Tomlin leads charge in 4-2 win over Brewers
Cleveland's lossless streak now at 10 games
Goodyear, AZ – With the Cleveland Indians still in search of a fifth starter, Josh Tomlin bolstered his hopes Sunday afternoon, leading the tribe to a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Tomlin, battling for the final rotation spot with Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco, amongst others, threw four scoreless innings. The righty surrendered three hits and one walk while fanning five.
Still recovering from Tommy John surgery that cost him over a year of his career, Tomlin looked strong and controlled his off-speed pitches well, especially his curveball. Tomlin’s lone walk, coming in the first inning to catcher Jonathan Lucroy, broke a streak of 20 walk-free innings by Cleveland pitchers.
The Indians offense was able to push across four runs on eight hits and five walks. Asdrubal Cabrera got things going in the first inning with a leadoff double down the left-field line. Two batters later, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall knocked Cabrera in with a bloop single to center field.
Justin Sellers added to the lead in the bottom half of the second with an RBI single. Sellers had two hits on the day, including a double. Matt Carson scored the third run of the game in the sixth inning on a misplayed ball by left fielder Mitch Haniger.
A few of the Indians' top prospects also appeared in Sunday’s game, but failed to make an impact. Francisco Lindor, Tyler Naquin, Jesus Aguilar, Carlos Moncrief, Joe Wendle, and Jake Lowery all registered at-bats, but collectively went 0-6.
Aside from Tomlin, the Cleveland pitching staff performed beautifully through eight innings. Travis Banwart, a righty out of Wichita State and obtained from the Oakland Athletics, allowed the only two runs of the game as he labored through the top half of the ninth. C.C. Lee followed Tomlin and threw a perfect fifth inning while striking out two. Bryan Price pitched a scoreless sixth and John Axford worked out of a jam in the seventh the keep the shutout alive.
For Milwaukee, starter Wily Peralta struggled with command from the onset. The righty, projected to be the Brewers fourth starter, got into trouble in the second inning when he walked two consecutive batters and hit Matt Carson with a pitch. Lucroy was able to save a run by throwing out Jeff Francoeur on a steal attempt. Peralta finished the day three earned runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out two.
Looking ahead to Monday, the Indians will host the Angels, where 2013 wild card starter Danny Salazar will make his Cactus League debut. The righty is scheduled to throw two innings while Trevor Bauer is slated to throw three. Cleveland will be looking to keep its 10-game lossless streak (nine wins and one tie) intact. Game time is set for 4:05 pm ET.