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2.23.2013

Indians Spring Offensive Onslaught Continues

Nino Colla | Saturday, February 23, 2013 | | | | | | | | | Best Blogger Tips
Indians - 13 | Reds 10

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I think it is safe to say what most have been saying.

If the Indians have some pitching, look out. This new-look offense has taken off. Granted it is the confines of Arizona, the Indians are mashing in their first two games.

From the outset, both teams started piling on the runs, with not a single inning going by without either team scoring a run. The Indians scored in all but the third, fifth, and eighth. If there was another inning, who knows what the outcome might have been.

And for a lot of these guys, specifically the ones coming in off the bench in these games, it's about competing and showing what you have.

"You've got to respect that this is like the regular season for these guys," Indians manager Terry Francona said after Saturday's game. "[Raburn] understands that. It's the second game, but it's still nice to see. He's taken a couple of nice swings. It's fun to watch."

He mentions Raburn, because he was the one who likely had the best day of anyone.

Rakin' Raburn: It's been two games, but the former Tiger already has three home runs. Ryan Raburn hit two, two-run homers one in the seventh and another in the ninth to pad the Indians late lead. What a few games he's had already. Inside track to a bench job?

More Runs: Asdrubal Cabrera was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs batted in, and yesterday's hero Mike McDade also knocked in another run. Cord Phelps scored twice and hit a solo home run. Adding a RBI was Juan Diaz who scored a pair and was 2-for-2. Michael Brantley and Jesus Aguilar both had two hits and Lonnie Chisenhall knocked in a run for the second straight game.
Photo - Chuck Crow via Cleveland.com

Myers goes two: Brett Myers made his debut for the Indians and said he felt fine. He mainly worked on his fastball and changeup, trying to establish those before he incorporates everything else. He noted that the changeup is his fourth pitch, so he's trying to work on it, something he probably didn't need as a reliever the past few years. He went two innings giving up an earned run (two total) off three hits and a walk. He struck out a pair.

Kluber follows suit: Corey Kluber also went two innings, and he ended up giving up two runs off four hits with no walks and a pair of whiffs. He's battling for a spot in the rotation, so everything is an audition for him from this point on.

Bullpen Massacre: Matt Albers struggled... Like struggled. The reliever gave up four runs off four hits and  a walk. The gentlemen that joined him from Arizona in the Choo trade, Bryan Shaw, notched the save by striking out a pair in the ninth inning. Scott Barnes gave up a run in one inning, and Chris Perez pitched a solid fifth inning, striking out one and giving up a hit.

Next Game: The Indians and Reds will do it one more time for the weekend with a 3:05 tilt. The Indians have a second game with the Brewers on the road. Zach McAllister gets the home start, while Carlos Carrasco goes on the road to face the Brewers. Also pitching are Daisuke Matsuzaka, David Huff, Scott Kazmir, and the debut of Trevor Bauer

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