Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 90 Days
Major League Commissioner Rob Manfred continues to tinker with the game of baseball in an attempt to shorten the length of nine-inning marathons in a sizeable 162-game schedule and this year, the spotlight will be on the relief game.
Effective for the 2020 season, a “three-batter minimum” has been implemented for pitchers, with the exceptions of illness, injury, or pitching to the end of a half-inning in relief.
The Minnesota Twins rallied with four runs in the seventh inning to knock off the visiting Cleveland Indians in a 5-3 win on Saturday night.
Facing All-Star Jake Odorizzi, who had posted strong numbers against the Indians in three starts this season, the Cleveland bats struggled to get anything going until the sixth inning, but a two-run outburst gave the club a late lead. While the Indians got a good effort from rookie Aaron Civale against the tough Twins lineup, the bullpen could not protect the one-run lead, coughing up four runs in the seventh, capped by the second home run of the day from Mitch Garver that served as the back-breaker.
The tables turn quickly at times in baseball. One day after blanking the Detroit Tigers by a 2-0 final, the Indians had the favor returned by the Tampa Bay Rays, who used a four-run seventh to complete a 4-0 shutout of Cleveland in Friday’s series opener from Tropicana Field.
In a matchup of two teams fighting for American League Wild Card playoff spots, the Rays captured a big win over the Indians in a well pitched game between both clubs for the first six innings. The Rays ran up the score in the seventh, scratching across a run off of starter Shane Bieber before Adam Cimber allowed the back-breaking blow on a three-run blast by former Indians first baseman Jesus Aguilar.
Jason Kipnis enjoyed his return to Citi Field, but the rest of the Clevelanders in town could not say the same as the New York Mets spoiled the Indians’ first trip to the ten-year old ball park with a 9-2 win on Tuesday.
A day off did little for the Tribe after splitting a tough four-game series against the crosstown Yankees over the weekend. A 15-minute hop across the city brought the Tribe to Queens as Cleveland knocked off one of two remaining ball parks across the 30-team league that it had yet to play in (Atlanta’s SunTrust Park is the last active stadium remaining that the Indians have yet to play at). Kipnis, who represented the American League there in the 2013 All-Star Game, had two of the Indians’ six hits and scored both runs in his first game there since that Midsummer Classic, but the rest of the offense was held in check despite plenty of opportunities with runners in scoring position against Mets pitching.
Rookie Zach Plesac allowed just one unearned run over seven innings of work and Jose Ramirez went deep for the second game in a row as the Cleveland Indians rolled to an 8-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday.
The Indians got to Jakob Junis, one start after he limited Cleveland to just two hits over six scoreless innings. The Tribe took a two-run lead in the third and piled on six runs over the final four innings to claim a second straight victory over the Royals while guaranteeing a winning road trip through Toronto and Kansas City.
The Oakland Athletics have turned into quite a thorn in the side of the Cleveland Indians. For the fifth time this season, a game between the two clubs was decided by two runs or less, with the A’s victorious for the fourth of those contests with a 5-3 win on Tuesday night from Progressive Field.
The Indians kept the game close in the early innings, but could not prevent the A’s from reaching base as Trevor Bauer struggled with command for the second straight outing. A first inning lead for the Tribe quickly disappeared as the A’s scored runs in the second, third, and fourth, and despite the Indians responding with solo runs of their own in the bottom halves of the third and fourth frames, they could not catch up to a pesky Athletics club.
Trevor Bauer was tagged for a career-high tying eight runs, seven of which were earned, in five-plus innings of work as the Cleveland Indians dropped their series opener with the Chicago White Sox, 9-1, on Monday night.
For the second straight game, the Indians (18-15) offense was shut down while another member of the starting rotation was hit hard. An uncharacteristic outing from Bauer led to him allowing runs in all but one inning in which he appeared, while the White Sox (15-18) scored in six of nine frames in the ball game to win in relatively easy fashion. After being provided with a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run home run from Yoan Moncada, Chicago starter Ivan Nova dealt with traffic on the bases all game long, but managed to strand runner after runner as the Indians failed to come through in the clutch.
A home run to lead off the bottom of the tenth by pinch-hitter Tony Kemp powered the Houston Astros over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday afternoon by a 4-3 final.
The Indians fought back late to tie the game in the seventh inning, but managed just one hit over the final three innings while stranding Roberto Perez at second base after his leadoff single in the top of the tenth. Adam Cimber came on for Cleveland in the bottom of the tenth, but his outing lasted just four pitches before the opposing dugout celebrated at home plate.
The Cleveland bullpen coughed up a four-run lead in a five-run Atlanta ninth as the Indians fell to the Braves, 8-7, in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader from Progressive Field.
After taking the first game of the series earlier in the day, the Indians jumped out to a big lead in the first two innings, but the Braves kept their hopes alive by chipping away for several runs in the middle innings before using an improbable ninth inning, aided by an absolute meltdown from the Indians bullpen, to rally back with five runs in the final frame to steal away a victory from the Tribe.
The Braves moved to 10-10 with the victory and ended their four-game losing streak, while the Indians fell to 12-8 with their second home loss of the season. Cleveland’s four-game winning streak also came to an end in the embarrassing end results.
Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 90 days
When you are part of the return for a team’s top overall prospect, the expectations on you are going to be a little bigger than normal. That will again be the case for submariner Adam Cimber, the first player in Tribe history to suit up in a regular season game in the number 90 and one half of the trade that sent number one prospect Francisco Mejia to the San Diego Padres last July 31st.
While Cimber was hardly the big name in the trade (that honor goes to two-time All-Star left-handed reliever Brad Hand), the 28-year-old will be counted on in a significant way to help plug one of many holes left in the Indians’ bullpen after the exits of Cody Allen (still on the market) and Andrew Miller (now a St. Louis Cardinal) via free agency after the completion of the disappointing 2018 campaign.
While the NFL’s Cleveland Browns were holding on for a 21-17 win down the street at FirstEnergy Stadium to end a 635-day winless drought, the MLB’s Indians dropped a 5-4 final to the Chicago White Sox in a game that …
The Indians tied the game in the sixth inning with back-to-back home runs, but left the tying run at second base in the bottom of the ninth in a 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
With a chance to potentially clinch the American League Central Division in the first game of a nine-game homestand, the Indians were unable to come through with a big hit in the ninth inning with runners in scoring position, continuing some recent woes in those opportunities. Tigers closer Shane Greene walked a tight rope in the final frame, giving up two runs, but holding the last runner at second to secure the win and the save.