Jose Ramirez received a little extra praise in advance of his starting nod for the 89th Major League All-Star Game on Tuesday night on Monday when he was named the American League’s Player of the Week for games played between July 9 and July 15.
In three games against the Cincinnati Reds and four against the New York Yankees, the third baseman put up a .423/.483/1.115 line at the plate with eleven hits in 29 plate appearances. Seven of those hits landed for extra bases, with five of those crossing over the walls of Progressive Field for home runs to give him 29 on the season and a tie with Boston’s J.D. Martinez for the most in the Majors at the All-Star break. He ended the week with hits in six straight games.
A solo homer by Michael Brantley to kick off the eighth inning capped a three-run inning as the Cleveland Indians rallied from a 2-0 hole to defeat the New York Yankees, 5-2, in the first half finale from Progressive Field on Sunday.
A good pitching matchup between right-handers Trevor Bauer and Masahiro Tanaka lived up to its billing as both starters scattered a pair of runs in their starts. It would be the Indians’ ability to strike through against the strong Yankees bullpen in the eighth inning that would prove to be the difference on the afternoon.
After fighting back to a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run infield single, the Cleveland Indians’ defense melted down on the first pitch of the seventh as a “Little League home run” would be the difference in a 5-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Saturday night.
The Yankees’ Austin Romine needed just pitch to cause havoc in the seventh as the Indians worked their back from a 3-0 first inning hole to make it a ball game with a little assistance from New York third baseman Miguel Andujar in the sixth inning. With the crowd re-energized after an unlikely scoring play for Cleveland, it would take just one pitch to knock the winds right out of the sails of the Tribe faithful.
The Cleveland Indians got out to a big early lead and had to hold on for dear life late as they evened up their series with the New York Yankees with a 6-5 win on Friday night.
Shane Bieber got back into the win column with a strong effort against the Yankees. He survived a rough fifth inning to keep the Indians on top, and they needed a tight-rope act from Cody Allen in the final frame to come away with the victory.
What on paper appeared to be an impressive pitching duel between Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and New York’s Luis Severino instead served as a display of offense as the Yankees rallied for three late inning runs to break a 4-4 tie and held on for a 7-4 win on Thursday night from Progressive Field.
A matchup of two of the top three finishers in the American League Cy Young voting a season ago looked nothing like it as both offenses provided early run support for their respective right-handers. While Severino would exit midway through the contest after the Indians tied the game at four against him, it would be damage done against Kluber in his final inning of work in the eighth that would serve as the difference on the night.
The New York Yankees storm into Cleveland for the first time since last October for a four-game series with the Indians to close out the first half of the 2018 regular season schedule.
The Battle of Ohio did not go in the favor of the Indians (50-41), but if nothing else, they ended the series with a very loud bang with a 19-hit, 19-run onslaught to avoid a sweep by the Cincinnati Reds. Such has been the case for the Indians during their homestand, as they have had two big bursts of offense wrapped around four disappointing losses to the A’s and Reds. The Yankees picked up a three-game sweep of the two clubs’ earlier series in May, winning the bookend games in walk-off fashion while outscoring the Indians, 19-12. They will need to slow down the top scoring home club in baseball, as the Indians have scored 282 runs in 46 home dates this year.
One night after an embarrassing defeat aided by a communications breakdown by manager Terry Francona and his coaching staff, the Cleveland Indians avoided a similar scenario by running up 19 runs on 19 hits in a 19-4 rout of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.
The Tribe avoided a series sweep at the hands of the last place Reds from Progressive Field and earned what should have been a series clinching victory, had it not been for the disastrous events of the night before. In the final game of the penultimate series of the first half of the season, the Indians (50-41) salvaged a victory, ending a four-game losing skid while finally notching their 50th win of the campaign. The Indians got good starting pitching from starter Carlos Carrasco, but they would not need much help from him or the bullpen on Wednesday as the bats came alive and battered the young Reds pitching staff.
When you recap 162 games a season at a minimum, you kind of feel as though you see everything that can happen. Generally amidst the highs and lows of a long season, you may get a few firsts, you may see some stories that are a lot of fun to script, and a few others still that are absolute torture to relive.
But then this game – Tuesday, July 10 – happened. For the first time in more than a decade, the Cleveland Indians blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning. And it was not just the fact that it occurred, because in professional sports strange and unpredictable things can happen. It was the way that everything transpired that made the Tribe’s 7-4 shocking loss to the Cincinnati Reds all the more difficult to digest.
The Ohio Cup will kick off this week as the Cleveland Indians host the Cincinnati Reds for three games beginning Monday night from Progressive Field.
The Indians (49-39) had few answers for the Oakland A’s for the second straight weekend, winning one game by a big result while dropping the other pair to lose the season series to the Athletics, four games to two. The Tribe started July with five straight wins before dropping the final two games of their set with the A’s this weekend and have outscored the opposition by a 46-28 tally. They have posted winning records in each calendar month of the season and are 7-4 in interleague play so far this season against the Cubs, Brewers, and Cardinals.
Carlos Carrasco returned to the mound from the 10-day disabled list for the Cleveland Indians on Friday and pitched into the sixth inning while his offense erupted for ten runs in a 10-4 rout of the Oakland Athletics from Progressive Field.
The Tribe started their ten-game homestand on the right foot, putting together a balanced attack while overcoming an early 2-0 hole after a pair of homers to lead off the first two innings by the A’s. Carrasco settled in after the early trouble with the long ball to go five and one-third innings, kicking off what little rust he had accumulated while sidelined since the middle of June after being struck by a Joe Mauer line drive on June 16.
For the second straight weekend, the Indians and Athletics will make acquaintances as Oakland makes its sole trip to Cleveland this season.
The Indians (48-37) had a tough time during their series in Oakland, at least the first two before erupting for 12 runs off of the A’s bullpen late in a 15-3 rout in the series finale last Sunday. The Indians improved their winning streak to four straight by sweeping three in a row in Kansas City to wrap up its road trip with a 5-4 record. It is expected to be a busy weekend with favorable conditions for baseball in downtown Cleveland as the city hosts its first sporting event since the departure of NBA star LeBron James.
It was a start that Bieber will be able to learn and grow from as he faced the Royals for the first time in his career. He gave up a pair of runs in the first and two more in the second, but survived to give the Indians six innings on the mound while preventing any further damage.