Chisenhall, Gomes hit RBI doubles to wipe out Dodgers' lead
By Ken Gurnick and Jordan Bastian
MLB.com |@kengurnick |
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Doubles by Yan Gomes and Lonnie Chisenhall keyed a three-run seventh inning off reliever Chris Hatcher as the Indians rallied for a 4-2 win over the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch on Sunday.
The Indians comeback wiped out a 2-1 Dodgers lead on solo home runs by Kiké Hernandez and Yasiel Puig off Cy Young winner Corey Kluber.
Mr. Utility: Hernandez, acquired from Florida in the Dee Gordon trade, is making a strong bid for an Opening Day roster spot with home runs in his last three games. He has started at three infield spots and center field.
Who's Your Daddy?: Huff got the start three days after the birth of his first child. The non-roster invitee who reinvented himself after a midseason trade last year from the Giants to the Yankees, is battling for a job and can start and relieve.
Klubot, activate: Kluber, the Indians' Opening Day starter, stretched things out to 5 2/3 innings in his outing against the Dodgers. The right-hander was in vintage form, generating nine outs via ground balls and striking out six. Kluber walked one and allowed a pair of homers (leadoff shots to Hernandez and Puig in the first and fourth, respectively). Following each homer, Kluber set down the next three batters in order. Kluber struck out four of the final five batters he faced, and retired 11 of 12 hitters to end his start.
"It's probably the best consistently throughout an outing that I've thrown," said Kluber, who chose to stay in longer than his scheduled five innings. "That feeling that I've been looking for on a consistent basis kind of came today, and I was able to keep it instead of having it for an inning, losing it for an inning and having it. It was encouraging."
Aggressive Aviles: Utility man Mike Aviles, who filled in at second base for a sidelined Jason Kipnis (mid-back spasms), did his part in manufacturing a run for Cleveland in the fourth inning. Aviles reached with a leadoff single and promptly stole second base. The sprint to second paid off, as Aviles advanced to third base on a flyout to right by Michael Brantley and then scored easily on a sac fly to center by Carlos Santana.
"Mikey understands," Indians manager Terry Francona said, "that playing the game intelligently, but kind of with your pants on fire, leads to a lot of energy in our dugout. It's a good way to play. Again, you've got to be smart, but he has a good way of doing that."
"Last year I was forcing a three-quarters arm slot and Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild told me to act like I'm fielding a ground ball and throw from that arm slot. After that, I was able to throw to both sides of the plate and just went from there." -- Huffon approach
"The one to Puig, I missed my location really bad. Obviously, he's a strong guy and he put a really good swing on it. The first one was probably just the result of getting into a full count. The first batter of the game, he probably knows the fastball is coming. it wasn't a bad pitch, but he put a good swing on it."
-- Kluber, on the two home runs he allowed
"He was starting to criss-cross the zone a little bit, late life, hitting his spots. He was pretty good, to the point where we even sent him back out in the sixth just to try to drive that pitch count up a little bit. Since he was so efficient, we let him get another up-and-down." -- Francona on Kluber
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Aviles recently missed a week due to a sore right elbow, but it hasn't slowed him down at the plate. The veteran has recorded a hit in each of his first two games back, giving him a .375 (9-for-24) average with five runs in nine Cactus League games.
Right-hander Zach McAllister, who is vying for a job either in the Indians' rotation or bullpen, is scheduled to work four innings on Monday, when Cleveland hosts the A's in a 4:05 p.m. ET Cactus League tilt at Goodyear Ballpark. Lefty Kyle Crockett is tentatively penciled in for an inning after leaving his outing Friday with tightness in his right hamstring. Slugger Brandon Moss should be back in the lineup after a day off Sunday. The game will be on MLB.TV.
The Dodgers have switched starting pitchers for Monday's game against Arizona at Camelback Ranch. Former D-back Brandon McCarthy, the original starter, will instead pitch in a Minor League game. His start will be taken by former first-round pick Chris Anderson, who was already reassigned to Minor League camp. The Dodgers will go back to using the DH (Adrian Gonzalez) and Hernandez will start in center field. Outfielders Puig, Carl Crawford and Joc Pederson won't play. The game will be on MLB.TV.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.