2018: Game Recaps
Shane Bieber stepped in with a big spot start and his battery mate Yan Gomes cleared the bases with a three-run double in the third as the Indians avoided a sweep with a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins from downtown Cleveland on Sunday afternoon.
Bieber got the call from Columbus to make a spot start for Adam Plutko, who jumped into long relief on Saturday after the Indians lost Carlos Carrasco to an injury in their 9-3 loss to the Twins. While he had a tough time keeping the Twins off of the bases, Bieber was able to keep them off of the scoreboard, helping the Tribe make four runs of offense stand up while earning their first win of their most recent homestand.
Brandon Guyer pitched for the Cleveland Indians in the ninth inning on Saturday afternoon. If you need an explanation a little bit more specific as to whether or not the Tribe won on Saturday, the answer was a definitive ‘no’.
The Twins rode another big game from Eddie Rosario against Indians pitching this season as Minnesota took an early lead, knocked out Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco after he was struck by a line drive in the second inning, and raced to another win to take its fifth straight game over the Indians this season and its sixth this year in eight tries.
A bearded imposter, resembling staff ace Corey Kluber, took the mound at Cleveland’s Progressive Field on Friday night for the Indians and allowed four runs during a quick 65-pitch effort over five innings in a 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
It was a rare night in Cleveland as for the first time in a long time, the tried and true Kluber did not have his A-game on the mound for the Indians. Even then, he still gave the Tribe five innings and allowed just four runs while leaving with plenty of pitches still left in the tank. Cleveland fell in an early hole, aided by two home runs, two errors, and a balk, and its offense was unable to get anything going until the latter innings against Kyle Gibson and the Minnesota bullpen.
The Cleveland Indians wrapped up the final game of their road trip with a 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon, bringing the club back home with a series split and a 4-3 record during their most recent seven games away from home.
It was a united team effort from the Indians in the finale of four straight from Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday that gave the Tribe a needed victory. Strong starting pitching from Mike Clevinger, a leadoff homer from Francisco Lindor, a go-ahead two-run shot in the seventh from Jose Ramirez, and excellent work out of the bullpen gave Cleveland (36-31) a 5-2 edge in the season series with Chicago (24-43).
The Indians remain four and a half games up in the American League Central with the win, as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins by a 3-1 final earlier in the day.
Trevor Bauer struck out 12. The Indians put up 14 hits. And yet despite some big stats on each side of the ledger for Cleveland, they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
Baseball is a funny game sometimes and Wednesday’s contest lacked a sense of humor as the Indians squandered opportunity after opportunity throughout the day against Chicago starter Dylan Covey. The Indians would wrap up the game in the only way that seemed fitting, stranding two runners in scoring position in the eighth and grounding into a game-ending double play with two on in the ninth.
James Shields got back into the win column for the first time since Opening Day, limiting the Indians to just one run in seven innings of work as the Chicago White Sox handed Cleveland a 5-1 loss on Tuesday.
Shields had been on the losing end of seven straight decisions and had gone 13 games since his only win of the season to date. He had the Indians putting the ball in the air all night long, but unlike the results of his last two starts (when he allowed six home runs), Shields was able to keep the ball in the yard, collecting a personal-best 16 outs on fly outs over the course of his night. The 36-year-old right-hander would get all of the support that he needed within the first five pitches of the game from Indians rookie righty Adam Plutko, who looked to win a fourth straight start in his second season in the big leagues.
The Cleveland Indians kicked off the final leg of their current seven-game road trip with a 4-0 two-hit shutout of the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
Carlos Carrasco endured a high pitch count early to give the Indians seven quality innings, allowing just four base runners on the night. Three relievers stepped in to record the final six outs to near perfection, sealing the Indians’ third win away from home during this current stretch in Detroit and Chicago.
Corey Kluber gave the Indians eight innings of quality two-run baseball and he was backed by some big efforts in the Cleveland lineup in a 9-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday afternoon.
Kluber’s pursuits of a third Cy Young Award continued on Sunday in the series finale from Comerica Park, where the 32-year-old right-hander handled the Tigers with relative ease, pitching effectively in a balanced attack on the mound. His big effort gave him his tenth win of the season against two losses in 14 starts, taking over the American League lead in victories while matching Washington’s Max Scherzer for the Major League lead. It marked the 14th straight quality start this season for Kluber.
Both clubs endured a nearly two-hour long rain delay prior to kicking off the middle game of a three-game set at Comerica Park. Another low scoring pitchers’ duel ensued, with the Indians tying the game twice during regulation before Detroit walked off with a victory in the third inning of bonus baseball.
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.