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 Indians had a scare on Saturday night as Trevor Bauer exited a strong start in the seventh inning after being struck by a line drive, but the Cleveland bullpen held on as the Indians finished off a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Bauer left in the bottom of the seventh inning after being struck by a comebacker off of the bat of Jose Abreu on the second pitch of the inning. The shot struck him in his swinging right leg just above the ankle and the deflection was handled for an out, but after 102 pitches and a pronounced limp, Bauer exited the game.
Through 112 games, the Cleveland Indians had two walk-off victories and had not had one since May 27. They matched that mark in the last two games as Michael Brantley drove in Greg Allen with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth of a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday afternoon from Progressive Field.
The recipe to a victory followed a similar design for the Tribe on Thursday, as they needed late inning heroics to overcome a game-tying home run from a member of the heart of the Twins order.
Francisco Lindor sent a three-run screamer over the wall in right with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cleveland Indians a 5-2 walk-off victory on Wednesday night.
For much of the first eight innings, there was little excitement to cheer for, but the Indians saved the best for last with their third walk-off win of the season (and first since May 27), following a blown save by Cody Allen in the top of the inning.
Left-handed Twins pitching contained the Indians for seven innings and a three-batter outburst in the second provided Minnesota with all that they would need in a 3-2 win in Cleveland on Tuesday.
The Indians had no answer again for Adalberto Mejia, who shut down Cleveland for the second straight start. Carlos Carrasco kept the Twins in check for much of the night, but the first three batters of the second frame made the difference in the contest.
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.
No Mike Trout, no problem for the Angels on Friday night as Los Angeles used a four-run eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie in a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians.
Progressive Field was packed with a sold out crowd, but the hometown Tribe could not capture a W as an unlucky eighth inning tipped the scales on a previously close contest.
Mitch Garver, who entered the game 1-for-16 against the Indians this season, won the game for the Twins on Monday night with a deep drive to the gap in left-center in the bottom of the ninth to give Minnesota a 5-4 win over Cleveland.
The second-year backstop with 91 games of experience under his belt was riding a hot stretch at the plate, coming into the game with good numbers over the last week, hitting .409 with three doubles, a homer, and six runs batted in. He would tally two more hits on Monday, but it was the last one that made the biggest difference.
The second half of the Major League Baseball season will get underway on Friday night for the Cleveland Indians as they open up a brief three-game road trip in Texas against the Rangers.
The Indians (52-43) will start the second half of the season in the top spot in the American League Central Division as many would have expected when the season opened. They hold a seven and a half game lead over the Minnesota Twins in the division. Cleveland had a tough homestand to close out the first half of the schedule, losing back-to-back series against the Oakland Athletics and Cincinnati Reds before splitting a four-game set with the New York Yankees to finish with a 4-6 mark at Progressive Field in that stretch. The Indians have had a difficult time against the AL West this season, going 10-16, but they went 2-1 against the Rangers in a three-game series in Cleveland early in the campaign.
While things might not have gone according to plan for the Cleveland Indians in the first half, individual performances on the team have certainly merited the team’s six All-Star representatives for Tuesday night’s 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game from Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Regardless of the team’s overall record of 52-43, the Indians still sit atop the American League Central Division at the break with a seven and a half game lead over the Minnesota Twins, the largest lead of any of the six divisional leaders.
Deserving picks came from spots all across the 25-man roster, as a pair of starting pitchers, two infielders, an outfielder, and the squad’s resurgent backstop all made the trip to the nation’s capital for the annual exhibition, giving the Tribe its largest collection of All-Stars in nearly 20 years (matching the team’s six players on the American League roster in 1999). Their six All-Stars this season are also the most in the Majors, tied with the defending World Series champion Houston Astros.
A solo homer by Michael Brantley to kick off the eighth inning capped a three-run inning as the Cleveland Indians rallied from a 2-0 hole to defeat the New York Yankees, 5-2, in the first half finale from Progressive Field on Sunday.
A good pitching matchup between right-handers Trevor Bauer and Masahiro Tanaka lived up to its billing as both starters scattered a pair of runs in their starts. It would be the Indians’ ability to strike through against the strong Yankees bullpen in the eighth inning that would prove to be the difference on the afternoon.