Reds hit four home runs, beat Indians 7-2

The Indians fall to 34-33 on the season

James Rapien
June 12, 2019 - 4:17 pm
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 12: Zach Plesac #65 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Progressive Field on June 12, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)

Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images


CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians got off to a rough start and never recovered on Wednesday afternoon. The Reds began the game with back-to-back home runs in a 7-2 victory over the Tribe.

Indians starter Zach Plesac allowed four runs and five hits in 5⅓ innings. He gave up back-to-back home runs to start the game. He retired 13 straight batters after that, but the damage was already done. The Reds scored a run in the fifth and sixth inning to extend their lead to 4-1. Plesac falls to 1-2 on the season. His ERA rose to 2.92.

Cleveland allowed two home runs to start a game in Cleveland in team history. The last time they allowed back-to-back home runs to start the game was in Chicago, against the White Sox on June 12, 2018. Adam Plutko was on the mound for the Tribe.

The Indians’ bats never got going in this two-game series against the Reds. They had just six hits in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Cincinnati. They finished with just five hits on Wednesday. The Tribe got on the board in the second when Tyler Naquin scored on Mike Freeman’s groundout to make it 2-1.

The Tribe had a chance to take the lead in the third. Leonys Martin drew a walk and Francisco Lindor singled to start the inning. They advanced to second and third base on Oscar Mercado’s sacrifice bunt. Carlos Santana walked to load the bases, but Tyler Naquin grounded into a double play to end the inning.

The Indians and Reds split their first series in their battle for the Ohio Cup. The two teams will play again in Cincinnati on July 6-7. The Indians have had the cup for the past four seasons.

Slamtana – Carlos Santana hit two home runs in this series, giving him 14 on the season. Santana, 33, was fourth among first basemen in the latest All-Star voting results, but he might be the Indians' best shot at having a position player in the 'Midsummer Classic.' He has a .286 batting average and 42 RBI this season. 

Sunshine returns – Mike Clevinger’s next start will be in the big leagues. The 28-year-old will pitch against the Texas Rangers on Monday. His last start for the Indians was on April 7. For more on Clevinger’s return, go here.

Honoring the Hall of Famer – Marty Brennaman called his last game in Cleveland on Wednesday. The Hall of Famer has been calling games for the Reds since 1974. The Indians honored him in the third inning and he joined Tom Hamilton in the radio booth.

"He and Nuxy [Joe Nuxhall> together, to me that's baseball," Francona said. "You could listen to the radio and you didn't need a T.V. The big left-hander rounding third, headed for home. They played off each other, they were just so good for each other and I got to be there for that. It's hard to have one without the other."

Up Next – The Indians have Thursday off. They begin a three-game series in Detroit on Friday. Adam Plutko will be on the mound for the Indians. He enters with a 2-1 record and a 5.19 ERA. He’ll go up against Ryan Carpenter, who’s 1-3 on the season with a 7.89 ERA.