The Indians will try to wrap up the American League Central Division this week in Tampa as Cleveland concludes its seven-game road trip with three games against the Rays.
Cleveland (81-62) traded wins and losses with the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend to start its seven-game road trip before the final homestand of their year. September has been a rough one for the Tribe, as Cleveland is just 4-5 through the first nine days of the month. The pitching has provided some of the issue, as opposing players are hitting .272 against them this month, the second-worst mark in the American League. They do, however, lead the Bigs with 107 strikeouts and the league in walks with 17 in 81 1/3 innings. The Indians come into the series with a magic number to clinch the Central at five.
Former Indians farmhand Thomas Pannone held Cleveland to just two runs over six and one-third innings and the Toronto Blue Jays used three early runs and three more late to claim a 6-2 win on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.
Pannone, making just his third Major League start and ninth overall appearance since being acquired by the Blue Jays last July for reliever Joe Smith, filled in for the injured Marcus Stroman with a quality outing for Toronto while keeping the Tribe bats quiet. The Jays touched up starter Mike Clevinger for three runs in his own quality start, and three more in the eighth off of right-hander Jon Edwards provided enough cushion late when the Indians threatened briefly in their final at bats.
Is it possible that a starting pitcher with 18 wins in the first week of September could be an overlooked man? Add in that he has the game’s eighth-best ERA at 2.75 and incredible 0.95 WHIP, good for the game’s fourth lowest? Oh, and then there is the whole two Cy Young Awards thing.
Can this guy possibly be overlooked or taken for granted?
In the case of Cleveland Indians all-star and two-time Cy Young-winning Corey Kluber, that answer may just be yes.
The Cleveland Indians rallied back from a 3-1 deficit with a seven-run inning, then held on to outlast the Toronto Blue Jays in a 9-8 final on Saturday afternoon.
The Indians guaranteed at least a series split with the Jays after a big fifth inning looked to tip the odds in the Tribe’s favor. The Blue Jays, however, did not back down, making it a game until the 27th and final out was recorded with the winning run at the plate and the tying run in scoring position.
With a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles, the Cleveland Indians clinch the American League Central Division crown. With the season shortened at the front-end of the schedule, it was the 123rd game of the season, the fastest that any team has won a title in Major League history. The Indians improve to 86-37 with the win.
Kevin Pillar launched a no-doubt about it shot 440 feet to left center off of the first batter faced by Adam Cimber in the bottom of the eleventh to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.
In a game of repeated missed opportunities by the Indians, the Blue Jays got the last laugh in walk-off fashion after twice tying the score in the middle innings.
Lynchburg’s Anthony Miller lived on the base paths over the final week of the 2018 Carolina League schedule, earning him the league’s Player of the Week award for games played between August 27 and September 3.
The 23-year-old first baseman took home his first professional award on Tuesday after a solid week at the plate that saw him go 16-for-35 (.457) with a pair of walks to boast a .513 on-base percentage in the eight days. In the nine games played by the Hillcats in that stretch, he hit six doubles, knocked two balls over the fence, scored four times, and drove in eleven. He hit safely in all nine games played to put together a season-high nine-game hitting streak, and the stretch included an impressive 5-for-5 day on August 31 against the Red Sox, when he finished just a triple short of the cycle in Lynchburg’s 8-0 win over Salem.
Francisco Lindor paced Cleveland’s offense with a pair of homers and four RBI and Jason Kipnis tacked on three big runs late to support Indians starter Shane Bieber in a 9-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night.
It was a back and forth game from the city of Toronto as the Indians kicked off a four-game set north of the border with the Blue Jays, which had taken two of three games from Cleveland earlier in the season. The Indians had an early lead and coughed it up in a four-run fourth inning, but came right back with a three-run response in the fifth before adding on runs in the sixth and ninth innings to secure their 80th win of the season against 60 losses.
The Indians are back on the road this weekend after a nine-game homestand as they head north of the border to Toronto to play four times with the Blue Jays.
The Indians (79-60) dropped their magic number to eight on Thursday when they completed a series win over the Kansas City Royals in a tight 3-1 victory from Progressive Field while the second place Minnesota Twins dropped their fifth straight in a 9-1 defeat against Houston. The pair of wins over the Royals brought the Tribe’s record during their nine-game homestand to 5-4, salvaging things some after dropping three in a row over the weekend.