Indians - 13 | Reds 10
I think it is safe to say what most have been saying.
If the Indians have some pitching, look out. This new-look offense has taken off. Granted it is the confines of Arizona, the Indians are mashing in their first two games.
From the outset, both teams started piling on the runs, with not a single inning going by without either team scoring a run. The Indians scored in all but the third, fifth, and eighth. If there was another inning, who knows what the outcome might have been.
And for a lot of these guys, specifically the ones coming in off the bench in these games, it's about competing and showing what you have.
"You've got to respect that this is like the regular season for these guys," Indians manager Terry Francona said after Saturday's game. "[Raburn] understands that. It's the second game, but it's still nice to see. He's taken a couple of nice swings. It's fun to watch."
He mentions Raburn, because he was the one who likely had the best day of anyone.
Rakin' Raburn: It's been two games, but the former Tiger already has three home runs. Ryan Raburn hit two, two-run homers one in the seventh and another in the ninth to pad the Indians late lead. What a few games he's had already. Inside track to a bench job?
More Runs: Asdrubal Cabrera was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs batted in, and yesterday's hero Mike McDade also knocked in another run. Cord Phelps scored twice and hit a solo home run. Adding a RBI was Juan Diaz who scored a pair and was 2-for-2. Michael Brantley and Jesus Aguilar both had two hits and Lonnie Chisenhall knocked in a run for the second straight game.
Myers goes two: Brett Myers made his debut for the Indians and said he felt fine. He mainly worked on his fastball and changeup, trying to establish those before he incorporates everything else. He noted that the changeup is his fourth pitch, so he's trying to work on it, something he probably didn't need as a reliever the past few years. He went two innings giving up an earned run (two total) off three hits and a walk. He struck out a pair.