Shane Bieber allowed just one run while pitching into the seventh inning and the Indians offense scored four times with two outs to help defeat the host Seattle Mariners by a 4-2 final.
The Indians fell behind two innings in, as the Mariners got a gift run from Bieber in the second to give veteran right-hander Mike Leake the early lead to work with. After getting former Tribe sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Jay Bruce to fly out to center to set down his first five in a row, Bieber lost Tim Beckham on a four-pitch walk. A wild pitch to Ryon Healy allowed Beckham to motor all the way to third as catcher Kevin Plawecki could not find the ball. Healy drew a six-pitch walk to put runners on the corners and catcher Tom Murphy started his big game at the plate with an RBI-single to left to put Seattle up, 1-0.
The winningest team in Major League Baseball will look to continue its incredible and unexpected start as the Seattle Mariners host the Cleveland Indians for the first and final time in the 2019 season.
The Mariners (13-5) have put on a hitting display far exceeding expectations as the team leads all of baseball in homers (39), runs scored (126), RBI (124), hits (178), and stolen bases (tied with 19). The M’s have been on a homer-hitting frenzy, going deep in each of their first 18 games to start the season, a Major League record to open a year. They are within striking distance of matching their club record for consecutive games with a homer (23 back in 2013) and are two-thirds of the way to equaling the all-time record of 27 set by the 2002 Texas Rangers. Despite the hot start, the Mariners are just a game up on the Houston Astros in the American League West after being swept in three straight at home over the weekend.
It might be a bad time for the Indians (8-7) to head to T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco Field). After turning things around during their first homestand when they swept the Toronto Blue Jays and started the road trip with a win in Detroit, Cleveland has now lost three straight after being swept over the weekend by the Kansas City Royals. While the losses have piled up for the Tribe and they will have to win the series to remain above the .500 mark, they are just a game and a half in back of the Minnesota Twins in second place in the AL Central.
The Kansas City Royals completed their three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians on Sunday and used a little flare for the dramatics to do so, using a walk-off single from Hunter Dozier in the bottom of the ninth to capture a 9-8 win from Kauffman Stadium.
Things did not go as planned for the Indians, who swung through Missouri on the middle leg of a three-city, nine-game road trip while catching the Royals in the horrors of a ten-game losing streak. Instead of being able to beat up on a rebuilding and struggling division rival, the Indians became the punching bag for Kansas City, which took out some pent up anger in routing Cleveland in three straight.
Carlos Carrasco was rocked again as he was charged with six runs on six hits while retiring just two Royals hitters as Kansas City rolled to an easy 8-1 win over the Cleveland Indians in the series opener from Kauffman Stadium on Friday night.
The Royals’ offense broke out and ended the club’s ten-game losing streak behind an impressive first inning as the lineup jumped all over Carrasco, who lost for the second time in 2019. Carrasco made just 28 pitches while facing all nine Royals hitters, who put together a giant inning that proved far too much for the Tribe to overcome while dealing with a well-pitched outing from Kansas City right-hander Brad Keller.
The Cleveland Indians are back on the road as they make their slow and steady crawl to the west coast with a three-day layover in Missouri to face the struggling Kansas City Royals.
The Royals (2-10) are still looking for their first win in April after losing each of their first nine games this month (and ten straight dating into March) after winning their first two games of the season. Kansas City was swept by the Seattle Mariners in four straight during the week, losing by a single run in each of the final two games despite putting up 19 total runs in the series. The Royals dropped 12 of 19 games to the Indians in 2018 and were just 3-6 at home against Cleveland while being outscored 101-71 for the year.
The Indians (8-4) have picked up their play over the last week. They began their first homestand of the year by splitting with the Chicago White Sox to open April before sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays in four straight last weekend. They outscored the Detroit Tigers 13-6 in their three-game series at Comerica Park, winning the opener before capturing the rubber match on Thursday with a 4-0 shutout.
Big games from Leonys Martin and Carlos Santana and seven shutout innings of work from Shane Bieber earned the Cleveland Indians a series win in Detroit with a 4-0 victory over the Tigers on Thursday afternoon.
The starting rotation has frequently been mentioned as the number one key to success for the Indians this season after offseason moves damaged the daily lineup taking the field. Bieber, the team’s number five starter, showed that he is far more than just a throwaway piece to the pitching staff, controlling the Tigers with seven dominant innings on the mound in his second start of the year. He was backed by some early run support from the offense, which tallied four single runs in the first, third, fourth, and seventh innings, to give him the edge, and he made it stand up at the end of the day.
Corey Kluber allowed one earned run in six innings and was backed by four home runs (and an unofficial Little League homer) as the Indians opened a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers with an 8-2 win.
The Indians entered the day with just four home runs on the year, but they rode the long ball starting with the very first batter of the game, jumping out to an early lead to back Kluber, who was looking to bounce back from an uncharacteristic performance in his last start Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox. Kluber gave the Indians a quality start and left with a healthy lead after six as manager Terry Francona looked to get his rested bullpen some extra work early in the season.
No Wahoo, no runs, and no fun for the Tribe on Thursday as Minnesota’s Jose Berrios won an intense battle against Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, combining with reliever Taylor Rogers on a two-hit 2-0 Opening Day shutout from Target Field.
In a well-pitched game for both starters through six innings, the Twins capitalized on rare base runners in the seventh to take the lead and hold on for good. Kluber took a perfect game into the fifth and a no-hitter into the sixth. Three different relievers combined to throw a perfect eighth inning to keep the score at two runs, but it was too much for the Tribe to overcome in a tough day at the plate. While the Twins managed only four hits on the day, their pitching limited the Indians to just three batters over the minimum while striking out 13 in an Opening Day gem.
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Last July 31, the Cleveland Indians looked to upgrade their outfield and picked up Leonys Martin from the Detroit Tigers (with minor league pitcher Kyle Dowdy) in exchange for middle infield prospect Willi Castro, who was on the Indians’ 40-man roster.
Martin, who wore 12 over parts of the previous three seasons with the Seattle Mariners and with the Tigers, could not claim the same digits in Cleveland, as those belonged to All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor. Instead, Martin found his way one number up the line, suiting up in the unlucky 13 that did not debut for the Indians organization on the back of a player until 1966, when Vern Fuller began a five-year run in it in the Tribe infield.
Martin has since switched to the number two this spring, with non-roster spring invitee Hanley Ramirez sliding into his familiar number 13 (a number that he has worn since 2012 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox) while looking to win a spot on the Indians’ 25-man roster to start the season.
The outfield is undoubtedly one of the largest areas of concern for the Cleveland Indians this offseason, and they have one less question mark to address as the club agreed to a one-year, $3 million agreement with Leonys Martin on Wednesday to avoid arbitration.
Martin was the Tribe’s big deadline acquisition in 2018, but he made it into just six games before enduring a bout with a bacterial infection that ended his season and could have ended his life.
If you are feeling a little bit of déjà vu, that is to be expected with the way the 2018 Major League Baseball schedule has worked itself out. For the second straight week, the Indians and Twins will meet on the diamond, with Cleveland playing the host to the visiting Minnesota club.
Cleveland (61-49) will look to continue its better play of late, winning back-to-back series over the Twins and the Los Angeles Angels. They dropped a sloppy 7-4 decision on Friday, but rebounded with a strong 3-0 shutout on Saturday and held on for a 4-3 win on Sunday in the season finale with the Halos. The Indians moved their season record against the Twins to 5-7 with their performance last week against their division rival. They will be looking to prevent Minnesota from locking up the season series between the two clubs.
The Indians’ Corey Kluber controlled the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, firing a complete game shutout on just 98 pitches in a 3-0 win by Cleveland from Progressive Field.
While the Indians had a tough time at the plate against unfamiliar right-hander Felix Pena, Kluber made sure that his offense had plenty of time to get going as he limited the Angels to just five base runners on the night. He allowed three hits, walked one, and hit one while keeping the ball down and in the yard in a 98-pitch gem, accomplishing the rare “Maddux” by throwing a complete game under 100 pitches.