Mercado hits walk-off single, Indians beat Reds 2-1 in 10 innings

The Indians improve to 34-32 on the season

James Rapien
June 11, 2019 - 10:27 pm

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Oscar Mercado hit a walk-off single in the tenth inning and the Indians beat the Reds 2-1 on Tuesday night. 

It was Mercado's first walk-off hit and the Indians' fourth walk-off of the season. Cleveland finished with six hits on the night. Mike Freeman scored the game-winning run after drawing a one-out walk earlier in the inning. Leonys Martin's single moved Freeman to third. The Reds intentionally walked Francisco Lindor, which set the table for Mercado's walk-off. 

“That was pretty incredible. I’m not going to lie," Mercado said. “I’ve never actually felt such high emotions before.”

Trevor Bauer had one of his better starts of the season, allowing just one run in 7⅔ innings. He gave up six hits, issued five walks and had six strikeouts. He got out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth inning by getting rookie outfielder Nick Senzel to ground into an inning ending double play. Bauer threw 118 pitches (76 strikes). His ERA fell to 3.71 this season.

“The results were good tonight,” Bauer said. “I don’t think i was nearly as sharp as I was my last outing, but I’ve been pitching good my last four starts. I was happy we got a win tonight.”

Carlos Santana got the Indians on the board with a solo home run in the fourth inning. He leads the team with 13 home runs on the season.

The Indians missed a golden opportunity to score in the sixth inning. They had the bases loaded with just one out. Reds starter Luis Castillo answered they bell with two strikeouts in a row. José Ramírez struck out after fouling off six pitches and then Jake Bauers was called out on strikes to end the inning.

The win went to closer Brad Hand (3-2), who pitched the final two innings. He struck out the side in the 10th, finishing with four strikeouts.

Sunshine Starts – Mike Clevinger started for Double-A Akron on Tuesday night. The 28-year-old allowed three hits in 5⅓ scoreless innings, finishing with five strikeouts. He threw 67 pitches (51 strikes) on the night and didn’t issue any walks.

Assuming everything checks out well postgame, Clevinger could join the Indians’ active roster and start this weekend. He’s hasn’t pitched for the Tribe since April 7.

Up Next – The Indians finish their two game series with the Reds on Wednesday afternoon at 1:10p. Zach Plesac will get his fourth start of the season for the Tribe. He’s 1-1 on the year with a 1.86 ERA. He’s had an impressive start to his big league career. Anthony Desclafani will be on the mound for the Reds. He’s 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA this season.