Mike Minor’s strong start to the 2019 season continued on Thursday as he limited the Indians to just three hits over eight one-run innings to lead the Texas Rangers to a 4-2 win over Cleveland from Globe Life Park.
The Rangers (40-35), looking to avoid a series loss to the Indians (39-35), got a couple of early runs and got two more late on solo homers off of AJ Cole to split their four-game set against Cleveland. The win moved the club back in front of the Indians, who were unable to take advantage of a low scoring contest from Arlington. Despite taking the L, Cleveland still returns home with positive overall numbers from a 5-2 road trip through Detroit and Texas.
The Indians used a five-run first to set the stage on Wednesday night and Jason Kipnis hit a pair of home runs as Cleveland routed the host Texas Rangers in a 10-4 final.
The Tribe offense was alive and well as a hot June continued for the club, which now sits with the best record in the American League in the month at 11-5. The Indians (39-34) used five multi-hit games and 12 hits in total to put up a second straight double digit scoring effort to clinch at least a series split with the Rangers (39-35) while moving a half-game in front of them in the overall American League standings.
Last week, the Raptors took a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals against the Warriors.
The Warriors won Game 5, and I – and I’m sure many people in the Bay Area, Canada and yes, even Northeast Ohio – thought, “They can’t possibly come back … can they?” Someone on Twitter even presented the scenario that the Warriors would rally to win the series, becoming the only team to blow a 3-1 lead and recover from a 3-1 deficit. And of course, the ensuing ESPN special would be replayed ad nauseum.
The Warriors are the modern NBA dynasty, and it’s impossible to count them out of the money. In addition to that, being a Cleveland fan has scarred me enough that until the clock hit zeros in Game 7 in 2016, I knew it was still possible for the Cavs to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. As it turns out, the scarring came a little less than five months later, when the Indians couldn’t close out the Cubs in 2016.
First baseman George Burns goes a perfect 6-for-6 at the plate, hitting two singles, three doubles, and a triple while driving in a pair, as the Cleveland Indians pummel the first place Detroit Tigers, 16-5, in the first game of a doubleheader.
Zach Plesac took a no-hitter into the fifth and allowed just two knocks on the night, while his teammates backed his strong start with four home runs in a 10-3 victory over the Texas Rangers from Globe Life Park on Tuesday.
The Tribe’s rookie right-hander pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his big league career and bounced back well after a rough start against the Cincinnati Reds his last time out. He gave up just a run on two hits and departed in the eighth, while the bullpen handled the rest in a big offense performance from the Indians that included a rare feat not accomplished by the club in nearly 15 years. The ten-run outburst by the offense came on a night where both Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana were held hitless.
Will Benson has earned some hardware already this season and now he will add two-time All-Star to the list of professional accomplishments on his resume.
The 21-year-old slugger is one of three Lake County Captains named to participate for the Midwest League’s Eastern Division All-Star team on Tuesday night from South Bend, Indiana. The first pitch of the night is scheduled for 7:35 PM ET.
The first half of the Lynchburg Hillcats’ 2019 season came to a conclusion on Sunday afternoon, June 16. The Hillcats were facing their Northern Division rivals, Wilmington, for the seventh consecutive day. They had been eliminated from first half contention the previous weekend in Potomac and were now facing the victors of the Northern Division.
The late afternoon contest would be the second of the four-game homestand to go into extra-innings. Never leading Wilmington, the Hillcats would post three runs in the ninth to tie the game at five, and push it to a tenth inning. Unlike Friday evening, where Lynchburg would win with a run scoring walk-off single from Steven Kwan, Wilmington would send the Hillcats to their third straight defeat thanks to a run-scoring balk called on reliever Yapson Gomez that was hotly contested by manager Jim Pankovits.
Mike Clevinger was back on the mound for the Indians on Monday for the first time since April 7, but he was unable to replicate his numbers from his first two starts to the season as he allowed three hits, three walks, and five runs over just four and two-thirds innings as the Texas Rangers defeated Cleveland by a 7-2 final.
Lance Lynn proved to be tough competition for the Indians in the series opener from Arlington, Texas, where the Rangers looked to hold off the hard-charging Indians for the second American League Wild Card spot. Lynn gave his club yet another quality start and his offense was able to provide him with a steady stream of two-out run support in a Texas-sized victory over the Tribe.
A complete game shutout on Father’s Day helped earn Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer the American League’s Player of the Week Award for games played between June 10 and June 16.
Bauer’s shutout on Sunday was the first of his career and he was rewarded again for the effort with the first Player of the Week Award of his career. It marked a needed change in direction for Bauer, who had lost five straight decisions before taking home a win on June 16 to secure a sweep for Cleveland over the Detroit Tigers.