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Asdrubal Cabrera leads way as Indians complete sweep of Reds

May 22, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

Asdrubal Cabrera AP

Asdrubal Cabrera, the American League’s best shortstop since day one this season, delivered two homers as part of a 5-for-5, five-RBI game as the Indians routed the Reds 12-4 and completed a three-game sweep Sunday.

Cabrera has nine homers, ranking him second only to Troy Tulowitzki among major league shortstops.  Jhonny Peralta is third with seven.  Cabrera leads all shortstops with 32 RBI and 32 runs scored.

Of course, it’s not likely to get him a start over Derek Jeter in the All-Star Game, but barring a big slump, he will make the team for the first time.

The Indians also got a nice game from Michael Brantley, who went 3-for-5 with a double, a steal and three runs scored as Grady Sizemore’s replacement in the leadoff spot.  Primarily valued for his speed, on-base skills and defense, he’s been a very pleasant surprise in contributing three homers and 13 RBI in 18 games this month.

The Reds received homers from Joey Votto and Jay Bruce in the contest, but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome an ugly outing from Edinson Volquez, who should have been pulled from the rotation earlier this month.  Volquez, the team’s Opening Day starter, gave up seven runs — six earned — in 2 2/3 innings to raise his ERA to 6.35.  He walked four today, giving him 38 walks in 51 innings for the season.

With the victory, the Indians moved to 29-15.  They’re not only leading the AL Central by 7 1/2 games, but they’re 4 1/2 games up on the Yankees and Rays for the American League’s best record.

The Reds have lost five in a row to fall to 25-22.  It’s their longest losing streak of this season, and it matches their longest from 2010.

  1. barklikeadog - May 22, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Go Tribe!

  2. jimbo1949 - May 22, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    That’s a really weird picture, it looks like he’s batting righty & crosshanded.

  3. metalhead65 - May 22, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    how much longer are the reds going to put up with this embarrassment that is volquez? it is bad enough that he sucks but he has the nerve to talk about lack of run support the 1 game this year they did not bail him out? guy is a clown disguised a pitcher and just confirms the reds got hosed by the rangers in the Josh Hamilton deal. there is a reason they wanted to get rid of him and it is the numbers on the back of his baseball card. sick of hearing about 2008 where he had a start but faded after all star game.great he had tommy john surgery in 2009 which means almost 2 years now so it is not physical it is all mental. guy has a million dollar arm with a 10 cent brain.

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