MLB Game Summary - Washington at Cleveland|
(Sunday, June 16th)
Final Score: Cleveland 2, Washington 0
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Corey Kluber fired eight outstanding innings
to spoil Stephen Strasburg's return to the mound and lead the Cleveland
Indians to a 2-0 victory in the finale of a three-game interleague series at
Sidelined since May 31 with a strained lat muscle, Strasburg (3-6) was limited
to just five innings and 82 pitches upon being activated from the disabled
list prior to the contest. The ace righty yielded only one hit -- Carlos
Santana's RBI single in the bottom of the fourth -- while walking four in a
Kluber (5-4) was better, however, pitching out of several jams and striking
out eight without a walk before turning the game over to Vinny Pestano, who
tossed a scoreless ninth to close out Cleveland's fourth win in five games.
"He just completely kept his composure and executed his pitches with all that
traffic out there," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Kluber. "That was
The Nationals stranded seven runners -- five at either second or third base --
on the afternoon while going 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Anthony Rendon had three of Washington's seven hits and Jayson Werth finished
2-for-3 in the loss, the Nationals' second of the set.
Strasburg struggled a bit with his command early on, issuing two of his walks
during a scoreless opening inning before retiring the side in order over the
next two frames. He walked Jason Kipnis for a second time with one out in the
bottom of the fourth, but couldn't escape without any damage on this occasion.
Kipnis proceeded to steal second before Santana delivered Cleveland's first
hit of the day, a sharp single up the middle that broke the scoreless
"I thought he had good stuff but he just didn't have his command," Nationals
manager Davey Johnson said of Strasburg. "He threw a lot of pitches in five
innings, actually we wanted to hold him to 75 [pitches]."
Washington had a golden opportunity to move in front during the top of the
fourth, as Rendon led off with a single and reached third when Tribe third
baseman John McDonald threw errantly on a force attempt after fielding Ryan
Kluber was up to the challenge, though, striking out Adam LaRoche, Werth and
Ian Desmond in succession to keep it a 0-0 game.
The right-hander worked out of another jam in the sixth, which began with
consecutive singles by Denard Span and Rendon that placed runners at the
corners with none out. Zimmerman struck out, however, and Kluber got LaRoche
to ground into a double play to end the threat.
Washington made another bid to score in the seventh, with Werth doubling down
the right-field line to start things off and the Nationals loading the bases
with no out on a hit batter and a bunt single.
The Nats again came up empty, as Steve Lombardozzi was doubled off first on
Jhonathan Solano's line drive and Roger Bernadina grounded harmlessly to short
for the third out.
Cleveland was able to create some breathing room in the bottom of the eighth,
with Michael Bourn coming through with a double off Craig Stammen and later
coming home on Kipnis' sacrifice fly.
Rendon went 7-for-12 in the series and is batting .462 (18-for-39) during a
10-game hitting streak ... Kipnis extended his hit streak to 10 games as well
with a sixth-inning single ... Strasburg had won four consecutive interleague
starts and entered the matchup 5-1 with a 2.13 ERA in seven career outings
against the AL ... Cleveland improved to 18-7 over its last 25 home games.
06/16 19:37:41 ET