Shane Bieber stepped in with a big spot start and his battery mate Yan Gomes cleared the bases with a three-run double in the third as the Indians avoided a sweep with a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins from downtown Cleveland on Sunday afternoon.
Bieber got the call from Columbus to make a spot start for Adam Plutko, who jumped into long relief on Saturday after the Indians lost Carlos Carrasco to an injury in their 9-3 loss to the Twins. While he had a tough time keeping the Twins off of the bases, Bieber was able to keep them off of the scoreboard, helping the Tribe make four runs of offense stand up while earning their first win of their most recent homestand.
A bearded imposter, resembling staff ace Corey Kluber, took the mound at Cleveland’s Progressive Field on Friday night for the Indians and allowed four runs during a quick 65-pitch effort over five innings in a 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
It was a rare night in Cleveland as for the first time in a long time, the tried and true Kluber did not have his A-game on the mound for the Indians. Even then, he still gave the Tribe five innings and allowed just four runs while leaving with plenty of pitches still left in the tank. Cleveland fell in an early hole, aided by two home runs, two errors, and a balk, and its offense was unable to get anything going until the latter innings against Kyle Gibson and the Minnesota bullpen.
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.
The Cleveland Indians kicked off the final leg of their current seven-game road trip with a 4-0 two-hit shutout of the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
Carlos Carrasco endured a high pitch count early to give the Indians seven quality innings, allowing just four base runners on the night. Three relievers stepped in to record the final six outs to near perfection, sealing the Indians’ third win away from home during this current stretch in Detroit and Chicago.
Both clubs endured a nearly two-hour long rain delay prior to kicking off the middle game of a three-game set at Comerica Park. Another low scoring pitchers’ duel ensued, with the Indians tying the game twice during regulation before Detroit walked off with a victory in the third inning of bonus baseball.
For the second time this season, Corey Kluber was given double-digit run support and big days throughout the lineup paced the Cleveland Indians to an easy 11-2 win on Mother’s Day over the Kansas City Royals.
Kluber has not always gotten the best run support on the mound, but of late, his teammates have swung the bat well in his defense. In five of his last six starts, the team has scored six runs or more in his starts. Not surprisingly, he has gone 5-1 in those outings while giving up a combined total of 13 earned runs. The Tribe’s ace, on the way to his league leading sixth win on Sunday, got the support early and was able to contain the Royals to just two unearned runs in the later innings.
A debatable call on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth inning cost Corey Kluber a complete game, but after a little extra scoring from Seattle, Cody Allen closed out a 6-5 Indians win over the Mariners on Friday night from downtown Cleveland.
In a game dominated by Kluber and a power-packed offensive punch from start to nearly finish, the final score did not reflect what was largely an easy win for the Tribe. Instead, the one-run contest became the fifth straight game between the Indians and Mariners to be decided by a minute margin.
The Cleveland Indians will open the interleague portion of their schedule this week as they play host to the Chicago Cubs for the first time since the 2016 World Series.
The Indians (12-8) will welcome the Cubs to Cleveland for the first time since a rain-afflicted Game 7 in the 2016 World Series. Both clubs followed their Fall Classic appearance with shorter-than-expected playoff trips last season, as the Indians were eliminated in the first round by the New York Yankees, while the Cubs were knocked out in five games in the National League Championship Series by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Indians’ offense remains a source of concern, as the team has performed poorly with runners in scoring position and in general. But despite the inconsistent efforts from the bats, the pitching staff has been strong all around. The staff ranks first in the Majors in batting average against (.201) and WHIP (0.98) and second in ERA (2.57). The starting rotation is first with a 0.98 WHIP, second with a .203 BAA, and third with a 2.58 ERA, while the bullpen is first in WHIP (0.96), second in BAA (.197), and fourth in ERA (2.55).
The Cleveland Indians celebrated manager Terry Francona’s 59th birthday with a 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, but it did not come easy, despite Corey Kluber being on the mound for the Tribe.
The Indians ace did not look quite like his usual self, but he gave Cleveland seven quality innings and kept the game close enough. With the way the offense has been performing this season, that could have been a concern, but the Indians bats came to life with more of the long ball and finally delivered with runners in scoring position.
Mike Clevinger was masterful on the mound for the Cleveland Indians on Saturday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards as he threw his first career complete game and shutout in a 4-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
For the first time in his Major League career, Clevinger pitched into and completed the ninth inning in wrapping up a two-hit shutout over the Orioles. He came into the outing with a pair of wins against Baltimore in his career. It was a strong bounce back effort for “Sunshine”, who looked sharp after giving up four runs in the fourth inning of his last start in a short no-decision for the 27-year-old right-hander.
Making his second career start in Baltimore, following last season’s five innings of two-run baseball in a win, Clevinger took command early and worked around the few problems that came his way. A first inning run gave him some room on the mound, and three home runs later would pad his advantage, with some of the pop coming from a big day at the plate from Jose Ramirez.
Yan Gomes sent the Indians home a winner on Sunday afternoon in walk-off fashion as his two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth gave Cleveland a 3-1 win.
On the coldest day on record in the history of Progressive Field (32 degrees at first pitch), the Indians bats were silenced for seven innings before a bizarre and lucky eighth inning helped the Tribe tie the game ahead of Gomes’ skyscraper that just cleared the 19-foot wall in left field to give Cleveland (4-5) its first series win of the year.
In a game that featured a pair of the top arms in the American League in Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco and Mariners left-hander James Paxton, it was offense that would prove to be the story of the day. Neither pitcher would last six innings and both would be tagged for all of the runs scored on the afternoon.