Rookie starter Shane Bieber was unable to protect a 4-1 lead, allowing six runs on eight hits in relief, as the Cleveland Indians fell to the Boston Red Sox by a 7-5 final on Friday night from Progressive Field.
The Red Sox (105-49) matched a franchise-best mark with their 105th win of the season while winning their third in a row over the Indians, a possible playoff matchup for them on their quest for a World Series. In the three previous years that the Red Sox earned more than 100 wins, the team has reached the championship series, winning twice and losing once.
Baseball will get a playoff preview of sort over the weekend as the Cleveland Indians host the Boston Red Sox in three straight games from Progressive Field. The series may lack the usual buildup, however, as both teams have clinched and will likely be looking to rest up players in anticipation for the postseason grind.
The Indians (85-67) claimed a pair of wins in three tries against the Chicago White Sox in their second-to-last series against their young fourth place rival on the year. The team needed a walk-off grand slam in the second game of the series to claim a series win as they lost in extra innings on Thursday night. The Indians and Red Sox last met in the third week of August and each team won a pair of games, with Cleveland claiming the first two close contests before Boston earned 10-4 and 7-0 victories in the final games.
With eleven strikeouts on August 6 against the Minnesota Twins, Trevor Bauer blew right past the 200-strikeout threshold, accomplishing the feat for the first time in his Major League career. He was the fourth pitcher in the American League (Boston’s Chris Sale and Houston’s Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole) and fifth overall in the Majors (Washington’s Max Scherzer) to reach that total at the time, doing so just six days into August. Since his accomplishment, he has been joined by the Mets’ Jacob deGrom, Arizona’s Patrick Corbin, the Yankees’ Luis Severino, Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola, Tampa’s Blake Snell, and teammates Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber.
One start later, his status for the remainder of the season and the pending postseason run was very much in jeopardy, but those worries have been lifted significantly as the Indians will activate Bauer from the 10-day disabled list to start against the Red Sox on Friday night.
In a season of firsts for Trevor Bauer, his most recent one not only hurt, but has proven costly.
The Cleveland Indians announced on Tuesday afternoon that instead of making his next scheduled start on Friday as hoped, Bauer had been placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to August 12) with a small stress fracture in his right leg. The stint on the disabled list is the first of Bauer’s Major League career.
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.
The Cleveland Indians kick off a six-game road trip with a return to Chicago for a three-game weekend set with the White Sox.
The Tribe (64-50) moved to a season-high 14 games over the .500 mark by winning three of four from the Minnesota Twins during the week. It brought their record against the division to 35-16 on the season (with an 8-8 mark against the Twins with three left to play). Cleveland comes into the weekend with an eleven-game lead in the AL Central over Minnesota and a 23-game advantage over Chicago.
Trevor Bauer provided six innings of shutout baseball and the offense erupted for a ten-spot in a 10-0 three-hit shutout of the Minnesota Twins on Monday night from Progressive Field.
Bauer entered the day just one strikeout short of matching his career best and five short of the 200-mark and he knocked out both accomplishments with ease in an eleven-strikeout performance as the Indians completed their 12th shutout of the year.
If you are feeling a little bit of déjà vu, that is to be expected with the way the 2018 Major League Baseball schedule has worked itself out. For the second straight week, the Indians and Twins will meet on the diamond, with Cleveland playing the host to the visiting Minnesota club.
Cleveland (61-49) will look to continue its better play of late, winning back-to-back series over the Twins and the Los Angeles Angels. They dropped a sloppy 7-4 decision on Friday, but rebounded with a strong 3-0 shutout on Saturday and held on for a 4-3 win on Sunday in the season finale with the Halos. The Indians moved their season record against the Twins to 5-7 with their performance last week against their division rival. They will be looking to prevent Minnesota from locking up the season series between the two clubs.
Trevor Bauer earned his tenth win of the season with a quality start and was supported by big days at the plate throughout the Indians lineup as Cleveland evened their series in Minnesota against the Twins on Tuesday night with a 6-2 victory.
Bauer’s stat line might not have looked like his usual contributions this season, but his effort was good enough to limit the Twins to just two runs over six and one-third innings of work. The bullpen worked two and two-thirds scoreless innings and the offense handled the rest, providing six runs on eleven hits while performing better with runners in scoring position than the night before.
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.
Trevor Bauer looked like the All-Star that he was just over a week ago as he limited Pittsburgh to just two hits over seven-plus shutout innings in a 4-0 Cleveland win on Wednesday afternoon.
Bauer got a little early help from the Tribe offense and was able to do something the previous two Indians starters had not been able to do by keeping the Pirates from scoring early and often. He minimized the base traffic, allowing just one hit over the first seven innings that he worked, and got big help from his bullpen late to secure the victory as the Indians moved to 55-46 on the year and got back into the win column after three straight losses.
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.