Arizona Diamondbacks stop surging Cleveland Indians with sweep
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 12:53
But it can certainly dig itself a hole too big to crawl out of.
But, as we saw throughout the opening series, Arizona was just taking their time to get warmed up. This year, a similar roster entered the season with much more modest expectations.
Cleveland led 3-0 after the first two innings.
For Sunday's game, the Indians will be bringing out Corey Kluber.
Arizona's former AL Cy Young victor Zack Greinke pitched into the seventh inning for his first victory of the season Saturday, benefiting from a four-run sixth inning in another comeback victory.
Earlier this week, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced plans to put a humidor in Chase Field to give the pitchers a little more of a chance, and it is expected to be ready by June at the latest.
Francisco Lindor had two hits for Cleveland (3-2), and his double off the top of the fence in right-center field with one out in the sixth inning was about a foot from his fourth homer in three games.
Indians: Opening day starter Corey Kluber looks for his first win of the season Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Kluber allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings. Not a bad day's work.
Patrick Corbin came out strong in his second outing.
Abraham Almonte singled in a run with one out in the ninth inning after a two-base throwing error by third baseman Jake Lamb, but Fernando Rodney retired the final two for his second save.
The Indians scored their first run in an unusual seventh inning.
"We've got a relentless team here that grinds out every at-bat, every pitch, every inning", Drury said. "Moments like that where your heart stops, you're up, you're down and you end up winning the game". With Trevor Bauer set to face Zack Greinke in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 9.5 runs. He flipped the ball to Owings, who was covering second base on the play for the out.
Arizona took three of four games from San Francisco earlier in the week, coming from behind in all three victories. It's hard to rest on a series win when a team like the Indians gets off the bus at Chase Field.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are off to the best start in baseball.
With runners on first and second and no one out, Austin Jackson grounded into a potential double play. Manager Terry Francona said he could be activated in time for the Indians' home opener on April 11. Two errors were assessed to him on the play. He came around to score two batters later. "We've got to keep grinding away". Everyone's kind of pulling on the same rope and moving in the right direction. He was able to stay in the game though.
In all, there were three challenges in the inning. They'll also hit Los Angeles and San Diego before returning home on April 21. The ace of the staff was treated for blisters on his throwing hand this past week before posting his first quality start of 2017 - 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
The Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder and former Wapahani baseball player has reached base safely in his first eight plate appearances this season.
The Indians' loaded lineup managed just seven runs in the series, and both their runs Sunday were unearned. They showed signs with a five-game winning streak, including a four-game sweep of the Giants on the road, but followed that up by losing a series to the Pirates, splitting with the Cardinals and losing six in a row to the Rockies and Marlins.
Innings 4-6 have been the breakthrough points for the Diamondbacks seven games into the season.