After being held to two runs over the first five innings, the Cleveland bats broke out with seven runs in the sixth to pace the Indians to a 10-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.
Mike Clevinger finally got back into the win column with his first victory since July 1 as a shaky outing from the right-hander was supported with the big outburst in the latter half of the ball game. The top three hitters in the Tribe’s lineup combined to go 8-for-15 with three walks, contributing four runs batted in and six runs scored.
The Cincinnati Reds got the better of the Cleveland Indians last month during a three-game set from Progressive Field, so the Tribe will look to even that score as the club heads to Great American Ball Park for three games this week.
The Indians (66-51) are 15 games over .500 for the first time this year and have pushed their divisional lead to a season-high 12 games after handling the Chicago White Sox twice in three games over the weekend. It pushed Cleveland’s excellence against the AL Central to 37-17, the second-best record by any Major League club within its own division (Boston: 43-15). The Tribe lost a pair of close decisions in the first two games of their previous series with the Reds, losing by two and three runs before a lopsided 19-4 shellacking in the finale on July 11.
It wasn’t pretty at the end, but the Cleveland Indians took their fifth straight series win with a 9-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon from Guaranteed Rate Field.
Carlos Carrasco was dominant once again as he continued to torture opposing hitters on Sunday while moving into a tie with Corey Kluber for the team lead in wins with 14. He shut down the White Sox with seven innings of one-run baseball, striking out nine, walking none, and allowing just three hits in an effective 90-pitch effort. Since returning from the disabled list on July 6 against Oakland, the Cleveland starter has gone 6-1 in eight appearances. He has made five straight quality starts to start the second half of the season, going 3-1 in those outings with a 1.87 ERA, 43 strikeouts, and just four walks over the last 33 2/3 innings.
Trevor Bauer provided six innings of shutout baseball and the offense erupted for a ten-spot in a 10-0 three-hit shutout of the Minnesota Twins on Monday night from Progressive Field.
Bauer entered the day just one strikeout short of matching his career best and five short of the 200-mark and he knocked out both accomplishments with ease in an eleven-strikeout performance as the Indians completed their 12th shutout of the year.
Around the middle of May, there were loud drum beats surrounding the Indians that it may be time for the team to move on from its two-time All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis. Kipnis looked completely lost at the plate and was becoming something of a liability in the field.
At 31, Kip was not looking like anything close to his former self, who was once considered one of the team’s most important players. It was an image that he still carried in 2016 as a key cog to the club’s surprising World Series appearance that summer.
The veteran suffered through an injury-plagued 2017 campaign that limited him to only 90 games, but he has been healthy this entire season. However, after an 0-for-3 game at the plate on May 14, Kipnis was batting a mere .170 and his power seemed greatly diminished. He had collected only one home run and driven in just 13 to that point. He had eight doubles. In short, the Indians were not getting much production out of the second baseman early in the season.
A two-run home run from JaCoby Jones in the third inning was the difference on Saturday night as the Detroit Tigers slipped past the Cleveland Indians, 2-1.
Offense was at a premium in the middle game from Comerica Park as spot starter Blaine Hardy edged Tribe starter Mike Clevinger, who made the start on Saturday despite dealing with an illness that made his outing questionable up until first pitch. Clevinger gave a solid effort, striking out eight Tigers hitters in five innings of work, but the two runs that he allowed on the Jones’ blast would be too much for the Indians bats to overcome on a frustrating day at the plate.
The rookie delivers – second baseman Jason Kipnis drives in Carlos Santana with a walk-off single to right field off of Hisanori Takahashi as the Cleveland Indians score two in the ninth to defeat the Los Angeles Angels, 3-2. Both the hit and RBI are the first of Kipnis’ career.
A back-and-forth game needed eleven innings for an outcome to be decided on Friday night as the Cleveland Indians captured a 9-8 win in extra innings over the Texas Rangers.
The second half of the schedule started out with some dramatics for the Indians and Rangers in a slugfest on the hottest night of the season for both teams. The two clubs combined for 17 runs on 34 hits while stranding 24 runners on base. Home runs factored in the early scoring for Cleveland, but late blasts by the Rangers forced bonus baseball in the first game after the All-Star break.
The Cleveland Indians will kick off a short west coast stay on Friday night when they begin a three-game series from Oakland Coliseum against the Athletics.
Cleveland (44-35) was cooled off in a tough matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals during the week, despite good numbers in interleague play this season and good results all-time against the Red Birds. They dropped the first two games of the series before salvaging the finale on Wednesday. Counting their 1-2 set in St. Louis, they have won eight of their last ten contests. The Indians enter the series with an eight-game lead in the American League Central over the Minnesota Twins.
Adam Plutko limited the Detroit Tigers to two runs in six quality innings of work and Cleveland bats piled on the runs again as the Indians completed back-to-back sweeps with a 12-2 win from Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon.
Plutko got back to form with a much better outing on the mound, limiting the Tigers to just two fourth-inning runs. The Indians (43-33) lineup provided him with a steady stream of support, clobbering four home runs, as the team won its seventh straight game to close out its homestand.
Corey Kluber earned his Major League leading eleventh win of the season with seven innings of one-hit baseball and the Indians offense erupted for a dozen runs of support in a 12-0 shutout of the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday afternoon from downtown Cleveland.
The Indians (40-33) swept the White Sox (24-49) for the second time this season while improving to 8-2 on the year against Chicago. Cleveland has won all six of its home contests with the Pale Hose this year and seven straight dating back to last October 1. The Sox, meanwhile, have dropped seven straight games to fall 16 games in back of the Tribe in the AL Central while hitting a new season-low mark of 25 games below .500.