No Indians lead felt safe on Wednesday night, but the Houston Astros ran out of innings to catch up as Cleveland claimed a 7-6 win from Progressive Field.
The Indians (11-9) got on top in the first inning and never surrendered the advantage, but they needed several additional scoring outbursts throughout the night to fend off the Astros (14-7), who kept it within striking distance while giving their potent offense a chance to get the last big hit that it would need.
For the Indians’ sake, that final knock on the door never came.
As well as the Cleveland Indians have been playing on the road this season, they may not have wanted to come home after their two-city trip through Minneapolis and Chicago this past week. But, the schedule says that they must as the Houston Astros will make their lone trip to Progressive Field this season for three days beginning Tuesday night.
The Indians (10-8) doubled their win total for the season last week alone with a productive 5-1 road trip. Starting pitching was living up to expectations and the bats came alive and drove in the runs that had been stranded during the first two weeks of the season.
A rebuilt and threatening Houston (13-6) lineup is poised for big things in the American League West this season and is already off to a quick start. They have started the season 6-2 on the road and their 13 wins are tied for the most in the American League. They hold a three-game lead over Oakland in the West.
Cleveland needed a big start from Trevor Bauer and the Indians right-hander needed to avoid the big inning and did so as he provided a quality start on Thursday afternoon and the Indians used a big three-run seventh inning to push past the Minnesota Twins, 6-2, to sweep the series at Target Field.
Bauer entered his third start in need of a good outing and gave the club exactly that, dodging the costly innings that had plagued him in each of his first two starts this season, when he allowed ten runs in ten and two-thirds innings to enter the day’s action with an 8.44 ERA and a pair of losses.
After a 2-4 homestand, it may just be time for the Cleveland Indians to hit the road and put their disappointing series against Chicago and Detroit behind them. They will start a four-game series in Minnesota with the Twins on Monday night to begin a seven-game roadtrip.
The Indians (5-7) will return to Target Field for the first of ten games there this season. A scuffling offense and a starting rotation unable to get the job done consistently have gotten the Tribe off to a poor record after a hot start in Texas, where they swept the first three games of the season before going just 2-6 since against Arizona, Chicago, and Detroit. The team has shown an ability to get runners on base with ease, but when it comes to the big hit, the Indians have been slow in the clutch department, hitting into too many double plays and failing to drive in runs in general.
The Cleveland offense could not figure out Tigers starter Daniel Norris on Friday night and a late rally off of the Detroit bullpen fell one run short as the Indians dropped a 7-6 decision in game one of a three-game weekend set.
Cleveland could not solve the left-handed Norris on the mound for six scoreless innings of work as each of the first eight men to the plate would be retired by the southpaw. Meanwhile, the Tigers were able to get an early run of support for him in the second inning off of Indians starter Trevor Bauer and would pile on in the middle innings.
The Cleveland Indians started the season with an impressive and dramatic three-game sweep in Texas. Since then, things have taken a turn for the worst as the club has dropped five of its last six and is struggling to score runs while limiting the damage.
They will look to turn around the early season woes and heat up the cold bats as they host the Detroit Tigers this weekend in a three-game set.
The Indians may have had their fill of Arizona for one season.
What was a 1-1 game heading into the bottom of the sixth inning ended up an 11-2 drubbing as the Arizona Diamondbacks lineup solved Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer the third time through the order, putting up four runs in the inning before erasing any doubt with six more in the eighth in the rout.
The Diamondbacks were already the highest scoring team in baseball coming in to the night and their efforts at the plate did nothing to hurt that status. It just took them more than five innings to figure it out.
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With five years under his professional belt at the Major League level, the Indians will once again look for big contributions from Trevor Bauer in their starting rotation.
After losing his spot last spring, the right-hander pitched in relief through much of April before getting reinserted into the rotation when Cody Anderson struggled with his effectiveness and Carlos Carrasco landed on the disabled list with a sprained left hamstring. While his numbers out of the bullpen (1-0 record, 4.76 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, .289 batting average against in 11 1/3 innings) did not scream of a player necessarily deserving of a shot to start again, Bauer plugged the leak in the rotation with a 5-2 record, one complete game, a 2.96 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a .216 average against in a two-month span from the end of April to the end of June, once again reminding the baseball world that Cleveland manager Terry Francona knows a thing or two about how to successfully manage a roster.
It came down to the final day for many, but the Cleveland Indians have been able to avoid several uncomfortable arbitration hearings this winter as they announced deals with seven eligible players on contract figures for the coming 2017 season.
Friday marked the deadline for teams to exchange contract figures. The deals eliminated seven of the eight players with whom the Indians were potentially going to have to go to arbitration hearings, scheduled to occur between January 30 and February 17. The team can still reach an agreement between now and then with outfielder Brandon Guyer, the lone player eligible who did not come to terms. The two sides were a reported $400,000 apart between figures, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
The fluke finger injury sustained by Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer prior to the start of the American League Championship Series with the Toronto Blue Jays garnered plenty of negative attention to the young right-handed starter, as his pinkie laceration became another blow to a rotation already down two of its top three starting pitchers.
Bauer’s injury may have changed how the ALCS played out, but the Indians remained victorious and the starter was able to return to his role for a pair of World Series starts. Although he was unable to bring home a win in either of those two outings, he did his part to give the Indians everything that he had left to try to bring a second championship to Cleveland, the center of the 2016 sports universe.
While Bauer became an easy target for backlash from fans for the unfortunate outcome of his atypical encounter with one of his drones and his willingness to address his critics on the social media platform Twitter, too many fans forgot the role that Bauer played in helping the Indians even get to the postseason in the first place.