Michael Fulmer pitched at his All-Star level through the first six innings and the Cleveland bullpen could not keep the score tied in the middle innings as the Detroit Tigers dealt the Indians a 5-3 loss to close out the first half of the 2017 regular season schedule.
Sunday’s national broadcast put the Indians and Tigers in the spotlight with an impressive pitching matchup between a pair of All-Stars in Fulmer and Corey Kluber.
With the way Carlos Carrasco was pitching on Friday night at Progressive Field, he was not going to need too much run support. So, of course, the Cleveland bats put up eleven runs as the Indians destroyed the Detroit Tigers in an 11-2 final.
Carrasco got the help that he did not necessarily need as he fired seven innings of two-run baseball while striking out eleven Tigers hitters to win his fifth straight decision. He improved to 10-3 in his final start of the first half. He pitched with a big lead after a five-run third inning by the Tribe off of Detroit starter Jordan Zimmermann and never looked back.
His effort was also a historic one for the record books as he pulled off the “immaculate inning” in the fifth by striking out the side while needing just nine pitches, becoming just the second pitcher in Cleveland Indians history to accomplish the feat and just the 84th to do so in Major League Baseball history (Justin Masterson was the only Tribe pitcher to do it previously, recording his in 2014).
In his final start of June, Corey Kluber continued his incredible run since his return from the disabled list by striking out 12 batters and scattering three hits over eight innings as the Cleveland Indians took the series from the Texas Rangers with a 5-1 win on Thursday afternoon.
Any arguments that Kluber is not an ace are silly and senseless. After a rough showing against the Rangers in his Opening Day debut, Kluber silenced the big swinging Texas bats, limiting them to just one solo shot while he put up an Indians record-tying performance with his fourth consecutive game with double digit strikeouts.
Six innings of quality work from Carlos Carrasco, coupled with three RBI from Francisco Lindor, were more than enough for Cleveland on Wednesday night as the Indians defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 5-1, to win for the seventh time in their last eight games.
The final score was not indicative of a well-pitched game early on between Carrasco and Baltimore’s Kevin Gausman, who pitched far better than his numbers on the season would indicate. The Indians had the tough task of facing him at home at Orioles Park at Camden Yards, where he entered the night with a 17-11 record lifetime.
It is the middle of June, so it seems just about time for the Cleveland Indians to go on a nice little winning streak. While the franchise-record 14-gamer set last season may be a lofty goal, the nice run by the Indians could not have come at a better time as they have now won five straight and have guaranteed no worse than a split of their roadtrip.
The Indians (36-31) have reached the high point of their performance this season, putting up a winning streak that matches their longest of the season. It was well timed, as their four-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins over the weekend allowed them to move from two games in back in the American League Central to two games up, taking sole ownership of the top spot in the division for the first time since May 10.
Series in mid-June can rarely be deemed must-win series, but this weekend’s matchup between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins had the potential to be a statement set for either of the two clubs. Through the first two games, the Indians can claim to have made the loudest noise as Jose Ramirez and Bradley Zimmer each drove in four runs as Cleveland took game one of Saturday’s doubleheader with Minnesota, 9-3, from Target Field.
Having to rely on a pair of arms from the minor leagues to complete the day’s double dip, the Indians started the first half of a long day of baseball the right way as the Cleveland offense paced second-year left-hander Ryan Merritt to an early lead and expanded that advantage in the middle frames for a big win.
A two-run home run from Edwin Encarnacion in the fifth put Cleveland back on top and Corey Kluber gave the Indians six quality innings as the Tribe defeated the Chicago White Sox, 7-3, on a busy night in downtown Cleveland.
With the neighbor Cavaliers hosting Game 4 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena, more than 30,000 packed into Progressive Field as the Indians started their three-game series with the White Sox. Cleveland was able to do something it has struggled with this season as it took game one of a series and did so with a team effort on the diamond.
With the Cleveland Indians visiting for the first time since 2008, the Colorado Rockies played the rude host on Tuesday night as they crushed the reigning American League champions by an 11-3 final from Coors Field.
One of the top teams in baseball so far in 2017 proved themselves worthy of their 37-23 record as the Rockies scored in five different innings, four of which were multi-run efforts. Even the pitcher chipped in, as rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela (8-2) aided his own cause in the second inning against Mike Clevinger (2-3).
Cleveland squandered an early lead and the Kansas City offense piled on with two big innings as the Indians fell to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday afternoon, 12-5.
What started out as a favorable showing for the Tribe turned disastrous in the latter innings after the team got out to an early three-run lead against Jason Hammel (2-6), who had struggled all season against any team not named the Cleveland Indians. Carlos Carrasco held that lead for the Indians until the fifth, when things took a bad turn and the Royals never looked back.
Throughout his career, Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer has shown glimpses of what made him the third overall selection in the 2011 draft. Tuesday night was one such night as he struck out a career-high and American League season-high 14 Oakland hitters and the Indians used a seven-run outburst in the middle innings to defeat the A’s, 9-4.
The Indians (27-23) pushed their winning streak to three straight and continued their dominance of the American League West Division. The club has now won seven straight against the AL West and improved to 12-2 overall against the division after posting a 3-0 mark against Texas, a 2-1 record against Seattle, and a 5-1 advantage over Houston.
While Bauer was cutting up the Oakland lineup, it did not come without some complications as the A’s held a 3-0 lead before Cleveland would tally its first run. After getting some help from his friends, Bauer made sure his new found lead would stand up.
Alex Cobb kept the Indians bats silent for much of the game and Josh Tomlin did much of the opposite to the Rays, allowing two more home runs and six runs in total while unable to finish the third inning as Tampa Bay took the rubber match in Cleveland, 7-4.
The starting pitching woes for the Indians are becoming a growing concern among those watching a staff heavily affected by significant use or injury over the past couple of years. While it seemed as though Tomlin had figured that out in his first two starts in May, he was unable to give the Indians a good or long outing in Wednesday’s afternoon matinee, following the trend of Carlos Carrasco on Monday (injury) and Danny Salazar on Tuesday (ineffectiveness).
The game started out well in Tomlin’s favor, but quickly fell apart.
The Tampa Bay Rays won their Home Run Derby competition with the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday night with a 6-4 victory to even the series at one game apiece.
While the 2019 All-Star Game’s Home Run Derby may still be several years away, Danny Salazar looked the part of the fan-driven exhibition’s pitcher in a strange outing for the Indians right-hander. He gave Cleveland five-plus innings of work on the mound, but four homers offset a nine-strikeout performance and proved to be too much to overcome, despite the Indians dealing Rays starter Jake Odorizzi his worst start since his first outing of the season.