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CLEVELAND — As fireworks lit up the night sky and the Cleveland faithful erupted in cheers, the Indians celebrated their third walk-off win of the season by mobbing Edwin Encarnacion at home plate. Encarnacion played the role of the hero, as his walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 11th lifted the Indians over the Angels, 11-7, in Tuesday night’s series opener at Progressive Field.

Encarnacion’s walk-off blast — his 21st homer of the season — came on a first-pitch slider from Angels reliever Bud Norris and gave the Indians their fifth straight win to maintain their 1 1/2 game lead over the Royals in the American League Central division. It is Encarnacion’s sixth career walk-off homer and his 10th career walk-off hit.
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With Encarnacion’s grand slam, the Indians became the first team in Major League history to hit two grand slams in one game with the second being a walk-off.
“I bet it does [feel good]. I bet it does,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Encarnacion’s first walk-off hit with the Indians. “I know it felt good to me. Any time you get mobbed by your teammates, that’s a good feeling.”
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Encarnacion’s slam in the 11th was the first walk-off grand slam for the Indians since Nick Swisher did so on June 19, 2014, also against the Angels.
“It’s a wonderful feeling,” Encarnacion said through team translator Anna Bolton. “Yes, this is my first walk-off with the Indians and it’s an amazing feeling and it felt amazing to connect with the ball and to hit it out like I did.”
The Angels, who fell to 49-52 and now sit four games back of the second American League Wild Card spot, crawled their way back into the game thanks to a three-run homer from Kole Calhoun and a two-run shot from Luis Valbuena. Valbuena also added an RBI single, and Yunel Escobar drove in the tying run with an RBI double.
Valbuena’s two-run shot
Valbuena’s two-run shot
Luis Valbuena cracks a two-run home run to center field and brings the Angels within one run in the top of the 5th inning
“There’s some positive to it,” Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons said. “We’re down early by quite a bit of runs, but it shows what this team has been about all year. We didn’t throw in the towel. We battled, we chipped away. We had two good innings and ended up tying the game. We had a couple chances, and they made some good plays or we ran into some outs, but we showed fight today.”
Both starters had a tough time on the mound. Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger went 4 1/3 innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out five. Angels starter Jesse Chavez did not fare any better, allowing seven runs, five hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
Clevinger gets out of the 2nd
Clevinger gets out of the 2nd
Mike Clevinger strikes out Martin Maldonado swinging and strands two runners on base to get out of the inning
“It looked like [Clevinger] was trying not to give up any runs as opposed to just limiting the damage,” Francona said. “I think maybe that comes with maturity. After we score the seven first, he ran [a] full count to the first hitter. You’d like to see him really attack after that. Make them earn every single bit of what they get.”
The Indians scored seven in the second inning thanks to Bradley Zimmer’s first career grand slam and Michael Brantley’s solo homer. Jose Ramirez added an RBI double, and Giovanny Urshela picked up an RBI on a bases-loaded walk.
Indians’ seven-run 2nd inning
Indians’ seven-run 2nd inning
The Indians erupt for seven runs in the 2nd inning as Michael Brantley homers while Bradley Zimmer notches his first career grand slam
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Zimmer’s first slam: After the Indians were set down in order by Chavez in the first, they broke through in a big way in the second. Chavez gave up back-to-back doubles and later issued three straight walks to plate the Tribe’s first two runs. With the bases loaded, Zimmer stepped up to the plate. Chavez fell behind 2-0 before getting a fastball over, breaking a streak of 11 straight balls. With the count 3-1, Zimmer belted a fastball over the heart of the plate a projected 435 feet to the bullpen in center for his first career grand slam to give the Indians the 6-0 lead. More >
Statcast: Zimmer’s grand slam
Statcast: Zimmer’s grand slam
Statcast measures the exit velocity and projected distance of Bradley Zimmer’s grand slam
“It was awesome,” Zimmer said. “I mean, he was struggling to throw strikes there. I just stayed with my approach and didn’t give in. He left the ball out over the plate, and I put a pretty good swing on it.”
“Today was a case of the walks,” Chavez said. “Walks killed me today. … I didn’t get ahead, and by not getting ahead, you kind of pigeonhole yourself to come over the plate. To a hitter like [Zimmer] who’s hot, you don’t want to elevate a little too much when you come over the dish, and that sinker just kind of stayed flat.” More >
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Angels draw even: The Angels fought their way back from a 7-0 deficit and eventually tied the ballgame, 7-7, in the top of the sixth. After Kaleb Cowart led off the inning with a single to right off Indians reliever Nick Goody, Escobar dug in. He connected on a 1-0 fastball and drove a sinking liner to center. Zimmer charged in and made a diving attempt, but the ball skipped by him and bounced to the wall. Even though Escobar was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple, the hit allowed Cowart to score the tying run all the way from first.
Escobar’s game-tying RBI double
Escobar’s game-tying RBI double
Yunel Escobar lines a double to center field and plates Kaleb Cowart to tie the game at 7, but is thrown out going for third in the 6th
“That’s a great comeback to give yourself a chance at that game,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
“It was a big play right there,” Zimmer said. “It gets them back in the game, so maybe [I was] a little too aggressive right there. I got a good jump and thought I could make a play, but like I said a little too aggressive and it didn’t work out.”
Zimmer’s leaping catch
Zimmer’s leaping catch
Bradley Zimmer tracks down Ben Revere’s deep liner to center field and leaps for the catch as he crashes into the wall in the 10th inning
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“I thought they really picked each other up. Both bullpens really did a great job. We had to kind of stagger it a few times. Each guy kind of picked each other up and [Bryan] Shaw was tremendous. [Dan Otero] with a big out getting [Albert] Pujols. There was a lot of good things. It was kind of a fun game to be a part of. It was a weird game. There was a lot going on.” — Francona, on the bullpen
Otero strands two runners on
Otero strands two runners on
Dan Otero handles the comebacker and fires to first, stranding two runners on base to end the top of the 11th inning
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
After catcher Yan Gomes drew a leadoff walk against Angels reliever Blake Parker in the bottom of the eighth, Francona opted to bring in Erik Gonzalez to pinch-run. With Urshela at the plate, Gonzalez took off for second, but Martin Maldonado threw to shortstop Andrelton Simmons covering to catch him stealing. The Indians challenged the call at second, but after a one minute and 20 second review, the call stood.
Maldonado gets Gonzalez stealing
Maldonado gets Gonzalez stealing
Martin Maldonado pops up from behind the plate and catches Erik Gonzalez stealing second base, and the call stands after a challenge
BRANTLEY MAKES FIVE-STAR CATCH
With Ben Revere at the plate to lead off the top of the eighth, the Angels left fielder blooped a ball to shallow left near the line. Brantley came charging in and made a diving catch on a ball that had a 7 percent catch probability, per Statcast™, to rob Revere of a leadoff hit. Brantley covered 66 feet in 3.8 seconds to make the diving catch, making it a five-star play, his second of the season. On catches with more than 50 feet distance needed and under four seconds of opportunity time, Brantley is tied for the second-lowest catch probability this season.
Brantley’s outstanding catch
Brantley’s outstanding catch
Ben Revere sends fly ball to left field, but Michael Brantley charges in and makes a great diving grab in the top of the 8th inning
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Per Statcast™, Zimmer’s grand slam in the second had an exit velocity of 112.2 mph, which is the hardest regular season home run for Cleveland since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015. The only homer that was hit harder in that span came from catcher Roberto Perez in the 2016 postseason, when he hit a 112.9 mph blast.
Tuesday marked the first time that the Indians had two grand slams in a game since September 24, 1999, when Dave Roberts and Manny Ramirez each hit one in an 18-4 victory over the Blue Jays.
WHAT’S NEXT
Angels: Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (4-11, 5.13 ERA) will start the second game of the three-game series between the Angels and Indians on Wednesday night at 4:10 p.m. PT at Progressive Field. Nolasco has logged a 5.54 ERA in seven career appearances against Cleveland.
Indians: The Indians will send right-hander Carlos Carrasco (10-4, 3.62 ERA) to the mound for Wednesday’s 7:10 p.m. ET tilt against the Angels at Progressive Field. Carrasco is coming off a strong outing against the Giants, where he took a no-decision after allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six in six innings of work.

