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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | March 23, 2018

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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 10

March 19, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 10 days

There has not been a lot of talk this spring about the right ankle of Cleveland Indians’ number ten, Edwin Encarnacion, and that is a very good thing. Read More

Tribe Looking For More of Same From Encarnacion in Year 2

January 28, 2018 |

Edwin Encarnacion turned out to be a pretty good signing by the Cleveland Indians.

The $60 million man was no bust, a la Nick Swisher or Michael Bourn. Even though some Indians fans fretted and feared Encarnacion would go that route during a sluggish April and early May, Cleveland’s cleanup hitter showed that he still possesses one of the best power bats in the game as the season wore on.

On May 20, Double E was struggling with a .199 batting average. His infamous trots around the bases with his invisible parrot seemed to have been stuck in customs. His power stroke from his previous five years in Toronto was missing in the early going of his initial season with the Tribe. He was at seven home runs and 16 RBI and not producing at the clip the baseball world had become accustomed to seeing from him. Read More

Repeat of Last Winter’s Spending Not Necessary For Tribe to Be 2018 Title Contenders

November 5, 2017 |

Last year, the Cleveland Indians made one of the biggest free agent signings of the winter. The guaranteed $60 million for three years doled out to slugger Edwin Encarnacion was the richest contract handed out in club history.

So, as this winter’s hot stove season starts to heat up, what will the Indians do for an encore performance? Is there another splashy signing in the near future? The reality is there does not need to be and probably will not be.

For the Indians, this winter is and should be more about taking care of their own free agents than going outside the organization to bring in another big-time player. Read More

Accumulation of Injuries Started Tribe Offense’s Downward Spiral

October 19, 2017 |

The Cleveland Indians’ postseason dreams may have come to a crashing halt with the nightmare scenario of losing slugger Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning of Game 2 in the American League Division Series, one lost in five games to the New York Yankees.

They may have also started much sooner than that, despite the club winning the first two games of the ALDS. Read More

Go Big or Go Home in Game 5 as Kluber and Sabathia Match Up Again

October 11, 2017 |

It doesn’t get much more exciting than a closeout game in the playoffs, but one thing is for certain – it does horrible work on the heart, the mind, and the stomach, especially if you’re a fan of the team that lost a 2-0 lead.

The Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees will play one final game on Wednesday night to declare a winner in their American League Division Series matchup, one that has teetered in favor of the home club throughout the first four games. To the benefit of the Indians, they have returned to their home at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario in downtown Cleveland, hoping to defend their home turf and, more importantly, their title as the reigning champions of the American League while punching their ticket to an American League Championship Series meeting with the Houston Astros. The Tribe has not lost three consecutive games since the start of the second half of the season, when it lost four straight wrapped around the All-Star break. Read More

Carrasco Looks to Lead Tribe to Sweep in ALDS Game 3 Against Yankees

October 8, 2017 |

If momentum is a thing in Major League Baseball, one would have to think it is firmly on the side of the Cleveland Indians. They will look to ride that wave to an American League Division Series clinching win on Sunday night in the Bronx as the Indians face off with the host New York Yankees.

If a team is able to put up six runs against Corey Kluber, there should be no circumstance in which that team loses. In the same game that the Indians also lost star slugger Edwin Encarnacion with what look like a horrific right ankle injury, the Indians methodically chipped away at a five-run Yankees lead, cutting the gap to one on a grand slam from Francisco Lindor, an eighth inning solo shot from Jay Bruce to tie the game, highly effective relief pitching in between, and a perfectly placed walk-off single down the third base line by Yan Gomes in the 13th inning to give the Indians an improbable 9-8 come from behind victory in a game that will be talked about by many for years, if not decades, to come. Read More

Tribe Stuns Yankees with Comeback, 13th Inning Walk-Off; Indians 9, Yankees 8

October 6, 2017 |

Things have not gone the way that Yan Gomes would have wanted them to over the last couple of years. Signed to a big contract extension in 2014, he has struggled with his performance at the plate, dealt with several injuries, and watched as his playing time has dwindled into a time share with fellow backstop Roberto Perez. Late season injuries deprived him of a significant role for the Indians in their incredible run through the postseason in 2016, as he appeared solely in the World Series and was 0-for-4, grounding into a double play and striking out twice.

