2019: Enjoy Him
A total of 31,531 fans, the second-largest Progressive Field crowd of the season, saw the Indians rally back from an early 2-0 deficit with five runs in the middle innings to knock off the New York Yankees, 5-2, from downtown Cleveland on Friday night.
A beautiful night for baseball, chock full of dollar hot dogs and postgame fireworks, brought many fans to Progressive Field for a tough contest against the American League East leading Yankees on the first Friday for baseball in the month of June. The Tribe, looking to bounce back after a close loss at the bats of the Minnesota Twins in their series finale Thursday night, aimed to get back over the .500 mark with some tough competition standing in the opposing dugout, but the Indians called on more strong starting pitching from rookie right-hander Zach Plesac and more of the long ball as the Indians rolled to a big victory against a longtime rival in a lightning quick two hour and 23 minute contest.
The story of the night was Minnesota’s Max Kepler, as the Cleveland Indians’ late attempt to rewrite that version ran out of ink as the Twins were victorious in their series finale at Progressive Field by a 5-4 count on Thursday night.
Indians starter Trevor Bauer had no answers for the slumping German Kepler, who blasted three home runs on the night for his second career three-homer game (both against Cleveland) to end an 0-for-21 drought at the plate and a 1-for-19 effort against the Indians thus far this season. A pair of solo shots and a two-run job provided the bulk of the offense for the Twins, who saw a suspect bullpen give up a pair of runs late to allow the Indians to make it a ball game.
Rains could only delay an impressive come-from-behind victory by the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night as they used three homers in the final two innings to steal a 9-7 victory from the Minnesota Twins.
The news of the day was bad for the Tribe, as the day’s probable starter, Carlos Carrasco, was placed on the 10-day injured list as the pitcher will step away from baseball for a length of time yet to be determined to address a blood disorder. The Indians went with a bullpen game and fell behind early, but scraped their way back into the game before homering their way to victory after interference by Mother Nature.
Progressive Field served as a launching pad on Tuesday night as Cleveland and Minnesota combined for six home runs, but the Indians had four of the blasts to earn a much needed victory over the Twins in a 5-2 final.
Right-hander Shane Bieber’s strong second campaign for the Tribe continued as he pitched into the eighth inning, allowing a pair of solo homers and five hits in total while striking out seven to earn his fifth win of the season. Francisco Lindor figured out rookie southpaw Devin Smeltzer, who was pesky his first couple of trips through the order but had few answers for the Indians’ All-Star shortstop, who put a pair of souvenirs into the bleachers to help pace the Cleveland offense.
The Cleveland Indians activated outfielder Tyler Naquin on Tuesday afternoon ahead of their three-game season-changing home set with the Minnesota Twins.
In a corresponding move, starting pitcher Jefry Rodriguez landed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain and upper back discomfort suffered during his last start on Saturday. The move was made retroactive to Sunday, June 2.
Cleveland’s Zach Plesac pitched well enough to win on Sunday afternoon, but so too did Chicago’s Lucas Giolito, as the White Sox starter moved to 8-1 on the season with seven and one-third dominant innings on the mound in a 2-0 six-hit shutout over the Indians.
Plesac earned himself another start with seven innings of one-run, four-hit baseball in his second Major League outing, but he was ousted by Giolito, who got one run of support early on the ninth home run of the season by Tim Anderson. The Indians had few opportunities to strike through against Giolito, who kept the bats befuddled with a devastating fastball/changeup mix that made some of the Cleveland hitters look foolish in a two and a half hour series finale from Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Indians and White Sox are now both 29-30 and tied for second place in the American League Central, light years away from the scorching hot Minnesota Twins, which held on for a 9-7 win in Tampa to maintain an 11.5 game lead in the division.
After a sloppy mess of a game on Friday night, the Cleveland Indians looked a little bit crisper on Saturday afternoon, using a pair of homers from Carlos Santana and Leonys Martin to pace the club to a 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox from Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Indians needed to burn through five bullpen arms, but the quintet put up five innings of one-run relief with four strikeouts, two walks, and two hits allowed. They were thrust into earlier action as Jefry Rodriguez had to leave his start early with right lat tightness after allowing one run on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts in four innings of work.
The night began with a boom for the Cleveland Indians, but ended with a bust as four errors led to four unearned runs off of starter Trevor Bauer, while Dylan Covey settled in after some first inning woes to give the Chicago White Sox his best start of the season in a 6-1 win.
The Indians’ American League Central woes continued as the club dropped back below the .500 mark at 28-29 with their sixth defeat against the White Sox (28-29) this season. Worse, Chicago’s white hot streak continued to five straight games while the two teams are now tied in the divisional standings, ten and a half games in back of the Minnesota Twins.
A couple weeks ago, I said that the Indians were one bad stretch away from a fire sale.
I no longer believe that. Oh, sure, they’re in the middle of a bad, possibly season-defining stretch, and need a pair of binoculars to see the Twins in first place. In fact, any hope the Indians have of winning the division involves multiple things happening: Them getting back all the injured talent, a hot streak, and the Twins coming back to earth. (The Twins ARE playing out of their minds. They’re on pace to win more games than ever in franchise history, and I just don’t see them doing it. Then again, I didn’t see the Magic keeping up their ridiculous shooting percentage throughout the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals.)
I don’t see the Indians having a fire sale simply because they don’t have a lot to offer, in terms of trade value.
A late arrival to Chicago did the Cleveland Indians no favors as the club was shelled in a 10-4 final against the White Sox on Thursday night.
A lengthy finale with the Red Sox in Boston on Wednesday night and the ensuing flight to Chicago may have led to a sluggish effort from the Indians on Thursday night in the opener of their four-game series with the White Sox. Carlos Carrasco’s strong numbers against Chicago this month disappeared, as he allowed six runs over six and one-third innings, and the offense could not make up the difference in their third look of the season at left-hander Manny Banuelos.
The Cleveland Indians scored runs in each of the first seven innings and held off Boston late to earn a second big win over the Red Sox in as many days behind a 14-9 final from Fenway Park on Wednesday night.
Carlos Santana fell a single short of the cycle but reached base five times, scored a career-high four runs, and drove in five as the Indians’ offense was alive and well in the series finale from Beantown in a game that will not be remembered for quality pitching. Three different Tribe hitters had three hits, all nine starters reached base safely throughout the day, and the team got a win for starter Shane Bieber despite a sloppy six runs scattered over a five-and-fly as the two clubs combined for 23 runs on 32 hits.
The Indians saved their best for last on Tuesday night, as Cleveland rallied for two runs in the eighth and five more in an improbable ninth to stun the Boston Red Sox in a 7-5 victory.
On a night with persistent rains and an early delay after steady precipitation in the first inning and a half, the Indians and Red Sox went five scoreless frames before Boston took what appeared to be a commanding 3-0 lead over Cleveland. The Indians cut the deficit to one and missed out on a huge opportunity for more in the eighth, only to see the bullpen give the runs right back. But in a fashion uncharacteristic of their performance this season, the Indians found some Fenway magic of their own in their final at bats, hitting a pair of clutch home runs before claiming the game for good.