For the second straight night, the Cleveland Indians faced a Cy Young award-winning pitcher.
A game after roughing up two-time winner Roy Halladay, the Indians stomped on a familiar face, Cliff Lee, en route to a 6-0 victory on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.
The Tribe powered through on multi-hit performances from four hitters, including a 4-5 night for OF Ryan Raburn.
Injuries have put Raburn, the team’s super utility man coming out of Spring Training, all around the field and lineup for the better part of two weeks. He started his fifth game in four days on Wednesday, notching another offensive outburst.
- Against the Royals on Monday, Raburn went 4-4 with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI’s
- Against the Phillies on Tuesday, Raburn went 3-4 with 2 HR’s, 3 RBI’s and 3 runs scored
Then came Wednesday night. With four more hits in the contest, Raburn is now 11-13 in his last three games with five extra-base hits.
Raburn wasn’t the only one swinging well against Philadelphia’s pitching on Wednesday, as the team recorded 14 hits, going 6-16 with runners in scoring position.
A three-run inning cemented the Indians’ early lead in the third, as four straight batters reached base, including a two-run double from Asdrubal Cabrera. Raburn followed with a single scoring Cabrera.
Meanwhile, Indians starter Trevor Bauer (1-1) won his first game of the season, battling through shaky command. In five innings, Bauer walked six different Phillies hitters, but allowed just a lone hit.
It looked like his wildness had caught up to him in the fifth inning, as Philadelphia’s Laynce Nix and Ben Revere led off the inning with back-to-back walks. Bauer managed to get the next three hitters out to end the threat and maintain his scoreless effort.
With the victory, the Indians are now just one game under .500 on the year, having now won four consecutive games. The Tribe has won seven of their last 10 games, as the team has pulled to within 2.5 games of first place.
AL Central Scores for Wednesday, May 1
Minnesota Twins @ Detroit Tigers: 6-2
Philadelphia Phillies @ Cleveland Indians: 6-0
Chicago White Sox @ Texas Rangers: 5-2
Tampa Bay Rays @ Kansas City Royals: 9-8 in the 9th inning
AL Central Standings for May 2, 2013
Kansas City Royals:…14-10…0.0 games back
Detroit Tigers:…….…15-11….0.0 games back
Minnesota Twins:……12-12….2.0 games back
Cleveland Indians…….12-13….2.5 games back
Chicago White Sox:….10-15….4.5 games back
AL Central Schedule for Thursday, May 2
Tampa Bay Rays @ Kansas City Royals – 2:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox @ Texas Rangers – 8:05 p.m.
Detroit Tigers @ Houston Astros – 8:10 p.m.
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