2018: Game Recaps
Lance Lynn lasted six innings and got two big innings of support from his offense as the Minnesota Twins knocked off the Cleveland Indians for the second straight day, winning behind a 7-1 final.
Lynn’s difficulties lasting late into games has been an issue this season, but he was able to overcome some big early pitch counts to earn his fourth win of the season, ousting Trevor Bauer. The Tribe starter got little support from his offense, which squandered a big bases loaded scoring opportunity in the third only to see the Twins tack on three runs in the bottom of the frame.
It was an off night again for Carlos Carrasco, who was unable to complete four innings in Minnesota on Friday night as the Indians’ six-game winning streak came to an end in a 7-4 loss to the Twins from Target Field.
Carrasco, making his second start of the year against the Twins, was nowhere near as effective as his first outing against them on April 18 when the two clubs met in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He fired seven shutout innings of three-hit baseball in that game, but he was tagged early and often against Minnesota in game two of this current four-game set from the Twin Cities.
Francisco Lindor had four extra base hits, including the deciding home run in the top of the eighth inning as the Cleveland Indians survived blowing an eight-run lead in a 9-8 win over the Minnesota Twins from Target Field on Thursday night.
The woes of the Tribe pitching staff continued in the series opener as the Twins came all the way back from an 8-0 deficit, but the Indians got a major contribution from one of the faces of the franchise, who capped an incredible month of May with one last Herculean performance.
Corey Kluber threw six shutout innings and the Indians bats were alive and well again as Cleveland completed the sweep of Chicago with a 9-1 socking of the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon from Progressive Field.
The Indians finally appear to be locked in on all cylinders and have conquered the bullpen problem in recent days by simply scoring so many runs that nearly all leads handed over by the starting rotation have been safe. The Tribe would follow that design on Wednesday, jumping out to a big lead in the first few innings while allowing Kluber to cruise to his eighth win of the season with relative ease.
The Indians hit three home runs and Mike Clevinger got back into the win column with another quality start as Cleveland notched its fourth straight win with a 7-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
Nearly every Indians hitter got in on the action in the second game of the series between the Tribe and Sox, as only the sixth spot in the lineup was held without a hit. Six different players posted multi-hit games, including a 7-for-13 effort from the top three hitters in the batting order and a 6-for-12 mark from the bottom three guys on the lineup card. It would provide more than enough for Clevinger, who returned to form after back-to-back losses in consecutive starts against the Houston Astros.
The Indians rallied back in a wild five-run fifth inning and never looked back on Monday afternoon as Cleveland held off the Chicago White Sox, 9-6, in a special Memorial Day afternoon start.
Adam Plutko returned to the mound for his third start of the month and his second since stifling the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, when he did not give up a hit until the seventh inning. In his second battle of the year with a team from Chicago, the effort would be extremely different than his six-plus innings of shutout baseball last week, but the end result would be the same for him and the Tribe.
In a game that featured a little bit of everything, Greg Allen delivered the unlikely walk-off home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the 14th inning as the Cleveland Indians rallied back to defeat the Houston Astros, 10-9, on Sunday.
In a matchup hyped all week for its pairing of former UCLA Bruins teammates Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, it would be a tale of two different games from Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon. Both starters pitched well enough to win and lasted deep into the day, but it would be disastrous outcomes from their teammates in relief that turned a well-pitched game in a 14-inning affair.
The Cleveland Indians hit four home runs and got a rare and needed strong performance from its bullpen to hold on for an 8-6 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
One night after the Cleveland bullpen turned a 2-0 Indians lead into an 11-2 loss, the repeatedly unreliable relief corps was able to hold on for a win, but it did not come easy in a game delayed before first pitch by an hour long rain delay.
For seven innings, the Cleveland Indians pitching staff performed just as they had over the last year and a half, riding strong starting pitching before turning the game over to the reliable arms in the bullpen.
Unfortunately for the Indians, this is 2018 and that reliable relief corps has been anything but. With six outs to go, the Houston Astros rallied back from a 2-0 deficit through seven innings with a four-run eighth and then tacked on seven more runs in the ninth to embarrass the Indians, 11-2, at Progressive Field on Friday night.
The Astros overcame an early two-run deficit with three runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth off of Indians starter Mike Clevinger and a bad middle relief effort again as Cleveland fell, 8-2, to Houston in game one of a four-game set from Progressive Field.
The Indians were able to do some early damage against tough right-hander Charlie Morton, who brought a perfect 6-0 record to the table on Thursday and a win against the Indians last Friday, but the Tribe pitching was not able to make a pair of third inning runs hold up. Clevinger was good early, but a home run in the fifth gave Houston the lead and things imploded in a messy sixth inning that saw four different Cleveland pitchers take the mound.
Adam Plutko held the Chicago Cubs hitless through the first six innings of his second career start and an RBI-single from Michael Brantley provided the game’s only run in a 1-0 shutout by the Cleveland Indians from Wrigley Field on Wednesday night.
The respective top scoring teams in each league during the month of May played their final game of the season against one another on Wednesday, but the two high-scoring offenses combined for just one run in a well-pitched ball game between Plutko and Cubs veteran Jon Lester.
Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer extended his scoreless innings streak to 14 straight and the Indians offense provided plenty of support via ten runs, ten walks, and eleven hits in a 10-1 rout over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night from Wrigley Field.
After scoring just seven runs in three games over the weekend against the Houston Astros in a tough playoff preview, the Indians’ (23-23) offense woke up on Tuesday in the series opener with the Cubs, far more resembling the lineup that had averaged more than six runs scored per contest in the month of May. A big win in the team’s first appearance at the baseball landmark since Game 5 of the 2016 World Series guaranteed at least a series split, with one more to be played on Wednesday in the short set from Chicago.