-bats, I was a little bit anxious," Lindor said. "But, I was capable of slowing the game down and just trying to be myself out there the rest of the game. It paid off. I'm happy we won."
Welcome to the show: Kyle Schwarber, called up from Double-A Tennessee to be the designated hitter for the Cubs' next five games in American League ballparks, made his Major League debut as catcher in the ninth, subbing for Miguel Montero who was ejected after the Indians' eighth. The Cubs' first-round pick in the 2014 Draft, Schwarber batted .320 at Tennessee. He was called out on strikes in his first MLB at-bat in the ninth. More >
"It was unexpected," Schwarber said about catching on his first day in the big leagues. "I didn't know it was going to happen. They said, 'Schwarber, you're up.' ... Then [David Ross] said, 'You're catching.' It was fun and a good experience to get that first inning behind the plate in."
Cubs reliever Zac Rosscup took over in the ninth and faced three batters, then fell behind 3-1 to Brandon Moss before exiting because of tightness in his left shoulder. Rosscup, who last pitched on Sunday, could not get loose, Maddon said. The lefty will be reevaluated on Wednesday.
Following the top of the fourth inning, Indians center fielder Michael Bourn approached home-plate umpire Phil Cuzzi near home plate and began arguing. After the two exchanged some words, Cuzzi ejected Bourn from the game and the Cleveland center fielder shouted angrily at the umpire before leaving the field. In two at-bats, Bourn struck out twice, including being caught looking in the fourth inning. David Murphy replaced Bourn in the lineup and handled left field, while Brantley shifted from left to center.
"I went up and told him I thought the ball was six inches outside, which it was," Bourn said. "I looked at it and it was out. He said, 'That's what you came to tell me?' I said, 'Yeah.' He said, 'You can't wait until you come up to bat to tell me? That's when you should tell me.' I said, 'I felt like saying it now.' And he tossed me. I didn't cuss at him. I didn't say anything derogatory to him. I feel like I had a right to talk to him about it."
Montero was tossed by Cuzzi at the end of the Indians eighth. The Cubs catcher had apparently been bothered by some of the calls all night. After he was ejected, Montero started to argue with Cuzzi, and Maddon interrupted them, but continued to talk to the umpire during the break.
Arrieta also had an issue with some of the calls.
"Regardless of whether the call goes in your favor or not, you still have the ability to make something happen after the fact," Arrieta said. "Some things didn't go our way, but at the end of the day, we got beat all the way around."
Indians: Tribe fans in Cleveland will get their first look at highly touted shortstop Lindor on Wednesday, when the Indians return home to open a two-game series against the Cubs at Progressive Field. Right-hander Shaun Marcum (3-1, 4.09 ERA) is scheduled to start for Cleveland in the 7:10 p.m. ET Interleague tilt.
Cubs: Schwarber, promoted from Double-A Tennessee on Tuesday, will make his first Major League start Wednesday as the designated hitter. Schwarber, the Cubs' first-round pick in the 2014 Draft, was batting .320 in the Minors. Tsuyoshi Wada gets the start against the Indians in this home-and-home series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CT from Cleveland.
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