The Orioles followed nearly the same formula as Friday night as they spotted starter Kevin Gausman with a three-run lead and his strong outing pushed Baltimore past the Cleveland Indians easily on Saturday night, 5-2.
Had it not been for a brief rally in the ninth, the Indians would have been shut out on a night the offense could not figure out Gausman or the Orioles’ bullpen.
The Indians tried and failed to score in the first, squandering a tailor-made opportunity after Carlos Santana led off the inning with a double. But back-to-back strikeouts by Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor put the inning in jeopardy. Mike Napoli drew a walk, but Jose Ramirez lined sharply to Manny Machado at third to end the top half of the inning.
Early leads have been recipes for success for both Cleveland and Baltimore this season, but it was five early ones for the Orioles on Friday that sent the club to a 5-1 win over the Indians in the series opener.
The O’s capitalized quickly and tacked on, giving pitcher Dylan Bundy plenty to work with in his second start of the season. After he shut down the Indians in the first, striking out three around a Jason Kipnis one-out single, his teammates got to work with one mighty swing of a bat.
Adam Jones singled to left to start the bottom half and moved to second on a one-out walk from Manny Machado. Indians starter Trevor Bauer got his second strikeout of the inning, freezing Chris Davis looking, but could not escape the Orioles threat as Mark Trumbo worked the count full before clobbering a hanging breaking ball over the wall in left-center to give Baltimore a 3-0 lead. It was his 29th homer of the season, pushing him back into the league lead.
It was Danny Salazar to the rescue for the Indians, as his quality start was supported by some quality offense and quality relief pitching as Cleveland ended a four-game losing skid against the Kansas City Royals with a 7-3 win at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night.
With a two-run lead before he even took the mound, Salazar contained the Royals, preventing a runner from getting past first base until the sixth on the way to his eleventh win of the season. It was a big contribution from the team’s right-handed power bat that got the party started in the first.
The Royals sent left-handed reliever Brian Flynn to the mound to make his first start since August of 2014 and manager Terry Francona packed his lineup with eight right-handed bats. It was his lone lefty, Jason Kipnis, who started things with a one-out single to center, but he was erased at second on a fielder’s choice grounder by Francisco Lindor. The inning was not over, however, as Mike Napoli continued his torrid July with a mammoth 430-foot blast near the left field foul pole to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead.
Baseball is a funny game sometimes. Even when you think you’ve seen it all, the sport has a way of reminding you that you know nothing, putting special emphasis on the notion that no game is over until the final out is recorded.
The Royals could not figure out Corey Kluber for seven innings, but after the Tribe’s starter exited with a leg cramp during warm up pitches in the bottom of the eighth, Kansas City scored seven runs off of the heavily questioned Indians bullpen and defeated Cleveland by a 7-3 final on Monday night.
The Indians (54-38) were on their way to a big and needed win over the third place Royals (47-45) at Kauffman Stadium before things quickly went sideways for the top club in the American League. In the blink of an eye, a 2-0 lead turned into a lopsided 7-2 deficit and Tribe fans were left in shock at what had unfolded in the waning hours of the day.
A close play at the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning was overturned in Toronto’s favor, giving the Blue Jays the go-ahead run in a 9-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, spoiling the team’s 14-game winning streak and a reverse cycle by Rajai Davis.
With the score tied at six, Dan Otero returned to the mound to pitch in his third different inning on the day. After striking out Darwin Barney, he walked the ninth batter he faced, Ezequiel Carrera, on four straight pitches before turning the game over to bullpen mate Tommy Hunter. After a single from Devon Travis, Josh Donaldson singled to center. Tyler Naquin fielded the high bounce and fired a strike on the fly to Chris Gimenez at the plate, who appeared to tag Carrera on the heel for the inning’s second out. The call on the field was out, but upon a lengthy replay review, the call was overturned.
Hunter struck out Edwin Encarnacion looking before a two-run double from Michael Saunders to left ripped open the game, giving the hard fought contest its final tally. The Indians got a hit in the ninth, but stranded Davis at second.