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The Bengals have not been shy about publicly discussing the immense effort they put into a pre-draft evaluation of eventual second-round pick Joe Mixon.

The running back, shown on camera back in 2014 punching a female University of Oklahoma student in a restaurant near campus, was not taken without a heavy amount of consideration that even yielded an open letter to the public written by Bengals owner Mike Brown explaining his thought process behind the pick.
Head coach Marvin Lewis elaborated a bit on those efforts during an interview with Sirius XM on Thursday.

“A lot of time, a lot of research,” Lewis said. “Time spent with Joe. Time researching people around Joe. Joe’s past in East Bay [California]. All those kinds of things that way. His past on campus at Oklahoma since the incident. So, there couldn’t be any other red flags to say, ‘Well, well, maybe…’ No, no, no. It had to be clean, and Joe knows that. He knows going forward, it has to stay clean all the time. He’s lived on the tip of the sword for three years now, and he’s got to continue to probably for the rest of his life.”

In the brief time Lewis and Mixon have spent together on the field, the coach has been impressed.

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Mixon’s immense talent earned him the second chance many analysts did not expect him to have. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock was adamant during the pre-draft process that he would not select Mixon at all. As Lewis said, Mixon will have to expect living “on the tip of the sword” while conversations about his on-field ability remain a lesser storyline.