Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, May 30th
(All times Eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (33-20) at Cleveland Indians (28-24), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Homer Bailey (3-3, 3.08)
Cleveland - Scott Kazmir (2-2, 5.94)
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians were able to experience the thrill of
victory their last time out and look to split this Ohio series versus the
Cincinnati Reds Thursday from Progressive Field.
The Indians were embroiled in a five-game lull until disposing of the Reds,
5-2, Wednesday. After losing the first two portions of this series at
Cincinnati, the Indians fired back in front of their own fans to win for just
the second time in the past nine tries.
Veteran slugger Jason Giambi homered for a second straight game and his three-
run blast in the sixth inning extended Cleveland's lead.
"I love it," Giambi said. "There's no greater feeling in the world than to be
able to help contribute and help the ballclub out. It's exciting. That's what
brings me back. Sometimes I wish I was still 25 or 26-years-old."
Mark Reynolds belted his 13th home run of the season and Asdrubal Cabrera
recorded two hits and a pair of runs scored. The Tribe was able to pull within
1 1/2 games of Detroit for the AL Central lead after the Tigers lost at
Indians starter Justin Masterson fanned seven batters and allowed one run and
four hits in six innings, improving to 8-3 on the season.
Cleveland, which hosts Tampa Bay for three games this weekend, will hand the
ball to Scott Kazmir Thursday and he is 0-1 in his last three starts. Kazmir
has recorded back-to-back no-decisions and pitched well in Saturday's 7-4 loss
at Boston, giving up two runs in five innings with six strikeouts.
The left-handed Kazmir is 2-0 in three home starts and has never faced
Cincinnati in his career.
Cincinnati entered last night's opener at Progressive Field winners of two
straight and seven of eight, but Bronson Arroyo was victimized by Giambi's
home run and finished with five runs and eight hits allowed in 5 2/3 innings
to sustain the loss. Arroyo allowed only two runs in the first five innings.
"It was one of those days I knew I didn't have a whole lot of weapons going
into the game, especially a sharp breaking ball. I didn't have it," Arroyo
said on the team's website. "It forced me to kind of tip my hand early in the
ballgame to get through those first two innings. When you do that, sometimes
you're risking pigeonholing yourself with it late in the ballgame and not
having something to go to in a situation."
Joey Votto and Xavier Paul both homered for the Reds, who are even with
the Pirates at 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the NL Central lead. The Reds
will visit the Steel City for three games over the weekend.
The Reds hope Homer Bailey can stop their eight-game losing streak in
Cleveland when he toes the rubber Thursday. Bailey is 2-0 in his last four
starts and threw six innings of two-run ball in a 5-2 win over the Chicago
Cubs on Saturday. He is now 3-3 in 10 appearances with a 3.08 ERA.
Bailey, a right-hander, is only 1-3 in five road assignments and 2-2 with a
5.28 ERA in six career starts against the Indians.
Cincinnati and Cleveland split six matchups a season ago.
05/30 10:32:43 ET