Donaldson homers twice, Braves rout Indians

By STEVE HERRICK
Posted 4/22/19

CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Donaldson found his power stroke at Progressive Field.A few months too late for the Cleveland Indians, though.Donaldson had two homers and four RBIs, Freddie Freeman added …

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Donaldson homers twice, Braves rout Indians

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Donaldson found his power stroke at Progressive Field.

A few months too late for the Cleveland Indians, though.

Donaldson had two homers and four RBIs, Freddie Freeman added three hits and the Atlanta Braves pounded Cleveland's pitching for the second straight night, beating the Indians 11-5 Sunday.

Donaldson belted a solo homer in the first and followed with a three-run shot in the second to continue the Braves' dominance that began in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.

The Indians acquired Donaldson from Toronto late last season in hopes he could regain his swing for the playoffs. The 2015 AL MVP hit three home runs in September, but managed one single in 11 at-bats in the Division Series when Cleveland was swept by Houston.

Donaldson singled in the fourth, walked in the seventh and scored four times. He had the 17th multihomer game of his career.

"He's one of the scariest hitters when he gets going in the game," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "I'm sure if you're sitting on their side, you get excited for them."

Braves manager Brian Snitker said Saturday he sensed Donaldson was getting close to a hot streak. The slugging third baseman made those words look good.

"You know what he's capable of," Snitker said. "He's starting to get it going, which is nice."

Atlanta outscored Cleveland 19-5 over the final 14 innings of the three-game series. The Indians won the first game and led 7-0 after two innings in Game Two, but the Braves rallied for an 8-7 win.

"They probably threw me 45 sliders yesterday in the doubleheader, so I figured it would probably be a slider buffet again," said Donaldson, who was 2 for 7 with three strikeouts Saturday. "After I got one of them, I did get a fastball on the second (homer)."

Donaldson signed a $23 million, one-year contract with the Braves as a free agent. He has four homers and seven RBIs in 21 games. Donaldson continued his success at Progressive Field, where he has 11 home runs and 27 RBIs in 32 career games.

"I like it here," he said. "I like the park. It sets up pretty well for me. I didn't see the ball well yesterday, but I did again tonight."

Donaldson, the game's second hitter, homered to center on a 1-1 pitch. His second-inning blast landed in the left field bleachers and gave Atlanta a 5-0 lead.

Max Fried (3-0) allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander walked the bases loaded in the first but retired Jason Kipnis on a flyball to end the inning.

Indians starter Shane Bieber (2-1) was charged with seven runs (five earned) in 2 1/3 innings.

Cleveland All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor, playing his second game since returning from an ankle injury, hit a one-out homer in the seventh — the 99th of his career. He committed an error on Brian McCann's grounder in the first.

The lopsided loss came on Francona's 60th birthday. Cleveland used seven pitchers, including catcher Kevin Plawecki, who retired the side in order in the ninth on two grounders and a flyball.

Freeman has reached base in all 21 games this season.

NOT THE FIRST TIME

Plawecki pitched twice for the New York Mets in 2017. He pointed out that Sunday's performance dropped his career ERA from 12.00 to 9.00.

Plawecki used the glove of pitcher Mike Clevinger, who didn't give up a run in two starts before going on the injured list with a back injury.

"He's got zeros in that thing so I figured while he was out I might as well use it," Plawecki said.

SETTLED IN

Fried regrouped after his shaky first inning. He didn't walk another batter and kept the Indians scoreless until the seventh.

"I just tried to treat the second inning like it was a new game and not give them any more walks," he said. "If they were going to do it, they're going to have to earn it. It was just a mentality and trusting my stuff."

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1, 2.75 ERA) will pitch the opener of three-game series opener Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-2, 7.41 ERA) will start against Miami as Cleveland wraps up its homestand with a two-game series beginning Tuesday.


