Shaun Marcum pitched 6.2 innings, allowing only two solo home runs, leading the Indians to a 4-3 win over the White Sox in Wednesday, the Indians second straight win.
Marcum was making his first MLB …
Former Indians Mark Reynolds and Jhonny Peralta drove in runs early, and despite a three-run bottom of the seventh inning, Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer to put the game away in the top of the eighth inning to give …
Did the Tribe Win Last Night? No. Corey Kluber‘s season after his Cy Young campaign continued to be difficult. He finally got a little bit of run support, but labored through a fourth straight rough outing as the Indians lost in Kansas City 7-4. Cleveland dropped to 10-17, in losing two of the three games in the series with the Royals.
The Royals jumped on Kluber early with four first-inning runs to put the Tribe in an early hole. However, the Indians got to within a single score, twice, at 4-3 and 5-4 but could not get that one more key hit to put them over the hump.
Jose Altuve may have set a franchise record for the Astros last night, but his two hits Wednesday evening were no match for the dominant pitching of Carlos Carrasco. Imitating Corey Kluber’s dominant performance on Tuesday, Carrasco continued his own resurrection as he struck out 12 batters and propelled the Indians to a 2-0 win over the Astros.
Carlos Santana had the first hit of the game for either team in the top of the fourth, when he hit a long fly ball to center field that had the makings of a home run. It ricocheted off the wall and resulted in Santana only making it to second, though Yan Gomes followed with a double that scored Santana and gave the Indians a 1-0 lead.
Perhaps last night’s rain out against the Minnesota Twins came at exactly the right time for a Cleveland Indians squad that had been scuffling at the plate in recent games.
Having played 15 straight days going into Wednesday and in a stretch in which they would play 30 days in a row, thanks to prior rain outs, the Indians were looking like a team that was gassed. The Tribe had scored four runs or less in 10 of its last 11 games and entered the first game of Wednesday’s double header at Progressive Field having lost two straight and being in danger of falling out of postseason contention.
A six-run fifth inning, capped by a pair of home runs, set the stage for a sunny afternoon that felt much more gloomy for the Cleveland Indians as they were pummeled 12-3 by Jered Weaver and the Los Angeles Angels in a makeup game on Monday.
Indians starter Danny Salazar (6-7), making his first start since an eight-hit complete game shutout against Detroit last week, had just one inning today in which a runner was not on base. He dodged a jam in the first inning, when the first two batters reached safely, but he worked a double play and a strikeout to escape harm. Walks in the second and third innings had runners on base, but again, no one scored.
In the fifth inning, things got ugly.
Corey Kluber is back.
After three straight losing starts for the first time this year, Kluber ended his winless drought with a complete game gem on Saturday night, limiting the Chicago White Sox to one run on five hits in a 3-1 victory.
The Indians’ new ace this season, Kluber (14-9), got back to the basics Saturday, throwing first pitch strikes with excellent control of his fastball. He gave the Indians another quality start, allowing one unearned run in his nine innings, no walks, and five hits. He tacked eight more strikeouts to his season total while steadily climbing up the Indians’ all-time list for strikeouts in a season. He now ranks 17th in Cleveland history with 223 strikeouts on the season, having passed Gaylord Perry’s 216 in 1974 and Luis Tiant’s 219 in 1967 on the single-season strikeout list.
Of the 27 outs retired by Kluber on the night, 23 outs came on three pitches or less.
The game was a mirror image from either side of the dugout.
Despite both teams being held to little offense by southpaws, T.J. House and Chris Sale, it was the Indians that made the most of their 10th inning opportunity and won 2-1 in extra innings. Yan Gomes tripled to start the inning and pinch-runner Chris Dickerson scored on pinch-hitter David Murphy’s single to center field with one out.
The game never would have reached extra innings without the effort of House. The rookie left-hander matched Sale for seven innings, keeping the White Sox offense stymied. The soft-tosser was just as effective with his change of pace as Sale was with his unorthodox delivery and fastball.
The Indians were a tired team and the Detroit Tigers put them to sleep on Labor Day.
After a Sunday night game in Kansas City that was suspended in the 10th inning due to a storm and a flight that did not get the Indians back to Cleveland until 3:30 a.m., they came out flat Monday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers. Miguel Cabrera was the biggest Grim Reaper for the Tigers, going 4-for-5 with two home runs, driving in three runs and scoring four times to help Detroit to a 12-1 drubbing in what was supposed to be a pitcher’s duel between David Price and Corey Kluber. The 23,296 fans in attendance at Progressive Field went home seeing another key matchup go to the Tigers.
In the words of Bull Durham, “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes it rains. That’s baseball.”
The Indians were working on the first, when the latter interrupted their plans.
For the second consecutive inning the Indians were three outs away from completing the three-game sweep and winning 4-2 in 10 innings when heavy rains forced the game to be suspended without completion. Cleveland and Kansas City will finish the contest on September 22 in Cleveland during their final series of the season. The Tribe were three outs from victory in the ninth inning when Cody Allen blew the save in the ninth inning. Cleveland was able to make the most of what Kansas City gave them, capitalizing on two Royals’ errors to tally three of their four runs.
Lonnie Chisenhall provided the two-out double in the bottom of the 10th off Royals’ closer Greg Holland for the lead, but he would have never had the chance without Yan Gomes four hits and seven strong innings from T.J. House. In a pitching matchup that featured, flame-thrower Danny Duffy, it was the soft-tossing House that shined the brightest on the national stage.
Other than the rain, it was the perfect formula the Indians have been using to win.
The Tribe took an early lead, manufactured runs and played small ball in a three-run third inning, then rode solid starting pitching and the bullpen to a 6-1 victory over Kansas City on Friday night. Danny Salazar pitched five strong innings, to out-pitch veteran Jason Vargas before a 45-minute rain delay cut his evening short. The scrappy, Indians offense used three hits in the third inning that didn’t travel more than 150-feet each to take control of the game.
Cleveland took the lead in the top of the second inning, courtesy of a bloop and a little blast. Jason Kipnis dropped a shallow single in over the infield with one out and moved to scoring position on Yan Gomes’ ground out to third base. Then, Zach Walters continued to drive in runs, gapping a double to the left center field gap, scoring Kipnis and giving the Indians a 1-0 lead.
The Indians seem to be finding a formula for success in the last quarter of the season, whether it’s enough to finish their business will remain to be seen.
Tuesday evening the Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 8-6 in 10 innings when Zach Walters lofted a two-run homer to break the tie. Both T.J. House and Jose Quintana did not survive long in the game, but the Tribe’s bullpen stymied the White Sox until the scrappy Indians offense could muster enough runs to seal the victory. The win moves Cleveland to 67-63 on the season, their high water mark on the 2014 campaign.
The Indians took control of the game right away in the first inning when Michael Bourn hit a ground rule double to left field to start the game. Jose Ramirez bunted him to third base and Michael Brantley was hit-by-pitch before Carlos Santana doubled to left field to plate Bourn and move Brantley to third base. Jason Kipnis grounded out to second base, scoring Brantley and moving Santana to third base before Mike Aviles dumped in a flare to right field to make it 3-0 before the White Sox got to the plate.