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After ten road games in a ten day span, the Cleveland Indians have survived no worse for the wear. In a tough stretch against three teams near or in the top spot in their respective divisions, they managed to salvage a .500 trip after being swept out of Baltimore. A four-game sweep in Tampa and a win in a rain-drenched performance on Friday against Pittsburgh gave the club a chance to return home on the positive side of the script, but two tough performances against the Buccos ended those chances.
Now, the tough stretch will continue, but at the somewhat friendly confines of Progressive Field as the American League West leading Houston Astros come to town for the start of a four-game set to wrap up the season series between the two clubs.
The Indians (38-43) continued their impressive stretch of starting pitching over the weekend, despite the 1-2 trip through the ‘Burgh. An early Brandon Moss home run and timely hitting from Michael Bourn on Friday pushed the Indians past the Pirates, 5-2. A third straight strong start from Cody Anderson was wasted as the Tribe offense managed just three hits off of Pittsburgh lefty Jeff Locke in a 1-0 defeat Saturday afternoon. The NL’s win leader, Gerrit Cole, added a 12th win to his season total on Sunday in a 5-3.
Indians rookie starting pitcher Cody Anderson has been welcomed into the rotation by his offensive teammates with the same lack of run support afflicting several of his new pitching teammates.
It is not the only similarity for Anderson with his new staff cohorts, as he has been as locked in on the mound as the other four have been, not over the course of this last week, but for the majority of the season. The rotation has carried the team all year long and this week’s 5-1 record heading into the finale with Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon can be directly linked to the staff’s utter dominance at nearly historic levels.
It all started with Anderson on Monday.
1947 – Two days after purchasing him from the Newark Eagles, 22-year-old Larry Doby makes his Major League debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League.
The 23-year-old entered the game in the top …
So…are you back on the bandwagon? Or are you still holding on for dear life?
The Cleveland Indians (37-41) put on one of the more impressive extended pitching performances in the history of baseball in rebounding from a devastating three-game sweep in Baltimore by claiming all four games against the Tampa Bay Rays during the week.
Cody Anderson took a perfect game into the seventh inning and the Indians staff limited the Rays to just three hits in a 7-1 win on Monday. Danny Salazar was just as brilliant the next night, retiring 15 straight to start the game and getting three home runs of support in a 6-2 win. Carlos Carrasco flirted with the record books on Wednesday, taking a no-hitter within one strike with two outs in the ninth inning before Joey Butler, who had ended his perfect game, broke up the no-hitter and the shutout with a single over the leaping Jason Kipnis at second base in an 8-1 final. Corey Kluber overcame some initial struggles to strike out 14 Rays over eight innings and Mike Aviles sent the Indians packing for Pittsburgh with his solo blast in the tenth in a 5-4 extra inning win.
1970 – Tony Horton hits for the cycle and the Cleveland Indians defeat the Baltimore Orioles in a 10-9 slugfest.
In his seventh Major League season, the Tribe’s regular first baseman had provided a steady .253 batting average, nine homers, …