The Cleveland Indians squandered a three-run lead protected over seven innings by Corey Kluber as the bullpen surrendered six unanswered runs, including three in the eleventh inning of a 6-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday afternoon.
It marked a frustrating and disappointing end result for the Tribe’s five-game winning streak as the A’s used three long balls off of the Cleveland bullpen, with two coming to the first four batters faced by the bullpen in relief of their ace.
Trevor Bauer pitched deep into the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians used three early runs to hold on for a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals from Kauffman Stadium on the Fourth of July.
After scoring 15 runs in the first two games of the series and 30 runs over their last three contests, the Indians bats were held to just four hits on Wednesday night, but early run support and a strong start from Bauer helped the Indians end their nine-game road trip with a sweep of the Royals to finish with a 5-4 record away from home. Cleveland (48-37) pulled within two games of hitting 50 wins on the year with its fourth straight win and pushed its MLB-leading divisional lead to 11.5 games over Detroit as all four AL Central teams below the Tribe in the standings took Ls on the national holiday.
For the second time this season, Lonnie Chisenhall’s calves have taken him out of action.
The Cleveland Indians announced prior to their game with the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night that the 29-year-old free-agent-to-be was returned to the 10-day disabled list after suffering a left calf strain prior to Monday’s series opener from Kauffman Stadium.
The transactions page on Indians.com remained active on Monday as the Tribe made three roster moves directly affecting the organization.
Cleveland activated first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Family Medical Emergency list, returning him to the 25-man roster. To make room, as expected, outfielder Greg Allen was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.
In separate moves and maybe somewhat unsurprisingly, the Indians have comes to terms on a minor league contract with former Tribe southpaw Marc Rzepczynski. The 32-year-old will report to Columbus, looking to find his old form that made him one of the top matchup artists in baseball not too long ago. Outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Columbus, but as a veteran with plenty of years of service, he has declined the assignment and elected to become a free agent.
The heavily damaged outfield of the Indians has finally returned to full health, as Cleveland activated Tyler Naquin from the 10-day disabled list on Friday afternoon. In a corresponding move, the Indians placed first baseman Yonder Alonso on the Family Medical Emergency list.
The original plan for the Indians was to option outfielder Greg Allen to Triple-A Columbus, but his stay in Cleveland has been extended a few more days while the club waits for Alonso to rejoin the team.
Lance Lynn lasted six innings and got two big innings of support from his offense as the Minnesota Twins knocked off the Cleveland Indians for the second straight day, winning behind a 7-1 final.
Lynn’s difficulties lasting late into games has been an issue this season, but he was able to overcome some big early pitch counts to earn his fourth win of the season, ousting Trevor Bauer. The Tribe starter got little support from his offense, which squandered a big bases loaded scoring opportunity in the third only to see the Twins tack on three runs in the bottom of the frame.
It was an off night again for Carlos Carrasco, who was unable to complete four innings in Minnesota on Friday night as the Indians’ six-game winning streak came to an end in a 7-4 loss to the Twins from Target Field.
Carrasco, making his second start of the year against the Twins, was nowhere near as effective as his first outing against them on April 18 when the two clubs met in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He fired seven shutout innings of three-hit baseball in that game, but he was tagged early and often against Minnesota in game two of this current four-game set from the Twin Cities.
In a game that featured a little bit of everything, Greg Allen delivered the unlikely walk-off home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the 14th inning as the Cleveland Indians rallied back to defeat the Houston Astros, 10-9, on Sunday.
In a matchup hyped all week for its pairing of former UCLA Bruins teammates Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, it would be a tale of two different games from Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon. Both starters pitched well enough to win and lasted deep into the day, but it would be disastrous outcomes from their teammates in relief that turned a well-pitched game in a 14-inning affair.
The road woes continued for the Cleveland Indians on Monday night as Niko Goodrum’s two home runs lifted the Detroit Tigers to a 6-3 win.
An unexpected performance from Goodrum, who would drive in five runs on the day for the Tigers, helped push Detroit to a needed win, ending an eleven game losing streak against the Indians dating back to last season. It was the first win for the Tigers in five tries against the Indians after being swept in a four-game set in Cleveland in April.
Goodrum entered the game with two Major League homers and five RBI in his career (all provided this season) and he matched those totals with a career day at the plate.
The steadily evolving bullpen for the Cleveland Indians will be down an arm on Sunday, as the team optioned right-hander Ben Taylor to Triple-A Columbus.
In a corresponding roster move, the Indians recalled outfielder Greg Allen.
The Opening Day roster for the Cleveland Indians continues to take shape. Another puzzle piece fell into place on Thursday when manager Terry Francona announced that Rajai Davis would break camp with the club as a reserve outfielder.
The first weekend of Cactus League play is in the books and the Cleveland Indians had, as expected, some good and some bad to show for it. After opening the spring training calendar with a home loss to the Cincinnati Reds, 6-4, on Friday from their shared complex at Goodyear Ballpark in Arizona, the Tribe notched its first win of the exhibition season with an 11-2 win on Saturday from Salt River Fields at Talking Stick against the Arizona Diamondbacks. They returned home to Goodyear, this time playing as the visitors on Sunday, playing to a 2-2 tie against a split-squad Reds team.
Now, a look at how some of the temporary residents of Arizona fared in their first weekend back out in the sun…