National League

East Division

WLPctGB

Philadelphia129.571

Atlanta1110.5241

New York1110.5241

Washington1010.500

Miami616.273

Central Division

WLPctGB

Pittsburgh127.632

St. Louis129.5711

Milwaukee1310.5651

Chicago1010.500

Cincinnati813.3815

West Division

WLPctGB

Los Angeles159.625

San Diego1211.522

Arizona1111.5003

Colorado913.4095

San Francisco914.391

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Saturday's Games

St. Louis 10, N.Y. Mets 2

Arizona 6, Chicago Cubs 0

Pittsburgh 3, San Francisco 1, 5 innings

Cleveland 8, Atlanta 4, 1st game

Miami 9, Washington 3

Milwaukee 5, L.A. Dodgers 0

Atlanta 8, Cleveland 7, 2nd game

Philadelphia 8, Colorado 5

Cincinnati 4, San Diego 2

Sunday's Games

Washington 5, Miami 0

San Francisco 3, Pittsburgh 2

L.A. Dodgers 6, Milwaukee 5

St. Louis 6, N.Y. Mets 4

Chicago Cubs 2, Arizona 1

Colorado 4, Philadelphia 1

San Diego 4, Cincinnati 3

Atlanta 11, Cleveland 5

Monday's Games

Arizona (Godley 1-1) at Pittsburgh (Musgrove 1-1), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (Arrieta 3-1) at N.Y. Mets (Matz 1-1), 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (Houser 0-0) at St. Louis (Flaherty 1-1), 7:45 p.m.

Washington (Hellickson 2-0) at Colorado (Anderson 0-2), 8:40 p.m.

Tuesday's Games

Miami (Lopez 1-3) at Cleveland (Carrasco 2-2), 6:10 p.m.

Atlanta (Gausman 1-1) at Cincinnati (Gray 0-3), 6:40 p.m.

Arizona (Weaver 1-1) at Pittsburgh (Williams 1-0), 7:05 p.m.

San Francisco (Samardzija 1-1) at Toronto (Thornton 0-2), 7:07 p.m.

Philadelphia (Eflin 2-2) at N.Y. Mets (Wheeler 1-2), 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (Davies 2-0) at St. Louis (Wacha 1-0), 7:45 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Maeda 3-1) at Chicago Cubs (Quintana 2-1), 8:05 p.m.

Washington (Corbin 1-0) at Colorado (Freeland 2-3), 8:40 p.m.

Seattle (Swanson 0-1) at San Diego (Margevicius 1-2), 10:10 p.m.


NATIONAL LEAGUE LEADERS

BATTING_Bellinger, Los Angeles, .424; McNeil, New York, .371; Rendon, Washington, .371; Walker, Arizona, .353; Yelich, Milwaukee, .353; Heyward, Chicago, .351; Grandal, Milwaukee, .338; Markakis, Atlanta, .338; Peralta, Arizona, .337; Segura, Philadelphia, .328.

RUNS_Bellinger, Los Angeles, 26; Yelich, Milwaukee, 23; Rendon, Washington, 21; DeJong, St. Louis, 19; Freeman, Atlanta, 19; McCutchen, Philadelphia, 19; Pederson, Los Angeles, 19; Conforto, New York, 18; 4 tied at 17.

RBI_Yelich, Milwaukee, 31; Bellinger, Los Angeles, 28; Swanson, Atlanta, 20; Alonso, New York, 19; Franco, Philadelphia, 18; Rendon, Washington, 18; Baez, Chicago, 17; Hoskins, Philadelphia, 17; Ozuna, St. Louis, 17; Realmuto, Philadelphia, 17.

HITS_Bellinger, Los Angeles, 36; Peralta, Arizona, 31; Yelich, Milwaukee, 30; DeJong, St. Louis, 28; 7 tied at 26.

DOUBLES_Peralta, Arizona, 10; Rendon, Washington, 10; DeJong, St. Louis, 9; Ahmed, Arizona, 7; Alonso, New York, 7; Bryant, Chicago, 7; Conforto, New York, 7; Freeman, Atlanta, 7; Sandoval, San Francisco, 7; Seager, Los Angeles, 7.

