By Mike Brandyberry
Sunday afternoon the Indians’ offense was stagnant and non-existent for eight innings before exploding for three runs on four consecutive hits. However, it wasn’t enough to comeback and the Tribe lost, 4-3. Josh Tomlin had another tough first inning, allowing a two-run homer to J.J. Hardy and the Indians were never able to catch up.
The defeat yesterday drops the Indians below the .500 mark for the first time since April 14. The Feisty Featherheads awake this morning trailing the first place Detroit Tigers by four and one-half games in the American League Central Division. The Tribe resides in third place, three games behind the Chicago White Sox and while they only four games behind the final wild card spot, they have five teams in front of them, so fighting for that spot could be a very difficult task.
By David Roberts
They say professional athletes often grow up playing several sports and it is that multi-tasking that helps them to excel. Eventually once they depart the world of high school they are made to choose a sport to enter the college ranks and it is in these developmental college years they discover their niche and find their way into professional sports. For Mahoning Valley Scrappers infielder Joey Wendle, he went about achieving his ultimate goal of playing professional baseball this exact way.
Growing up in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, just about an hour outside Philadelphia he was a three-sport player all throughout his childhood until his graduation from Avon Grove High School. He of course held a special affinity for the game of baseball. “I was a soccer player and also a wrestler all throughout high school,” Wendle said. “Baseball was always my favorite sport. I always knew my future was in baseball.”
Compiled by Mike Brandyberry
In an effort to distract Ted Williams during his at-bats in the sixth and eighth innings, the Indians’ centerfielder Jimmy Piersall goes into a war dance. Piersall gets tossed for his efforts and manager Joe Gordon …
Tomlin’s First Inning Struggles Continue, Tribe’s Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short; Orioles 4, Indians 3July 22, 2012 | Mike Brandyberry
By Ryan Hohman
Josh Tomlin continued his first-inning struggles Sunday afternoon, giving up two runs to the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field. The score was 4-0 going into the ninth inning before the Cleveland Indians bats finally woke up. Cleveland would send eight men to the plate and score three runs but it was too little too late as the Orioles hung on for a 4-3 victory.
Tomlin, who has given up 19 runs in the first-inning this season, regrouped after the rocky start to pitch six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and no walks with two strikeouts. His record fell to 5-7 as his ERA dropped from 5.51 to 5.34.
Before rallying to score three runs in the ninth, the Indians had only plated three runs in their last four games – all solo homeruns.
The defeat drops the Tribe below .500 (47-48) for the first time since April 14 (3-4). The Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 in Detroit to extend their AL Central lead over the Tribe to four games. The White Sox remain one and a half games ahead of Cleveland, who is now three games back in the wildcard with six teams sitting in front of them.
By Mike Brandyberry
Saturday evening Zach McAllister pitched into the eighth inning, giving the Indians a chance to win, but one mistake to Jim Thome, resulting in a two-run home run in the seventh gave the Orioles a lead they would never relinquish. Baltimore tacked on a run in the eighth and won the game, 3-1. The Tribe was only able to muster a solo home run from Shin-Soo Choo in the bottom of the first inning. The loss squandered a great start by McAllister, who appears to be solidifying himself in the rotation.
Saturday’s loss drops the Tribe to three and one-half games behind the new Central Division leaders, the Detroit Tigers. Detroit defeated the Chicago White Sox Saturday to take sole possession of the top spot for the first time since mid-April. Meanwhile, Baltimore, Chicago and the Oakland Athletics are all tied for the final wild card spot. Tampa Bay and Boston are each chasing for the final spot and are in front of the Indians, who now are three games in back of the final playoff spot. Currently, at .500, only three teams in the American League have worse records.
By Bob Toth
The July 31st trade deadline is fast approaching and with each passing day, the Indians’ weaknesses are becoming more and more evident. One thing few people would argue is that the Indians need to add a piece, maybe multiple pieces, to stay relevant in the playoff picture.
What certainly makes things interesting for the Indians’ situation, as opposed to most wild card chasing teams, is that the Tribe is actually very much in the race in the AL Central as well. AL East teams, like Baltimore, Boston, and Tampa Bay, are trailing New York by nearly double-digit figures, so they would likely only be wild card contenders at this stage of the game.
Teams only hunting a wild card birth may elect to move players along, rather than to try to pursue one of the two spots available for a one-game play-in series. The concept of making a big splash at the deadline for that opportunity may not be enticing to some teams.
By Christian Petrila
The Indians offense went missing-in-action (again) and it wasted a terrific outing from a starter (again).
Cleveland scored first, but was kept off the board; wasting opportunities left and right and losing game two of their four-game set with Baltimore, 3-1.
The first tally was put on the board by Shin Soo Choo, who continued his success in the leadoff spot by takingBaltimorestarter Chris Tillman deep in the first inning. The home run was Choo’s fifth in the leadoff spot this season. The Indians weren’t able to add to Choo’s solo shot, as Asdrubal Cabrera, Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley went down in order.
By Mike Brandyberry
Last night the Cleveland Indians were soundly defeated by the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 10-2. The Orioles tagged Tribe starter Derek Lowe, early and often when his sinker did not sink in the warm summer air. The O’s pounded out five doubles while defeating the Tribe and took control of the contest with a six run third inning.
The Tribe remains only three games back in the American League Central Division because the Chicago White Sox lost to the red-hot Detroit Tigers. However, Detroit has closed the White Sox lead to only a half game over the Motor City Kitties. After today, the Indians could be chasing Detroit instead of Chicago. Meanwhile in the wild card race, the Indians have dropped to two and one-half games behind the Tigers for the final spot, with Baltimore, Tampa, Boston and Oakland all between the Tribe and the final spot.
By Mike Brandyberry
The pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona–now Roberto Hernandez–has been granted a work visa by the United States and is heading to Cleveland to rejoin the Indians.
Cleveland Indians Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris …
By Mike Brandyberry
After a successful college career right-handed pitcher Shawn Armstrong still has many adjustments to make on his road to the big leagues. While the road seems to be progressing quickly, adjusting to professional baseball is taking time.
“I think the biggest thing to get used to is the long season,” Armstrong said. “Throwing every day, you don’t have those random days off when you don’t pick up a baseball and stuff like that. You never know when you are going to throw either.”
Armstrong was 18th round selection by the Indians in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. As a draft eligible sophomore, Armstrong signed right at the August 15 deadline and thus delayed the start of his professional career. He made up for his delayed start by pitching in both the Arizona and Dominican Instructional Leagues over the winter.