For seven innings, the Cleveland Indians pitching staff performed just as they had over the last year and a half, riding strong starting pitching before turning the game over to the reliable arms in the bullpen.
Unfortunately for the Indians, this is 2018 and that reliable relief corps has been anything but. With six outs to go, the Houston Astros rallied back from a 2-0 deficit through seven innings with a four-run eighth and then tacked on seven more runs in the ninth to embarrass the Indians, 11-2, at Progressive Field on Friday night.
Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer extended his scoreless innings streak to 14 straight and the Indians offense provided plenty of support via ten runs, ten walks, and eleven hits in a 10-1 rout over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night from Wrigley Field.
After scoring just seven runs in three games over the weekend against the Houston Astros in a tough playoff preview, the Indians’ (23-23) offense woke up on Tuesday in the series opener with the Cubs, far more resembling the lineup that had averaged more than six runs scored per contest in the month of May. A big win in the team’s first appearance at the baseball landmark since Game 5 of the 2016 World Series guaranteed at least a series split, with one more to be played on Wednesday in the short set from Chicago.
Cleveland sports fans are going to want a do-over of Tuesday’s efforts.
While the NBA’s Cavs were falling two games behind the Celtics in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals from Boston, the Indians blew two separate four-run leads and a five-run edge later, squandered several bases loaded opportunities, and saw the bullpen implode again in the late innings as a big lead turned into a close game and ended in disaster, as the Detroit Tigers rallied several times and scored the final six runs to win an ugly 9-8 final from Comerica Park.
Some games are hard to recap and Tuesday was a prime example. The Indians (20-21) got off to a great start in the first inning, giving Josh Tomlin plenty of support before he even took the mound. Given the fact that he had not pitched since May 4 and that he has been home-run-happy this season, a big early lead seemed imperative for the Tribe to have any sort of shot at success in the Motor City. They got it, but it would not be enough.
Times have been tough in Tiger town, but Detroit and Comerica Park will still welcome in the Cleveland Indians for three games for the first time this season.
The Indians (20-19) are coming off of a series win over the Kansas City Royals in their brief three-game homestand, pulling the club back over the .500 mark following a rough 1-4 road trip. While the Tribe is just 5-7 in May (after a 15-12 record to open the year), the offense has been producing, scoring 88 runs, an average of more than seven per game. The problem has been some defensive miscues and a bullpen that has not been firing well, as the pitching staff as a whole has allowed more than five and a half runs per game. Cleveland swept Detroit in four straight games in April, outscoring the Tigers by an 18-5 edge.
Rookie Miguel Andujar’s bloop single in front of Tyler Naquin in right scored Giancarlo Stanton with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, giving the New York Yankees a 7-6 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night from Yankee Stadium.
The Indians, playing in a long stretch of baseball, fell behind five runs with another tough start from Josh Tomlin, but the never-say-die club fought back with five runs in the eighth inning and one more in the ninth. But a shaky return to the Majors by Alexi Ogando, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day, put the Indians in a precarious position and Cody Allen could not prevent the white hot Bronx Bombers from sneaking away with a walk-off victory.
It will be no easy task for the Cleveland Indians this weekend as they head to New York to face one of the hottest teams in baseball, the Yankees, in a three-game weekend series.
The Indians (17-14) wrapped up their eleven-game homestand with a disappointing 5-6 mark. They opened with a series split against the Chicago Cubs and closed it with a split with the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. In between, they dropped three of four to the Seattle Mariners, but took two of three from the Texas Rangers. The bats have woken up with the warmer weather of the last week, as the offense has erupted for 49 runs over the last five games. They start the series with a three and a half game lead over Detroit in the American League Central Division.
The Seattle Mariners used a five-run second inning off of struggling starter Josh Tomlin to take a significant lead and never looked back as they completed their second series win over the Indians with a 10-4 victory in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon.
On a day shrouded by the events happening next door at Quicken Loans Arena where the Cleveland Cavaliers hosted and defeated the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Indians fell in an early hole and could not scratch all the way back before the Mariners blew the game open with five runs in the back half of the contest.
The Indians will continue their eleven-game homestand on Thursday as the Seattle Mariners make their lone visit to Cleveland for the 2018 season in a four-game weekend series. The contests will mark the final times the two clubs will play this year and all before the first full month of the regular season playing schedule concludes.
The Indians (13-9) split a pair of interleague games during the week with the Chicago Cubs in a rematch of sorts of the 2016 World Series to kick off their second homestand of the month. The Tribe have played well at home this season, posting a 7-3 mark this April, but they are just 2-4 so far this season against the American League West, with seven games against the division during their current eleven-games-in-ten-days homestand. The Indians enter the day with a three game lead over Detroit in the AL Central.
The Chicago Cubs made their first appearance at Progressive Field since Game 7 of the 2016 World Series and bludgeoned Indians starter Josh Tomlin and the bullpen in a 10-3 romp on Tuesday night.
On a cool and rainy night from downtown Cleveland and coming off of a late arrival from Baltimore in the early hours of the day, the Indians found themselves down big early as the Cubs bats busted out by playing a little home run derby in the early innings before steadily tacking on against the usually reliable Tribe bullpen.
The Cleveland Indians will open the interleague portion of their schedule this week as they play host to the Chicago Cubs for the first time since the 2016 World Series.
The Indians (12-8) will welcome the Cubs to Cleveland for the first time since a rain-afflicted Game 7 in the 2016 World Series. Both clubs followed their Fall Classic appearance with shorter-than-expected playoff trips last season, as the Indians were eliminated in the first round by the New York Yankees, while the Cubs were knocked out in five games in the National League Championship Series by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Indians’ offense remains a source of concern, as the team has performed poorly with runners in scoring position and in general. But despite the inconsistent efforts from the bats, the pitching staff has been strong all around. The staff ranks first in the Majors in batting average against (.201) and WHIP (0.98) and second in ERA (2.57). The starting rotation is first with a 0.98 WHIP, second with a .203 BAA, and third with a 2.58 ERA, while the bullpen is first in WHIP (0.96), second in BAA (.197), and fourth in ERA (2.55).
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.
While it is certainly no 22-game winning streak, the Indians’ current five-game streak has done wonders to quell some of the concerns about Cleveland’s early offensive woes.
The Indians (8-5) have ripped off five straight wins and have won six of the first seven games of their ten-game homestand. After a tough 2-4 road trip through Seattle and Anaheim, the Indians came home to an AL Central battle with the Kansas City Royals, taking two of three. They completed the difficult four-game sweep during the week, handling the Detroit Tigers while the bats woke up late in the series as the weather in Cleveland took a notable turn for the better.