TRIPLES_Blackmon, Colorado, 3; Tapia, Colorado, 3; Rosario, New York, 2; 22 tied at 1.

HOME RUNS_Yelich, Milwaukee, 13; Bellinger, Los Angeles, 11; Pederson, Los Angeles, 10; Alonso, New York, 8; Goldschmidt, St. Louis, 8; Ozuna, St. Louis, 8; 10 tied at 6.

STOLEN BASES_Story, Colorado, 5; Bellinger, Los Angeles, 4; Broxton, New York, 4; Tatis Jr., San Diego, 4; Turner, Washington, 4; Wong, St. Louis, 4; 13 tied at 3.

PITCHING_Arrieta, Philadelphia, 3-1; Doolittle, Washington, 3-0; Fried, Atlanta, 3-0; Gant, St. Louis, 3-0; Greinke, Arizona, 3-1; Hamels, Chicago, 3-0; Lucchesi, San Diego, 3-2; Maeda, Los Angeles, 3-1; Rodriguez, San Francisco, 3-2; 16 tied at 2.

ERA_Musgrove, Pittsburgh, 0.81; Davies, Milwaukee, 1.19; Fried, Atlanta, 1.39; Castillo, Cincinnati, 1.47; Arrieta, Philadelphia, 2.25; Marquez, Colorado, 2.25; Smith, Miami, 2.35; Corbin, Washington, 2.36; Williams, Pittsburgh, 2.59; Archer, Pittsburgh, 2.74.

STRIKEOUTS_Scherzer, Washington, 44; Castillo, Cincinnati, 41; Strasburg, Washington, 39; deGrom, New York, 36; Holland, San Francisco, 34; Syndergaard, New York, 34; Corbin, Washington, 33; Greinke, Arizona, 32; Woodruff, Milwaukee, 32; 5 tied at 30.


American League

East Division

WLPctGB

Tampa Bay148.636

New York1110.524

Toronto1112.478

Boston913.4095

Baltimore815.348

Central Division

WLPctGB

Minnesota127.632

Cleveland129.5711

Detroit1010.500

Chicago812.400

Kansas City715.318

West Division

WLPctGB

Seattle169.640

Houston138.6191

Texas128.600

Oakland1113.458

Los Angeles913.409

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Saturday's Games

Chicago White Sox at Detroit, ppd.

N.Y. Yankees 9, Kansas City 2

Minnesota 6, Baltimore 5, 1st game

Toronto 10, Oakland 1

Cleveland 8, Atlanta 4, 1st game

Boston 6, Tampa Bay 5

Atlanta 8, Cleveland 7, 2nd game

Minnesota 16, Baltimore 7, 2nd game

Texas 9, Houston 4

Seattle 6, L.A. Angels 5

Sunday's Games

Minnesota 4, Baltimore 3

N.Y. Yankees 7, Kansas City 6, 10 innings

Detroit 4, Chicago White Sox 3

Boston 4, Tampa Bay 3, 11 innings

Texas 11, Houston 10

L.A. Angels 8, Seattle 6

Toronto 5, Oakland 4

Atlanta 11, Cleveland 5

Monday's Games

Chicago White Sox (Banuelos 1-0) at Baltimore (Hess 1-3), 7:05 p.m.

Detroit (Boyd 1-1) at Boston (Sale 0-4), 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City (Keller 2-1) at Tampa Bay (Chirinos 3-0), 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota (Odorizzi 1-2) at Houston (Peacock 2-0), 8:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Happ 0-2) at L.A. Angels (Harvey 0-2), 10:07 p.m.

Texas (Minor 2-1) at Oakland (Bassitt 0-0), 10:07 p.m.

Tuesday's Games

Miami (Lopez 1-3) at Cleveland (Carrasco 2-2), 6:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Nova 0-2) at Baltimore (Cashner 3-1), 7:05 p.m.

San Francisco (Samardzija 1-1) at Toronto (Thornton 0-2), 7:07 p.m.

