Tribe routs Reds with overwhelming offense

May 17th, 2016

CLEVELAND -- The Indians used a perfect combination of stellar pitching and overwhelming offense to claim a 13-1 rout over the Reds at Progressive Field on Tuesday night. Righty Alfredo Simon gave up a career-high 10 runs in the loss for Cincinnati.

Tuesday's offensive display led to the Indians scoring 13-plus runs and recording 15-plus hits in consecutive games for the first time since May 19-20, 1998, when they did so against the Royals. In Monday's series opener, Cleveland churned out 15 runs on 19 hits against Cincinnati. It also represented the first time since April 7-9, 1997 (vs. Colorado) that the Reds have given up 13 runs in back-to-back games.

"We did it one through nine," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Everyone chipped in. Everybody got some hits and took some walks. … It's kind of rare. So you take it and enjoy it. We will move on quickly, because we have to play them again tomorrow."

Similar to Monday, the Tribe used a seven-run outburst over two innings to jump out to an early lead. Indians center fielder Rajai Davis highlighted the four-run second and three-run third with an RBI base knock and two-run double into left.

The early flurry of runs chased Simon out of the game after 4 1/3 innings, in which he gave up 10 runs on 14 hits. The 14 hits surrendered were the most allowed by a Cincinnati starter since Homer Bailey on July 26, 2008, against the Rockies.

"It was tough," Simon said. "When I got two strikes, I tried to throw the ball down as much as I can. It's no excuse. I tried to make it down. It's not happening right now. It's frustrating for me. I'll try to be better the next start."

Short starts, taxed bullpen hampering Reds

Cleveland's run support was more than enough to aid right-hander Danny Salazar to his fourth win of the season. The 26-year-old hurler tossed 7 1/3 innings, in which he allowed one run off five hits. He punched out eight batters and walked one. His five hits surrendered were the most he has given up in a single game all year.


Walk this way: Reliever Steve Delabar replaced Simon in the fifth but didn't help matters. Delabar faced six batters, walking five of them -- Mike Napoli, Jose Ramirez, Yan Gomes and Lonnie Chisenhall -- consecutively. It marked the first time the Indians had four straight walks with the bags full since June 25, 1969, against Boston. Delabar became the first Reds pitcher to walk five in an inning since April 24, 2009 (Edinson Volquez). The Reds last issued four bases-loaded walks in a game on July 19, 2015, vs. Cleveland (Johnny Cueto 2, Ryan Mattheus 1, Pedro Villarreal 1).

"I really can't explain what happened," Delabar said. "I came in … five walks, it's unexplainable and unacceptable. I got a text from my wife. It had to be a dream. It didn't seem like it even happened. After I came in … a loss for words."

Salazar saddles Reds: Entering Tuesday's start, Salazar posted a league-leading .151 opposing batting average. Cincinnati got its first hit off the right-hander in the second inning on a single into right by right fielder Jay Bruce. However, Salazar responded by retiring the next 16 batters before surrendering a hit to designated hitter Brandon Phillips in the seventh.

"All my pitches were there," Salazar said. "Getting ahead in the count with the first pitch, even [when I don't], coming back with the second pitch for a strike, that was huge tonight. Being on the same page with [Yan] Gomes, throwing my fastball inside and outside, and using my two-seamer. I think that was the key." More >

Bruce keeps it up: The Reds didn't have many hits vs. Salazar, but Jay Bruce had two, with singles in the second and seventh innings. Bruce went 8-for-16 on the road trip but only had one extra base hit -- a double.


"That might have been the easiest run scored I've had. I worked on my leads. I was very professional, I got some stuff done there. Some good crow hops and secondary leads. That doesn't happen often. Obviously, when pitchers are struggling, you never want to help them. That was the best part about it was, is that guys were having good at-bats and swinging at strikes. " -- Jason Kipnis, on walking around the bases in the fifth inning


Salazar saw a unique franchise-record streak come to an end on Tuesday. With five hits allowed, his run of consecutive starts with four or fewer hits allowed stopped at eight. The previous mark was seven such starts in a row by Sam McDowell, who achieved the feat for the Indians in 1966. Hall of Famer Bob Feller is third on that list with a streak of six straight starts of that type in 1946 for Cleveland.

This was the fifth time this season the Reds gave up 13 or more runs in a game, the most in the league.


Reds: As the home-and-home series moves down I-71 to Great American Ball Park, the Reds will start Brandon Finnegan vs. Cleveland at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Finnegan tied a career high with five walks in his last four-inning start and will have to try and demonstrate better command.

Indians: Right-hander Mike Clevinger is slated to make his Major League debut against the Reds. In seven starts, Clevinger posted a 5-0 record with a 3.03 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings with Triple-A Columbus. Last season, Clevinger led all Tribe Minor Leaguers with 145 strikeouts at Double-A Akron.

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