A big day at the plate from Jake Bauers backed starting pitcher Trevor Bauer and a five-run third inning aided by a bases loaded walk and an error gave the Cleveland Indians a series opening 9-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
The Indians opened July with a big win to even up their road trip at 2-2 after a disappointing and embarrassing series in Baltimore over the weekend. The offense came to life to make up for just two runs scored against the Orioles in their three-game set, and the bullpen picked up for Bauer, who was starting for the first time since the sudden death of his former teammate and friend, Tyler Skaggs, on Monday.
Brad Hand has been one of the best relievers in baseball this season, but Tuesday night was not his night. The Indians’ potential All-Star closer blew his first save in 23 chances, allowing five runs on five straight hits to start the ninth inning, capped by a Hunter Dozier grand slam, as the Kansas City Royals stunned Cleveland, 8-6.
Hand entered with a 1.05 ERA on the year in 35 games with just four runs allowed, but that ERA more than doubled to 2.36 in his worst outing of the season. Called upon for the fifth time in the last six days, Hand entered to protect a three-run lead in a 6-3 contest, but his first pitch to Martin Maldonado was sent to left for a leadoff double. Whit Merrifield followed with a single to center after fouling off several pitches. Nicky Lopez reached on an infield single to first that scored Maldonado to make it 6-4. Alex Gordon loaded the bases with a single to center and on the next pitch, Dozier unloaded them with a 406-foot blast to the bleachers to stun the hometown crowd.
Aaron Civale’s Major League debut could not have gone much better for Cleveland on Saturday afternoon as the 24-year-old allowed just two hits and three walks over six shutout innings and four relievers handled the rest of the work in a 2-0 shutout for the Indians over the Detroit Tigers.
The Indians lineup backed their rookie starter with a couple of early runs of support, but struggled to get much else going against Spencer Turnbull, who pitched well overall in a five-and-fly despite being around the strike zone quite a bit. He kept the Tigers in the game and his bullpen fired three perfect innings of relief after he left, but Civale and the Tribe relief corps were able to protect the two-run lead to take home a second straight victory over Detroit.
Cleveland rallied back from an early 5-2 deficit with a two-run eighth, and Brad Hand got some big help in the ninth from outfielder Tyler Naquin to protect a 7-6 win for the Indians over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
The Indians opened their six-game homestand, their last of the first half, with another big win as the offense picked up for a rocky pitching performance from starter Trevor Bauer, who had a tough matchup against Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd. After coughing up an early lead, Bauer was done before five was complete, but the Indians bullpen covered for him with four perfect innings of relief before a brief scare for their closer in the ninth.
For four innings, the Indians could not strike through against left-hander Gregory Soto, fresh up from Triple-A Toledo to head up a bullpen game for the Tigers. Once he left the mound, the Indians put together a big inning and used another strong pitching performance from Bieber, who struck out a dozen, to hold on for victory.
Oscar Mercado has made the most out of his first opportunity as a Major Leaguer and he added another scene to his growing highlight reel on Tuesday night, driving in the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning with a bases loaded one-out single to left to give the Cleveland Indians a 2-1 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Reds.
In a game knotted up since the top of the fifth, neither team put up much of a fight until the Tribe’s at bats in extra frames in game one of a quick two-gamer from downtown Cleveland. A well-pitched battle between Trevor Bauer and Luis Castillo was left in the hands of the bullpens, and the Indians were able to strike through with a big inning against Reds closer Raisel Iglesias to earn another walk-off celebration.
The Indians spoiled the final regular season start in Cleveland for longtime Tribe southpaw CC Sabathia and claimed another big series win over a playoff caliber opponent on Saturday afternoon with an 8-4 win over the New York Yankees.
Playing in his 19th and final Major League season, the Sabathia farewell tour made its stop in Cleveland with a big milestone on the line for the left-hander. Looking for his 250th career win in his last Progressive Field start (his home for eight big league seasons), Sabathia was good in the early going, but ran into trouble late and was bested by Adam Plutko, who was called up from Triple-A Columbus for a spot start for the Tribe.
A total of 31,531 fans, the second-largest Progressive Field crowd of the season, saw the Indians rally back from an early 2-0 deficit with five runs in the middle innings to knock off the New York Yankees, 5-2, from downtown Cleveland on Friday night.
A beautiful night for baseball, chock full of dollar hot dogs and postgame fireworks, brought many fans to Progressive Field for a tough contest against the American League East leading Yankees on the first Friday for baseball in the month of June. The Tribe, looking to bounce back after a close loss at the bats of the Minnesota Twins in their series finale Thursday night, aimed to get back over the .500 mark with some tough competition standing in the opposing dugout, but the Indians called on more strong starting pitching from rookie right-hander Zach Plesac and more of the long ball as the Indians rolled to a big victory against a longtime rival in a lightning quick two hour and 23 minute contest.
Rains could only delay an impressive come-from-behind victory by the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night as they used three homers in the final two innings to steal a 9-7 victory from the Minnesota Twins.
The news of the day was bad for the Tribe, as the day’s probable starter, Carlos Carrasco, was placed on the 10-day injured list as the pitcher will step away from baseball for a length of time yet to be determined to address a blood disorder. The Indians went with a bullpen game and fell behind early, but scraped their way back into the game before homering their way to victory after interference by Mother Nature.
Progressive Field served as a launching pad on Tuesday night as Cleveland and Minnesota combined for six home runs, but the Indians had four of the blasts to earn a much needed victory over the Twins in a 5-2 final.
Right-hander Shane Bieber’s strong second campaign for the Tribe continued as he pitched into the eighth inning, allowing a pair of solo homers and five hits in total while striking out seven to earn his fifth win of the season. Francisco Lindor figured out rookie southpaw Devin Smeltzer, who was pesky his first couple of trips through the order but had few answers for the Indians’ All-Star shortstop, who put a pair of souvenirs into the bleachers to help pace the Cleveland offense.
After a sloppy mess of a game on Friday night, the Cleveland Indians looked a little bit crisper on Saturday afternoon, using a pair of homers from Carlos Santana and Leonys Martin to pace the club to a 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox from Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Indians needed to burn through five bullpen arms, but the quintet put up five innings of one-run relief with four strikeouts, two walks, and two hits allowed. They were thrust into earlier action as Jefry Rodriguez had to leave his start early with right lat tightness after allowing one run on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts in four innings of work.
The Cleveland Indians scored runs in each of the first seven innings and held off Boston late to earn a second big win over the Red Sox in as many days behind a 14-9 final from Fenway Park on Wednesday night.
Carlos Santana fell a single short of the cycle but reached base five times, scored a career-high four runs, and drove in five as the Indians’ offense was alive and well in the series finale from Beantown in a game that will not be remembered for quality pitching. Three different Tribe hitters had three hits, all nine starters reached base safely throughout the day, and the team got a win for starter Shane Bieber despite a sloppy six runs scattered over a five-and-fly as the two clubs combined for 23 runs on 32 hits.