Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Indians romp Halladay and Phillies, 14-2

By SAMUEL BOTWINICK  Staff Writer
@avdbkr20samuel

In a slugfest on Tuesday night at Progressive Field, the Indians clobbered Phillies' pitching en route to a 14-2 victory. 

By the end of the evening the Indians had slugged seven homers. 

The Indians jumped ahead early with four runs in the first. Carlos Santana hit a two run bomb, scoring Jason Kipnis.  Two batters later, Mark Reynolds kept the offense going with a two run blast, scoring Jason Giambi to give the Indians an early advantage.

In his first at bat in a Phillies uniform, Delmon Young went deep with an opposite field solo shot to right center in the second inning to cut the deficit to 4-1.

The Indians, however, kept up the bleeding in the bottom of the fourth when Lonnie Chisenhall drove home Reynolds with a two run shot.  Ryan Raburn and Drew Stubbs then singled consecutively.  Raburn advanced to third on Michael Brantley's deep line out to center, and Stubbs stole second. They both subsequently scored on Asdrubal Cabrera's two run single to push the Indian's lead further to 6-1.

The Phillies had a chance to catch up in the top of the sixth when Chase Utley homered to right center to give them some life in an otherwise dismal effort, a 12-2 Indian lead.  Ryan Howard then followed that up with high double off of the right field wall, and advanced to third on Young's single to right, but was stranded on Domonic Brown's fly out to center.

Roy Halladay struggled, surrendering eight earned runs, in just 3 2/3 innings.

Zach McCallistster pitched well for the Indians, surrendering two earned runs in seven innings on five hits, while striking out four.

The Phillies look to rebound against the Indians tomorrow night at 7:05.  Cliff Lee will make his long awaited, much anticipated return to Progressive field.

-  Samuel Botwinick is a staff writer for the Philadelphia Baseball Review.  Contact him at sbotwinick@philadelphiabaseballreview.com or follow him @avdkr20samuel on Twitter.

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