After fighting back to a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run infield single, the Cleveland Indians’ defense melted down on the first pitch of the seventh as a “Little League home run” would be the difference in a 5-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Saturday night.
The Yankees’ Austin Romine needed just pitch to cause havoc in the seventh as the Indians worked their back from a 3-0 first inning hole to make it a ball game with a little assistance from New York third baseman Miguel Andujar in the sixth inning. With the crowd re-energized after an unlikely scoring play for Cleveland, it would take just one pitch to knock the winds right out of the sails of the Tribe faithful.
The New York Yankees storm into Cleveland for the first time since last October for a four-game series with the Indians to close out the first half of the 2018 regular season schedule.
The Battle of Ohio did not go in the favor of the Indians (50-41), but if nothing else, they ended the series with a very loud bang with a 19-hit, 19-run onslaught to avoid a sweep by the Cincinnati Reds. Such has been the case for the Indians during their homestand, as they have had two big bursts of offense wrapped around four disappointing losses to the A’s and Reds. The Yankees picked up a three-game sweep of the two clubs’ earlier series in May, winning the bookend games in walk-off fashion while outscoring the Indians, 19-12. They will need to slow down the top scoring home club in baseball, as the Indians have scored 282 runs in 46 home dates this year.
Game one of the Battle of Ohio went the way of the Reds on Monday night as Cincinnati held off a late Indians rally in a 7-5 win over Cleveland from Progressive Field.
The Reds got out to an early lead against Tribe starter Mike Clevinger, who managed to be both unhittable and hit hard at various points of the night. Cincinnati would tack on with a final scoring assault in the ninth, and it would prove to be the difference in the ball game after a late rally from the hometown club.
The Ohio Cup will kick off this week as the Cleveland Indians host the Cincinnati Reds for three games beginning Monday night from Progressive Field.
The Indians (49-39) had few answers for the Oakland A’s for the second straight weekend, winning one game by a big result while dropping the other pair to lose the season series to the Athletics, four games to two. The Tribe started July with five straight wins before dropping the final two games of their set with the A’s this weekend and have outscored the opposition by a 46-28 tally. They have posted winning records in each calendar month of the season and are 7-4 in interleague play so far this season against the Cubs, Brewers, and Cardinals.
The Cleveland Indians used a Major League season-high 13 extra base hits and eleven doubles and scored in each of the last five innings in a 15-3 rout of the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon, avoiding a sweep at Oakland Coliseum.
The Indians narrowly missed matching the American League record for doubles in one game in a two-base onslaught against Oakland starter Frankie Montas and the A’s bullpen. The big scoring rally from the Tribe included eight runs in the eighth inning and hits from eight of the nine players in the starting lineup. The one player who did not record a hit, former A’s outfielder Rajai Davis, contributed a beautiful diving catch early and saw his late inning replacement, Tyler Naquin, record one of the team’s RBI hits from his spot in the lineup.
The Cleveland Indians will kick off a short west coast stay on Friday night when they begin a three-game series from Oakland Coliseum against the Athletics.
Cleveland (44-35) was cooled off in a tough matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals during the week, despite good numbers in interleague play this season and good results all-time against the Red Birds. They dropped the first two games of the series before salvaging the finale on Wednesday. Counting their 1-2 set in St. Louis, they have won eight of their last ten contests. The Indians enter the series with an eight-game lead in the American League Central over the Minnesota Twins.
Spot starter John Gant threw seven innings of one-hit shutout baseball and three bullpen teammates completed the job as the St. Louis Cardinals blanked the Cleveland Indians on Monday, 4-0.
While interleague play has been favorable to the Indians this season, that was not the case in the series opener from Busch Stadium on Monday. Despite good records all-time against the Cardinals, the Indians first trip to the banks of the Mississippi since 2012 got off to a rough start as the offense could do little against Red Bird pitching.
Monday’s victory also marked a milestone occasion for the Cardinals (41-36), who won the 10,000th game in franchise history, the sixth team to reach that plateau.
