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It took two tries, but the latter of Michael Brantley’s two home runs proved to be the winning blast as the Cleveland Indians held on to a 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night.
Response runs and overturned …
It hasn’t always been pretty, but somehow, the Cleveland Indians are still hanging around in the American League Wild Card race.
After a positive 5-4 road trip, including series wins in their stops in Detroit and Chicago, the Indians (68-70) return home for their longest remaining homestand and will host the Tigers for four straight beginning Thursday. They may be running out of time on the 2015 season, but the club has not rolled over on the year. In fact, they have played at a far more inspired level after an injection of young prospects replaced the older, now discarded former talents that prevented their earlier arrivals at Progressive Field.
The Indians took their second straight series by winning the first and third games. Three homers off of Chris Sale on Monday gave the Indians a 3-2 win. A late comeback attempt fell short in a 7-4 defeat on Tuesday night. Power from unlikely places gave the Tribe a 6-4 win in the rubber match on Wednesday night.
1919 – Cleveland’s Ray Caldwell throws a no-hitter against his former team, the New York Yankees, winning 3-0 at the Polo Grounds.
Caldwell had been signed by the Indians just over three weeks earlier after he was released by the …
Francisco Lindor came within a double of the Indians’ first cycle since 2003 and Cleveland claimed their second straight series win with a 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox Wednesday night.
Lindor displayed the hustle and athleticism that has …
The Chicago White Sox jumped on Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco early, chasing him with two long balls after just two and two-thirds, and held off a late Indians rally in a 7-4 win on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
1995 – With a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles, the Cleveland Indians clinch the American League Central Division crown. With the season shortened at the front-end of the schedule, it was the 123rd game of the season, the fastest …
The last time that the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox met, the Pale Hose embarrassed the Tribe on their home turf and began a hot streak that placed them right back into contention in the American League Wild Card race.
Now, the Indians (66-69) get to go into the Sox’s home, but once again have the displeasure of catching their division rivals on a bit of a tear. Cleveland continues to hang around on the outside of the AL Wild Card picture looking in, five games in back of the Texas Rangers for the second of the spots available and ten games behind the New York Yankees. So, best for the Tribe to keep their targets set on Texas. Meanwhile, the Rangers will head to Seattle for four games against the Mariners, who are 8-4 against Texas this season.
The Indians finally played better against the Tigers this weekend, even though the team is not quite the same team that Cleveland faced earlier in the season. The Tribe won an 8-1 final on Friday, powered by a four-run fifth inning. They could not figure out Alfredo Simon on Saturday, dropping a 6-0 decision. They retaliated on Sunday with a 4-0 win over the Tigers as Tribe pitching limited Detroit to just three hits and were backed by a two-run sixth inning triple from Francisco Lindor.
If you are still reading these words and the horrible alliteration above, your perseverance is appreciated. Barring a bit of an impressive week ahead, it would be a slight guess that a number of you will move on from the Cleveland Indians’ portion of the calendar and turn your attention to the budding National Football League season and yet another year of hopes (stubbornness) and dreams (nightmares) while supporting the Cleveland Browns.
While a lengthy diatribe could be devoted to the large number of fans within the Cleveland fan base that cannot seem to split their allegiances with multiple franchises without having some sort of a nervous breakdown, that is not the point of this work today.
Instead, the focus is turned back onto the baseball diamond where the Indians are rapidly concluding the 2015 season, one very Clevelandesque as both sets of hopes and dreams were stomped on in nondiscriminatory fashion less than 30 days into the regular season. Somehow, the Indians have hung around, given the handful of loyalists remaining on the bandwagon a little bit of a tease of what could have been, and have found a way to make September more eventful than it once appeared to be, but hardly close to the jubilation that Clevelanders were said to be experiencing this fall, if you were a believer in some of the predictions expressed by a handful of generally respected national pundits around the country.