2017: Game Recaps
Chances are slim that the candles on manager Terry Francona’s 58th birthday cake withstood the strong winds generated by three Indians home runs and plenty of swings and misses by the White Sox as Carlos Carrasco worked eight innings of three-hit shutout baseball and the Indians blanked the White Sox again, 7-0, on Saturday night.
Carrasco (2-1, 1.65 ERA) channeled his inner Corey Kluber and nearly replicated the pitching performance of the Tribe’s ace from one night earlier when he fired a complete game three-hit shutout. Carrasco worked a similar line on the night, exiting for the final frame with a zero on the scoreboard in the runs column while limiting the Sox to three hits and a walk while striking out eight. He was aggressive on the mound, throwing first pitch strikes to 19 of the 27 batters that he faced while hitting 73 of 106 pitches for strikes. Nineteen of those pitches were cut on and missed.
Corey Kluber was in midseason Cy Young form on Friday night as he shut out the Chicago White Sox, 3-0, at Guaranteed Rate Field.
There was little threat from the opposition throughout the night as Kluber was on his game. A few early runs would be more than enough for him after receiving 13 runs of support from his offense his last time out.
Cleveland needed a big start from Trevor Bauer and the Indians right-hander needed to avoid the big inning and did so as he provided a quality start on Thursday afternoon and the Indians used a big three-run seventh inning to push past the Minnesota Twins, 6-2, to sweep the series at Target Field.
Bauer entered his third start in need of a good outing and gave the club exactly that, dodging the costly innings that had plagued him in each of his first two starts this season, when he allowed ten runs in ten and two-thirds innings to enter the day’s action with an 8.44 ERA and a pair of losses.
The bats were alive in Minnesota for the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night as they gave starter Josh Tomlin some room to work with and he returned the favor with a quality start in an 11-4 victory.
The early run support for Tomlin may have been just what the right-hander needed to relax on the mound. He had had a rough go in his first two outings, but he looked much more like the quality back end of the rotation arm that he was for the club last season.
The Indians were the recipient of a first inning gift from the Twins and built off of the extra out quickly and never looked back.
It may have come with some nail biting in the ninth inning, but the Cleveland Indians are back in the win column again as they defeated the Minnesota Twins on Monday night, 3-1.
Danny Salazar gave the Indians the start that they needed to open their road trip. The strong outing from Cleveland’s number three starter was supported by a good day at the plate from Michael Brantley and some edge-of-your-seat pitching in the ninth from closer Cody Allen to bring home the Indians’ sixth win of the 2017 season.
There was nothing sweet about home this week and even an influx of Easter candy could not sweeten the Indians chances against the Tigers on Sunday as Detroit took the early season series in Cleveland with a 4-1 victory in the finale.
After erupting for a season-high 13 runs against Justin Verlander and the Tigers bullpen on Saturday evening, the Indians offense returned to its more frustrating ways and could not find home plate. While they put up eight hits on the day and had two more batters reach via walk, the club was just 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left six on base. Three separate times they turned opportunities with men on base into double plays, further limiting the team’s ability to do damage to the runs column.
Left-hander Matt Boyd made his first career start and second appearance against the Tribe in the Sunday holiday game. He allowed plenty of ground traffic, yet kept pitching his way out of trouble.
Big things can come in smaller packages and Indians second baseman Jose Ramirez delivered repeatedly in the clutch for Cleveland on Saturday afternoon as the Tribe routed Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers by a 13-6 final.
It was the long-awaited return of offense to Progressive Field as the Indians rolled out a season-high 13 runs while riding four home runs balls against the Detroit pitching staff to even the series at one game apiece. Cleveland used 19 hits to put up multi-run innings in five different frames on the spring afternoon, doing the bulk of the damage against the Tigers ace Verlander.
The Cleveland offense could not figure out Tigers starter Daniel Norris on Friday night and a late rally off of the Detroit bullpen fell one run short as the Indians dropped a 7-6 decision in game one of a three-game weekend set.
Cleveland could not solve the left-handed Norris on the mound for six scoreless innings of work as each of the first eight men to the plate would be retired by the southpaw. Meanwhile, the Tigers were able to get an early run of support for him in the second inning off of Indians starter Trevor Bauer and would pile on in the middle innings.
Michael Martinez pitched the ninth inning for the Tribe Thursday night. If that doesn’t answer the question of Did The Tribe Win Last Night well enough for you, the Chicago White Sox took the rubber match over the Cleveland Indians, 10-4.
Derek Holland‘s dominance of the Indians throughout his career continued on Wednesday night as he brought a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the White Sox bullpen held off a late Tribe threat as Chicago defeated Cleveland, 2-1.
After spending his entire career with the Texas Rangers, the lefty Holland relocated to the Windy City in the offseason on a one-year, $6 million deal. It looks to be a move that could prolong his career nicely, as he should have a few more opportunities than usual to pitch against the Indians this season.
Indians fans have waited since November 2nd of last year to cheer on their team at Progressive Field and the long wait for the return of baseball in Cleveland was worth it as Michael Brantley delivered an opposite field double down the left field line to score Francisco Lindor all the way from first base with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning as the Tribe walked off with a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
On a day full of all of the pomp and circumstance deserving of a home opener, the Indians fought through a tough day at the plate with quality work from the pitching staff and the big clutch hit from Brantley to save the day. Prior to the game, a banner commemorating the club’s 2016 American League championship was unfurled in the upper deck in right field and players received their championship rings on the field before earning win one of many at their downtown home, despite going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position while stranding eight men on base.