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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | May 21, 2019

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Plutko and Bullpen Combine on One-Hit Gem Over Orioles; Indians 4, Orioles 1

May 18, 2019 |

Previous results do not always predict future outcomes and that was the case on Saturday as Adam Plutko and the Cleveland Indians bullpen combined on a one-hit beauty over the Baltimore Orioles, 4-1, from Progressive Field.

The Indians have been looking for some answers in their starting rotation after losses of both Mike Clevinger and Corey Kluber have left the team a bit thin at the MLB level. While Jefry Rodriguez seems to have replaced Clevinger, Kluber’s spot was unsuccessfully held down in a pair of short starts by Cody Anderson, who was optioned back to Triple-A Columbus earlier in the week.

Plutko was recalled by the Indians prior to the game from Columbus, where he made a pair of conflicting appearances for the Clippers while looking to return from a right forearm strain suffered in the spring that had kept him on the shelf to open the year. Read More

Today in Tribe History: May 18, 1955

May 18, 2019 |

Coming off of a 10-3 loss at Fenway Park to Boston the day before, the first place Cleveland Indians return the favor and then some, putting up eleven runs in the fifth inning on the way to a 19-0 dismantling of the Red Sox. Read More

Big Third Pushes O’s Past Tribe; Orioles 5, Indians 1

May 17, 2019 |

Dylan Bundy and the Baltimore bullpen limited the Cleveland bats to just three hits and a three-run Orioles third off of Indians’ starter Jefry Rodriguez proved to be the difference in a 5-1 win by the visitors on Friday night.

On the first fireworks night of the season, Indians fans had to wait until the postgame display as the bats were cooled on the mid-May spring night from Progressive Field. One night after scoring 14 against Baltimore pitching, the Cleveland lineup combined for just three hits against Bundy, who was able to keep the Indians off-balance with his off-speed options on the mound. The most important factor for Bundy was that he kept the Indians in the yard – something that he has struggled with over recent campaigns. Read More

Today in Tribe History: May 17, 1931

May 17, 2019 |

Just one full season after winning the 1929 batting title, the Cleveland Indians send Lew Fonseca to the Chicago White Sox for Willie Kamm. Read More

Tribe Overcomes Early Deficit, Defeats O’s; Indians 14, Orioles 7

May 16, 2019 |

In an ugly back-and-forth game, the Indians and Orioles put up a football-esque score as the host Clevelanders outlasted Baltimore with a five-run seventh to win a 14-7 final on Thursday night.

In the series opener of a four-game set from downtown Cleveland, the Indians and Orioles exchanged leads frequently throughout the night before the Indians used a big rally after the stretch to take a commanding lead. Neither starting pitcher threw particularly well, with the Indians’ Trevor Bauer surviving just five innings while giving up seven runs and striking out an uncharacteristic three, while the Orioles’ Dan Straily made it one out into the four inning while giving up four runs of his own in a no-decision. Read More

Today in Tribe History: May 16, 1902

May 16, 2019 |

Three weeks after his release from the Philadelphia Athletics, the Cleveland Bronchos sign outfielder and northeast Ohio native Elmer Flick in a move that will benefit the team for years. Read More

Barker’s Perfect Game in 1981 Remains Last No-No for Tribe

May 15, 2019 |

Len Barker, getting the sign from Ron Hassey. Ernie Whitt stands in. Wind up, here it comes. Fly ball, center field. Manning coming on, he’s there…he catches it! Len Barker has pitched a no-hitter! A perfect game for Len Barker! The stands erupt, the players go out, Len Barker being surrounded on the field. He has made baseball history here tonight. Len Barker has pitched a perfect ball game. Faces 27 men, retires them all, eleven strikeouts. Len Barker being mobbed on the field, the Cleveland Indians win it, 3-0. – Herb Score’s call of Barker’s perfect game

Thirty-eight years ago today, the Cleveland Indians recorded the last no-hitter and perfect game in team history. I may be dating myself a great deal, but I was just a twinkle in an eye when the Indians added another name to the history book with the no-hitter and perfect game.

With the talented group of starting pitchers in the rotation over the last few years, it may be something of a surprise that the Indians have not been able to hold an opposing club hitless over the course of nine innings. Baseball has changed dramatically, with an influx of strikeouts and an emphasis on scoring with one mighty swing of the bat. While on several occasions the Tribe has flirted with history, they have not been able to complete the feat last accomplished when Len Barker, on May 15, 1981, lifted his leg high and tight on a 1-2 pitch to Toronto Blue Jays catcher Ernie Whitt, inducing a fly ball to center field. Rick Manning raced in, arms extended straight out as though he were flying. He raised both arms above his head and he secured the catch before beginning his sprint to the mound with several high hops in celebration of the 27th and final out of Barker’s perfect game. Read More

Indians, Yankees Crunch Numbers — UNIFORM Numbers, That is

May 15, 2019 |

There are some parts of the baseball experience we take for granted, which have been around since time immemorial, it seems. The games start with the national anthem, a tradition that dates back to World War I. Hot dogs are available to eat, which goes back to Harry Stevens’ contract with most major league clubs for concessions and scorecards.

And speaking of scorecards, they all feature pertinent information about the players (“You can’t tell the players without a scorecard,” Stevens himself would bellow as he tried to sell them), including their numbers. But uniform numbers are, comparatively speaking, a new tradition in baseball. It was “only” 90 years ago this week that two teams wearing uniform numbers took the field against each other – the Yankees and Indians at League Park. Read More

Today in Tribe History: May 15, 1981

May 15, 2019 |

Len Barker joins baseball’s elite as he throws a perfect game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Stadium in a 3-0 win. Read More

Offensive Eruption Backs Carrasco in Shutout in Chicago; Indians 9, White Sox 0

May 14, 2019 |

The long slumping Indians lineup jumped all over left-hander Manny Banuelos and the White Sox bullpen as Cleveland and Carlos Carrasco cruised to an easy 9-0 victory from Chicago on Tuesday afternoon.

The month of May has not been favorable to the depleted Indians offense, but the team looked to salvage their road trip with a win in the finale from Chicago on Tuesday afternoon. With a 5-7 mark coming in on the day and with three runs or fewer scored in eight of the 12 contests, the Cleveland lineup was in desperate need for a breakout game at the plate.

The starting nine provided exactly that. Read More