2018: Game Recaps
The Indians celebrated the career of Jim Thome on Saturday afternoon in front of the eighth sellout crowd of the season at Progressive Field, but the visiting Orioles opted to play the spoiler as a pair of home runs provided all four Baltimore runs and starter Alex Cobb handled the rest in a complete game effort in a 4-2 win over Cleveland.
Thome was the man of the hour pregame as the Indians honored his Hall of Fame induction last month with a pregame ceremony at the center of the diamond led by emcee Tom Hamilton. A host of former Tribe teammates of the slugger were present to recognize his career, and Thome was treated to several gifts, including a pair of seats bearing his old jersey numbers with the Indians and a large photo mosaic in the shape of the number 25. To cap the festivities, the Indians unveiled Thome’s retired jersey number among the names and numbers of other retired Cleveland legends in the upper deck in right field.
After all the pomp and circumstance, the Orioles had the rest of the fun on the day while ending the Indians’ six-game winning streak behind nine strong innings from the right-hander Cobb, who shined behind a five-hit complete game with minimal resistance from the Tribe bats throughout the afternoon.
Carlos Carrasco continued his dominance since returning from the disabled list and Jose Ramirez paced the Indians with a two-run first inning home run as Cleveland knocked off the Baltimore Orioles by a 2-1 final on Friday night.
It was a busy night in downtown Cleveland as the Indians began a quick three-game homestand while the NFL’s Browns opened the home slate with a preseason contest down the street against the Buffalo Bills. Fans in attendance at Progressive Field were treated to a low-scoring pitchers’ duel, with Carrasco and the Tribe walking away the victor at the end of the day.
A full claim to the Ohio Cup came down to the very last batter on Wednesday night as Brad Hand completed the sweep of the Cincinnati Reds by escaping a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth to secure a 4-3 win for the Cleveland Indians from Great American Ball Park.
In a game of big innings, the Indians took the lead in the sixth with a home run that just barely squeezed over the left field wall. After two strong innings of setup work from Cody Allen, Hand was tasked with the top of the Reds order, but he had to face six batters in a 4-3 game to record his 28th save of the season and his fourth with the Tribe.
Corey Kluber cruised through seven innings for the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night, allowing one run while backed early and often by his offense in an 8-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
It was a taste of the old Kluber from Great American Ball Park, where he looked to defend a 3-0 career mark against the Reds in three career starts, but it was to be his first appearance against the cross-state club since 2015. Before he could step foot to the mound to throw his first pitch of the night, he stood at the plate with a bat in his hands as the Indians put up four first inning runs and sent nine men to the plate to put away the game mere minutes after it had started.
After being held to two runs over the first five innings, the Cleveland bats broke out with seven runs in the sixth to pace the Indians to a 10-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.
Mike Clevinger finally got back into the win column with his first victory since July 1 as a shaky outing from the right-hander was supported with the big outburst in the latter half of the ball game. The top three hitters in the Tribe’s lineup combined to go 8-for-15 with three walks, contributing four runs batted in and six runs scored.
It wasn’t pretty at the end, but the Cleveland Indians took their fifth straight series win with a 9-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon from Guaranteed Rate Field.
Carlos Carrasco was dominant once again as he continued to torture opposing hitters on Sunday while moving into a tie with Corey Kluber for the team lead in wins with 14. He shut down the White Sox with seven innings of one-run baseball, striking out nine, walking none, and allowing just three hits in an effective 90-pitch effort. Since returning from the disabled list on July 6 against Oakland, the Cleveland starter has gone 6-1 in eight appearances. He has made five straight quality starts to start the second half of the season, going 3-1 in those outings with a 1.87 ERA, 43 strikeouts, and just four walks over the last 33 2/3 innings.
The Indians had a scare on Saturday night as Trevor Bauer exited a strong start in the seventh inning after being struck by a line drive, but the Cleveland bullpen held on as the Indians finished off a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Bauer left in the bottom of the seventh inning after being struck by a comebacker off of the bat of Jose Abreu on the second pitch of the inning. The shot struck him in his swinging right leg just above the ankle and the deflection was handled for an out, but after 102 pitches and a pronounced limp, Bauer exited the game.
After winning back-to-back games in walk-off fashion, the Cleveland Indians were on the losing end in the same way as Daniel Palka led off the bottom of the ninth with an opposite field solo home run to left off of Neil Ramirez to give the Chicago White Sox a 1-0 victory.
The Indians’ (64-51) three-game winning streak came to an end on Friday night in the opener from Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago as the White Sox (42-73) edged out just their third win in eleven tries against the Tribe with one swing from Palka. The two teams combined for ten hits on the night, but the final one was the biggest.
Through 112 games, the Cleveland Indians had two walk-off victories and had not had one since May 27. They matched that mark in the last two games as Michael Brantley drove in Greg Allen with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth of a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday afternoon from Progressive Field.
The recipe to a victory followed a similar design for the Tribe on Thursday, as they needed late inning heroics to overcome a game-tying home run from a member of the heart of the Twins order.
Francisco Lindor sent a three-run screamer over the wall in right with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cleveland Indians a 5-2 walk-off victory on Wednesday night.
For much of the first eight innings, there was little excitement to cheer for, but the Indians saved the best for last with their third walk-off win of the season (and first since May 27), following a blown save by Cody Allen in the top of the inning.
Left-handed Twins pitching contained the Indians for seven innings and a three-batter outburst in the second provided Minnesota with all that they would need in a 3-2 win in Cleveland on Tuesday.
The Indians had no answer again for Adalberto Mejia, who shut down Cleveland for the second straight start. Carlos Carrasco kept the Twins in check for much of the night, but the first three batters of the second frame made the difference in the contest.
Trevor Bauer provided six innings of shutout baseball and the offense erupted for a ten-spot in a 10-0 three-hit shutout of the Minnesota Twins on Monday night from Progressive Field.
Bauer entered the day just one strikeout short of matching his career best and five short of the 200-mark and he knocked out both accomplishments with ease in an eleven-strikeout performance as the Indians completed their 12th shutout of the year.