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Indians pitcher Steve Dunning hits his first Major League home run, a second inning grand slam, but his efforts on the mound will not match his success at the plate. Despite blowing a 5-0 lead, Cleveland still wins over the Oakland Athletics by a 7-5 final.
The Cleveland Indians completed their roster move involving Gio Urshela from last Friday, as the team traded the designated infielder to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later or cash considerations on Wednesday afternoon.
Urshela’s time in Cleveland ended on Friday, when his rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus came to an end and the team needed to activate him. Rather than return him to the Indians’ 25-man roster and make another move, Cleveland elected to keep Erik Gonzalez in tow and cut ties with the 26-year-old.
The Cleveland Indians ended their four-game losing skid and salvaged the final game of their five-game road trip, using a pair of long balls and a complete game effort from Carlos Carrasco to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-2, on Wednesday afternoon.
Carrasco was the star for much of the day for the Tribe, striking out the Brewers at ease on the way to 14 total, one short of his career high. He earned his fifth win of the year and ended the Tribe’s losing streak at four with a complete game effort, allowing just two runs on five hits on the afternoon. He threw 117 pitches, making him a curious choice to bring back out in the latter innings. Given the bullpen’s woes, there may have been some hesitance on the part of the coaching staff, which instead opted to let Carrasco throw his second complete game of the year.
Each team hit a pair of home runs, but it would be a blast from an unlikely source for the Brewers off of Cleveland’s Corey Kluber that would prove to be the difference in a 3-2 Indians loss in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.
The Indians’ road woes worsened in the first game of two in a quick series from Miller Park against the Brewers. Cleveland (17-18) dropped its fourth game of the trip and fourth in a row, a season-high losing skid to drop the team back below the .500 mark and just a half game ahead of the charging Minnesota Twins in the American League Central Division.
The Indians will return to their one-time home of Miller Park (three games in 2007) this week for a two-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. It will mark the first time the two clubs have met since 2015 and just the seventh time since the Brewers moved from the American League Central Division to the National League Central, turning the once-time rivalry into a sporadic interleague series.
The Indians (17-17) started their brief five-game road trip on the worst note, getting swept in the New York by the Yankees. To their credit, the Yankees have dismantled a handful of playoff caliber teams during their 14-1 tear through the American League in the last several weeks, as they have also beaten up on the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins, and Toronto Blue Jays in that stretch. Cleveland found some ways to lose over the weekend, as their bullpen has been fully exploited for the world to see. The offense has contributed, in bunches, of late but could not create any lead big enough that the Yankees could not prevail, especially with a bullpen now ranked second-to-last in the AL in ERA (5.51) and strikeouts (96) and third-to-last in holds (10).
Both players had the ability to refuse the assignment, per Article XX(D) of the collective bargaining agreement. Belisle has accrued far more than the minimum five years of Major League service time required to refuse an outright, and Beliveau (with just over two years of service time) had been previously outrighted during his career.
Beliveau accepted his assignment and will remain with the organization. He will report to Columbus and hope that the Indians will call upon him again at some point in the season. Belisle, however, has elected free agency.
The Cleveland Indians may have struggled to find the win column last week, going 3-5 against Texas, Toronto, and New York, but it was not due to the efforts of Francisco Lindor at the plate.
For his power-packed week of work for the Tribe, Lindor was named on Monday as the American League’s Player of the Week for games played between April 30 and May 6.
Grant, Lofton, and Murray will be joined by former Rookie of the Year and American League MVP Dick Allen and fireballer J.R. Richard as part of the fifth class at the Kansas City landmark. The museum, which opened in a new site in November of 1997 in Kansas City’s Historic District, will host activities throughout the day, including a news conference, a VIP meet-and-greet, and a dinner reception prior to the Hall of Game ceremonies.