2018: Game Recaps
The Chicago Cubs made their first appearance at Progressive Field since Game 7 of the 2016 World Series and bludgeoned Indians starter Josh Tomlin and the bullpen in a 10-3 romp on Tuesday night.
On a cool and rainy night from downtown Cleveland and coming off of a late arrival from Baltimore in the early hours of the day, the Indians found themselves down big early as the Cubs bats busted out by playing a little home run derby in the early innings before steadily tacking on against the usually reliable Tribe bullpen.
A two-run home run by Yonder Alonso in the second inning proved to be the difference as Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco and the Indians bullpen made the blast stand in a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
The Indians (12-8) wrapped up their unusual six-game road trip with a 4-2 mark, splitting their series in San Juan with the Minnesota Twins before taking three of four from Baltimore from their home at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Early offense would be the story for both clubs, but both lineups would go largely dormant in what became a game dominated by quality pitching on both sides of the slate.
The Cleveland Indians celebrated manager Terry Francona’s 59th birthday with a 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, but it did not come easy, despite Corey Kluber being on the mound for the Tribe.
The Indians ace did not look quite like his usual self, but he gave Cleveland seven quality innings and kept the game close enough. With the way the offense has been performing this season, that could have been a concern, but the Indians bats came to life with more of the long ball and finally delivered with runners in scoring position.
Mike Clevinger was masterful on the mound for the Cleveland Indians on Saturday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards as he threw his first career complete game and shutout in a 4-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
For the first time in his Major League career, Clevinger pitched into and completed the ninth inning in wrapping up a two-hit shutout over the Orioles. He came into the outing with a pair of wins against Baltimore in his career. It was a strong bounce back effort for “Sunshine”, who looked sharp after giving up four runs in the fourth inning of his last start in a short no-decision for the 27-year-old right-hander.
Making his second career start in Baltimore, following last season’s five innings of two-run baseball in a win, Clevinger took command early and worked around the few problems that came his way. A first inning run gave him some room on the mound, and three home runs later would pad his advantage, with some of the pop coming from a big day at the plate from Jose Ramirez.
The Baltimore Orioles ended their six-game losing skid and claimed their sixth win of the season on Friday night, defeating the Cleveland Indians by a 3-1 final.
It was another one of those frustrating nights for the Indians’ offense, which was once again unable to produce with runners in scoring position. The cold bats allowed Dylan Bundy to work around some trouble, and a big two-run fifth by the Orioles would give Baltimore just enough to secure the win.
Ryan LaMarre lined a single to center in the bottom of the 16th inning to score the winning run as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians by a 2-1 final from San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday night/Thursday morning.
Fans in San Juan have waited since 2010 for Major League Baseball to return to the island. They were rewarded for their patience with a well-pitched game from one of the commonwealth’s young heroes, Jose Berrios, and Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco, and even got seven innings of bonus baseball before the Twins delivered the walk-off hit after a costly error in the 16th by Jason Kipnis.
With Josh Tomlin on the mound in his second inning of emergency duty for the Tribe, Minnesota got a leadoff single from local Eddie Rosario. Logan Morrison sent a chopper towards Kipnis at second, but the Indians’ second baseman could not field the ball, allowing Rosario to motor to third on the error. Eduardo Escobar was intentionally walked to set up a force at the plate, but LaMarre, getting his fourth at bat off of the bench for the Twins, lined his third hit of the game into center field to score Rosario with the winning run, giving Minnesota a 2-1 win.
Corey Kluber was his usual self on the mound for Cleveland, but that story will be lost in the shuffle as Francisco Lindor led the way for the offense with a two-run home run in his return to his native Puerto Rico as the Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins by a 6-1 final on Tuesday.
Cleveland showed little rust after three straight days off as strong starting pitching from the well-rested Kluber and some explosive support from a native son powered the Indians past the Twins in the first game of their two-game series from the capital of Puerto Rico.
Playing at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan in a short series from the Caribbean, one of the island’s top baseball stars took center stage and stepped up in a big moment, giving Kluber some much needed and deserved support while bringing the packed house of 19,516 to an uproar, complete with curtain call.
As feared, the series finale between the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays was washed away by rains on Sunday afternoon.
The scheduling blunders of April, which include several long homestands with opponents making their lone trips to Progressive Field for the season, took front seat this weekend as the Blue Jays will now need to return for a second visit to Cleveland. Sunday’s postponed game has now been moved to May 3 as part of a doubleheader, joining Saturday’s previously rescheduled contest.
Fans who had tickets to the April 15 contest can exchange them for admission to both games of a traditional doubleheader that day, but ticket holders to Saturday’s game will have priority on ticket availability. If fans are unable to attend that double dip, the Sunday tickets can be exchanged for one of two other dates on the calendar – the game on Sunday, June 17, against the Minnesota Twins or their game Wednesday, June 20, against the Chicago White Sox. For more details on the exchange, go to Indians.com/schedulechanges.
Heavy and steady rains in the northeast Ohio area spoiled the Cleveland Indians’ second Saturday home date of the 2018 schedule as their game with the Toronto Blue Jays was postponed.
A makeup date has been scheduled on Thursday, May 3, at 1:10 PM ET. Ticket holders to Saturday’s game are encouraged to attend that date. Exchange details are available at Indians.com/schedulechanges. Fans who cannot attend the rescheduled contest can exchange their tickets for games on either Friday, May 11, or Saturday, May 12, against the Kansas City Royals.
The Indians could not protect an early 4-0 lead as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied with four runs in the fourth inning off of starter Mike Clevinger and tacked on four more runs late against the Cleveland bullpen to claim an 8-4 win in the series opener on Friday from Progressive Field.
A little taste of warm weather has heated up the Tribe bats as nine runs off of Detroit’s Michael Fulmer chased him in the fourth and paced the Indians to a 9-3 win and a four-game series sweep of the Tigers on Thursday night.
One night after the team rattled off four runs in the fourth and reached double digits in hits for the first time of the season, the Indians bats started hot and got hotter as the evening progressed. For the second straight game, eight of nine players in the starting lineup had at least one hit (with Edwin Encarnacion held hitless for the fifth straight game) while four players put up multi-hit efforts.
The Cleveland Indians racked up a season-high ten hits and Carlos Carrasco allowed just one run on three hits in a complete game gem over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night, 5-1.
Carrasco finally looked to be locked in on the mound after claiming wins in a pair of rough outings to start his 2018 season. Backed by a rare offensive outburst from the starting nine, the Indians (7-5) won their fourth straight game and secured their 14th consecutive series win over an American League Central rival.