A solo homer by Michael Brantley to kick off the eighth inning capped a three-run inning as the Cleveland Indians rallied from a 2-0 hole to defeat the New York Yankees, 5-2, in the first half finale from Progressive Field on Sunday.
A good pitching matchup between right-handers Trevor Bauer and Masahiro Tanaka lived up to its billing as both starters scattered a pair of runs in their starts. It would be the Indians’ ability to strike through against the strong Yankees bullpen in the eighth inning that would prove to be the difference on the afternoon.
What on paper appeared to be an impressive pitching duel between Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and New York’s Luis Severino instead served as a display of offense as the Yankees rallied for three late inning runs to break a 4-4 tie and held on for a 7-4 win on Thursday night from Progressive Field.
A matchup of two of the top three finishers in the American League Cy Young voting a season ago looked nothing like it as both offenses provided early run support for their respective right-handers. While Severino would exit midway through the contest after the Indians tied the game at four against him, it would be damage done against Kluber in his final inning of work in the eighth that would serve as the difference on the night.
Brett Anderson returned from the disabled list on Sunday afternoon and combined with his Oakland bullpen teammates on a five-hit shutout of the Cleveland Indians with a 6-0 final from Progressive Field.
Rookie right-hander Shane Bieber was on the bump for the Tribe, but despite being aggressive in the strike zone, he was unable to keep the A’s off of the scoreboard for long as two early runs, paired with two more at the end of his day, gave Oakland a lead it would never look back from. The Indians offense could not get going against the A’s pitching staff, giving them back-to-back wins to take both the weekend series and the season set from Cleveland.
Carlos Carrasco returned to the mound from the 10-day disabled list for the Cleveland Indians on Friday and pitched into the sixth inning while his offense erupted for ten runs in a 10-4 rout of the Oakland Athletics from Progressive Field.
The Tribe started their ten-game homestand on the right foot, putting together a balanced attack while overcoming an early 2-0 hole after a pair of homers to lead off the first two innings by the A’s. Carrasco settled in after the early trouble with the long ball to go five and one-third innings, kicking off what little rust he had accumulated while sidelined since the middle of June after being struck by a Joe Mauer line drive on June 16.
Trevor Bauer pitched deep into the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians used three early runs to hold on for a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals from Kauffman Stadium on the Fourth of July.
After scoring 15 runs in the first two games of the series and 30 runs over their last three contests, the Indians bats were held to just four hits on Wednesday night, but early run support and a strong start from Bauer helped the Indians end their nine-game road trip with a sweep of the Royals to finish with a 5-4 record away from home. Cleveland (48-37) pulled within two games of hitting 50 wins on the year with its fourth straight win and pushed its MLB-leading divisional lead to 11.5 games over Detroit as all four AL Central teams below the Tribe in the standings took Ls on the national holiday.
Francisco Lindor’s All-Star push got another boost on Monday night as the shortstop went 2-for-4 with a pair of big homers, three runs scored, and seven runs batted in as the Cleveland Indians rolled the Kansas City Royals, 9-3, from Kauffman Stadium.
Lindor provided much of the punch for the Tribe as the offense was alive and well for a second straight game, one day after a 15-run, 20-hit explosion in the series finale with the Oakland A’s on Sunday. The big support gave Corey Kluber some room to relax on the mound in his first appearance since the shortest start of his big league career last week against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cleveland Indians used a Major League season-high 13 extra base hits and eleven doubles and scored in each of the last five innings in a 15-3 rout of the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon, avoiding a sweep at Oakland Coliseum.
The Indians narrowly missed matching the American League record for doubles in one game in a two-base onslaught against Oakland starter Frankie Montas and the A’s bullpen. The big scoring rally from the Tribe included eight runs in the eighth inning and hits from eight of the nine players in the starting lineup. The one player who did not record a hit, former A’s outfielder Rajai Davis, contributed a beautiful diving catch early and saw his late inning replacement, Tyler Naquin, record one of the team’s RBI hits from his spot in the lineup.
With his clean-up hitter going through another epic April slump, Indians manager Terry Francona never fretted or showed concern over whether or not designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion could or would right the ship.
The crown jewel of Cleveland’s 2016/2017 offseason and post-World Series spending, the slugging Encarnacion was having yet another miserable first month to the season. The 35-year-old is actually known for slow starts, as April is historically his worst month, going back to his days with the Toronto Blue Jays. Yet some Tribe fans, even after seeing this in 2017 from the club’s No. 4 hitter, still wondered if the veteran was washed up. Some wondered if the Indians again struck out with a big-time free-agent signing if all they got was one productive season.
The Cleveland Indians will kick off a short west coast stay on Friday night when they begin a three-game series from Oakland Coliseum against the Athletics.
Cleveland (44-35) was cooled off in a tough matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals during the week, despite good numbers in interleague play this season and good results all-time against the Red Birds. They dropped the first two games of the series before salvaging the finale on Wednesday. Counting their 1-2 set in St. Louis, they have won eight of their last ten contests. The Indians enter the series with an eight-game lead in the American League Central over the Minnesota Twins.
Looking to avoid the sweep in St. Louis, Cleveland called on rookie right-hander Shane Bieber on Wednesday and the 23-year-old delivered six innings of one-run baseball as the Indians defeated the Cardinals by a 5-1 final from Busch Stadium.
For the third straight start, Bieber did his best on the mound to put the Tribe in position for victory. Backed by some early offense and three perfect innings of relief behind him, the Indians (44-35) were able to get back into the win column after two rough losses to start their series in Missouri.
For the first time since 2012, the Cleveland Indians will travel to the Illinois-Missouri border on the western bank of the Mississippi River to visit St. Louis and the city’s Cardinals in a three-game series from Busch Stadium.
The Indians (43-33) come in as one of the hottest teams in baseball, winners of seven straight after a pair of three-game sweeps over the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers to close out a 7-2 homestand. The interleague set between the Tribe and Red Birds will mark the first time the two clubs have met since 2015. The Indians have dominated the matchups over the years, but did lose that last series in Cleveland in May three years ago. In 23 contests all-time, the Indians are 15-8 against the Cardinals, including an 8-4 mark when playing in Missouri. Cleveland is 6-2 in interleague play this season.
Adam Plutko limited the Detroit Tigers to two runs in six quality innings of work and Cleveland bats piled on the runs again as the Indians completed back-to-back sweeps with a 12-2 win from Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon.
Plutko got back to form with a much better outing on the mound, limiting the Tigers to just two fourth-inning runs. The Indians (43-33) lineup provided him with a steady stream of support, clobbering four home runs, as the team won its seventh straight game to close out its homestand.