For the first time since 2012, the Cleveland Indians will travel to the Illinois-Missouri border on the western bank of the Mississippi River to visit St. Louis and the city’s Cardinals in a three-game series from Busch Stadium.
The Indians (43-33) come in as one of the hottest teams in baseball, winners of seven straight after a pair of three-game sweeps over the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers to close out a 7-2 homestand. The interleague set between the Tribe and Red Birds will mark the first time the two clubs have met since 2015. The Indians have dominated the matchups over the years, but did lose that last series in Cleveland in May three years ago. In 23 contests all-time, the Indians are 15-8 against the Cardinals, including an 8-4 mark when playing in Missouri. Cleveland is 6-2 in interleague play this season.
Mike Clevinger retired 13 straight White Sox hitters after Chicago took an early lead and the Indians offense supported a starter for the second straight game with a half dozen runs as Cleveland held on for a 6-3 win from Progressive Field on Tuesday night.
The Indians (39-33) improved to 7-2 on the year against the rebuilding White Sox (24-48) and the 27-year-old Clevinger has been on the mound for three of those victories.
Making his second straight start against the White Sox and his first since striking out a career-high eleven Chicago hitters in a win last Thursday to earn a series split at Guaranteed Rate Field, Clevinger once again held court on the mound. He worked seven and two-thirds innings, allowing just one solo first inning run on five hits with a pair of walks and ten more strikeouts. In three starts against the Southsiders, Clevinger has surrendered just three earned runs in a span of 21 1/3 innings of work.
After not seeing each other for the first time this year until the very final days of May, the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox will meet up for the third time in the last seven series when the two clubs kick off a three-game series from Progressive Field on Monday night.
The Indians (37-33) will presumably be excited to face a different divisional foe this week, as they have had no answers for the Minnesota Twins this season, especially over their last two series against one another. The Tribe dropped two of three to the Twinkies over the weekend, avoiding the sweep with a strong 4-1 win on Sunday afternoon, as rookie right-hander Shane Bieber earned his first win with a tightrope act on the mound and his battery mate Yan Gomes drove in three with a bases loaded double in the third. The Indians come into the weekday series with a two and a half game lead over the Detroit Tigers for second place in the AL Central.
When a pitcher shares a rotation with a two-time Cy Young winner, another Cy Young candidate, and an All-Star candidate who draws vast media attention for his tweets and sometimes atypical opinions, it can be very easy to get lost in the shuffle. Such is life for Mike Clevinger, who has steadily, yet quietly, carved out a long-term place for himself in a loaded and talented Cleveland starting five.
Ace Corey Kluber gets a lot of the well-deserved attention among his rotation mates, being the multiple-time Cy winner that he is. Carlos Carrasco finished fourth in the voting last season for the American League’s top pitching award. He is widely viewed as a would-be No. 1 pitcher on many other teams in Major League Baseball. Trevor Bauer is a dark-horse A.L. All-Star candidate, as he is sixth in the league with a 2.69 ERA and third with 121 strike outs. He gets more attention for his sometimes controversial tweets and opinions on topics regarding the sport and the world outside of it.
With all that attention and coverage being paid to the rest of the rotation, it is hard for the No. 4 guy to get a lot of notice. While he may fly under the radar a bit with the fans and media, Clevinger has certainly made the Indians management team take note of a pitcher who is every bit as good as his higher-profile teammates.
The Cleveland Indians wrapped up the final game of their road trip with a 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon, bringing the club back home with a series split and a 4-3 record during their most recent seven games away from home.
It was a united team effort from the Indians in the finale of four straight from Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday that gave the Tribe a needed victory. Strong starting pitching from Mike Clevinger, a leadoff homer from Francisco Lindor, a go-ahead two-run shot in the seventh from Jose Ramirez, and excellent work out of the bullpen gave Cleveland (36-31) a 5-2 edge in the season series with Chicago (24-43).
The Indians remain four and a half games up in the American League Central with the win, as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins by a 3-1 final earlier in the day.