Cleveland Indians vs. Philadelphia Phillies Series Recap

The Cleveland Indians continued their slide in Philadelphia over the weekend Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Indians continued their slide in Philadelphia over the weekend
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After a dissapointing series in Minnesota, the Indians looked to rebound for their weekend series in Philadelphia. The Phillies, hot off a three game sweep of the Washington Nationals, had other plans for their weekend. 

The Indians served up a third walkoff in four games on Friday, courtesy of Ryan Howard
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Looking for their second straight win, Cleveland sent Corey Kluber to the hill in game on up against Philadelphia's Adam Morgan. Morgan was making his first start of 2016, after being called up to replace the injured Charlie Morton. Each pitcher cruised through the first four innings, but Cleveland put together a two out rally in the fifth, started off by none other than Corey Kluber. Kluber hit a double down the left field line,thanks to his hustle and Phillie left fielder David Lough's lack of hustle, and Rajai Davis drove him home with an RBI single. On a night where the wind had knocked several deep would-be homeruns down already, Jason Kipnis cracked one through the wind into the right field seats to make it a 3-0 Cleveland lead. In the bottom half of the inning, the Phillies wasted no time getting right back into the game. Veterans Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz doubled on back-to-back pitches cutting the lead to 3-1, Cesar Hernandez reached on an error by Mike Napoli, David Lough delivered an RBI single, and Darin Ruff hit into a double play that tied the game just like that. Kluber bounced back for the next two innings, and each bullpen pitched great and forced the game into extra innings. In the bottom of the tenth, Cody Allen came in to pitch with the bases loaded and one out, but escaped the jam and the game went to the eleventh. Unfortunately for Allen, his luck ended in the bottom of the eleventh on one swing from Ryan Howard. 

Things to note about game one

*Corey Kluber's double was the first extra base hit by an Indians pitcher since CC Sabathia hit a homerun in 2008

*The Indians snapped the Phillies 26 scoreless inning streak

*Kluber turned in his second straight quality start, going 7 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 6 strikeouts in a no decision

*Andrew Bailey turned in a nasty two scoreless innings while striking out four

*Philadelphia pitchers struck out the Indians hitters 18 times

*Ryan Howard was 3-5 with two runs scored and an RBI

Freddy Galvis led the Phillies to a 4-3 game two victory
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With Trevor Bauer making his first start of the season, Cleveland looked to snap their skid with a big win. Bauer's first start got a rude welcome in the first inning, when shortstop Freddy Galvis hammered a homerun that gave the Phillies an early 2-0 lead. Bauer, again, got himself into trouble in the second inning, and wound up surrendering an RBI single to Phillie pitcher Jerad Eickhoff to make it a 3-0 game. In the third inning, Lonnie Chisenhall was bunted over to third by Bauer after doubling to start the inning, and Jason Kipnis cut the lead to 3-1 with a sacrifice fly. The Indians got another sac fly in the fifth off the bat of Roberto Perez after a triple from Tyler Naquin, and Jason Kipnis tied it with an RBI single later in the inning. Once again, the Indians pitching failed to hold the game there, as Tommy Hunter gave up a weak RBI single to Freddy Galvis in the seventh inning. 

In the top of the ninth, Cleveland threatened against former Indian Jeanmar Gomez. With runners on second and third with two outs, Gomez faced Jason Kipnis and got some help from his defense. 

Things to note about game two

*With the exception of Tommy Hunter, the Indians bullpen allowed just one baserunner after taking over in the fifth inning

*Tommy Hunter debuted for Cleveland after being removed from the DL the day before, Hunter got the loss after going one inning and allowing one run on two hits

*The Philadelphia 'pen allowed just three hits after taking over in the seventh, two of which were off of Jeanmar Gomez

*Odubel Herrera reached base for his 21st consecutive game

The Phillies looked for their second straight sweep on Sunday, and Vince Velasquez obliged
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With the Indians hoping to avoid a sweep, they turned to Danny Salazar, who has been off to a great start. Salazar started the game out great, including a streak of five straight strikeouts to end the first and get through the second inning. In the third inning, Salazar ran into trouble and lost himself the game on his own mistake. After he issued a one out walk to pitcher Vince Velasquez, Peter Bourjos singled to make it first and second with one out. Two batters later Freddy Galvis delivered a two out RBI single, and in the next at bat Salazar made one of the worst mistakes a pitcher can make by balking in a run to make it 2-0 Philadelphia. In the fourth, Cleveland tried to answer back against Velasquez and got the inning started by a pair of leadoff walks, but Velasquez got a popout, a strikeout, and some help from his defense. 

After Darin Ruf denied Rajai Davis of a clutch hit, the only noise the Indians would make was a solo homerun by Carlos Santana in the ninth inning. The Phillies secured their second straight sweep, and the Indians lost their fifth out of their last six. 

Things to note about game three

*Danny Salazar was the tough luck loser after going 7 strong innings and striking out 8

*The Indians offense couldn't capitalize on the four walks issued by Vince Velasquez, and wound up stranding 14 runners despite only walking four times and getting four hits

*Hector Neris recorded his first career save for Philadelphia

*Odubel Herrera went 0-3 and lost his on base streak