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A pair of former Indians stars is among the three men celebrated on this date at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Ex-Indians infielder Roberto Alomar and pitcher Bert Blyleven are joined by longtime Toronto, Baltimore, Seattle, and Philadelphia general manager Pat Gillick in the annual inductions in Cooperstown, New York.
The Orioles followed nearly the same formula as Friday night as they spotted starter Kevin Gausman with a three-run lead and his strong outing pushed Baltimore past the Cleveland Indians easily on Saturday night, 5-2.
Had it not been for a brief rally in the ninth, the Indians would have been shut out on a night the offense could not figure out Gausman or the Orioles’ bullpen.
The Indians tried and failed to score in the first, squandering a tailor-made opportunity after Carlos Santana led off the inning with a double. But back-to-back strikeouts by Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor put the inning in jeopardy. Mike Napoli drew a walk, but Jose Ramirez lined sharply to Manny Machado at third to end the top half of the inning.
The Columbus Clippers have continued to play good baseball in the second half of their season to hold on to a four-game lead in the International League’s West Division as teams enter the weekend. At 55-46, the Clippers hold that lead over the Indianapolis Indians and a four and a half game lead over the third place Louisville Bats.
With Friday’s win over the PawSox, the Clippers have taken the first two of their four-game set with Pawtucket this weekend. Since their All-Star break, the Clippers have taken three of four in Toledo from the Mud Hens before dropping two of three to Louisville earlier in the week. The Clippers’ seven-game homestand will come to an end after Sunday afternoon’s game before the club hits the road for six straight road games in Norfolk and Charlotte starting Tuesday to wrap up the month of July.
In other Clipnotes from the state capital:
The National Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes in four new members, including two with direct ties to the Cleveland Indians organization. Legendary pitcher Bob Feller and infielder Jackie Robinson, voted in by the Baseball Writers Association of America, are joined by manager Bill McKechnie and outfielder Edd Roush via Veteran’s Committee selection.
Early leads have been recipes for success for both Cleveland and Baltimore this season, but it was five early ones for the Orioles on Friday that sent the club to a 5-1 win over the Indians in the series opener.
The O’s capitalized quickly and tacked on, giving pitcher Dylan Bundy plenty to work with in his second start of the season. After he shut down the Indians in the first, striking out three around a Jason Kipnis one-out single, his teammates got to work with one mighty swing of a bat.
Adam Jones singled to left to start the bottom half and moved to second on a one-out walk from Manny Machado. Indians starter Trevor Bauer got his second strikeout of the inning, freezing Chris Davis looking, but could not escape the Orioles threat as Mark Trumbo worked the count full before clobbering a hanging breaking ball over the wall in left-center to give Baltimore a 3-0 lead. It was his 29th homer of the season, pushing him back into the league lead.
Two of the very best teams in the American League this season will face off again as the Baltimore Orioles host the Cleveland Indians for a three-game series this weekend.
The Indians (56-38) hope to finish their nine-game road trip on a high note after two successful stops to start the trip in Minnesota and Kansas City. They took two of three from the Twins and lost in walk-off fashion in the other in a winnable contest. They took each of the last two in KC after a costly seven-run eighth inning in the opener on Monday.
The Orioles (54-40) have been a streaky team of late, which has led to them losing their long hold of the AL East’s top spot during the week. One month ago Friday, they started a seven-game winning streak, then followed it by losing five straight. They have added a four-game winning stretch before dropping four in a row this week, including three of four to the New York Yankees.
In the first edition of ‘Duck Tales since the Eastern League All-Star break, Akron struggled to get going after the break in action to host the Midsummer Classic at Canal Park. Play resumed the following Thursday as Erie took three out of four before the RubberDucks hit the road for a seven-game road trip.
With the first stop in Richmond on Monday, they fell 6-2, but Julian Merryweather and Michael Peoples earned wins to give the ‘Ducks a series win over the Flying Squirrels. Play moved to Altoona on Thursday as the Curve hosted Akron in the first game of a four-game set.
It is a big series this weekend for the ‘Ducks as they headed into play on Thursday night locked in a virtual three-way tie for first place in the Eastern League’s Western Division with the Curve and the Harrisburg Senators. A win in the opener over Altoona broke up that tie some, with the RubberDucks improving to 54-45 on the season.
In other RubberDucks news and notes…
You get nervous when Bryan Shaw takes the mound in a close game for the Cleveland Indians.
It’s okay to admit it. You aren’t alone. Embrace the fear. While the concern is merited, it may be a bit extreme and reactive. Your views are just intensified by the fact that when Shaw hasn’t had it, he really hasn’t had it this season.
After the disastrous eighth inning in Monday night’s ugly 7-3 loss in Kansas City, the Indians’ setup man fell to 1-4 on the season with three blown saves, a 4.58 ERA, and a 1.37 WHIP. But rather than let that bad outing stew and fester and eat at the mind of the 28-year-old veteran reliever, manager Terry Francona threw him right back into the fire, reminding Shaw of the trust that he had in him.
What did Shaw do?