A full claim to the Ohio Cup came down to the very last batter on Wednesday night as Brad Hand completed the sweep of the Cincinnati Reds by escaping a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth to secure a 4-3 win for the Cleveland Indians from Great American Ball Park.
In a game of big innings, the Indians took the lead in the sixth with a home run that just barely squeezed over the left field wall. After two strong innings of setup work from Cody Allen, Hand was tasked with the top of the Reds order, but he had to face six batters in a 4-3 game to record his 28th save of the season and his fourth with the Tribe.
Corey Kluber cruised through seven innings for the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night, allowing one run while backed early and often by his offense in an 8-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
It was a taste of the old Kluber from Great American Ball Park, where he looked to defend a 3-0 career mark against the Reds in three career starts, but it was to be his first appearance against the cross-state club since 2015. Before he could step foot to the mound to throw his first pitch of the night, he stood at the plate with a bat in his hands as the Indians put up four first inning runs and sent nine men to the plate to put away the game mere minutes after it had started.
After being held to two runs over the first five innings, the Cleveland bats broke out with seven runs in the sixth to pace the Indians to a 10-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.
Mike Clevinger finally got back into the win column with his first victory since July 1 as a shaky outing from the right-hander was supported with the big outburst in the latter half of the ball game. The top three hitters in the Tribe’s lineup combined to go 8-for-15 with three walks, contributing four runs batted in and six runs scored.
The Cincinnati Reds got the better of the Cleveland Indians last month during a three-game set from Progressive Field, so the Tribe will look to even that score as the club heads to Great American Ball Park for three games this week.
The Indians (66-51) are 15 games over .500 for the first time this year and have pushed their divisional lead to a season-high 12 games after handling the Chicago White Sox twice in three games over the weekend. It pushed Cleveland’s excellence against the AL Central to 37-17, the second-best record by any Major League club within its own division (Boston: 43-15). The Tribe lost a pair of close decisions in the first two games of their previous series with the Reds, losing by two and three runs before a lopsided 19-4 shellacking in the finale on July 11.
It wasn’t pretty at the end, but the Cleveland Indians took their fifth straight series win with a 9-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon from Guaranteed Rate Field.
Carlos Carrasco was dominant once again as he continued to torture opposing hitters on Sunday while moving into a tie with Corey Kluber for the team lead in wins with 14. He shut down the White Sox with seven innings of one-run baseball, striking out nine, walking none, and allowing just three hits in an effective 90-pitch effort. Since returning from the disabled list on July 6 against Oakland, the Cleveland starter has gone 6-1 in eight appearances. He has made five straight quality starts to start the second half of the season, going 3-1 in those outings with a 1.87 ERA, 43 strikeouts, and just four walks over the last 33 2/3 innings.
After a quick road trip through Detroit and Minneapolis, the Cleveland Indians return home this weekend for a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels.
The Indians (59-48) finally figured out the Minnesota Twins over the weekend, taking each of the final two games of the series to pull a little closer on the season series against their toughest division rival to date. The Tribe moved to 9-6 since the break after their 4-2 trip and continued their better play on the road in July, winning eight of their last ten away from home. They own a ten-game lead in the American League Central Division over the Twins as the division may have conceded with the pile of trade deadline moves that came from within throughout July.
The Indians will wrap up their six-game road trip this week with a three-day stay at Minnesota’s Target Field against the hometown Twins.
The Indians (57-47) have had a tough time since the All-Star break, going 5-4. Four of those wins have come in their six road contests in the second half. Cleveland will wrap up another month with a winning record, bringing in a 13-10 mark in the month of July into the series with two games left to play. They will have to overcome a Minnesota team that has taken six of the first nine meetings between the clubs this season, the only club in the American League Central to give the Tribe fits. The Indians enter the day with a nine game lead in the division.
Cleveland’s Corey Kluber pitched solid, durable baseball into the eighth inning and the Indians offense provided three home runs in an 8-1 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Sunday afternoon to claim a series win.
It was a much needed performance from the Indians’ right-hander in the rubber match on Sunday as Kluber looked to bounce back from some rough outings while dealing with right knee issues. In his first start after the All-Star break, he allowed a season-high seven runs (just three of which were earned) in four innings, his second shortest effort of the year, while striking out just two in a contest for the second time this season. While the strikeouts were not a big part of his second outing of the second half on Sunday, he limited the foot traffic with just five hits allowed and one walk, exiting after 94 pitches well on the way to his 13th win of the year.
The Cleveland Indians will look to continue their better play of late on the road this weekend as they head to Detroit’s Comerica Park for three games against the Tigers.
The Indians’ (55-46) recent home woes continued during a brief homestand this week with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Buccos got the Tribe in each of the first two games, including a rain-shortened shutout on Monday, before the Indians returned the shutout favor with a 4-0 win powered by Trevor Bauer and the bullpen in the series finale on Wednesday afternoon. Cleveland has handled its matchups with Detroit with ease this season, winning ten of the 13 games while outscoring the Tigers by a 76-30 margin on the year.
The Indians return to Cleveland on Monday, but the trip will not be for long as they host the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game interleague homestand before getting back out to the road.
The Indians (54-44) return home after spending the first weekend after the All-Star break in Texas. They outscored the Rangers by a 25-16 margin, but were blanked in the finale of the series Sunday after putting up 16 runs the day before. The Indians had a rough homestand their last stint at home, going 4-6 against the A’s, Reds, and Yankees. They have not won a home series since June 22-24, when they completed back-to-back sweeps during a nine-game homestand with three wins over the Detroit Tigers, but they remain 31-19 on the year at home. They hold a nine and a half game lead over the Minnesota Twins heading into the week.
The Cleveland Indians’ offense was alive and well in the heat and heart of Texas on Saturday night as the Tribe bats racked up 16 runs on 21 hits in a 16-3 romp of the Texas Rangers from Globe Life Park.
For four innings, all was quiet in Arlington as both teams failed to tally a run, but then the dam burst as the Indians scored in each of the final five frames to rout the Rangers. Twelve of 13 Indians players to step to the plate recorded a hit, with only Jason Kipnis kept out of the hit column over the course of the night.
After acquiring a pair of new relief arms to shore up their problematic bullpen, the Cleveland Indians announced a handful of transactions in advance of their second half opener with the Texas Rangers on Friday.
Relievers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber, acquired on Thursday from the San Diego Padres for top prospect Francisco Mejia, were added to the 25- and 40-man rosters. The Indians also announced that minor leaguer Yandy Diaz was recalled from Columbus, while the contract of outfielder Melky Cabrera was selected from Triple-A for the second time this season.