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Trevor Bauer gave the Cleveland Indians six and two-thirds innings of one-run baseball and his offense backed him with three solo home runs in a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.
It was a fantastic night in downtown Cleveland, where both of its active sports teams put together three-point wins in their respective contests in the Gateway Complex (the neighboring Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 5 of their first round playoff series with the Indiana Pacers on a “walk-off” three-pointer by LeBron James). Bauer gave Tribe fans present another quality pitching performance on the mound, and while the offense struggled to put together much against Chicago starter Jon Lester, they made their swings count when they needed it the most.
The Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers engage in a little in-season Home Run Derby as the two clubs combine for eleven home runs to match a Major League nine-inning record. The Indians get eight of the blasts to power their way to an 11-4 win over the Brewers at Milwaukee’s County Stadium.
The Chicago Cubs made their first appearance at Progressive Field since Game 7 of the 2016 World Series and bludgeoned Indians starter Josh Tomlin and the bullpen in a 10-3 romp on Tuesday night.
On a cool and rainy night from downtown Cleveland and coming off of a late arrival from Baltimore in the early hours of the day, the Indians found themselves down big early as the Cubs bats busted out by playing a little home run derby in the early innings before steadily tacking on against the usually reliable Tribe bullpen.
The Cleveland Indians will open the interleague portion of their schedule this week as they play host to the Chicago Cubs for the first time since the 2016 World Series.
The Indians (12-8) will welcome the Cubs to Cleveland for the first time since a rain-afflicted Game 7 in the 2016 World Series. Both clubs followed their Fall Classic appearance with shorter-than-expected playoff trips last season, as the Indians were eliminated in the first round by the New York Yankees, while the Cubs were knocked out in five games in the National League Championship Series by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Indians’ offense remains a source of concern, as the team has performed poorly with runners in scoring position and in general. But despite the inconsistent efforts from the bats, the pitching staff has been strong all around. The staff ranks first in the Majors in batting average against (.201) and WHIP (0.98) and second in ERA (2.57). The starting rotation is first with a 0.98 WHIP, second with a .203 BAA, and third with a 2.58 ERA, while the bullpen is first in WHIP (0.96), second in BAA (.197), and fourth in ERA (2.55).
Dave Nelson, former Cleveland Indians player, coach, and broadcaster, passed away on Monday at the age of 73 after a long battle with liver cancer.
David “Davey” Earl Nelson’s path to a long career in Major League Baseball began in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, on June 20, 1944. After his days at Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California, and both Compton Junior College and Los Angeles State College, he was signed by the Indians as an amateur free agent prior to the 1964 season. He debuted at the age of 23 at the beginning of the 1968 season and spent a pair of seasons in Cleveland, serving as a second baseman, shortstop, and corner outfielder.
The Cleveland Indians and outfielder Melky Cabrera have agreed to a minor league contract, according to ESPN Deportes New York’s Tenchy Rodriguez and confirmed by Jon Morosi of MLB Network and Fox Sports.
A nemesis for many years, the 33-year-old Cabrera’s contract will be official pending a physical. He is expected to report to the team’s spring training facilities in Goodyear, Arizona.
A two-run home run by Yonder Alonso in the second inning proved to be the difference as Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco and the Indians bullpen made the blast stand in a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
The Indians (12-8) wrapped up their unusual six-game road trip with a 4-2 mark, splitting their series in San Juan with the Minnesota Twins before taking three of four from Baltimore from their home at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Early offense would be the story for both clubs, but both lineups would go largely dormant in what became a game dominated by quality pitching on both sides of the slate.
A common theme to most ball games for the Cleveland Indians this season has been the lineup’s inability to contribute meaningful at bats with runners in scoring position. But, as it turns out, the Indians are hardly the only team struggling to produce when opportunity knocks.
There were already significant concerns about what Cleveland was going to bring to the plate after losing the reliable, albeit occasionally inconsistent, bat of Carlos Santana in the winter. While he is hardly lighting the city of Philadelphia on fire with his production – he has slashed .151/.301/.288 for the Phillies with four doubles, two homers, and ten RBI in 21 games – he has knocked in eight runs when stepping to the plate with runners in scoring position.
Couple that with the loss of the rented Jay Bruce from the roster, and it was tough to see how the Indians might replace the departing production. Compounding the problem even further, Michael Brantley started the year on the disabled list, Lonnie Chisenhall lasted just seven games before succumbing to a strained right calf, and some of the bigger names in the lineup (Yonder Alonso, Edwin Encarnacion, Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, and Jose Ramirez) are hitting .236 or lower through the club’s first 19 games.
The offensive woes have been real, but the Indians still sit atop the American League Central Division with an 11-8 (.579) record, fifth best in the AL.
The Cleveland Indians celebrated manager Terry Francona’s 59th birthday with a 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, but it did not come easy, despite Corey Kluber being on the mound for the Tribe.
The Indians ace did not look quite like his usual self, but he gave Cleveland seven quality innings and kept the game close enough. With the way the offense has been performing this season, that could have been a concern, but the Indians bats came to life with more of the long ball and finally delivered with runners in scoring position.