No Indians lead felt safe on Wednesday night, but the Houston Astros ran out of innings to catch up as Cleveland claimed a 7-6 win from Progressive Field.
The Indians (11-9) got on top in the first inning and never surrendered the advantage, but they needed several additional scoring outbursts throughout the night to fend off the Astros (14-7), who kept it within striking distance while giving their potent offense a chance to get the last big hit that it would need.
For the Indians’ sake, that final knock on the door never came.
Cleveland needed a big start from Trevor Bauer and the Indians right-hander needed to avoid the big inning and did so as he provided a quality start on Thursday afternoon and the Indians used a big three-run seventh inning to push past the Minnesota Twins, 6-2, to sweep the series at Target Field.
Bauer entered his third start in need of a good outing and gave the club exactly that, dodging the costly innings that had plagued him in each of his first two starts this season, when he allowed ten runs in ten and two-thirds innings to enter the day’s action with an 8.44 ERA and a pair of losses.
Big things can come in smaller packages and Indians second baseman Jose Ramirez delivered repeatedly in the clutch for Cleveland on Saturday afternoon as the Tribe routed Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers by a 13-6 final.
It was the long-awaited return of offense to Progressive Field as the Indians rolled out a season-high 13 runs while riding four home runs balls against the Detroit pitching staff to even the series at one game apiece. Cleveland used 19 hits to put up multi-run innings in five different frames on the spring afternoon, doing the bulk of the damage against the Tigers ace Verlander.
The Cleveland Indians started the season with an impressive and dramatic three-game sweep in Texas. Since then, things have taken a turn for the worst as the club has dropped five of its last six and is struggling to score runs while limiting the damage.
They will look to turn around the early season woes and heat up the cold bats as they host the Detroit Tigers this weekend in a three-game set.
The Arizona Diamondbacks used seven unanswered middle inning runs to come back from a three-run deficit to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Chase Field on Friday night by a 7-3 final.
Things were looking promising in the early going for the Indians as they jumped out with runs in each of the first two innings against Arizona starter Shelby Miller, who had a less-than-desirable first season with the Diamondbacks last year, one that included a plus-six ERA and a return trip to the minor leagues after being an All-Star with the Atlanta Braves in 2015.
Cleveland Indians baseball returns to the state of Arizona this weekend. Just a week after spring training action came to an end and the team departed the Grand Canyon State, Cleveland heads to Chase Field to take on the Arizona …
A ninth inning grand slam by Francisco Lindor off of closer Sam Dyson capped a five-run frame as the Cleveland Indians stunned the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night, 9-6, to complete the three-game season opening sweep over the reigning AL West champs.
As if the grand slam was not a special moment for the face of the Indians’ franchise, it was part of a three-hit, two-homer game for the young shortstop, who more than made up for a defensive miscue in the fifth inning that gave the Rangers a three-run inning and a 5-3 lead at the time.
The late Cleveland comeback was the second time this week that the team has stung Texas’ closer Dyson with a big loss. The Indians rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth against him on Monday in a 5-5 tie in the season opener and chased him early from the contest. He came in with a safer 6-4 lead on Wednesday, but it appears as though no lead is safe when facing the potent Indians lineup.
In a game that showed early signs of being another high scoring slugfest, a seventh inning RBI from Michael Brantley proved to be the difference as the Cleveland Indians outlasted the Texas Rangers, 4-3, from Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday night.
Carlos Carrasco and Martin Perez faced off and both pitchers saw some early dramatics before settling down to put together good starts. Neither had much success in his career against the night’s opposition, but after the first couple of innings were out of the way, it was tough to tell.
The Cleveland Indians used seven unanswered runs to overcome an early four-run deficit and defeat the Texas Rangers, 8-5, from Globe Life Park in Arlington in the 2017 regular season opener on Monday night.
In a matchup of staff aces, Yu Darvish and Corey Kluber took to the bump and showed that there was still some spring rust to knock off. Kluber worked out of a jam in the first inning after walking Carlos Gomez to start the game. He was caught stealing before a groundout by Shin-Soo Choo and a Nomar Mazara two-out double was wasted on a strikeout by Mike Napoli.
The Rangers would avoid run production issues to put up their first run of the season with the first batter of the second inning. Rougned Odor worked the count full before sending a slider over the fence for a solo home run to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
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A career year could not have come at a better time for Carlos Santana, as his watchful eye at the plate and potent power in his bat helped to provide plenty of offense for the Cleveland Indians on their run to the seventh game of the World Series. It also made what already appeared to be an easy decision a no-brainer as the club picked up his $12 million option after the season to guarantee at least one more year of Santana at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
Santana’s worth was readily apparent as he wore multiple hats for the Tribe, serving as the team’s leadoff man against right-handed pitching and a middle of the order threat against left-handers as manager Terry Francona capitalized on the multiple tools that Santana brought to the plate every day.
The concept of the World Baseball Classic is a good one. The execution of when it is played out could use some work.
Spring training is supposed to be an important time for baseball teams to gel together, get to know each other, learn how to play with and integrate new teammates, and get ready for the long grind of a 162-game regular season schedule to come in less than two months.
Every four years, the WBC robs teams and their players of that important time. Not only that, but it puts key members of a regular Major League Baseball roster at unnecessary risk of a preseason injury.