Using a four-homer fifth inning, the Cleveland Indians knocked out Detroit starter Justin Verlander to complete their third straight sweep and their third sweep in a row over the Tigers with a 9-3 victory at Comerica Park on Sunday.
The Tigers had just knotted the game back up at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth with their second solo homer of the game off of Indians starter Josh Tomlin when his teammates decided it was their turn for home run derby.
On the eve of the biggest party and celebration the city of Cleveland has seen in its sports history, Indians ace Corey Kluber gave fans a little something more to be excited about as he threw a complete game three-hit shutout over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night, 6-0.
After allowing a second inning single to Corey Dickerson, Kluber shut down any semblance of an offense for the Rays. He was supplied with a few runs by the midway mark of the game before his teammates doubled their production with an explosive eighth inning full of fireworks.
There was no letdown in Cleveland on Monday night as the Indians came back from an early deficit, scratching across solo runs for four straight innings before a pair of eighth inning blasts sent the club to a 7-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
The game got off to a bad start quickly, spoiling a little bit of the high that the city of Cleveland was riding on in the wake of the NBA championship claimed by the next door neighbors, the Cavaliers, on Sunday night. Several errors and baseballs repurposed as souvenirs could have ruined the fun, but the Indians were not having it.
On possibly the biggest day in Cleveland sports history, the Indians got an outstanding start and walk off heroics again for the second time this weekend as Jose Ramirez’s two-out bases loaded single to right gave the Tribe a sweep of the Chicago White Sox with a 3-2 Father’s Day victory in ten innings.
The Indians had a chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth, but a one-out double from Juan Uribe was wasted on a spectacular play by Brett Lawrie to rob Michael Martinez of a potential game-winner. In the tenth, the Tribe used another double to set the stage for a huge win.
There was no waiting until the bottom of the ninth for fireworks and dramatics in Cleveland as the Indians scored early and scored often in securing an easy 13-2 win in front of a large crowd at Progressive Field on Saturday.
James Shields appears to be a shell of his former self, as the poor start he got off to in San Diego continued in his first start against the Indians since 2014. The second-largest paid crowd of the season at Progressive Field, 31,066 cheering fans, was present to enjoy it.
For the second time this weekend, the Indians knocked out an Angels starting pitcher in the second inning and five early runs set the stage for an easy win for Cleveland over Los Angeles on Sunday, 8-3.
They added four more in the second inning against the veteran southpaw, as Carlos Santana led off the inning with a line drive home run into the bullpen to make it 2-0. Yan Gomes doubled and Juan Uribe reached on an error at third by Jefry Marte to put runners on the corners. After a strikeout from Lonnie Chisenhall, Michael Martinez grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring Gomes with the third run. Rajai Davis moved Martinez to second on a single to left and after a walk by Jose Ramirez, Lindor drove home two more with a single to right, ending Huff’s short outing.
Indians starter Corey Kluber fired a complete game three-hitter and was backed by a half dozen early runs as Cleveland had the right equation in a 6-2 victory over the Angels in Anaheim on Friday night.
The Indians were already out to a big lead before their next door neighbors in Cleveland, the NBA’s Cavaliers, had wrapped up their disappointing 108-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors. It felt like unusual territory for Tribe fans familiar with the lack of run support given to Kluber over the last several seasons.
With former All-Star left-hander Hector Santiago on the mound, the Indians struck quickly. Jason Kipnis singled with one out and scored on a two-out double from Mike Napoli. Carlos Santana kept the line moving with a double of his own, scoring Napoli to make it 2-0. Jose Ramirez sent a 0-2 pitch back into center for an RBI-single and advanced to second on the throw to the plate. He stole third before Juan Uribe reached on a throwing error by third baseman Yunel Escobar and the Indians had a big four-run burst with two outs for a sizeable lead for Kluber, all before throwing his first pitch of the night.