He made sure his first start of the 2017 playoffs was one that he and Indians fans everywhere will not soon forget. His 13th inning walk-off single down the left field line capped six unanswered runs by the Indians as they completed an improbable comeback win over the New York Yankees to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five American League Division Series Friday night. Read More

Indians Pummel Pelfrey in Rout of Pale Hose; Indians 10, White Sox 1

September 29, 2017 |

Colder weather could not cool off the Cleveland bats on Friday night as the Indians opened the final series of the regular season with a 10-1 rout of the Chicago White Sox from Progressive Field.

Trevor Bauer took the mound for the Indians in his final start of the season as he prepared for the playoffs. Chasing down a personal statistical accomplishment, he would fall just short of that goal, but he added another win to his career-best totals while ending the Tribe’s Friday losing skid at two. Read More

Salazar Sizzles in Short Outing as Tribe Holds on for Win; Indians 4, Twins 2

September 27, 2017 |

Danny Salazar made his case for a role on the Indians’ postseason roster with four and two-thirds innings of strong starting pitching and the Cleveland bats provided just enough offense as the Tribe held on for a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night

The Indians (99-59) held off the Twins offense one night after it erupted for 17 hits against the Tribe pitching staff. With a chance to secure an on-the-field celebration of a trip to the 2017 playoffs, the Twins instead had to postpone their party for several hours until the Los Angeles Angels fell 6-4 in extra innings to the Chicago White Sox, punching Minnesota’s postseason ticket. Read More

Dozier Caps Comeback with Three-Run Shot in Eighth; Twins 8, Indians 6

September 26, 2017 |

In a game that was not highlighted by the most quality pitching seen, the Minnesota Twins rallied back from a 6-4 deficit as Brian Dozier cleared the wall in right with a three-run shot in the top of the eighth off of Bryan Shaw and Minnesota held on to defeat the Cleveland Indians, 8-6, from Progressive Field on Tuesday night.

The Twins (83-74) reduced their magic number to clinch the American League’s second wild card spot down to one game. The Los Angeles Angels pulled out a victory over the Chicago White Sox, 9-3, to keep their hopes alive in the battle for the final playoff spot in the junior circuit, forcing the Twins to postpone any celebrations of their first trip to the playoffs since 2010 for at least one more day. They have now won five games in a row and improved to 6-1 while playing in Cleveland this season. They used 17 hits on the night to keep the bases clogged, giving them ample opportunity to mount a late comeback. Read More

Quality Work Again from Kluber as Tribe Wins Road Finale; Indians 4, Mariners 2

September 24, 2017 | | One Comment

Corey Kluber was on the mound for Cleveland on Sunday. That should answer any questions about whether the Tribe won its series from the Seattle Mariners or not in the club’s final road game of the regular season.

The Tribe right-hander strengthened his already strong Cy Young case with a quality start and his 18th win of the year. His offense stepped up after two fifth-inning Mariners runs briefly tied the game, helping to overcome the error that made the unearned runs possible. Read More

Lindor Launches 32nd as Tribe Sweeps Angels; Indians 4, Angels 1

September 21, 2017 |

Edwin Encarnacion and Francisco Lindor each homered and the Cleveland relief corps handled the rest on Thursday as the Indians completed the three-game sweep in Anaheim of the Los Angeles Angels, 4-1.

It was a “bullpen day” kind of effort on the mound for the Indians (96-57), who used six different pitchers to wrap up the season series sweep of the Angels while remaining a game in back of the neighbor Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in all of baseball. The win increased the Indians’ club record for consecutive road wins to 14 in a row while putting the Tribe at a 27-1 mark in its last 28 games. That feat has been accomplished just three times in Major League Baseball history. Read More