The Indians matched a season-high with 18 hits and put up eleven runs, including six in the eighth, to rout the Cincinnati Reds by an 11-1 final to wrap up the first half of the season.
Cleveland (50-38) cruised to a sixth straight victory with a strong pitching performance from Trevor Bauer (8-6) and moved within five and a half games of the Minnesota Twins in the division, as the top club in the American League Central fell 4-1 in eleven innings against the Texas Rangers.
Jason Kipnis capped a three-hit day at the plate with the deciding blow in the bottom of the tenth to send a tired Cleveland crowd to a 3-2 walk-off fireworks display against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
After losing a one-run lead in the top of the eighth, the Indians needed bonus baseball to find a fourth straight win in a game already delayed more than two hours by rains in the middle innings. They pulled out the victory in another dramatic Progressive Field moment, walking off for the fifth time this year on Kipnis’ sixth long ball of the season.
Zach Plesac was good again for the Tribe and his offense provided him with a five-run second inning as the Indians cruised to a Sunday sweep of the Detroit Tigers in an 8-3 victory from downtown Cleveland.
Plesac continued an impressive start to his Major League career by handling the Tigers with ease after a slightly shaky opening to the day. He outdueled Daniel Norris, who faced all nine Indians hitters in the second in what proved to be the difference in the ball game.
Aaron Civale’s Major League debut could not have gone much better for Cleveland on Saturday afternoon as the 24-year-old allowed just two hits and three walks over six shutout innings and four relievers handled the rest of the work in a 2-0 shutout for the Indians over the Detroit Tigers.
The Indians lineup backed their rookie starter with a couple of early runs of support, but struggled to get much else going against Spencer Turnbull, who pitched well overall in a five-and-fly despite being around the strike zone quite a bit. He kept the Tigers in the game and his bullpen fired three perfect innings of relief after he left, but Civale and the Tribe relief corps were able to protect the two-run lead to take home a second straight victory over Detroit.
The Indians used a five-run first to set the stage on Wednesday night and Jason Kipnis hit a pair of home runs as Cleveland routed the host Texas Rangers in a 10-4 final.
The Tribe offense was alive and well as a hot June continued for the club, which now sits with the best record in the American League in the month at 11-5. The Indians (39-34) used five multi-hit games and 12 hits in total to put up a second straight double digit scoring effort to clinch at least a series split with the Rangers (39-35) while moving a half-game in front of them in the overall American League standings.
Zach Plesac took a no-hitter into the fifth and allowed just two knocks on the night, while his teammates backed his strong start with four home runs in a 10-3 victory over the Texas Rangers from Globe Life Park on Tuesday.
The Tribe’s rookie right-hander pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his big league career and bounced back well after a rough start against the Cincinnati Reds his last time out. He gave up just a run on two hits and departed in the eighth, while the bullpen handled the rest in a big offense performance from the Indians that included a rare feat not accomplished by the club in nearly 15 years. The ten-run outburst by the offense came on a night where both Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana were held hitless.
Trevor Bauer went the distance for the third time in his career on Sunday, firing his first professional shutout in a four-hit 8-0 gem over the Detroit Tigers from Comerica Park.
Needing to pick up their play against the American League Central Division, the Cleveland Indians (37-33) did that this weekend in securing a series sweep over the fourth place Tigers, moving to 5-1 on the year against their divisional foe. They did so in fairly dominating fashion to boot, outscoring the host club 25-6 in a series highlighted by impressive starting pitching and a healthy offensive contribution from Cleveland.
The Indians spoiled the final regular season start in Cleveland for longtime Tribe southpaw CC Sabathia and claimed another big series win over a playoff caliber opponent on Saturday afternoon with an 8-4 win over the New York Yankees.
Playing in his 19th and final Major League season, the Sabathia farewell tour made its stop in Cleveland with a big milestone on the line for the left-hander. Looking for his 250th career win in his last Progressive Field start (his home for eight big league seasons), Sabathia was good in the early going, but ran into trouble late and was bested by Adam Plutko, who was called up from Triple-A Columbus for a spot start for the Tribe.
After a sloppy mess of a game on Friday night, the Cleveland Indians looked a little bit crisper on Saturday afternoon, using a pair of homers from Carlos Santana and Leonys Martin to pace the club to a 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox from Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Indians needed to burn through five bullpen arms, but the quintet put up five innings of one-run relief with four strikeouts, two walks, and two hits allowed. They were thrust into earlier action as Jefry Rodriguez had to leave his start early with right lat tightness after allowing one run on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts in four innings of work.
The Boston Red Sox rolled to an easy 12-5 win on Monday afternoon, scoring ten straight runs in the middle innings after falling behind 3-0 to the Cleveland Indians.
Things started well for the Indians on Monday, but quickly took a turn in the opposite direction after the Red Sox got their first looks at right-hander Jefry Rodriguez. After two effective innings to open his afternoon, Boston piled up ten runs in a six-inning span to bury the hapless Tribe, which dropped below the .500 mark at 25-26 on the year while losing for the seventh time in the last eight games.
The Tampa Bay Rays used four home runs, including one of an unconventional variety, to rout the Cleveland Indians by a 7-2 final on Thursday night in the series opener from Progressive Field.
The Rays (29-18) took an aggressive approach at the plate against Indians’ right-hander Adam Plutko to jump out to an early lead, then used the middle innings to tack on plenty of insurance while the Cleveland bats were baffled by left-hander Ryan Yarbrough, who was called up by Tampa prior to the game. He worked a career-high seven and one-third innings for his third win of the year. The Indians (25-24) dropped their fourth straight game on their eleven-game homestand and fell further in back of the homer-happy Minnesota Twins in the American League Central.
Dylan Bundy and the Baltimore bullpen limited the Cleveland bats to just three hits and a three-run Orioles third off of Indians’ starter Jefry Rodriguez proved to be the difference in a 5-1 win by the visitors on Friday night.
On the first fireworks night of the season, Indians fans had to wait until the postgame display as the bats were cooled on the mid-May spring night from Progressive Field. One night after scoring 14 against Baltimore pitching, the Cleveland lineup combined for just three hits against Bundy, who was able to keep the Indians off-balance with his off-speed options on the mound. The most important factor for Bundy was that he kept the Indians in the yard – something that he has struggled with over recent campaigns.