Posts By Bob Toth
Did the Tribe Win Last Night? In miraculous and come-from-behind fashion, yes! A six-run fourth inning for Toronto off of Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer put the Indians at a substantial disadvantage, but his offensive teammates picked him up two innings later, scoring six of their own in the fifth on the way to a 10-7 victory Sunday afternoon.
After reclaiming the lead, the Indians bullpen kept the Blue Jays potent lineup off of the scoreboard until the ninth, when Cleveland had extended their lead to four runs.
The Indians were powered by the top four hitters in the lineup, who combined for ten hits in 14 at bats (.714) with six of the day’s RBI and eight of the runs scored.
WP: M. Rzepczynski (1-0) LP: J. Francis (1-1)
The April portion of the 2015 season is now part of the historical record. While there have been a lot of surprises and disappointments around the league, one of the biggest mysteries may be the zero in the win column of reigning American League Cy Young Award winning pitcher, Corey Kluber.
Pitchers in professional baseball are used to being victimized by the opposing team on occasion. A much smaller percentage of these pitchers are used to being victimized by their own team. That situation has applied very noticeably to Kluber so far this season.
Kluber has had the unenviable task of trying to pitch with little to no run support throughout his first five April starts and even into his first start of the month of May. In April alone, the Indians supplied him with seven runs while he was the pitcher of record in the center of the diamond. Even after he exited the game, Cleveland managed only three more runs.
“We won a game yesterday. We win one today, that’s “two in a row”. We win one tomorrow, that’s called a “winning streak”. It has happened before…” – Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, probably. But actually, spoken by fictional Indians manager Lou Brown in the movie Major League II.
Maybe the Indians could use an unfamiliar face, as all of the usual suspects in April have been unfriendly. Cleveland will welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to town on Thursday for a four-game set, marking the first non-American League Central rival to grace the grass at Progressive Field this season and just the second non-divisional opponent to suit up against the Indians this season.
The Cleveland Indians will hope that home can be a sweet home for the first time this season as they host the final of four AL Central divisional rivals this week as the reeling Kansas City Royals come to town for a three-game weekday set.
The Indians concluded their nine-game road trip consistently, dropping two of three in each stop over the last ten days. Their stay over the weekend in Detroit was a bit different than the other two, as they won the series opener with a rare display of power and runs, scoring a season-high in a 13-1 win on Friday. They fell 4-1 on Saturday after T.J. House had to make an emergency spot start while the bats fell dormant once again. The bats were healthier on Sunday, but the Tigers got to starter Carlos Carrasco in his worst start of the month as Detroit held on to beat Cleveland, 8-6.
The series loss maintained the Indians’ spot as the worst team, not just in the Central, but in the AL to start the season.