Erik Gonzalez worked his way to the Major Leagues and the Cleveland Indians thanks to his glove. His ability to play every position, other than catcher and pitcher, make him the perfect utility player for any baseball team. It is why the Indians chose to keep him over Gio Urshela when both were out of minor league options and Urshela returned from his spring training injury earlier this month. Gonzalez can play seven spots on the diamond, while Urshela specialized at third base. Neither was know as an exceptionally good hitter, though Gonzalez did alright at the plate in a brief sample size last season.
The Indians are probably pretty happy right that they chose to keep the 26-year-old Gonzalez. Not only has Gonzalez played all four infield spots this season, meaning that he can give almost any everyday player any given day or night off, but he seems to be adding a new flare at the plate to his repertoire.
Trevor Bauer struck out ten Tigers batters and Cody Allen finished a five-hit shutout of Detroit on Wednesday as the Cleveland Indians avoided a sweep with a 6-0 victory on getaway day from Comerica Park.
Coming off of his worst start of the year, Bauer was unhittable at times and used a healthy diet of tough breaking pitches to contain a Tigers lineup that had scored six unanswered runs the night before to upset the Indians to earn a series win. Bauer gave the Tribe eight strong innings on the mound and could have gone back out for the complete game in the ninth, had it not been for the need to get the closer Allen some work in after not appearing on the mound over the last three days.
The Indians got their first look at 27-year-old left-hander Ryan Carpenter, recalled by the Tigers from Triple-A Toledo to make the start on Wednesday. Cleveland greeted him quickly as the club took an early lead.
The Cleveland Indians wrapped up a long day at Progressive Field on Thursday with an easy 13-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to split the day’s doubleheader.
Just like the first game of the day, there was some back and forth in the early innings once again as the Indians (17-14) looked to avoid a home series sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays. After dropping game one of the doubleheader, the Indians were guaranteed a losing record on their eleven-game homestand, but they salvaged the day by breaking their own season-best effort set just a few hours earlier with a gigantic nine-run fifth.
A pair of minor leaguers got the call for the nightcap of the double dip as right-handers Adam Plutko and Joe Biagini were recalled from their Triple-A clubs to make spot starts. Plutko, making his third big league appearance and first MLB start, would get the better of the third-year man Biagini.
There have been games during the Indians’ current eleven-game homestand that they had no business winning and game one of Thursday’s doubleheader with the Toronto Blue Jays was one of them. Despite rallying back several times, Cleveland ended on the losing side of a 13-11 final to Toronto on a grand slam by Yangervis Solarte in the top of the eleventh.
On what was scheduled to be a busy day at Progressive Field for the Indians and Blue Jays Thursday, the long day was prolonged by a nearly two-hour long rain delay before the day’s festivities finally got under way. Instead of sticking to the script and playing a traditional nine-inning affair before jumping into game two, the two clubs decided that four hours and 47 minutes would be needed to determine a winner.
It was a happy Kluber Day in downtown Cleveland on Wednesday afternoon, but the highlight of the game was not Indians starter Corey Kluber, but instead was a steady fireworks display created by five home runs in a 12-4 rout of the Texas Rangers.
Edwin Encarnacion celebrated a beautiful day at Progressive Field with three home runs while driving in half of the Tribe’s run production for their ace, who needed far less support to take home his fifth straight win on the mound. Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor added shots of their own as the offense erupted for a dozen runs to take the series from the Rangers.
The countdown to Opening Day of the 2018 Major League Baseball regular season schedule has reached single digits. We at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our march to first pitch by looking back at Tribe players past and present.
Countdown to Opening Day – 9 days
On the first official day of spring, the weather in the greater Cleveland area fails to deliver a feeling that baseball is around the corner, but fans can celebrate being just nine days away from Opening Day of the 2018 Major League Baseball season.
The number nine for the Cleveland Indians is, for the time being, on the back of Erik Gonzalez, utility man extraordinaire hoping to break camp at least one more time on the Tribe roster. That, however, remains to be seen as he is in a spring training battle with Giovanny Urshela and others for a spot on the team’s bench.
Did the Tribe win last night? Of course they did.
The Cleveland Indians completed a perfect 11-0 road trip by winning a franchise-record 15th straight game with a lopsided 11-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox to sweep a second straight four-game series to accomplish a feat never done in their 117-year history.
Corey Kluber had the starting nod, giving the Indians a favorable edge to break a record barely a year old. Putting the odds even more in the favor of the visiting Cleveland club was the fact that Chicago’s probable left-hander, Carlos Rodon, was scratched mere minutes before first pitch, forcing the White Sox to turn to veteran Mike Pelfrey, who had already worked two and one-third innings in relief just two nights prior. Pelfrey’s recent use may have shown quickly on the mound as the Indians raced out to a quick first inning lead and never looked back.
Game one of Friday’s doubleheader between Cleveland and Detroit came down to an RBI-single in the top of the ninth and a nail-biter finish with the bases loaded in the bottom of the frame in a 3-2 Indians win.
The Tribe made sure game two was nowhere near as close. Two runs in the second, three in the fourth, and five more in the sixth paced starter Mike Clevinger and three arms from the bullpen to a 10-0 victory in the nightcap from Comerica Park as the Indians (78-56) swept their second consecutive doubleheader and increased their winning streak to nine straight games, matching a season-high (July 21-29).
It was another one of those games in which the final score did not accurately reflect much of the day’s events. Cleveland broke a 2-2 tie on a seventh inning double by rookie Bradley Zimmer and piled on seven more runs in the eighth as the Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels, 10-4, on Wednesday night from Progressive Field.
With another win, the Indians (54-45) improved to 6-0 in their current seven-game homestand and are now a season-high nine games above the .500 mark. They have won nine straight games at home against the Angels and are one win short of sweeping each of the last three seasons’ contests in Cleveland. They maintained a game and a half lead on the victorious Kansas City Royals, who extended their own winning streak to eight straight.
Austin Jackson had a season-high three hits and matched his season-best with three RBI in leading the Cleveland Indians past the Baltimore Orioles, 6-3, to take the four-game series from Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Thursday night.
It was a shaky start initially from the Indians Mike Clevinger, who was recalled from Triple-A Columbus prior to the game in his first start since a rain-shortened outing in Minnesota last weekend. He survived a rough first two innings to give Cleveland five innings on the night and the bullpen did the rest as the Indians won for the seventh time in their last eight contests.
The Indians made an early lead stand up as Carlos Carrasco and the Cleveland bullpen allowed just two runs and the lineup provided RBI hits from Roberto Perez, Erik Gonzalez, and Francisco Lindor in a 4-2 win on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field.
Carrasco had to work around some trouble in innings two through five, but by the time the White Sox touched up the scoreboard in the sixth, the Indians already had a 3-0 lead.
Corey Kluber threw six innings of two-hit, shutout baseball and the Cleveland offense capitalized on sloppy defensive work by Oakland on Thursday as the Indians routed the A’s, 8-0.
The Indians ace returned from a lengthy stint on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain, but one would have never guessed it with the way that he handed the Oakland lineup as he struck out ten A’s hitters of the 18 that he retired in a start monitored on a pitch count after a short five-inning rehab start in Akron last Friday.