Trevor Bauer struck out 12. The Indians put up 14 hits. And yet despite some big stats on each side of the ledger for Cleveland, they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
Baseball is a funny game sometimes and Wednesday’s contest lacked a sense of humor as the Indians squandered opportunity after opportunity throughout the day against Chicago starter Dylan Covey. The Indians would wrap up the game in the only way that seemed fitting, stranding two runners in scoring position in the eighth and grounding into a game-ending double play with two on in the ninth.
The Cleveland Indians kicked off the final leg of their current seven-game road trip with a 4-0 two-hit shutout of the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
Carlos Carrasco endured a high pitch count early to give the Indians seven quality innings, allowing just four base runners on the night. Three relievers stepped in to record the final six outs to near perfection, sealing the Indians’ third win away from home during this current stretch in Detroit and Chicago.
The Cleveland Indians make their second trip to Chicago this season, but just their first to the south side of town as they face the host White Sox.
The Indians (34-29) took two of three in their series over the weekend with the Detroit Tigers, with the first two games decided on late inning home runs before the Tribe bats came alive big in support of Corey Kluber to take the rubber match. The Indians and White Sox met for the first time at the end of May and Cleveland took all three home contests, outscoring the visiting club, 25-10. The Tribe has won two of its last three series in June, but are just 4-4 for the month so far.
The last time the Cleveland Indians showed up in Detroit, things did not go so well against the Tigers. This time, they will hope to ride a wave of better play during the week as they kick off a three-game series from Comerica Park on Friday night.
The Indians (32-28) made up for a rough prior weekend against the Minnesota Twins with a pair of wins over the National League’s best, the Milwaukee Brewers, in a short homestand during the week sandwiched between off days on Monday and Thursday. The Indians had gotten June off to a bad start, losing the final three games of their series on the road with the Twins, but found a way to make six total runs stand up against the Brewers in a pair of well-pitched games from the Tribe pitching staff as a whole. Cleveland is 5-2 on the year against the Tigers, but just 1-2 in Detroit after a tough 6-3 loss and six answered runs in the middle game of a three-gamer during the mid-May set.
Carlos Carrasco set down ten men on strikes in seven innings of one-run baseball and the Cleveland Indians completed the two-game sweep of the National League’s top team, the Milwaukee Brewers, in a 3-1 final on Wednesday afternoon.
It was an encouraging afternoon for the Indians overall, as they performed well against the senior circuit’s best squad in the standings and got big efforts from Carrasco and the bullpen to make up for a fairly quiet day at the plate for the club. Carrasco improved to 7-4 on the year with a needed bounce-back start on the heels of a couple of rough outings against the Houston Astros and the Minnesota Twins during his last two appearances on the mound. He gave the Indians seven quality innings, scattering eight hits and a walk while striking out ten. He was able to do something that he had not in his last few outings – keep the ball down – and not surprisingly, it resulted in a solid win for the 31-year-old right-hander and his ball club.
The Milwaukee Brewers’ first trip to Cleveland since August of 2015 will be over before the team even has a chance to settle in. The National League Central-leading Brewers will tango with the Tribe in a quick two-game set from Progressive Field, beginning on Tuesday night and wrapping up Wednesday afternoon.
The Indians (30-28) faltered during their four-game set in Minnesota, playing the Twins at Target Field for the first time this season over the weekend. After earning a 9-8 win in the series opener on Thursday night (blowing an 8-0 lead beforehand), the Tribe tripped up in three straight losses as the Twins took the series by putting up seven runs in three consecutive games and 29 in total against Cleveland. The Brewers will mark the fourth interleague series of the season for the Indians (Chicago Cubs twice, Milwaukee once); they are 4-2 on the year against the NL so far, with remaining series to play against St. Louis, Cincinnati (twice), and Pittsburgh. They have won four of their last five against Milwaukee after ending an eight-game losing streak against the Brewers that dated back to 2001.
Eddie Rosario’s third home run of the afternoon proved to be the winner as his two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth walked the Minnesota Twins off with a 7-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
It was another frustrating day for the Tribe’s pitching staff at Target Field as the Twins played home run derby with both starter Mike Clevinger and the Indians bullpen. Cleveland rallied back twice from deficits with big home runs of its own, but Rosario’s career day gave Minnesota a big series win over the scuffling Tribe.
With six games to go in May, the Indians were 9-13, suffering from on-going issues from their bullpen despite being the top scoring club in all of baseball at the time. Dealing with a tough stretch of the schedule, the team gave away several potential wins and struggled to show consistent playoff-caliber play.
As the calendar flipped to June, the Indians were 15-13. The offense was still producing. The starting pitching was still excelling overall, with some occasional bumps to be expected. The bullpen was still bad. That has not changed.
The Indians make their first trip to the Twin Cities this season as the Minnesota Twins host Cleveland in a four-game weekend set.
The Indians (29-25) are riding a season-high tying five-game winning streak coming into the series with the Twins after sweeping the Chicago White Sox during the week and taking the final two games of last weekend’s series with the world champion Houston Astros. The Tribe will finish up the May slate of games in the series opener, closing out a month during which they led all of baseball in runs scored. After 27 games, they have scored 170 in the month, 28 more than the next closest club (Boston – 142). They hold a four-game lead over second place Detroit and a five and a half game lead over Minnesota.
The Indians hit three home runs and Mike Clevinger got back into the win column with another quality start as Cleveland notched its fourth straight win with a 7-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
Nearly every Indians hitter got in on the action in the second game of the series between the Tribe and Sox, as only the sixth spot in the lineup was held without a hit. Six different players posted multi-hit games, including a 7-for-13 effort from the top three hitters in the batting order and a 6-for-12 mark from the bottom three guys on the lineup card. It would provide more than enough for Clevinger, who returned to form after back-to-back losses in consecutive starts against the Houston Astros.
The Cleveland Indians will look to ride the momentum of an incredible and improbable win on Sunday afternoon as they host the Chicago White Sox for the first series between the two division rivals this season.
The Indians (26-25) had chances in all four games against the Houston Astros over the weekend, but continued glaring deficiencies on the team’s roster caused issues for Cleveland. Still, the team was able to win the final two games of the series to earn a split with the reigning World Champs in a series that for many innings resembled a playoff preview. With the wins, the Indians improved to 11-13 in the month, but have won no more than two games in a row. They last won three straight from April 21-23 in Baltimore against the Orioles.
In a game that featured a little bit of everything, Greg Allen delivered the unlikely walk-off home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the 14th inning as the Cleveland Indians rallied back to defeat the Houston Astros, 10-9, on Sunday.
In a matchup hyped all week for its pairing of former UCLA Bruins teammates Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, it would be a tale of two different games from Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon. Both starters pitched well enough to win and lasted deep into the day, but it would be disastrous outcomes from their teammates in relief that turned a well-pitched game in a 14-inning affair.