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The rookie delivers – second baseman Jason Kipnis drives in Carlos Santana with a walk-off single to right field off of Hisanori Takahashi as the Cleveland Indians score two in the ninth to defeat the Los Angeles Angels, 3-2. Both the hit and RBI are the first of Kipnis’ career.
It took nearly two months, but the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds finally completed their four-game season series on Monday night as the Tribe, backed by six quality innings from Josh Tomlin and a pair of homers from each side of the plate by Carlos Santana, defeated their in-state rivals with a 6-2 victory.
The Indians (52-45) moved to seven games over the .500 mark and held their ground in the American League Central, with both the second place and third place clubs making trades for pitching prior to the Indians’ one-game date with the Reds from Progressive Field.
The Cleveland Indians far more resembled the team that they have been expected to be, and not the team that they have been, over this past weekend in rolling over the Toronto Blue Jays in a three-game home sweep at Progressive Field. In a third straight matchup against a last place team, the Indians finally came away victorious more often than not, taking all three from the struggling American League East squad after posting a 1-5 record against two other last place teams, the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants, in the Tribe’s first two series after the All-Star break.
The Indians (51-45) will look to continue their much better hot stretch on Monday night as they host a one-game makeup session with the Cincinnati Reds to complete their earlier home-and-home matchup with their in-state rivals. The May 25 contest was rained out, forcing the Indians to forgo Monday’s originally scheduled off day.
Corey Kluber showed no lingering effects from a sore neck that pushed him back several days in the Indians rotation as he struck out a season-high 14 batters and his offense gave him more than enough support in an 8-1 win on Sunday to complete the sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Indians got the series that they needed this weekend while facing their third straight cellar-dweller in a row. After a disappointing 1-5 road trip against the AL West’s worst in the Oakland A’s and the NL’s last place San Francisco Giants, the Jays came to Progressive Field to face an Indians team that had struggled at home all season, but one would have never known it based on the way the Tribe played.
On Sunday in the series finale, Cleveland followed the recipe that worked so well for the club last season in its run to the World Series – dominant starting pitching and timely offensive outbursts by the bats. Kluber led the pitching attack and the offense put up a big number for him again as the Indians improved to 51-45 on the season.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes in four new members, including two with direct ties to the Cleveland Indians organization. Legendary pitcher Bob Feller and infielder Jackie Robinson, voted in by the Baseball Writers Association of America, are joined by manager/coach Bill McKechnie and outfielder Edd Roush via selection by the Veteran’s Committee.
Toronto’s Marcus Stroman was good. Cleveland’s Danny Salazar was even better. Francisco Lindor? He got the party “rock ‘n'” as his solo blast deep to right through heavy raindrops gave the Indians a 2-1 walk-off victory on Saturday night from Progressive Field.
With fans anxious for a Tribe win and a sold out crowd present despite rain, heat, and humidity on the lake shore, Lindor gave a quick preview of the annual Rock ‘n’ Blast fireworks display scheduled for the evening as he stepped to the plate in the tenth against Blue Jays right-hander Danny Barnes. On the seventh pitch of the at bat and after fouling off four pitches, Lindor gave the Indians their first walk-off victory since the home opener against the Chicago White Sox with his first career game-ending shot.
Injuries have piled up rapidly for the Cleveland Indians and Wednesday’s disappointing collapse in San Francisco added another name to the list of walking wounded.
Boone Logan left the mound in what looked to be a great deal of pain after walking the Giants’ Brandon Belt in the eighth inning and headed straight to the clubhouse with what the team described at the time as a left latissimus dorsi strain. After undergoing an MRI on Thursday in Cleveland, the team announced on Friday that the left-handed reliever had been placed on the 10-day disabled list.
“At the minimum, he’s going to miss significant time,” shared manager Terry Francona prior to Friday’s contest with the Toronto Blue Jays. “There’s not really anything other than that right now. He tore that muscle. He’s going to be down for a while.”
Twelve unanswered runs in the middle and late innings gave the Cleveland Indians a come-from-behind victory at Progressive Field and a rare win in a series opener as they knocked off the Toronto Blue Jays via a 13-3 final.
The key to Friday night for the Tribe was the revival of the bats with runners in scoring position. In the first six games of the second half, a stretch that had seen the Indians go 1-5 during a rough road trip, the offense had contributed a meager 8-for-54 effort with runners in scoring position. That would all change in the fifth inning against the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada.
The Cleveland Indians are stuck in their worst stretch of baseball in quite some time and have seen their lead shrink back down to a half-game in the American League Central Division. They will need to figure out how to get the offense going and will have to do so at Progressive Field this weekend, the same home that has been the site of struggles for the club all season long.
The Indians (48-45) come home to host the Toronto Blue Jays after a disappointing 1-5 west coast trip to start the second half of the regular season schedule. Losers of two straight and six of their last seven, the Tribe will need to put to bed their dismal 21-24 record at home. They are one of just two teams in all of baseball to post a record above the .500 mark for the year while having a sub-.500 mark on their home turf.