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.
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.
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.
The Cleveland Indians will continue their early battles with the American League West this week as they complete the final stop of their first road trip of the year with a three-game series in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels.
The Indians (1-2) opened the 2018 schedule with three straight one-run games and came out on the wrong side in the bookend contests. Seattle claimed 2-1 and 5-4 wins on Thursday and Sunday, while Cleveland captured a 6-5 win on Saturday. The results on the field were mixed, as the numbers were all over for the pitching staff, while the offense had some bats in midseason form with others still trying to find their ways to the plate.
The Angels (3-1) will celebrate their home opener this week with the Indians in town. They are coming off of a good series in Oakland against their division rivals, the Athletics. After dropping the season opener 6-5, the Angels bounced back to take the remaining three games over the weekend, putting them atop the American League West Division. Los Angeles spent some time and money to restructure their roster in the offseason, adding a pair of new faces in the infield (one via trade, one through free agency), re-signing outfielder Justin Upton, and bringing in dual threat two-way player Shohei Ohtani from Japan.
While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.
Countdown to Opening Day – 22 days
Just a couple of short months ago, it seemed like there was a fair chance that Jason Kipnis’ days in the number 22 for the Cleveland Indians would be coming to an end.
Now, a few weeks into spring training, holding on to the two-time All-Star second baseman is looking like the right move.
Just when Cleveland Indians fans may have been getting ready to write off Jason Kipnis, the Tribe second baseman may be showing that he could be primed for a big return this season.
As spring training games were about to get underway a little more than a week ago, news came out that Kipnis was dealing with a minor injury to his back. While the key word was minor, it put some worry into the minds of the Wahoo Warrior faithful who watched the two-time All-Star slog his way through an injury-plagued 2017 campaign.
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…
With the start of the new year, the Cleveland Indians still have plenty of questions that need resolution before the start of the 2018 campaign. Most should work themselves out by the end of spring training, but in the meantime, one can only ponder how things will be answered.
What if you were told the Cleveland Indians could add a pair of former two-time All-Stars to their lineup? Add to that statement that neither player had anything to do with the Tribe’s epic 22-game winning streak this past summer, one that helped launch the club to the best record in the American League. Also, add to that that neither player was much of a factor in a disappointing five-game ALDS defeat at the hands of the New York Yankees. Now what if you were told that the Indians would have to give up nothing to add the All-Star veterans to a lineup that neither was really much of a part of in the second half of 2017?
You would probably happily take this scenario, just before asking how the Indians could add two quality pieces to their everyday lineup without giving anything up. That part is simple. The two players are Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley.
With Carlos Santana now gone to Philadelphia, Brantley and Kipnis serve as the Indians’ longest-tenured players. They probably serve as two of the biggest keys to Cleveland’s hopes of winning a third straight American League Central Division title and, more importantly, getting back to the World Series for the first time in two years and winning it for the first time in 70 years.
The Cleveland Indians’ postseason dreams may have come to a crashing halt with the nightmare scenario of losing slugger Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning of Game 2 in the American League Division Series, one lost in five games to the New York Yankees.
They may have also started much sooner than that, despite the club winning the first two games of the ALDS.
In a game dominated by stellar pitching by both ball clubs, a leadoff solo home run by New York’s Greg Bird off of former teammate Andrew Miller in the seventh inning provided the only run of the contest and the Yankees held off a late Cleveland Indians rally in a 1-0 final on Sunday night.
The victory guaranteed at least one more day in the Yankees’ season as they fended off elimination in the American League Division Series and avoided a sweep at the hands of the Tribe, who lost for just the fifth time in the last 40 games and were shut out for the first time since July 14 in Oakland, the first game of the second half of the season.