The Indians will return to their one-time home of Miller Park (three games in 2007) this week for a two-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. It will mark the first time the two clubs have met since 2015 and just the seventh time since the Brewers moved from the American League Central Division to the National League Central, turning the once-time rivalry into a sporadic interleague series.
The Indians (17-17) started their brief five-game road trip on the worst note, getting swept in the New York by the Yankees. To their credit, the Yankees have dismantled a handful of playoff caliber teams during their 14-1 tear through the American League in the last several weeks, as they have also beaten up on the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins, and Toronto Blue Jays in that stretch. Cleveland found some ways to lose over the weekend, as their bullpen has been fully exploited for the world to see. The offense has contributed, in bunches, of late but could not create any lead big enough that the Yankees could not prevail, especially with a bullpen now ranked second-to-last in the AL in ERA (5.51) and strikeouts (96) and third-to-last in holds (10).
The Cleveland Indians may have struggled to find the win column last week, going 3-5 against Texas, Toronto, and New York, but it was not due to the efforts of Francisco Lindor at the plate.
For his power-packed week of work for the Tribe, Lindor was named on Monday as the American League’s Player of the Week for games played between April 30 and May 6.
After seven innings of one-hit baseball combined between the Indians and Yankees, New York rallied for three in the eighth and four more in the ninth, riding a game-winning three-run walk-off home run by rookie Gleyber Torres to a 7-4 win over Cleveland on Sunday afternoon, completing a three-game sweep.
It was a wild and wacky finish to the Indians and Yankees series in New York on Sunday as both starting pitchers flirted with no-hit bids. The Indians would not get their first hit until the eighth inning, but tallied four runs in the frame to take the lead, only to see the scorching hot Yankees rally for three in the home half and four in the ninth to take home a shocking win and a series sweep in a rematch of last season’s American League Division Series.
The New York Yankees won for the 14th time in their last 15 games, capitalizing on three walks and a pair of errors in the fifth inning to defeat Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians, 5-2, from Yankee Stadium.
Saturday proved a vivid reminder of how quickly things can change in a baseball game, whether you are a believer in things like momentum in sports or not. After the Indians took the lead in the top of the fifth, things quickly spiraled out of control for Bauer, who had been perfect through the first four and one-third innings. Three walks, one hit, and one unfortunate double error by Francisco Lindor in the inning turned a one-run Cleveland lead into a three-run deficit and the Yankees would finish off the luck-aided win.
It will be no easy task for the Cleveland Indians this weekend as they head to New York to face one of the hottest teams in baseball, the Yankees, in a three-game weekend series.
The Indians (17-14) wrapped up their eleven-game homestand with a disappointing 5-6 mark. They opened with a series split against the Chicago Cubs and closed it with a split with the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. In between, they dropped three of four to the Seattle Mariners, but took two of three from the Texas Rangers. The bats have woken up with the warmer weather of the last week, as the offense has erupted for 49 runs over the last five games. They start the series with a three and a half game lead over Detroit in the American League Central Division.
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.
Maybe, just maybe, Mother Nature will let the Indians and Blue Jays play some baseball from Progressive Field. Toronto returns to Cleveland on Thursday for an inconvenient doubleheader against the Indians, concluding the Indians’ long homestand and prolonging an originally scheduled six-game road trip for the Blue Jays.
The Indians (16-13) started off their eleven-games-in-ten-days homestand on the wrong foot, splitting with the Chicago Cubs before dropping three of four to the pesky Seattle Mariners. The Tribe was able to get back into the win column a bit more regularly during the week, taking two of three from the Texas Rangers in a series dominated by the long ball. The Indians sit at 10-7 on the season at home and will need to take both games of the doubleheader to come out with a winning record during this homestand before hitting the road for New York.
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.
In what started out as a game dominated by pitching, it would be big scoring efforts in the late innings from both teams and a four-run rally in the bottom of the eighth by the Cleveland Indians that gave them a 7-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.
The Rangers tied the game at 2-2 late with a clutch two-out home run from Robinson Chirinos against Indians starter Trevor Bauer, who was pitching deep in unusual starting pitching territory with his 122nd pitch of the night. While he had earned the right to take the mound after six innings of one-run baseball, the noticeable absence of Andrew Miller and some less-than-stellar efforts from the relief corps may have led to manager Terry Francona riding the durable arm of his starter a little later than he should have.
A debatable call on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth inning cost Corey Kluber a complete game, but after a little extra scoring from Seattle, Cody Allen closed out a 6-5 Indians win over the Mariners on Friday night from downtown Cleveland.
In a game dominated by Kluber and a power-packed offensive punch from start to nearly finish, the final score did not reflect what was largely an easy win for the Tribe. Instead, the one-run contest became the fifth straight game between the Indians and Mariners to be decided by a minute margin.
Trevor Bauer gave the Cleveland Indians six and two-thirds innings of one-run baseball and his offense backed him with three solo home runs in a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.
It was a fantastic night in downtown Cleveland, where both of its active sports teams put together three-point wins in their respective contests in the Gateway Complex (the neighboring Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 5 of their first round playoff series with the Indiana Pacers on a “walk-off” three-pointer by LeBron James). Bauer gave Tribe fans present another quality pitching performance on the mound, and while the offense struggled to put together much against Chicago starter Jon Lester, they made their swings count when they needed it the most.