2019: Enjoy Him
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.
The Boston Red Sox rolled to an easy 12-5 win on Monday afternoon, scoring ten straight runs in the middle innings after falling behind 3-0 to the Cleveland Indians.
Things started well for the Indians on Monday, but quickly took a turn in the opposite direction after the Red Sox got their first looks at right-hander Jefry Rodriguez. After two effective innings to open his afternoon, Boston piled up ten runs in a six-inning span to bury the hapless Tribe, which dropped below the .500 mark at 25-26 on the year while losing for the seventh time in the last eight games.
The Tampa Bay Rays scored four times early off of Trevor Bauer and added two big insurance runs late to take their series with the Cleveland Indians in a 6-3 final on Sunday afternoon.
The Rays deployed their “opener” technique and used it to perfection, holding the Indians scoreless until the final two innings to cruise to an easy win. The Cleveland bats made a last ditch rally attempt when down to their final six outs, but seven wasted innings came back to haunt the club once again.
The 2019 season has been a wild ride for right-hander Zach Plesac, and things are just getting started for the 24-year-old right-hander.
Indians manager Terry Francona announced on Sunday that Plesac will be added to the 25- and 40-man rosters on Tuesday to pitch in the middle of three games against the Red Sox during the Tribe’s road trip to Boston.
Tampa Bay rocked three more home runs off of Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco as the Rays rolled to a 6-2 win on Saturday afternoon.
Both clubs had to endure a nearly three-hour long rain delay prior to first pitch on Saturday, but the Rays bats came out ready to play ball while the Indians offense remained unproductive to follow a season-long trend. The Rays got stellar pitching from Charlie Morton, who limited the Indians to just one run on three hits with ten strikeouts over six innings in his longest start (in terms of pitches thrown) this season. Carrasco was locked in at times, but the Rays found him three times with the long ball to change the outcome of the game.
The Indians will need another starting pitcher next week.
Cleveland announced on Saturday morning that pitcher Adam Plutko and catcher Eric Haase had been optioned to Triple-A Columbus. The Tribe made a pair of moves with the vacated roster spots, recalling outfielder Greg Allen from Columbus while also purchasing the contract of left-handed reliever Josh Smith from their top farm affiliate.
A two-run bottom of the eighth pushed the Cleveland Indians past the Tampa Bay Rays by a 3-1 final on Friday night to end a four-game losing streak.
It was hardly the prettiest victory that the Indians could find, but it resembled just the kind of way that Cleveland has needed to perform to eke out victories this year. The Indians used a strong (but short) pitching performance from Shane Bieber, four shutout innings from the bullpen, and a late rally to hold off a tough Tampa Bay squad.
The Tampa Bay Rays used four home runs, including one of an unconventional variety, to rout the Cleveland Indians by a 7-2 final on Thursday night in the series opener from Progressive Field.
The Rays (29-18) took an aggressive approach at the plate against Indians’ right-hander Adam Plutko to jump out to an early lead, then used the middle innings to tack on plenty of insurance while the Cleveland bats were baffled by left-hander Ryan Yarbrough, who was called up by Tampa prior to the game. He worked a career-high seven and one-third innings for his third win of the year. The Indians (25-24) dropped their fourth straight game on their eleven-game homestand and fell further in back of the homer-happy Minnesota Twins in the American League Central.