Kent State pitching alum Andrew Chafin makes MLB debut against Indians

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CLEVELAND -- Kent State University product Andrew Chafin made his Major League debut on Wednesday night, starting the second game of a doubleheader for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Cleveland Indians.

Chafin, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound left-hander delivered five scoreless innings on the mound. He did not allow a run to score, struck out three and allowed only three hits before exiting with a no-decision. Chafin threw 101 pitches total, with 59 crossing for strikes.

Game 2, however, was not completed by press time, as the game went into extra innings tied 0-0.

In Game 1, it was Cleveland's Zach Walters who brought a celebration to the Tribe.

The Indians didn't generate a lot of attention when they acquired Walters at the trade deadline, but he made a headline of his own on Wednesday with a one-out homer in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first game of a doubleheader.

Walters, acquired from Washington for Asdrubal Cabrera on July 31, hit a 1-2 pitch from Randall Delgado (1-3) that narrowly cleared the wall in right field.

Walters was sent to Triple-A Columbus following the trade. The left-handed hitter was called up Sunday when outfielder David Murphy and designated hitter Nick Swisher went on the disabled list with injuries. The home run was the fourth of his career.

"He's hit a couple balls right on the nose," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "On a day that it was probably going to take a home run to win it, it was good to see him do it. I'm sure that will help him relax."

Cody Allen (4-2) worked around a two-out walk in the ninth.

Trevor Bauer, pitching against the team that took him with the third pick of the 2011 draft, allowed two runs and struck out nine in a career-high eight innings.

Bauer didn't allow a hit until the sixth when Arizona scored to break a scoreless tie. Michael Brantley's two-run single put Cleveland ahead in the bottom of the inning, but the Diamondbacks tied the game in the seventh on Aaron Hill's RBI groundout.

Bauer faced the minimum 15 batters through five innings before running into problems in the sixth. Jake Lamb drew a leadoff walk before Xavier Paul lined a clean single to right, putting runners on first and third. Lamb scored when Jordan Pacheco hit into a double play.

Bauer clashed with both Arizona management and teammates, leading to a short tenure with the Diamondbacks. The right-hander was 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA in four starts for Arizona in 2012 and was traded to the Indians in December.

"That was two years ago," Bauer said. "I've long since moved on. They are just another team, nine more hitters I've got to try to get out. There is no bad blood between them and me."

Vidal Nuno retired the first eight hitters, striking out five, before Tyler Holt recorded his first major league hit, a two-out single in the third.

Nuno allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings.

Tuesday night's game was postponed in the top of the fourth after a 3 hour, 40 minute rain delay, forcing the teams to play a doubleheader.

The Indians were riding the wave of a walkoff victory into the second game of their doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, the momentum didn’t last.

Cleveland’s offense was shut down completely in a 1-0 loss in 12 innings and the Indians had to settle for a split.

“We just needed to cash in once, and we couldn’t do it,” manager Terry Francona said. “When you’re playing a game like that and you’re at home, you feel like you’ve got a pretty good shot.”

Zach Walters’ walkoff homer with one out in the ninth gave the Indians a 3-2 win in the opener, but the offense struggled even more in the second game and a strong pitching performance was wasted.

Josh Tomlin pitched 5 1-3 innings and five relievers held Arizona in check before C.C. Lee (0-1) allowed the game’s only run on Tuffy Gosewisch’s RBI single with one out in the 12th.

It looked like the Indians would break through when Michael Brantley started the 11th with a double, but Randall Delgado (2-3), who gave up Walters’ game-winning homer earlier, struck out Carlos Santana and Chris Dickerson and retired Walters on a groundout.

“Brantley leads off with a double and we leave him there, and we had a couple other chances,” Francona said.

Five Arizona pitchers combined on the shutout. Addison Reed gave up pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall’s two-out double in the 12th, but struck out Jason Kipnis for his 28th save to end the 4-hour, 16-minute game.

WHERE'S THE WEATHERMAN?

Francona wasn't particularly happy about Tuesday night's events that saw the game postponed in the fourth inning after the lengthy rain delay. The initial forecast said the rain would last about an hour and then clear out. "Whoever was doing the forecasting last night had a bad night," Francona said.

ALMOST READY

Francona said OF Michael Bourn (sore left hamstring) will DH in a minor league game Thursday and be activated Friday. Bourn had surgery on the hamstring in October, but the injury has bothered him all season. He hasn't played since July 5.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: OF A.J. Pollock (broken right hand) is expected to resume his rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Reno over the weekend. Pollock returned to Phoenix after being hit by a pitch on the same hand during his rehab debut in the Class A Arizona League, but tests showed no additional damage.

Indians: Swisher (sore right knee) will be examined by Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache, the team physician for the Dodgers, on Tuesday in Los Angeles. A determination on whether Swisher needs surgery could be made at that time.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: After the doubleheader, Arizona continues its 10-game road trip with a four-game series in Miami on Thursday. Arizona RHP Chase Anderson (7-4) takes on RHP Brad Penny (1-0). Anderson is unbeaten in his past five starts, posting a 2-0 record with a 1.74 ERA over 31 innings.

Indians: Cleveland is off Thursday, but continues its five-game homestand Friday against Baltimore. Cleveland RHP Corey Kluber (13-6) faces LHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-4). Kluber is tied for the American League lead in wins and ranks third with a 2.46 ERA and 187 strikeouts.

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