The Cleveland Indians will make their only trip to Camden Yards this season when they play the Baltimore Orioles for four games in a weekend wraparound series.
The Indians (9-7) make their return back to the states after a two-day vacation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they were hosted by the “home” Minnesota Twins in a pair of midweek games. Cleveland used strong pitching and four home runs to capture the game one win before losing a tough 2-1 decision in 16 innings on Wednesday night. They have spent more time in the last week not playing than playing, after rain outs on Saturday and Sunday and off days on Monday and Thursday. How much the lack of game activity affects consistency and routine for the club remains to be seen.
Ryan LaMarre lined a single to center in the bottom of the 16th inning to score the winning run as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians by a 2-1 final from San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday night/Thursday morning.
Fans in San Juan have waited since 2010 for Major League Baseball to return to the island. They were rewarded for their patience with a well-pitched game from one of the commonwealth’s young heroes, Jose Berrios, and Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco, and even got seven innings of bonus baseball before the Twins delivered the walk-off hit after a costly error in the 16th by Jason Kipnis.
With Josh Tomlin on the mound in his second inning of emergency duty for the Tribe, Minnesota got a leadoff single from local Eddie Rosario. Logan Morrison sent a chopper towards Kipnis at second, but the Indians’ second baseman could not field the ball, allowing Rosario to motor to third on the error. Eduardo Escobar was intentionally walked to set up a force at the plate, but LaMarre, getting his fourth at bat off of the bench for the Twins, lined his third hit of the game into center field to score Rosario with the winning run, giving Minnesota a 2-1 win.
Corey Kluber was his usual self on the mound for Cleveland, but that story will be lost in the shuffle as Francisco Lindor led the way for the offense with a two-run home run in his return to his native Puerto Rico as the Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins by a 6-1 final on Tuesday.
Cleveland showed little rust after three straight days off as strong starting pitching from the well-rested Kluber and some explosive support from a native son powered the Indians past the Twins in the first game of their two-game series from the capital of Puerto Rico.
Playing at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan in a short series from the Caribbean, one of the island’s top baseball stars took center stage and stepped up in a big moment, giving Kluber some much needed and deserved support while bringing the packed house of 19,516 to an uproar, complete with curtain call.
Some big names to suit up for the Cleveland Indians during the last three decades have hailed from the island of Puerto Rico. The Indians’ two-game road trip to San Juan as the visiting club against the “home” Twins on Tuesday and Wednesday will mark the team’s first regular season games in Puerto Rico and will serve as a homecoming of sorts for star shortstop Francisco Lindor and catcher Roberto Perez, who both spent a portion of their lives there.
According to the historical archives known as Baseball Reference, 242 Puerto Rican-born players have stepped into the batter’s box in Major League history.
The Cleveland Indians will face a familiar foe this week when they battle the Minnesota Twins in a pair of midweek games. The location, however, will be anything but the norm for the two clubs.
Baseball heads abroad and returns to Estadio Hiram Bithorn in San Juan, Puerto Rico, this week for the first time since June 28-30, 2010, when the Florida Marlins (and Puerto Rican interim manager Edwin Rodriguez) faced the New York Mets. San Juan has hosted 47 games in its history, with the bulk of the activity coming in 2003 and 2004 when the Montreal Expos spent a portion of the two seasons playing on the island.
For the Indians (8-6), they have a long history with Puerto Rico, as some of the island’s better players have suited up over the years for the club, including current members of the team Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez and past players, Carlos Baerga, Juan Gonzalez, Vic Power, and the Alomar brothers Roberto and Sandy, just to name a few. The Indians have had a long layoff, as they last played on Friday night in a disappointing 8-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays after allowing eight unanswered runs in the ball game. That loss has sat and stewed for several extra days, as contests with the Jays on Saturday and Sunday were both postponed by heavy rains before Monday’s off day.
The Indians could not protect an early 4-0 lead as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied with four runs in the fourth inning off of starter Mike Clevinger and tacked on four more runs late against the Cleveland bullpen to claim an 8-4 win in the series opener on Friday from Progressive Field.
While it is certainly no 22-game winning streak, the Indians’ current five-game streak has done wonders to quell some of the concerns about Cleveland’s early offensive woes.
The Indians (8-5) have ripped off five straight wins and have won six of the first seven games of their ten-game homestand. After a tough 2-4 road trip through Seattle and Anaheim, the Indians came home to an AL Central battle with the Kansas City Royals, taking two of three. They completed the difficult four-game sweep during the week, handling the Detroit Tigers while the bats woke up late in the series as the weather in Cleveland took a notable turn for the better.
A little taste of warm weather has heated up the Tribe bats as nine runs off of Detroit’s Michael Fulmer chased him in the fourth and paced the Indians to a 9-3 win and a four-game series sweep of the Tigers on Thursday night.
One night after the team rattled off four runs in the fourth and reached double digits in hits for the first time of the season, the Indians bats started hot and got hotter as the evening progressed. For the second straight game, eight of nine players in the starting lineup had at least one hit (with Edwin Encarnacion held hitless for the fifth straight game) while four players put up multi-hit efforts.
The Cleveland Indians racked up a season-high ten hits and Carlos Carrasco allowed just one run on three hits in a complete game gem over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night, 5-1.
Carrasco finally looked to be locked in on the mound after claiming wins in a pair of rough outings to start his 2018 season. Backed by a rare offensive outburst from the starting nine, the Indians (7-5) won their fourth straight game and secured their 14th consecutive series win over an American League Central rival.
The Cleveland Indians will continue their ill-advised ten-game early April homestand with a four-game series this week with the Detroit Tigers.
(Seriously…I understand trying to plot out 162 games for 30 teams is no picnic, but rescheduling snow-outs and playing in near-freezing temps because of the stupidity of the schedule makers is infuriating…)
The Indians (4-5) won their first series of the season over the weekend from the Kansas City Royals, but needed a dramatic two-run walk-off homer from Yan Gomes to seal the deal. It salvaged a second strong starting performance from Mike Clevinger in the process and gave the Tribe the rubber match of the series. The previous two games were both one-run contests, with the Indians winning on Friday night by a 3-2 final before losing on Saturday afternoon by a 1-0 decision.
In the first extra inning game for both clubs this season, a solo homer in the bottom of the 13th by Zack Cozart gave the Los Angeles Angels a 3-2 win and the series over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday afternoon.
It was a disappointing end to what looked like a promising afternoon for the Tribe, which enjoyed a hot start from Corey Kluber before the long ball hurt him again, just as was the case in his first start in the season opener in Seattle.
The Indians have made a habit out of wasting Kluber starts throughout his career and Wednesday was another such example as the Tribe got out to an early lead before the offense sputtered out and stalled altogether, scoring two runs or less in a game for the third time in six tries this season.
Live from Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, the Mariners will host the Cleveland Indians in the nightcap of Opening Day activity around the country as the 2018 Major League Baseball regular season schedule kicks off.
For the Indians (102-60 in 2017), they enter the year as the favorites in a depleted and rebuilding American League Central Division, but the underdogs in the race to the AL pennant. Their effort a season ago was one of the best in 117 years of junior circuit action for the Cleveland ball club, but despite the successful season, their postseason dreams were quickly squandered in a five-game American League Division Series loss to the New York Yankees. They will come in with a handful of new faces (and one old face) as another face, that of Chief Wahoo, begins his final year adorned on the team’s jerseys. It will also be the beginning of a new era for the Tribe as they play their first games without mainstays Carlos Santana and Bryan Shaw on the roster, but the team is hoping that several players and other new additions can step up to fill their respective voids.