By Craig Gifford
According to an old song, “Mama said there’d be days like this.” Mama must have been talking about Wednesday night’s Cleveland Indians game against the Chicago White Sox.
Cleveland, which headed into the evening with a two-game lead in the AL Central Division, will remain in first despite an 8-1 home defeat at the hands of division rival Chicago. It was one of the Tribe’s worst losses of the season as the offense and starting pitching both struggled.
By Matthew Van Wormer
Tonight, the Indians look to take their third game in this four game series against their Central Division rival, Chicago White Sox. They blew their chance for a sweep last night when the bullpen and lack of timely hitting cost the Tribe the contest. Bad luck came the Indians way too, in the form of hard hit balls that would normally be run scoring doubles turning into inning ending double plays.
The Tribe will try to put last night behind them and come out of the gate strong in the final game of this home stand before heading to Boston to take on those crimson shaded Sox. Luckily for Cleveland, a right-handed pitcher will be on the mound. The team is 13-5 when a righty starts for the opposing team, compared to 4-7 when a southpaw is on the mound. Jake Peavy (3-1, 1.99 ERA) is the starter that the Indians will try to tag tonight. This will be Cleveland’s first look at Peavy in 2012.
Only one of them was born in Cleveland, but the town is becoming home for both Mike and Mike.
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, co-hosts of ESPN Radio’s morning show Mike and Mike in the Morning, were at Progressive Field on Tuesday evening to throw out the first pitch before the Indians and White Sox matched up. The duo currently is broadcasting their show from Progressive Field this morning for the third year in a row.
Golic is a native of Willowick, Ohio, who attended St. Joseph High School (now Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School) before playing football at Notre Dame and completing an eight-year career in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins and Houston Oilers. After his playing career, he became an analyst at ESPN and eventually the co-host of the morning show.
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The Cleveland Indians tie a major league record by scoring eight runs in the first inning before making an out. Seven of the runs score as the results of home runs, including Kenny Lofton‘s leadoff round-tripper, …
By Mike Brandyberry
The Indians looked like a first place team for eight innings on Tuesday evening. Unfortunately, the game was a ten inning contest and the slow start and worse finish did in the Tribe, losing to the Chicago White Sox, 5-3.
In a battle of two ace starting pitchers trying to find their dominance from a season ago, Justin Masterson struggled early, allowing two runs in the first inning. Gordon Beckham singled and Adam Dunn doubled to set the table in the first inning before Paul Konerko grounded out to score a run and A.J. Pierzynski singled home another. The White Sox took an early 2-0 lead.
By Vince Guerrieri
The Colonial Marketplace is a relic on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland. The office/retail/hotel space hearkens back to the days when indoor arcades were the height of a shopping experience.
And on the Euclid Arcade side of Marketplace – across from the food court that connects the Euclid Arcade with the Colonial Arcade – is what might be one of the best-kept secrets in downtown Cleveland: The Baseball Heritage Museum.
The museum’s roots date back to 1997, when Robert Zimmer started putting some of his baseball memorabilia on display at his father’s jewelry store on East Fourth Street. Zimmer, now a realtor, was at one point an antiques dealer – and describes himself as a collector.
By Christian Petrila
At what point does playing in a monsoon become too much?
Despite pouring rain for most of the middle innings, the umpire crew tried to keep the game going as long as possible before finally giving in to a rain delay in the eighth inning.
The Indians were able to fight through the nasty weather and beat the Chicago White Sox, 3-2.
Josh Tomlin pitched seven and one-third stellar innings, allowing two earned runs and setting a new career high with eight strikeouts. However, it was the elements that ended his night in the eighth.
Barely over two weeks ago, Chicago starter Philip Humber was busy becoming just the 21st pitcher in baseball history to toss a perfect game. At that time, a young prospect named Zach McAllister was busy working his way to the majors at Cleveland’s AAA affiliate in Columbus.
On Monday, McAllister, making a spot start in the first game of a day-night doubleheader, outdueled Humber as the Indians improved to 16-11 with an 8-6 victory. It was McAllister’s first Major League win in just his fifth big league start. On a day of firsts, young reliever Nick Hagadone earned his first save in the 16th outing of his career. It was a day McAllister struggled at times, but got plenty of help from his offensive friends as the Indians knocked off the White Sox – in the afternoon contest.
Another small crowd of 9,196 fans at Progressive Field saw Chicago take a 1-0 lead in the top first. The run was unearned as a McAllister throwing error played a huge part in the Sox’s early lead. The lead would not last long as the Tribe put up crooked numbers against Humber in the second and third innings.
By Matthew Van Wormer
The Indians made a great statement this past weekend, showing that they were ready to take on any competition that came their way. They sent the Texas Rangers packing with two more losses than when they arrived. Now, the Indians turn their focus back to the Central Division, starting with a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox today.
In the 1:05 contest, the Indians will send Zach McAllister out for his season debut. Thanks to a new rule that allows teams participating in day-night doubleheaders to add a 26th man to their roster for the day, the Indians will not have to make an unnecessary roster move by sending someone to Triple-A for a few hours.
By Matthew Van Wormer
Ubaldo Jimenez had, arguably, his best start of the 2012 season so far as he went seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits to the potent Rangers offense. He also had to deal with the abnormally small strike zone of home plate umpire, Angel Campos. Jimenez took it all in stride and pitched a beauty.
Jimenez pitched himself into a couple of jams early but, contrary to previous starts, was able to get out of them and keep the Rangers in check. In the third inning, after getting the first two hitters of the inning out, Jimenez walked the bases loaded before getting the final out of the inning. At points in the game, he retired six and ten Texas hitters in a row.