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Did the Tribe Win Last Night? No! After controlling the game for the first five innings, the Indians defense fell apart in the bottom of the sixth, allowing the Minnesota Twins back into the game. The poor defense was enough to allow Minnesota to score a pair of runs and tie the game before Trevor Plouffe hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning for a 3-2 Twins victory.
Corey Kluber was in complete control, retiring the first 15 hitters he faced, over the first five innings. The never reliable Tribe offense had managed to scratch a run in the fifth inning when Roberto Perez was able to advance from first to third base on a flawless hit-and-run from Jose Ramirez and then hustle home on a wild pitch. Cleveland tacked on another run in the top of the sixth when Brandon Moss hit an opposite field home run to left center field. The solo shot made it 2-0, and despite just a two run lead, it looked to be enough for Kluber.
It took a little longer than hoped, but the Cleveland Indians got off the schneid and finally notched their first home win, just in time to hit the road. The club travels to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Twins this weekend as the Indians face their third AL Central foe in the first two weeks of the baseball season.
The Indians split their two-game series with the Chicago White Sox earlier in the week. The Tribe got a scare on Tuesday night, as starter Carlos Carrasco exited the game after just two batters after being hit by a line drive. Cleveland could not get to Sox starter Jose Quintana, who was shaky at best on the mound, and Chicago held on to a 4-1 victory. Behind another strong start from Trevor Bauer, the Indians claimed the short set finale on Wednesday afternoon, holding on for a 4-2 win to break the team’s four game losing streak.
The roster is riddled with familiar names, but not many because they’ve seen the grass of Classic Park before.
This season, the Lake County Captains roster boasts more than a few names that those who follow the Indians organization will recognize as up-and-coming prospects within the system. There are a few repeat names from last season but, as a whole, the 2015 Captains are a new, young team.
The 2014 Captains made their way to the Midwest League championship series last year, coming up short in the final series against the Kane County Cougars. However, most of the players who took the Captains that far last season have earned much-coveted promotions to the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats, giving the Captains a new group of players with which to work.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this again for the Cleveland Indians offense. It wasn’t supposed to be like this after getting key players healthy and adding a powerful bat in Brandon Moss. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, but through eight games it is.
Through eight games, the Tribe batters have done little to erase the memory of the final two months of 2014 in which the rotation was among the best in baseball, yet the team stayed home in October because of too many games in which the offense could not produce enough runs for a rotation that didn’t need all that much to begin with.
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Did the Tribe Win Last Night? Yes! It wasn’t a no-hitter, but Trevor Bauer tossed nine hitless innings in 2015 before allowing his first knock and used the tail end of that streak to take control of the Chicago White Sox by a score of 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon.
Bauer tossed six hitless innings last Thursday in Houston and picked it up today, tossing three more hitless before surrendering a hit. He was still quite tough, only allowing four hits in six innings and just two runs, while the Indians made the most of timely hitting against left-hander John Danks. Lonnie Chisenhall’s double in the bottom of the fifth inning plated a pair of Tribesmen and gave them a 3-0 lead that they would never relinquish.
After a rocky weekend, the Indians bullpen cleaned up the final three innings with Scott Atchison, Marc Rzepczynski, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen each recording outs. Only Allen found himself in any kind of drama. The victory snaps a four-game losing streak for the Tribe and hopefully gets them back on track to their winning expectations in this young season.
WP: Bauer (2-0) LP: Danks (0-2) SV: Allen (2)
Key Inning: Top of the fourth inning. After the Indians had taken a lead in the bottom of the third inning and held a 1-0 lead, Bauer proceeded to allow his first hit of the season to Jose Abreu and walk Adam LaRoche to put a pair of runners on, with no one out. The small, one-run lead was the first lead Cleveland had had since late Saturday evening. With a pair on, and no one out, Bauer was able to work out of the jam. He struck out Conor Gillaspie for the first out before allowing a single to Alexei Ramirez to load the bases with one out. Bauer then was able to get J.B. Shuck to pop out to third base for the second out and Geovanny Soto to strike out and leave the bases loaded.
The Hillcat green and gold are set to take the field again for another season. For 2015 this marks the 20th season of the Hillcats moniker for a team in Lynchburg and the 75th anniversary of professional baseball in the hill city. On top of all these momentous milestones the Hillcats will be at the start of a new four-year affiliation as a farm club of the Cleveland Indians. With this new affiliation the hometown fans will kick off their connection to Cleveland with a team comprised of some of the best and brightest prospects the Indians farm system has to offer.
The coaching staff is headed up by second year manager, Mark Budzinski. He was once a Cleveland minor-leaguer himself and a product of the University of Richmond. Budzinski makes his home in Richmond, Virginia so this season provides added opportunities to see his family. As any devotee of professional baseball knows family time is precious as there can be long periods of absence when you are far from home and there the breaks in the season are few in number.
Most Indians fans know the story of Louis Sockalexis.
The Penobscot Indian spent a short time in Cleveland playing for the city’s National League entry, the Spiders, but in a major league career that spanned 94 games, he impressed the fans and his teammates so much that fans cried out to name the team in his honor.
It’s a nice story – of dubious veracity.
Did the Tribe Win Last Night? No! The Indians might not believe in jinxes, but luck has not been on their side in the first seven games. With Carlos Carrasco on the mound and the red-hot Detroit Tigers out of town, the Indians were looking to get back on track. But it didn’t take long to have their plans derailed.
Carrasco was hit by line drive from Melky Cabrera during the second at-bat of the game. The line drive glanced off Carrasco’s glove before hitting him on the left side of the face. He fell hard to the ground and remained motionless for several minutes before getting to his feet and being carted off the field. Cabrera’s liner was Chicago’s second straight infield hit to start the game, and knocked Carrasco from the contest.