Corey Kluber pitched seven innings of shutout, four-hit baseball, and the offense used four late runs to back their starter to his 20th win of the season and the team’s 17th shutout of the campaign in a 4-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
The reigning Cy Young winner pitched nearly stress-free baseball from the southside of Chicago in the series opener with the White Sox, despite slow moving run support. Kluber worked seven shutout frames, striking out eleven batters and walking just one to go with the four hits that he surrendered to win 20 games for the first time in his career while becoming the first Indians pitcher to do so since Cliff Lee won 22 in 2008. The offense awoke with a pair of homers late and used three runs in the ninth inning to pad what was at the time a one-run advantage. In a flashback to better bullpen days, both Andrew Miller and Cody Allen worked perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts to wrap up the evening with 17 straight White Sox batters retired by the Tribe pitching staff.
Former Indians farmhand Thomas Pannone held Cleveland to just two runs over six and one-third innings and the Toronto Blue Jays used three early runs and three more late to claim a 6-2 win on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.
Pannone, making just his third Major League start and ninth overall appearance since being acquired by the Blue Jays last July for reliever Joe Smith, filled in for the injured Marcus Stroman with a quality outing for Toronto while keeping the Tribe bats quiet. The Jays touched up starter Mike Clevinger for three runs in his own quality start, and three more in the eighth off of right-hander Jon Edwards provided enough cushion late when the Indians threatened briefly in their final at bats.
A second straight strong season on the farm has earned Columbus outfielder Brandon Barnes recognition from the International League.
The 14-year pro was named this week to the International League’s Post-Season All-Star team as the lone representative from the Clippers.
The Triple-A All-Star Game is coming to Columbus next month and the hometown crowd will have some familiar faces to cheer on during the contest on Wednesday, July 11, from the Ohio capital.
The International League announced on Wednesday its roster for the annual exhibition, held this season at Huntington Park in Columbus. Catcher Francisco Mejia and outfielder Brandon Barnes will represent the Clippers, playing for Columbus manager Chris Tremie and his coaching staff against the best from the Pacific Coast League.
The Cleveland Indians added another minor league depth piece to the roster on Monday when the club agreed to a minor league contract with free agent outfielder Brandon Barnes, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo.
The deal, pending a physical, had not yet been formally announced by the Tribe front office.