The Cleveland Indians squandered a three-run lead protected over seven innings by Corey Kluber as the bullpen surrendered six unanswered runs, including three in the eleventh inning of a 6-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday afternoon.
It marked a frustrating and disappointing end result for the Tribe’s five-game winning streak as the A’s used three long balls off of the Cleveland bullpen, with two coming to the first four batters faced by the bullpen in relief of their ace.
Hoyt, an undrafted 31-year-old out of Centenary College of Louisiana and Palomar College in San Marcos, California, has spent parts of the last three seasons with the Houston Astros. He worked in 22 games during the 2016 season, going 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP with 28 strikeouts in 22 innings of work. He spent 43 games on the mound in relief for the club during their championship season last year, posting a 1-0 record with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP with 66 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings. He was not part of the postseason roster.
It is not often that a player marks two rare baseball achievements before becoming a professional. For High-A Lynchburg Hillcats starting pitcher Zach Plesac, this happened in high school. The nephew of former three-time All-Star reliever Dan Plesac went to the mound for the first in-conference game of the 2012 season for Crown Point, Indiana, High School. In the ninth inning, their opposition, Chesterton, led 2-1 from a combination of a hit batter and errors, but had no hits.
“I came to bat in the bottom of the ninth and hit a three-run homer over the left field wall,” recalled Plesac. “It was just incredible. It was one of those things you dream about.”
Carlos Carrasco returned to the mound from the 10-day disabled list for the Cleveland Indians on Friday and pitched into the sixth inning while his offense erupted for ten runs in a 10-4 rout of the Oakland Athletics from Progressive Field.
The Tribe started their ten-game homestand on the right foot, putting together a balanced attack while overcoming an early 2-0 hole after a pair of homers to lead off the first two innings by the A’s. Carrasco settled in after the early trouble with the long ball to go five and one-third innings, kicking off what little rust he had accumulated while sidelined since the middle of June after being struck by a Joe Mauer line drive on June 16.
As expected, the Cleveland Indians activated starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco from the 10-day disabled list on Friday to make the start against the Oakland Athletics. In a corresponding roster move, the team has designated right-handed reliever George Kontos for assignment.
For the second straight weekend, the Indians and Athletics will make acquaintances as Oakland makes its sole trip to Cleveland this season.
The Indians (48-37) had a tough time during their series in Oakland, at least the first two before erupting for 12 runs off of the A’s bullpen late in a 15-3 rout in the series finale last Sunday. The Indians improved their winning streak to four straight by sweeping three in a row in Kansas City to wrap up its road trip with a 5-4 record. It is expected to be a busy weekend with favorable conditions for baseball in downtown Cleveland as the city hosts its first sporting event since the departure of NBA star LeBron James.
Ten games back with the Columbus Clippers proved to be too few for former member of the organization Melky Cabrera. The Indians signed the 33-year-old outfielder to a minor league contract for the second time this season, bringing back the experienced veteran as an insurance policy for their banged up outfield.
Cabrera was unsigned this past offseason despite a strong season offensively last year with the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals. He appeared in 156 games, putting up a combined .285/.324/.423 slash at the plate with 30 doubles, two triples, 17 homers, and 85 RBI in his split stay.
Trevor Bauer pitched deep into the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians used three early runs to hold on for a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals from Kauffman Stadium on the Fourth of July.
After scoring 15 runs in the first two games of the series and 30 runs over their last three contests, the Indians bats were held to just four hits on Wednesday night, but early run support and a strong start from Bauer helped the Indians end their nine-game road trip with a sweep of the Royals to finish with a 5-4 record away from home. Cleveland (48-37) pulled within two games of hitting 50 wins on the year with its fourth straight win and pushed its MLB-leading divisional lead to 11.5 games over Detroit as all four AL Central teams below the Tribe in the standings took Ls on the national holiday.
By 1938, League Park had already seen an abundance of baseball history.
Cy Young opened the place – first in 1891 when it was home to the Spiders, and then the new concrete-and-steel ballpark in 1910. Addie Joss threw a perfect game at the close of the 1908 season in what might have been the greatest game ever pitched. Legends like Tris Speaker and Napoleon Lajoie patrolled the field, and the Indians won the 1920 World Series there.
And all those moments were on display July 3, 1938 – when League Park hosted an old-timers game between representatives of the 1908 and 1920 teams, at that point the two best teams in Indians history.