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With their backs against the wall this week, the Indians brought little to the plate and little relief. Friday’s 8-2 loss to the Washington Nationals, coupled with a 6-2 win by Tampa Bay in Toronto, officially eliminated Cleveland from the 2019 postseason.
The end results mirrored those of recent days after the Indians dropped two of three to the Chicago White Sox earlier in the week in must-win situations. The Tribe was in the game briefly, but a disastrous five-run sixth inning by the Cleveland bullpen ended the team’s playoff hopes with one messy frame.
Cleveland managed just four hits off of Chicago’s relief corps in a bullpen game for the White Sox, while the home club put up four against Aaron Civale and four more in the middle innings to claim an 8-0 shutout on Thursday night.
The White Sox have been a thorn in the side of the Indians all year long and that continued as the Pale Hose won for the 11th time in 19 tries against Cleveland this season to deal the visiting team a devastating loss, putting their postseason dreams nearly to bed.
Needing to win every game down the home stretch to improve its playoff odds, Cleveland was dealt a defeat as former Indians hurler Ross Detwiler scattered three runs on five hits over five innings while the Tribe bullpen let the game get out of hand late in an 8-3 loss.
The White Sox claimed the season series over the Indians, winning for the tenth time in 18 matchups this year. That could prove to be the difference for the Tribe, which fared well overall against the other three teams in the American League Central, going 18-1 against Detroit, 12-7 against Kansas City, and 10-9 against first place Minnesota. The White Sox used some early offense, capitalizing on a defensive miscue by the Tribe, and put the game away late with a key three-run long ball.
The loss for the Indians (93-65), coupled with a win by Minnesota in Detroit, officially eliminated the Tribe in the American League Central race, with the Twins taking the crown from Cleveland after a three-year run atop the division. Tampa was victorious prior to Cleveland’s loss and now leads the Indians by a game and a half for the second AL Wild Card spot.
The Indians find themselves in a precarious situation in the final week of the season.
Instead of resting comfortably at the top of the American League Central, as the club has done for the last three years, the Indians find themselves on the outside looking in. Despite resurgent play in the second half of the season and catching Minnesota briefly atop the division, Cleveland has watched as the first place Twins have remained hot and kept some distance from the second place contenders. Their magic number after Tuesday’s win was reduced to just two, likely ending the Indians’ three-year title as the best in the Central.
The improbable return of Jose Ramirez, one month removed from breaking his right hamate bone, powered the Cleveland Indians over the Chicago White Sox, 11-0, on Tuesday night from Guaranteed Rate Field on the southside of Chicago.
One half of the heart and soul of the Tribe made a shocking return to action on Tuesday as the two-time All-Star third baseman was activated from the 10-day injured list and the move immediately paid off as Ramirez homered from each side of the plate in his first two at bats to post a career-high seven RBI in a story book comeback, powering the Indians to a big win from Chi-Town.
If anyone wants to question the heart, soul, or desire of members of the Cleveland Indians, that person should only look to the effort of Jose Ramirez.
Defying the odds and throwing conventional time tables out the window, the injured third baseman was activated by the Indians on Tuesday, ahead of the team’s six-game season-ending road trip through Chicago and Washington, DC.
Jason Giambi sends a pinch-hit, two-run, walk-off home run into the visitor’s bullpen in right in the bottom of the ninth as the Cleveland Indians come back to win a 5-4 final over the Chicago White Sox. It was, as announcer Tom Hamilton proclaimed, “Mardi Gras, in September, in Cleveland.”
The Cleveland Indians used a six-run seventh to cap ten unanswered runs off of Philadelphia starter Vince Velasquez and the Phillies bullpen to earn a needed series win in a 10-1 final on Sunday night.
After falling behind a run in the third inning, the Indians rallied back for a run in the fourth and three in the fifth before blowing the game wide open in the late innings. Adam Plutko got a quick hook from manager Terry Francona in the fifth inning with the game hanging in the balance, but reliever Carlos Carrasco shut down the Phillies with two and two-thirds scoreless in relief to give the Indians an opportunity to get on top and put the game out of reach.