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Trevor Bauer provided six innings of shutout baseball and the offense erupted for a ten-spot in a 10-0 three-hit shutout of the Minnesota Twins on Monday night from Progressive Field.
Bauer entered the day just one strikeout short of matching his career best and five short of the 200-mark and he knocked out both accomplishments with ease in an eleven-strikeout performance as the Indians completed their 12th shutout of the year.
If you are feeling a little bit of déjà vu, that is to be expected with the way the 2018 Major League Baseball schedule has worked itself out. For the second straight week, the Indians and Twins will meet on the diamond, with Cleveland playing the host to the visiting Minnesota club.
Cleveland (61-49) will look to continue its better play of late, winning back-to-back series over the Twins and the Los Angeles Angels. They dropped a sloppy 7-4 decision on Friday, but rebounded with a strong 3-0 shutout on Saturday and held on for a 4-3 win on Sunday in the season finale with the Halos. The Indians moved their season record against the Twins to 5-7 with their performance last week against their division rival. They will be looking to prevent Minnesota from locking up the season series between the two clubs.
There was a fair bit of controversy on this date in 1937, as the Cleveland Indians would protest a 7-6 loss to the New York Yankees as the home town club rallied for two runs in the bottom of the tenth to earn a win aided by some confusion among the umpires calling the game.
The Cleveland Indians jumped out to an early lead thanks to a three-run first inning home run by Jose Ramirez and held on late for a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
The Tribe took full advantage of a spot start by Deck McGuire, who was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday to fill in for the injured Tyler Skaggs, who was placed on the disabled list on Saturday. Cleveland would chase him from the contest after retiring just one of seven batters faced and the lead would hold up, giving rookie right-hander Shane Bieber his sixth win of the year.
The Indians’ Corey Kluber controlled the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, firing a complete game shutout on just 98 pitches in a 3-0 win by Cleveland from Progressive Field.
While the Indians had a tough time at the plate against unfamiliar right-hander Felix Pena, Kluber made sure that his offense had plenty of time to get going as he limited the Angels to just five base runners on the night. He allowed three hits, walked one, and hit one while keeping the ball down and in the yard in a 98-pitch gem, accomplishing the rare “Maddux” by throwing a complete game under 100 pitches.
No Mike Trout, no problem for the Angels on Friday night as Los Angeles used a four-run eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie in a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians.
Progressive Field was packed with a sold out crowd, but the hometown Tribe could not capture a W as an unlucky eighth inning tipped the scales on a previously close contest.
The Zach McAllister era in Cleveland ended two months earlier than anticipated, as the pending free agent was designated for assignment by the Indians on Friday to make room for the return of left-hander Andrew Miller from the 60-day disabled list.
Miller has not appeared on the mound in an Indians uniform since May 25, when he was tagged with his third blown save and third loss in six May appearances when he allowed three runs on two hits with a walk in two-thirds of an inning against Houston. It capped off a horrific month for the All-Star reliever, who allowed seven runs on seven hits with six walks and six strikeouts in just four and one-third innings. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 26 with right knee inflammation and was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 24.
After a quick road trip through Detroit and Minneapolis, the Cleveland Indians return home this weekend for a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels.
The Indians (59-48) finally figured out the Minnesota Twins over the weekend, taking each of the final two games of the series to pull a little closer on the season series against their toughest division rival to date. The Tribe moved to 9-6 since the break after their 4-2 trip and continued their better play on the road in July, winning eight of their last ten away from home. They own a ten-game lead in the American League Central Division over the Twins as the division may have conceded with the pile of trade deadline moves that came from within throughout July.