2018: Game Recaps
Trevor Bauer earned his tenth win of the season with a quality start and was supported by big days at the plate throughout the Indians lineup as Cleveland evened their series in Minnesota against the Twins on Tuesday night with a 6-2 victory.
Bauer’s stat line might not have looked like his usual contributions this season, but his effort was good enough to limit the Twins to just two runs over six and one-third innings of work. The bullpen worked two and two-thirds scoreless innings and the offense handled the rest, providing six runs on eleven hits while performing better with runners in scoring position than the night before.
Mitch Garver, who entered the game 1-for-16 against the Indians this season, won the game for the Twins on Monday night with a deep drive to the gap in left-center in the bottom of the ninth to give Minnesota a 5-4 win over Cleveland.
The second-year backstop with 91 games of experience under his belt was riding a hot stretch at the plate, coming into the game with good numbers over the last week, hitting .409 with three doubles, a homer, and six runs batted in. He would tally two more hits on Monday, but it was the last one that made the biggest difference.
Cleveland’s Corey Kluber pitched solid, durable baseball into the eighth inning and the Indians offense provided three home runs in an 8-1 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Sunday afternoon to claim a series win.
It was a much needed performance from the Indians’ right-hander in the rubber match on Sunday as Kluber looked to bounce back from some rough outings while dealing with right knee issues. In his first start after the All-Star break, he allowed a season-high seven runs (just three of which were earned) in four innings, his second shortest effort of the year, while striking out just two in a contest for the second time this season. While the strikeouts were not a big part of his second outing of the second half on Sunday, he limited the foot traffic with just five hits allowed and one walk, exiting after 94 pitches well on the way to his 13th win of the year.
A two-run home run from JaCoby Jones in the third inning was the difference on Saturday night as the Detroit Tigers slipped past the Cleveland Indians, 2-1.
Offense was at a premium in the middle game from Comerica Park as spot starter Blaine Hardy edged Tribe starter Mike Clevinger, who made the start on Saturday despite dealing with an illness that made his outing questionable up until first pitch. Clevinger gave a solid effort, striking out eight Tigers hitters in five innings of work, but the two runs that he allowed on the Jones’ blast would be too much for the Indians bats to overcome on a frustrating day at the plate.
The Cleveland Indians used four home runs and five late inning runs to knock off the Detroit Tigers from Comerica Park on Friday night in an 8-3 final.
In a close pitching matchup between Carlos Carrasco and pesky Detroit right-hander Mike Fiers, it would be a battle of bullpens that proved to be the difference as the Indians broke open the game with a big inning against the Tigers’ lone All-Star representative, Joe Jimenez.
Trevor Bauer looked like the All-Star that he was just over a week ago as he limited Pittsburgh to just two hits over seven-plus shutout innings in a 4-0 Cleveland win on Wednesday afternoon.
Bauer got a little early help from the Tribe offense and was able to do something the previous two Indians starters had not been able to do by keeping the Pirates from scoring early and often. He minimized the base traffic, allowing just one hit over the first seven innings that he worked, and got big help from his bullpen late to secure the victory as the Indians moved to 55-46 on the year and got back into the win column after three straight losses.
The Pittsburgh Pirates hit three home runs and used seven runs in the first two innings to run away with a 9-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
The Pirates (53-49) continued their winning ways with their eleventh straight victory in an easy romp over the Tribe, racking up early runs for the second straight night against Cleveland pitching. It marked the club’s longest winning streak since September of 1996. They were aided by strong starting pitching from Joe Musgrove, who allowed just two runs over seven innings of work.
Corey Kluber’s first start after an injection in his right knee did not go as planned as the Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage of several extra outs in the second inning to run up a big early lead and the third of three rain delays took care of the rest as the Cleveland Indians were blanked for the second straight day, 7-0, in six innings.
The Pirates rolled into Progressive Field on a nine-game winning streak and easily pushed it to a season-high ten straight as they took advantage of mechanical issues from Kluber and several defensive miscues that immediately led to runs in the second inning against the Tribe’s ace.
The Rangers could not cool off the scorching hot temperatures in the heart of Texas, but they finally cooled off the potent bats of the Cleveland Indians in Sunday’s 5-0 series finale from Globe Life Park.
On a day with temperatures reaching 108 degrees, the Rangers finally slowed down the Tribe on a day with first pitch temperatures of 102 degrees that only climbed in the heat and baking sun of an uncomfortable Texas afternoon. Rangers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo lasted a season-high six innings and combined with three relievers to cool off an Indians lineup that had tallied 25 runs through the first two games of the weekend set.
The Cleveland Indians’ offense was alive and well in the heat and heart of Texas on Saturday night as the Tribe bats racked up 16 runs on 21 hits in a 16-3 romp of the Texas Rangers from Globe Life Park.
For four innings, all was quiet in Arlington as both teams failed to tally a run, but then the dam burst as the Indians scored in each of the final five frames to rout the Rangers. Twelve of 13 Indians players to step to the plate recorded a hit, with only Jason Kipnis kept out of the hit column over the course of the night.
A back-and-forth game needed eleven innings for an outcome to be decided on Friday night as the Cleveland Indians captured a 9-8 win in extra innings over the Texas Rangers.
The second half of the schedule started out with some dramatics for the Indians and Rangers in a slugfest on the hottest night of the season for both teams. The two clubs combined for 17 runs on 34 hits while stranding 24 runners on base. Home runs factored in the early scoring for Cleveland, but late blasts by the Rangers forced bonus baseball in the first game after the All-Star break.
A solo homer by Michael Brantley to kick off the eighth inning capped a three-run inning as the Cleveland Indians rallied from a 2-0 hole to defeat the New York Yankees, 5-2, in the first half finale from Progressive Field on Sunday.
A good pitching matchup between right-handers Trevor Bauer and Masahiro Tanaka lived up to its billing as both starters scattered a pair of runs in their starts. It would be the Indians’ ability to strike through against the strong Yankees bullpen in the eighth inning that would prove to be the difference on the afternoon.