2017: This Year is Next Year
Clevinger gave the Indians a quality effort on the mound, but his offense could not figure out the left-hander Manaea, who limited the Indians to just a run and three hits in a dominant effort on the mound.
Throughout his career, Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer has shown glimpses of what made him the third overall selection in the 2011 draft. Tuesday night was one such night as he struck out a career-high and American League season-high 14 Oakland hitters and the Indians used a seven-run outburst in the middle innings to defeat the A’s, 9-4.
The Indians (27-23) pushed their winning streak to three straight and continued their dominance of the American League West Division. The club has now won seven straight against the AL West and improved to 12-2 overall against the division after posting a 3-0 mark against Texas, a 2-1 record against Seattle, and a 5-1 advantage over Houston.
While Bauer was cutting up the Oakland lineup, it did not come without some complications as the A’s held a 3-0 lead before Cleveland would tally its first run. After getting some help from his friends, Bauer made sure his new found lead would stand up.
All season long, manager Terry Francona has encouraged patience with slugging first baseman and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion while the Indians’ big free agent acquisition struggled with some consistency and an elevated strikeout rate at the plate.
That patience appears to have paid off.
Carlos Carrasco gave the Indians a quality outing and three solo homers provided some run support as the Indians defeated the Oakland Athletics, 5-3, on Memorial Day.
The Indians’ number two starter, making his second start since a left pectoral injury sidelined him for a few days, looked much more himself on the mound in limiting the A’s to just two late runs in his outing. His teammates were able to get to second-year starter Daniel Mengden, who was making his first start of the season while replacing the injured Kendall Graveman in the rotation.
The loudest ovation to come from Progressive Field on Monday afternoon when the Indians host the A’s may very well come for one of the visitors.
And that is absolutely okay and appropriate.
Josh Tomlin allowed just one run in a complete game effort and was backed by a big day from his offense, including four hits from Jason Kipnis as the Cleveland Indians avoided a sweep and a rare four-game losing skid behind a 10-1 thumping of the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon.
The Indians took out some frustrations on the Royals and starter Danny Duffy after putting up a fairly poor showing in each of the first two games of the series this weekend. They racked up their ten runs on 18 hits and scored in five straight innings, beginning in the third.
Over the first five weeks of the season, Trevor Bauer was not having a lot of luck. In five of his first six starts, Bauer gave up four or more earned runs. That would mess with a lot of pitchers, mentally, but not Bauer.
After his sixth start of the season, a 4-2 loss in Toronto where he gave up four earned runs in six innings, Bauer said he was making good pitches all season, that they were just being hit. He felt it was a case of bad luck rather than bad pitching. The start before that, he had surrendered seven scores to the Detroit Tigers.
Perhaps the 26-year-old was on to something. Over his last three outings, Bauer has fared much better. He has given up three runs or less in each of those contests. Bauer has pitched into the sixth inning in all three as well. Two of those starts came against first place teams in the form of the surprising Minnesota Twins and the Houston Astros, who have the game’s best record. He gave up six runs in eleven and two-thirds frames to two of the American League’s top ball clubs.
The Indians could not get the big hit that has plagued the offense throughout much of the first two months of the season and the Royals bullpen slammed the door on Cleveland for starter Jason Vargas as Kansas City won its second straight game of the series with a 5-2 win on Saturday afternoon.
On a day dedicated to former big league great Frank Robinson, whose number 20 was retired as part of the unveiling of a statue in his honor at Progressive Field, Cleveland could not slow down a Kansas City offense that has decided to wake up some this weekend just in time to take on their division rival. Danny Salazar struggled with command and limiting the traffic and racked up some lopsided stats, and that was after he dodged a significant first inning threat.
Prior to Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Royals, the Cleveland Indians will recognize longtime player and manager Frank Robinson with a statue during a ceremony at Heritage Park at Progressive Field.
Robinson will become the fourth former member of the organization to be honored in such a way by the club, joining Bob Feller, Larry Doby, and Jim Thome. Another former Indians player-manager, Lou Boudreau, will also be added to the collection of bronzed guardians at the ball park later this season.
Making his first start with the Akron RubberDucks since September 6, 2010, Corey Kluber worked five scoreless innings in a quick and efficient outing as he continued to work his way back from a lower back strain.
Out since May 3 after exiting a start in Detroit against the Tigers, the 31-year-old right-hander made easy work of the Bowie Baysox on Friday night, just one day after his planned rehab start with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers was rained out.
The Indians and starter Mike Clevinger squandered an early four-run lead as the Kansas City Royals scored six unanswered runs to knock off Cleveland, 6-4, in the series opener on Friday night.
What looked like a safe lead against the Major’s lowest scoring team turned into a mess for the Tribe in game four of their season series with the Royals as KC cleared the wall twice in the middle innings and got a big two-run double in the eighth to claim a victory at Progressive Field as the Indians’ home woes continued.
Rainy weather in Cleveland ended the Indians’ series with the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, with the club losing two of three to their in-state Major League brothers before the postponement pushed their next meeting into late June. The poor results dropped the Indians’ record in interleague play to 1-5 on the season. They will return to a more familiar schedule and opponent beginning Friday night when they host the division rival Kansas City Royals in three games this weekend.
The Indians (24-21) head into play in second place in the American League Central, trailing the first place Minnesota Twins by two games in the standings while holding a two and a half game lead over the third place Detroit Tigers. The Indians will need a series win to stay above the .500 mark against the division this season, as they start the three-game set with an 11-10 record against the Central this season.