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.
It was a start that Bieber will be able to learn and grow from as he faced the Royals for the first time in his career. He gave up a pair of runs in the first and two more in the second, but survived to give the Indians six innings on the mound while preventing any further damage.
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.
Only early rains could slow down Shane Bieber and the Cleveland Indians on Friday night, as they opened the final series of their homestand with a 10-0 shutout of the Detroit Tigers.
A delay of one hour and 41 minutes at the outset was about all that would stand in the way of the Indians winning their fifth straight game as they breezed to a big win over the second place Tigers. Bieber set new personal bests with seven innings of scoreless work and nine strikeouts as he became just the third Indians pitcher since 1908 (Herb Score, Luis Tiant) to open his career with six strikeouts or more in his first three starts.
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.
The transactions page on Indians.com remained active on Monday as the Tribe made three roster moves directly affecting the organization.
Cleveland activated first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Family Medical Emergency list, returning him to the 25-man roster. To make room, as expected, outfielder Greg Allen was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.
In separate moves and maybe somewhat unsurprisingly, the Indians have comes to terms on a minor league contract with former Tribe southpaw Marc Rzepczynski. The 32-year-old will report to Columbus, looking to find his old form that made him one of the top matchup artists in baseball not too long ago. Outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Columbus, but as a veteran with plenty of years of service, he has declined the assignment and elected to become a free agent.
The heavily damaged outfield of the Indians has finally returned to full health, as Cleveland activated Tyler Naquin from the 10-day disabled list on Friday afternoon. In a corresponding move, the Indians placed first baseman Yonder Alonso on the Family Medical Emergency list.
The original plan for the Indians was to option outfielder Greg Allen to Triple-A Columbus, but his stay in Cleveland has been extended a few more days while the club waits for Alonso to rejoin the team.
Trevor Bauer struck out 12. The Indians put up 14 hits. And yet despite some big stats on each side of the ledger for Cleveland, they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
Baseball is a funny game sometimes and Wednesday’s contest lacked a sense of humor as the Indians squandered opportunity after opportunity throughout the day against Chicago starter Dylan Covey. The Indians would wrap up the game in the only way that seemed fitting, stranding two runners in scoring position in the eighth and grounding into a game-ending double play with two on in the ninth.
A three-run home run from Jason Kipnis with two outs in the top of the ninth gave the Cleveland Indians a 4-1 win over the Detroit Tigers in their first of three games this weekend at Comerica Park.
Neither Trevor Bauer nor Michael Fulmer deserved to take a loss in a well-pitched game between the two right-handers, and neither would take a defeat on their own stat sheets in a pair of deep starts. Fulmer’s Tigers, however, would go home the losers on Friday, as closer Shane Greene could not keep the Cleveland offense in check in the ninth, as he allowed two big base runners before Kipnis put the game away with a monstrous clout to one of the deepest parts of the expansive yard in Motown.
Carlos Carrasco set down ten men on strikes in seven innings of one-run baseball and the Cleveland Indians completed the two-game sweep of the National League’s top team, the Milwaukee Brewers, in a 3-1 final on Wednesday afternoon.
It was an encouraging afternoon for the Indians overall, as they performed well against the senior circuit’s best squad in the standings and got big efforts from Carrasco and the bullpen to make up for a fairly quiet day at the plate for the club. Carrasco improved to 7-4 on the year with a needed bounce-back start on the heels of a couple of rough outings against the Houston Astros and the Minnesota Twins during his last two appearances on the mound. He gave the Indians seven quality innings, scattering eight hits and a walk while striking out ten. He was able to do something that he had not in his last few outings – keep the ball down – and not surprisingly, it resulted in a solid win for the 31-year-old right-hander and his ball club.
The Indians make their first trip to the Twin Cities this season as the Minnesota Twins host Cleveland in a four-game weekend set.
The Indians (29-25) are riding a season-high tying five-game winning streak coming into the series with the Twins after sweeping the Chicago White Sox during the week and taking the final two games of last weekend’s series with the world champion Houston Astros. The Tribe will finish up the May slate of games in the series opener, closing out a month during which they led all of baseball in runs scored. After 27 games, they have scored 170 in the month, 28 more than the next closest club (Boston – 142). They hold a four-game lead over second place Detroit and a five and a half game lead over Minnesota.
The Indians rallied back in a wild five-run fifth inning and never looked back on Monday afternoon as Cleveland held off the Chicago White Sox, 9-6, in a special Memorial Day afternoon start.
Adam Plutko returned to the mound for his third start of the month and his second since stifling the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, when he did not give up a hit until the seventh inning. In his second battle of the year with a team from Chicago, the effort would be extremely different than his six-plus innings of shutout baseball last week, but the end result would be the same for him and the Tribe.