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Indians lose fourth straight, fall 4-2 to Reds

Late Joey Votto home run lifts Cincinnati to series opening victory

Indians lose fourth straight, fall 4-2 to Reds
May 27, 2013
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CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto hit a tie-breaking, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 in the first game of two at Great American Ballpark.

The homer came off Indians reliever Nick Hagadone, who was called up from Triple-A Columbus to replaceChris Perez (15 day disabled list). Shin-Soo Chooopened the inning with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball by Carlos Santana. With Choo on third following a sacrifice, Votto homered to left to put the Reds up 4-2.

Hagadone (0-1, 8.71) was done after just a third of an inning pitched, allowing two runs on two hits. Bryan Shawretired the final two batters in order, striking out one.

Ubaldo Jimenez pitched well enough to earn a win, but did not receive enough run support. In seven innings of work, he allowed two earned runs on four hits and four walks. He struck out six batters, including the final two he faced.

The Indians offense struggled to put runs on the board against Cincinnati starter Mike Leake. In the fourth, second baseman Jason Kipnis opened the inning with a single and advanced to third on an error by Brandon Phillips. Santana followed with a ball deep to left-center that was caught, allowing Kipnis to tag and score from third, making the score 1-1.

The Reds held a 2-1 lead when Jason Giambi hit a pinch-hit solo homer to center, his third of the season and first since April 20. The blast tied the game and traveled an estimated 467 feet. The hit was his ninth career pinch-hit homer ended a 0-for-24 slump.

The home run drove Leake from the game after seven and one-third innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out seven.

Jonathan Broxton (2-1, 4.22) retired the final two batters in the eighth to pick up his second win of the season.Aroldis Chapman retired the side in order in the ninth to pick up his 13th save.

Choo took revenge on his former team in the top of the first with a leadoff homer to left, his 10th of the season. The Reds scored their second run off Jimenez in the sixth when Phillips hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Zack Cozart from third.

The Indians will play game two of the series Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. Zach McAllister (4-3, 2.89) will seek his fourth win of the season against Cincinnati starter Mat Latos (4-0, 3.17).

Notes: The Reds are now 40-42 in their inter-league series with the Indians. … Carlos Santana had two passed balls. The Indians are 15-16 when Santana starts at catcher. They are 12-5 when Yan Gomes is behind the dish.

Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English.  He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall.  Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.

User Comments

May 28, 2013 - 12:06 PM EDT
Yes Tony, I get where you're coming from, but if you look around the league there are more and more catchers that can hit the ball well and catch and throw like Pudge Rodriguez. I would like to see Yan Gomes in the lineup more, As far as I'm concerned they could leave Santana in Cincinatti for a couple of Cincy Triple A guys. Although I doubt Dusty would be interested as his act won't play so well without the DH in the NL.
May 27, 2013 - 11:08 PM EDT
For the position Santana plays, he is an elite bat. At first base, he obviously would not be. But Santana is the closest thing the Indians have to an elite bat in their lineup and true middle of the lineup threat. No other player has his patience, power and run production ability.
May 27, 2013 - 10:53 PM EDT
I've never liked Santana as a catcher and I don't think the losing record w him behind the dish is a coincidence. He is very athletic but subject to brain farts. Have to disagree w Tony that he is an elite hitter. Lots of talent yes, but a fry or two short of a happy meal. I am not pleased w the Hagadone revolving door either and I was disappointed they called him up again to bolster a rattled bullpen after his previous failures. The only pitch he can throw for strikes with any regularity is a 93-94 four seam fastball that's poker straight. Good hitters whether left or right handed look to barrel it and that's exactly what Joey Votto did. End result another wasted great start. Hagadone is no kid. He pitched w Tim Lincecum in college. He's had 5-6 years in the pros to learn how to pitch and he hasn't done it yet. I would file him in the Rolodex under enigmatic left handed Indians pitching prospects who never made it with David Huff, Scott Lewis, Jeremy Sowers. Nice to see Huff sign w the Yankees. Yankee fans will always remember him unconscious on the mound in Yankee stadium, raising his arm and giving the thumbs up before being carted off the field 3yrs ago after being felled by a batted ball. I guess they figure they owe him, hope he does well.

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