2019: Game Recaps
Mike Clevinger dominated for six quality innings with a dozen strikeouts in his best start since returning from the injured list and the Cleveland Indians tacked on five runs over their final two trips to the plate to claim a series win over the Detroit Tigers in a 7-2 final on Wednesday night from Progressive Field.
Clevinger opened the season looking like a pitcher possessed, but he has had mixed results since returning from a nearly two and a half month stint on the injured list after injuring a back muscle on April 7 in his second start of the season. A return trip to the IL with an ankle sprain slowed him down further, but on Wednesday he fired his second quality start since that latter time on the shelf and shut down the Detroit offense in his first start against the Tigers this season.
Four Indians pitchers combined to limit the Tigers to one hit over nine scoreless innings and the bats piled up seven runs over the first three innings on the way to an 8-0 victory over Detroit from downtown Cleveland on Tuesday.
Rains spoiled a good start from rookie right-hander Zach Plesac, who was unable to factor in the decision despite facing the minimum over the first three innings. As has been the case for him during many of his nine starts this season, dark clouds have followed him and rain knocked him out after just nine outs, but the bullpen handled the rest, allowing just one base runner over the final six innings.
A 55-minute rain delay was the only thing standing in the way of an 8-6 come-from-behind victory by the Cleveland Indians on Monday night in their series opener against the Detroit Tigers.
After coughing up a 2-0 lead after two, the Indians trailed 4-2 at the halfway point. The two clubs traded runs in the bottom of the fifth and top of the sixth before the Indians mounted their comeback efforts with a pair of runs. After the delay, the Indians rallied again with a three-run frame that proved to be the difference in the night.
The Twins rallied for three runs in the seventh, but Carlos Santana saved the day with his second homer of the second half as the Cleveland Indians held on to defeat Minnesota by a 4-3 final.
Desperate for a win after opening play after the All-Star break with two tough losses to the first place Twins (58-34), the Indians (51-40) got back into the win column and reduced the gap in the American League Central Division back to six and a half games with a quality start by Shane Bieber that was spoiled by a three-run Twins outburst in the top of the seventh. After Santana slugged the Tribe back in front, the bullpen closed the door despite allowing the tying run to reach in each of the final two innings.
Max Kepler hit three homers against Trevor Bauer in his last game against the Indians right-hander on June 6 in his second matchup against him of the season. He added two more in the first two innings on Saturday to help pace the Twins to a 6-2 win over the Indians from Progressive Field.
The Indians’ six-game winning streak came to a close on Friday night, but the club looked to get back into the win column and continue a hot stretch on the diamond and turned to Bauer to do so. He gave up three runs early, with Kepler to blame for the bulk of the damage, but settled in to give the club a quality start before the bullpen let things get out of control late.
So long, six-game winning streak. The Cleveland Indians lost a 3-1 lead in a three-run Minnesota rally in the seventh inning and the Twins held on for a 5-3 victory.
Hard-charging into the break winners of six in a row, the Indians bounced back from a first inning deficit to take a 3-1 lead after six innings, but the bullpen could not protect the lead in relief of starter Mike Clevinger. Nick Goody’s throwing error in the seventh helped the Twins put together their game-changing rally to fend off the Tribe.
The Indians matched a season-high with 18 hits and put up eleven runs, including six in the eighth, to rout the Cincinnati Reds by an 11-1 final to wrap up the first half of the season.
Cleveland (50-38) cruised to a sixth straight victory with a strong pitching performance from Trevor Bauer (8-6) and moved within five and a half games of the Minnesota Twins in the division, as the top club in the American League Central fell 4-1 in eleven innings against the Texas Rangers.
The Indians’ winning streak improved to five straight as the Tribe bats erupted for five runs over the final two innings to break a 2-2 tie and send Cleveland to a 7-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon.
On a scorcher from the Queen City, newly minted All-Star pitcher Shane Bieber was tasked with taking down a tough Reds lineup. He handled his business for eight quality innings on the mound and his offense picked up the pieces in the final two innings to give the Indians another needed victory in their slow and methodical climb back up the American League Central Division standings. Now a season-high eleven games over the .500 mark, Cleveland (49-38) trails the Minnesota Twins by six and a half games.
A six-run outburst by the Indians in the seventh inning proved to be enough as Cleveland completed a three-game sweep over the Kansas City Royals in an 8-4 final on Thursday.
The Indians (48-38) moved to a season-high ten games above even and cut their deficit in the American League Central Division down to six games, coupled with a Minnesota loss in Oakland for the second time in three days. The Indians’ bullpen picked up for rookie righty Zach Plesac when he was unable to make it through the third inning and stopped the bleeding, holding the Royals to just a run on four hits over the final six and one-third innings.
Roberto Perez was stellar both at the plate and behind it and Mike Clevinger finally looked like himself again with six quality innings on the mound as the Cleveland Indians secured a 4-0 five-hit shutout of the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
The Indians (47-38) moved to a season-high nine games above the .500 mark with their second shutout in the last three days. Four times in the last five the team has been involved in shutouts, with two coming in much more unpleasant fashion against Baltimore over the weekend. The Tribe has now won 19 times in the last 28 games. The Royals fell to 29-58.
A big day at the plate from Jake Bauers backed starting pitcher Trevor Bauer and a five-run third inning aided by a bases loaded walk and an error gave the Cleveland Indians a series opening 9-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
The Indians opened July with a big win to even up their road trip at 2-2 after a disappointing and embarrassing series in Baltimore over the weekend. The offense came to life to make up for just two runs scored against the Orioles in their three-game set, and the bullpen picked up for Bauer, who was starting for the first time since the sudden death of his former teammate and friend, Tyler Skaggs, on Monday.
The Baltimore Orioles feasted on Cleveland Indians pitching on Friday and Saturday, but they had no answer for a masterful Shane Bieber on Sunday as the Tribe right-hander fired eight shutout innings and Brad Hand worked some ninth inning magic to secure a 2-0 shutout to avoid a series sweep.
The Tribe’s start to a three-city road trip to close out the first half had gone about as bad as it possibly could. Poor starting pitching, equally inefficient relief efforts, and an absent offense contributed to back-to-back 13-0 shutouts for the Orioles. Bieber changed course on those results, shouldering the load for eight solid innings while using the minimal run support produced by the offense to carry the team to a much needed victory.