2018: Game Recaps
A three-run home run from Jason Kipnis with two outs in the top of the ninth gave the Cleveland Indians a 4-1 win over the Detroit Tigers in their first of three games this weekend at Comerica Park.
Neither Trevor Bauer nor Michael Fulmer deserved to take a loss in a well-pitched game between the two right-handers, and neither would take a defeat on their own stat sheets in a pair of deep starts. Fulmer’s Tigers, however, would go home the losers on Friday, as closer Shane Greene could not keep the Cleveland offense in check in the ninth, as he allowed two big base runners before Kipnis put the game away with a monstrous clout to one of the deepest parts of the expansive yard in Motown.
Carlos Carrasco set down ten men on strikes in seven innings of one-run baseball and the Cleveland Indians completed the two-game sweep of the National League’s top team, the Milwaukee Brewers, in a 3-1 final on Wednesday afternoon.
It was an encouraging afternoon for the Indians overall, as they performed well against the senior circuit’s best squad in the standings and got big efforts from Carrasco and the bullpen to make up for a fairly quiet day at the plate for the club. Carrasco improved to 7-4 on the year with a needed bounce-back start on the heels of a couple of rough outings against the Houston Astros and the Minnesota Twins during his last two appearances on the mound. He gave the Indians seven quality innings, scattering eight hits and a walk while striking out ten. He was able to do something that he had not in his last few outings – keep the ball down – and not surprisingly, it resulted in a solid win for the 31-year-old right-hander and his ball club.
Corey Kluber scattered a run and seven hits over seven innings of work and got big contributions from Lonnie Chisenhall and Jose Ramirez in an Indians’ 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers from downtown Cleveland on Tuesday night.
Making his second start of the season against the Brewers after taking a tough loss in Milwaukee during an earlier series in May, Kluber kept the ball in the yard and limited the damage that his opposition could do against him, despite giving up seven hits on the night.
Eddie Rosario’s third home run of the afternoon proved to be the winner as his two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth walked the Minnesota Twins off with a 7-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
It was another frustrating day for the Tribe’s pitching staff at Target Field as the Twins played home run derby with both starter Mike Clevinger and the Indians bullpen. Cleveland rallied back twice from deficits with big home runs of its own, but Rosario’s career day gave Minnesota a big series win over the scuffling Tribe.
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.