A late arrival to Chicago did the Cleveland Indians no favors as the club was shelled in a 10-4 final against the White Sox on Thursday night.
A lengthy finale with the Red Sox in Boston on Wednesday night and the ensuing flight to Chicago may have led to a sluggish effort from the Indians on Thursday night in the opener of their four-game series with the White Sox. Carlos Carrasco’s strong numbers against Chicago this month disappeared, as he allowed six runs over six and one-third innings, and the offense could not make up the difference in their third look of the season at left-hander Manny Banuelos.
Tampa Bay rocked three more home runs off of Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco as the Rays rolled to a 6-2 win on Saturday afternoon.
Both clubs had to endure a nearly three-hour long rain delay prior to first pitch on Saturday, but the Rays bats came out ready to play ball while the Indians offense remained unproductive to follow a season-long trend. The Rays got stellar pitching from Charlie Morton, who limited the Indians to just one run on three hits with ten strikeouts over six innings in his longest start (in terms of pitches thrown) this season. Carrasco was locked in at times, but the Rays found him three times with the long ball to change the outcome of the game.
A two-run home run from Oakland’s Matt Chapman broke open a 4-3 game in the top of the ninth and Cleveland’s last ditch efforts fell short in the home half as the Athletics defeated the Indians by a 6-4 count on Monday night from Progressive Field.
Those pesky Athletics were back to their funny business in the series opener from downtown Cleveland on Monday. After winning with late rallies last weekend while hosting the Indians in Oakland, the Athletics got a big hit late in the game to provide closer Blake Treinen with just enough insurance to save the win.
The long slumping Indians lineup jumped all over left-hander Manny Banuelos and the White Sox bullpen as Cleveland and Carlos Carrasco cruised to an easy 9-0 victory from Chicago on Tuesday afternoon.
The month of May has not been favorable to the depleted Indians offense, but the team looked to salvage their road trip with a win in the finale from Chicago on Tuesday afternoon. With a 5-7 mark coming in on the day and with three runs or fewer scored in eight of the 12 contests, the Cleveland lineup was in desperate need for a breakout game at the plate.
The starting nine provided exactly that.
Only rain could stand in the way of a strong start from Carlos Carrasco and an impressive offensive contribution from Jordan Luplow as the Cleveland Indians blanked the Chicago White Sox in a two-hit 5-0 shutout in five innings on Thursday afternoon.
The forecast in Cleveland did not look good coming into the day and the two clubs had to dodge some rain drops early on before the umpiring crew called out the tarp ahead of the sixth inning. After a two-hour delay, the tarp was removed and the grounds crew got to fixing up the field, but the tarp was brought back out with more rain on the horizon. The game was called just before 5:30 PM during the second delay.
The Cleveland Indians will host the Chicago White Sox for the second time this season in a four-game series this week, ending nearly three weeks of activity strictly against nondivisional opponents.
The Indians (18-14) had a chance to really ruin the Mariners’ weekend, but they were shelled in a 10-0 two-hit shutout on Sunday to miss an opportunity to sweep the six-game season series from Seattle. In a bizarre statistical anomaly, the Indians were outscored by the Mariners, 21-18, in those six games this season, but posted a 5-1 record. The Indians will look to leave town at the end of the week with a winning homestand, something that the team can do if it can draw at least a series split with the White Sox this week. Cleveland trails Minnesota by two games in the American League Central at the start of the day Monday.
Solo homers won’t hurt too bad, unless you give up four of them in the same game. But despite a Home Run Derby performance from Seattle against Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco, Carlos Santana provided a big drive of his own in the bottom of the eighth, as his two-run shot gave the Indians a 5-4 win over the Mariners on Saturday afternoon.
For the fifth time on the season, the Indians (18-13) found a way to outlast the Mariners (18-17) on the diamond. Seattle is now losers of six straight games and has lost five games to Cleveland by a grand total of seven runs this year. The Mariners fell to 0-12 on the season against teams with winning records, while the Indians moved to 9-4 at Progressive Field in 2019.
Early season pressures are beginning to mount for the Indians as they come home to Cleveland to host the Seattle Mariners in the final three meetings between the two clubs this season.
Things are only getting harder for the Indians (16-13), which will need to figure out how to function without two talented starting pitchers missing from the rotation. The Indians return to Progressive Field for a seven-game homestand after splitting their last road trip with three wins and three losses. Cleveland has split its last three series and has not won a series outright since sweeping their three-game set in Seattle in the middle of April. The offensive woes of the club have not improved as the month of April progressed, and after a game in May, the club still ranks last in the league in hits, batting average, slugging, OPS, doubles, and triples, and is the second-worst team in runs scored, on-base percentage, and homers.
All things considered, the opening month of the season could have gone much worse for the Cleveland Indians.
With a lineup a shell of last year’s version and without All-Star Francisco Lindor‘s presence in the lineup for nearly three weeks, the Indians managed to put together a winning month. A 16-12 record is hardly something to brag about, especially for a team expected by most to run away with an American League Central Division constructed primarily with orange barrels and yellow caution tape, but for just the third time in the Terry Francona tenure in Cleveland, the Indians left the first month of the season with more Ws than Ls.
It didn’t come pretty. The +4 run differential was just one such stat to indicate the current state of affairs in Cleveland.
A four-run rally by Houston, capped off by a three-run home run by Robinson Chirinos, spoiled a good start from Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco as the Indians dropped the series finale against the Astros on Sunday night, 4-1.
The Indians provided Carrasco with little support, getting only a solo home run from Carlos Santana in the fourth inning. Carrasco had made the minimal support stand until the seventh, when in his final inning of work with a reasonable pitch count, the Houston offense rallied with a four-run onslaught and held on for the win to split the series with Cleveland.
Cleveland will hope for far more productive results this time around as the Indians head to Houston for a 2018 ALDS rematch with the Astros, one swept by the host club a season ago.
The Indians (13-10) scuffled during their recent five-game homestand, dropping two of three against the Atlanta Braves before splitting a two-gamer with the Miami Marlins. The offense got off to a hot start at the beginning of the homestand, but a bullpen implosion late Saturday seemed to leave a lasting bitter taste in the mouths of those on the roster. The Indians come into the series trailing the Minnesota Twins by half a game in the American League Central and will look to improve upon a 6-6 mark on the road this season.
The Cleveland Indians dropped their third straight game on Tuesday night, losing a 3-1 contest to one of Major League Baseball’s worst teams, the Miami Marlins, but all attention during and after the game was on the status of starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco.
The Tribe’s number three starter worked four scoreless innings of two-hit baseball with four strikeouts, but he was hurt in the top of the fourth inning. Carrasco retired the first eleven batters of the game in order before Brian Anderson extended his hitting streak to six straight with a bloop single to right. Neil Walker grounded a 1-2 pitch to Carlos Santana at first, but a bad throw led Carrasco to stumble and collide slightly with Walker, sending the Tribe right-hander to the ground while landing hard on his right knee. The trainer came to the mound with skipper Terry Francona and Carrasco remained in the game after some warm up pitches. He retired Starlin Castro on a fielder’s choice to third to end the inning, but the knee tightened up on him in the dugout with his teammates up to bat.
He was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury.