Consecutive short starts from Cody Anderson have forced the Cleveland Indians to call for reinforcements.
After Anderson threw 68 pitches in just three innings of work, the Indians were forced to use seven of their eight relievers in Friday’s 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics. To add a rested arm to the relief corps, the team purchased the contract of right-hander A.J. Cole from Triple-A Columbus and optioned Anderson to their top farm club.
A little time away can do people some good. That seems to be the trick for Carlos Santana, whose strong start in his return to Cleveland continued on Friday night as he deposited a game-winning solo homer into the bleachers in left field with one out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Indians a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Indians fans were treated to a very familiar sight on Friday as Santana provided the Indians with his fifth career walk-off home run, lifting up another light-hitting performance from the offense. He stepped into the batter’s box for the fourth time on the night with one down in the bottom of the ninth, set to match up with Jays’ reliever Joe Biagini. He found an 1-0 two-seamer to his liking, lofting a high drive the opposite way into the tunnel of the bleachers in left to cap off a comeback for the Tribe and a celebration at home plate.
The Cleveland bullpen allowed three runs after seven shutout innings of one-hit baseball from Mike Clevinger, but a similar disastrous effort from the Chicago White Sox allowed the Indians to rally with four runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 5-3 win in Monday’s Home Opener from Progressive Field.
Three different Tribe relievers combined for two extra base hits, a walk, a costly error, and three poorly timed runs in the top of the eighth as the dormant White Sox lineup woke up to claim a 3-1 lead. Chicago manager Rick Renteria responded with a trip to his own bullpen after seven one-run innings from Ivan Nova, but it proved to be costly.
Major League Baseball is now less than a month away from the start of the 2019 season, its earliest start ever (excluding international openers). All 30 teams will take the field on March 28 this year. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 26 days
Switch-hitter Max Moroff has a chance to be the next 26 for the Cleveland Indians, as long as he can win the utility infielder spot on the roster by the end of spring training. The 25-year-old has three big league seasons under his belt while with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but was picked up by the Tribe this offseason in a trade with the Buccos.
The Cleveland Indians completed a trade on Wednesday, but you can exhale if you were worried about one of your favorite starting pitchers being dealt away – at least for now…
The Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates paired up on a five-player swap, with Cleveland sending utility man Erik Gonzalez and two minor league prospects to Pittsburgh for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff.