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Early leads have been recipes for success for both Cleveland and Baltimore this season, but it was five early ones for the Orioles on Friday that sent the club to a 5-1 win over the Indians in the series opener.
The O’s capitalized quickly and tacked on, giving pitcher Dylan Bundy plenty to work with in his second start of the season. After he shut down the Indians in the first, striking out three around a Jason Kipnis one-out single, his teammates got to work with one mighty swing of a bat.
Adam Jones singled to left to start the bottom half and moved to second on a one-out walk from Manny Machado. Indians starter Trevor Bauer got his second strikeout of the inning, freezing Chris Davis looking, but could not escape the Orioles threat as Mark Trumbo worked the count full before clobbering a hanging breaking ball over the wall in left-center to give Baltimore a 3-0 lead. It was his 29th homer of the season, pushing him back into the league lead.
Two of the very best teams in the American League this season will face off again as the Baltimore Orioles host the Cleveland Indians for a three-game series this weekend.
The Indians (56-38) hope to finish their nine-game road trip on a high note after two successful stops to start the trip in Minnesota and Kansas City. They took two of three from the Twins and lost in walk-off fashion in the other in a winnable contest. They took each of the last two in KC after a costly seven-run eighth inning in the opener on Monday.
The Orioles (54-40) have been a streaky team of late, which has led to them losing their long hold of the AL East’s top spot during the week. One month ago Friday, they started a seven-game winning streak, then followed it by losing five straight. They have added a four-game winning stretch before dropping four in a row this week, including three of four to the New York Yankees.
In the first edition of ‘Duck Tales since the Eastern League All-Star break, Akron struggled to get going after the break in action to host the Midsummer Classic at Canal Park. Play resumed the following Thursday as Erie took three out of four before the RubberDucks hit the road for a seven-game road trip.
With the first stop in Richmond on Monday, they fell 6-2, but Julian Merryweather and Michael Peoples earned wins to give the ‘Ducks a series win over the Flying Squirrels. Play moved to Altoona on Thursday as the Curve hosted Akron in the first game of a four-game set.
It is a big series this weekend for the ‘Ducks as they headed into play on Thursday night locked in a virtual three-way tie for first place in the Eastern League’s Western Division with the Curve and the Harrisburg Senators. A win in the opener over Altoona broke up that tie some, with the RubberDucks improving to 54-45 on the season.
In other RubberDucks news and notes…
You get nervous when Bryan Shaw takes the mound in a close game for the Cleveland Indians.
It’s okay to admit it. You aren’t alone. Embrace the fear. While the concern is merited, it may be a bit extreme and reactive. Your views are just intensified by the fact that when Shaw hasn’t had it, he really hasn’t had it this season.
After the disastrous eighth inning in Monday night’s ugly 7-3 loss in Kansas City, the Indians’ setup man fell to 1-4 on the season with three blown saves, a 4.58 ERA, and a 1.37 WHIP. But rather than let that bad outing stew and fester and eat at the mind of the 28-year-old veteran reliever, manager Terry Francona threw him right back into the fire, reminding Shaw of the trust that he had in him.
What did Shaw do?
After a horrific eighth inning on Monday, the Cleveland Indians did not roll over or surrender any momentum or ground to the Kansas City Royals. Instead, they responded with a win on Tuesday night and again on Wednesday with a resounding thumping of the Royals on their home field in an 11-4 demolition.
Carlos Carrasco (7-3, 2.31 ERA) received more than enough run support, given his impressive start on a scorching hot afternoon in the finale from Kauffman Stadium. The Indians gave him a first inning lead, just as they had done for Corey Kluber and Danny Salazar in the first two games of the series, and continued to pile on against Royals starter Ian Kennedy.
Kennedy retired all three outs in the first on strikeouts, but after striking out Carlos Santana to start the game, he fell behind 3-1 to Jason Kipnis and the Indians second baseman homered to right center to give Cleveland an early 1-0 lead.
You generally only see Cameron Hill at two times between when the gates open and the end of the game – pre-game, when he is wearing his headphones and getting his mind focused on the upcoming game, or late in the game, when he is summoned from the bullpen to shut down opposing hitters.
For the current season, Hill has made 29 appearances out of the bullpen – 28 for High-A Lynchburg, and one for the AAA Columbus Clippers. The 6’1”, 185 lb. right-hander out of El Reno, Oklahoma, has put up strong numbers, earning a brief promotion to AAA when the organization was short on pitching following the 19-inning marathon game between Cleveland and Toronto to open the month of July.
Hill grew up with a love of baseball, in part because his father had been a ballplayer.
In the late 1950s and 1960s, the Indians perpetually seemed to be candidates for a move, with cities like Houston, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Seattle and Oakland mentioned as possible landing spots.
But a dispute over Cleveland Stadium opened the door for a suitor to potentially make the Indians the FOURTH team in New York City.