Detroit (Turnbull 0-2) at Boston (TBD), 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City (Bailey 2-1) at Tampa Bay (TBD), 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota (Pineda 2-1) at Houston (Miley 1-2), 8:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (German 3-1) at L.A. Angels (Stratton 0-1), 10:07 p.m.

Texas (Lynn 2-1) at Oakland (Montas 3-1), 10:07 p.m.

Seattle (Swanson 0-1) at San Diego (Margevicius 1-2), 10:10 p.m.


AMERICAN LEAGUE LEADERS

BATTING_Anderson, Chicago, .418; CSantana, Cleveland, .379; Andrus, Texas, .363; Polanco, Minnesota, .362; Meadows, Tampa Bay, .351; Martinez, Boston, .350; Mancini, Baltimore, .341; Reddick, Houston, .339; Frazier, New York, .339; Trout, Los Angeles, .333.

RUNS_Haniger, Seattle, 25; Mancini, Baltimore, 22; Semien, Oakland, 19; Gallo, Texas, 17; Moncada, Chicago, 17; Narvaez, Seattle, 17; Betts, Boston, 16; Healy, Seattle, 16; Merrifield, Kansas City, 16; Villar, Baltimore, 16.

RBI_DSantana, Seattle, 26; Gallo, Texas, 22; Davis, Oakland, 21; AGordon, Kansas City, 20; Rosario, Minnesota, 20; Meadows, Tampa Bay, 19; Haniger, Seattle, 18; Moncada, Chicago, 18; Springer, Houston, 18; 4 tied at 17.

HITS_DSantana, Seattle, 32; Mancini, Baltimore, 31; Andrus, Texas, 29; Semien, Oakland, 29; Anderson, Chicago, 28; Galvis, Toronto, 28; Martinez, Boston, 28; Merrifield, Kansas City, 28; Haniger, Seattle, 27; 3 tied at 26.

DOUBLES_Buxton, Minnesota, 12; Haniger, Seattle, 10; Healy, Seattle, 10; Choo, Texas, 9; AGordon, Kansas City, 9; Mancini, Baltimore, 9; Castellanos, Detroit, 8; Goodrum, Detroit, 8; Gurriel, Houston, 8; Simmons, Los Angeles, 8.

TRIPLES_Mondesi, Kansas City, 4; Kiermaier, Tampa Bay, 3; Polanco, Minnesota, 3; Choo, Texas, 2; Merrifield, Kansas City, 2; Mullins, Baltimore, 2; Smith, Seattle, 2; 18 tied at 1.

HOME RUNS_Davis, Oakland, 10; Bruce, Seattle, 9; Rosario, Minnesota, 9; Altuve, Houston, 8; Gallo, Texas, 8; Vogelbach, Seattle, 8; Haniger, Seattle, 7; Moreland, Boston, 7; Springer, Houston, 7; 12 tied at 6.

STOLEN BASES_Anderson, Chicago, 9; DGordon, Seattle, 8; Hamilton, Kansas City, 8; Mondesi, Kansas City, 7; Smith, Seattle, 7; DeShields, Texas, 6; Pham, Tampa Bay, 6; Villar, Baltimore, 6; Merrifield, Kansas City, 5; Ramirez, Cleveland, 5.

PITCHING_Glasnow, Tampa Bay, 4-0; Gonzales, Seattle, 4-0; 12 tied at 3.

ERA_Glasnow, Tampa Bay, 1.53; Shoemaker, Toronto, 1.57; Stroman, Toronto, 1.76; Snell, Tampa Bay, 2.16; Bauer, Cleveland, 2.20; Minor, Texas, 2.60; Keller, Kansas City, 2.64; Montas, Oakland, 2.70; Tanaka, New York, 2.76; Sanchez, Toronto, 2.77.

STRIKEOUTS_Cole, Houston, 44; Paxton, New York, 43; Bauer, Cleveland, 42; Verlander, Houston, 38; Boyd, Detroit, 36; Snell, Tampa Bay, 36; Rodon, Chicago, 35; Morton, Tampa Bay, 34; Berrios, Minnesota, 33; Price, Boston, 30.

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