2018: Game Recaps
Carlos Carrasco’s ten-game winning streak dating back to last season came to an early and ugly end on Saturday afternoon as the Seattle Mariners used four home runs to rout the Cleveland Indians in a 12-4 final.
With the Mariners following the Indians’ efforts from Friday night with a notable home run display of their own, they ended a five-game streak this year between the two clubs of games decided by one run. Seattle improved to 15-11 on the season with the victory and are now 4-2 against the best team in the AL Central. The Indians, meanwhile, fell to 14-11 with the loss, but remain atop the division with a three and a half game lead over the Detroit Tigers at the end of the ball game.
The Mariners began their assault right away, putting up three runs before some fans had found their seats. Taking a similar approach with Carrasco as they had the night before against Corey Kluber, Seattle was aggressive early in counts while the Indians starter had some trouble with location. Dee Gordon sent the second pitch of the afternoon into left field for a leadoff single and after Carrasco missed on the first two way in on Jean Segura, the third pitch was driven to the seats in front of the bullpens for a two-run shot. After falling behind Robinson Cano, the count eventually evened up before the star second baseman flied deep to right, where Tyler Naquin made the catch. Two pitches later, another ball was sailing through the skies as Nelson Cruz blasted a solo shot to center to make it 3-0. Kyle Seager sent Bradley Zimmer deep into center field before he reeled the ball in for the second out and Mitch Haniger struck out swinging to end the inning, with the M’s on top 3-0.
A debatable call on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth inning cost Corey Kluber a complete game, but after a little extra scoring from Seattle, Cody Allen closed out a 6-5 Indians win over the Mariners on Friday night from downtown Cleveland.
In a game dominated by Kluber and a power-packed offensive punch from start to nearly finish, the final score did not reflect what was largely an easy win for the Tribe. Instead, the one-run contest became the fifth straight game between the Indians and Mariners to be decided by a minute margin.
The Indians and Seattle Mariners opened the season with three straight one-run finals, with Cleveland on the losing side of two of three. So of course, it was only fitting to continue the trend as the Indians rallied back from a four-run deficit to tie the game, only to have the bullpen give up a costly response run in the eighth in a 5-4 defeat on Thursday night from Progressive Field.
With the Indians down a key arm in their bullpen, manager Terry Francona called upon his relief corps to step up to the pitching plate in a big moment just after the offense got a rare hit with runners in scoring position to tie the game at four in the bottom of the seventh. Dan Otero handled Jean Segura for the first out of the eighth and newly called up Jeff Beliveau struck out the dangerous Robinson Cano for the second out. The third pitcher of the inning, Nick Goody, could not replicate the prior two’s success as Nelson Cruz doubled to left-center. He was lifted for pinch-runner Ichiro Suzuki, who scored with ease as Kyle Seager doubled deep to center as Seattle reclaimed the lead.
Trevor Bauer gave the Cleveland Indians six and two-thirds innings of one-run baseball and his offense backed him with three solo home runs in a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.
It was a fantastic night in downtown Cleveland, where both of its active sports teams put together three-point wins in their respective contests in the Gateway Complex (the neighboring Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 5 of their first round playoff series with the Indiana Pacers on a “walk-off” three-pointer by LeBron James). Bauer gave Tribe fans present another quality pitching performance on the mound, and while the offense struggled to put together much against Chicago starter Jon Lester, they made their swings count when they needed it the most.
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.