Big days at the plate from Mike Freeman and Oscar Mercado and ten strikeouts from Mike Clevinger over five innings helped pace the Cleveland Indians to an 8-4 win on Sunday to split their four-game set with the New York Yankees.
The Indians got big numbers from some unusual contributors in Freeman and Mercado, who each went yard on three-hit days while driving in six of the eight Indians runs on the afternoon. Clevinger had some command issues throughout a short five-inning effort, pitching into full count scenarios frequently, but all in all, the Tribe spoiled the final regular season start against them by long-time friend of the feather and likely future Hall of Famer CC Sabathia.
The Indians rallied back from a 6-1 deficit, but fell in extras as the Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in the go-ahead run with a solo homer in the top of the tenth inning against Cleveland’s Nick Wittgren as Boston pulled out a 7-6 victory.
It was a tough way for things to end for the Tribe after crawling all the way back out of a five-run hole felt more than midway through the contest in a matchup against the struggling Chris Sale. He was backed by some early run support against Mike Clevinger, who was unable to make it through five innings.
The final two innings gave the Indians a pretty significant scare, but Cleveland came away with a 7-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins in game one of four from Target Field on Thursday night.
Clevinger contained the dangerous and pesky Twins lineup over seven innings, giving up just five base runners in a quality start (three hits, one walk, one hit batter). He allowed a pair of runs in the four inning on a pair of RBI singles, but he was already blessed with a 4-0 lead at that point as the Indians had attacked the ineffective and wild Twins starter Kyle Gibson.
Seven runs scattered over the first three innings powered the Cleveland Indians to a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels in the series opener of their three-game set from Progressive Field.
The Indians’ run through the American League West continued on Friday as the Angels replaced the Astros in town, but they could not replicate Houston’s wins in two of the three games there earlier in the week. The Angels jumped out to an early lead two batters into the game, but the Indians came roaring back with a big offensive outburst to support the starting efforts of Mike Clevinger, who walked four but otherwise shut down his former club.
Mike Clevinger pitched seven innings of one-run baseball and a four-run first inning by the offense set the tone as the Cleveland Indians cruised to a 9-1 win over the Kansas City Royals to take the first three of their four-game series from Kauffman Stadium on Saturday evening.
Oscar Mercado had another four-hit game, Jason Kipnis drove in four runs, Francisco Lindor had three hits, and Jose Ramirez homered for the third straight game as the Indians offense was alive and well from Kansas City, Missouri. The dominant performance from all sides of the game moved the Indians to 62-42, and with a loss in Chicago by the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland is now just one game out of first place in the American League Central Division.
How does one celebrate eight years in the Majors? By reaching base four times and making a snow cone catch for the final out.
Jason Kipnis went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and nine different Indians tallied hits as Cleveland knocked off the Toronto Blue Jays by a 7-3 final.
Mike Clevinger gave the Indians seven innings of quality work and was backed by a well-rounded showing by his teammates at the plate and in the field to claim a win in the series opener behind the Tribe’s fifth straight win over the Blue Jays this year.
Mike Clevinger dominated for six quality innings with a dozen strikeouts in his best start since returning from the injured list and the Cleveland Indians tacked on five runs over their final two trips to the plate to claim a series win over the Detroit Tigers in a 7-2 final on Wednesday night from Progressive Field.
Clevinger opened the season looking like a pitcher possessed, but he has had mixed results since returning from a nearly two and a half month stint on the injured list after injuring a back muscle on April 7 in his second start of the season. A return trip to the IL with an ankle sprain slowed him down further, but on Wednesday he fired his second quality start since that latter time on the shelf and shut down the Detroit offense in his first start against the Tigers this season.
Roberto Perez was stellar both at the plate and behind it and Mike Clevinger finally looked like himself again with six quality innings on the mound as the Cleveland Indians secured a 4-0 five-hit shutout of the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
The Indians (47-38) moved to a season-high nine games above the .500 mark with their second shutout in the last three days. Four times in the last five the team has been involved in shutouts, with two coming in much more unpleasant fashion against Baltimore over the weekend. The Tribe has now won 19 times in the last 28 games. The Royals fell to 29-58.
Ramirez can miss between one and three days while on the paternity list. Chang, who was added to the 40-man roster prior to the 2018 season, will join the Major League 25-man roster for the first time in his career and is expected to start on Friday night in the Indians’ series opener in Baltimore against the Orioles.
Mike Clevinger was back on the mound for the Indians on Monday for the first time since April 7, but he was unable to replicate his numbers from his first two starts to the season as he allowed three hits, three walks, and five runs over just four and two-thirds innings as the Texas Rangers defeated Cleveland by a 7-2 final.
Lance Lynn proved to be tough competition for the Indians in the series opener from Arlington, Texas, where the Rangers looked to hold off the hard-charging Indians for the second American League Wild Card spot. Lynn gave his club yet another quality start and his offense was able to provide him with a steady stream of two-out run support in a Texas-sized victory over the Tribe.
Mike Clevinger’s rehab start in Akron on Tuesday night was much more in line with the Indians’ hopes than his first game back with the Columbus Clippers while recovering from a right upper back/Teres major muscle strain. Now, he is in line to return to the Show next week.
The 28-year-old’s next start is tentatively scheduled for Monday, opening Cleveland’s four-game series in Texas against the American League Wild Card contending Rangers. Clevinger’s return marks an impressive turnaround time from an injury that was supposed to prevent him from throwing for six to eight weeks, not counting the additional time needed to build up strength and rehab.