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A pair of outstanding offseason acquisitions continued to pay big dividends for the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday evening, as both Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu used big games to help the ChiSox defeat the Cleveland Indians by a score of 3-2.
The Indians got a solid start from their best pitcher, Corey Kluber, but there was not enough offensive support to give their ace his 14th victory of the season. The Tribe hitters were held mostly in check by White Sox starter Hector Noesi, who was able to work seven strong innings for the victory. The Indians drop their record to 67-64 for the 2014 season.
Adam Plutko knows success and the thrill of winning a championship. A national title winner at UCLA in 2013 under head coach John Savage, the 11th-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians is in his second season in the organization and is making strides. A right-hander, Plutko had allowed only four earned runs over his previous 17.2 innings entering Tuesday’s action.
Thrilled to be a member of the Tribe family after his successful time with the Bruins, Plutko sat down and talked with DTTWLN about his college exploits, his current time with the Carolina Mudcats and his goal to pitch at Progressive Field one day.
DTWLN: How did you get into baseball and did you have a favorite team as a young boy?
“Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.”
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It’s the end of August and Indians are above .500. They are within a mathematically-realistic shot of the playoffs and have one of the best home records in baseball. Yes, they’re wildly frustrating and wildly inconsistent, but done all of this with just one starting pitcher, historically terrible defense and only two hitters that have produced consistently. When the numbers are looked at, the Indians often look like the worst .500-plus team in the history of mankind.
IN TITO WE TRUST:
So how did we get here? We all know it can’t be luck…such a word doesn’t exist in Cleveland sports. The answer just takes one word: Tito.
The Indians seem to be finding a formula for success in the last quarter of the season, whether it’s enough to finish their business will remain to be seen.
Tuesday evening the Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 8-6 in 10 innings when Zach Walters lofted a two-run homer to break the tie. Both T.J. House and Jose Quintana did not survive long in the game, but the Tribe’s bullpen stymied the White Sox until the scrappy Indians offense could muster enough runs to seal the victory. The win moves Cleveland to 67-63 on the season, their high water mark on the 2014 campaign.
The Indians took control of the game right away in the first inning when Michael Bourn hit a ground rule double to left field to start the game. Jose Ramirez bunted him to third base and Michael Brantley was hit-by-pitch before Carlos Santana doubled to left field to plate Bourn and move Brantley to third base. Jason Kipnis grounded out to second base, scoring Brantley and moving Santana to third base before Mike Aviles dumped in a flare to right field to make it 3-0 before the White Sox got to the plate.
It is hard to believe, but the Cleveland Indians are embarking on their second-to-last road trip of the season this week as they head to the Windy City to do battle with the Chicago White Sox.
The Indians (66-63) continued to stay afloat in the divisional and Wild Card races by winning their third straight series and their fourth out of their last five. The Houston Astros came to town for their first and only trip to Progressive Field this season and the Indians once again rode strong starting pitching in three closely contested games. They dropped a 5-1 decision on Friday night, as a ninth inning defensive meltdown tagged Cody Allen with four unearned runs. They bounced back with a walk-off win on Saturday as Jose Ramirez delivered an opposite field game-winning single to left to edge the Astros, 3-2. A lone run in the eighth was the only blemish on the Tribe pitching staff on Sunday as they won a 3-1 final to take the series.
Idle on Monday, their last scheduled day off until September 25th, the Indians made up ground within the division as Kansas City fell to New York. Cleveland is now four games behind Detroit for second place and five and a half in back of KC, who has dropped two straight. In the American League Wild Card mix, they trail the second Wild Card team, Seattle, by four and a half after the Mariners dropped a 2-0 decision on Monday.
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With only a couple weeks left in the season, the Rubber Ducks are keeping their eyes fixed on post season baseball. In order to reach that, they’ll need to continue to play the best baseball they can, and with Joe Wendle back from the disabled list, their chances of reaching the post season seem to have increased.
After missing about seven weeks of Double-A baseball, Wendle has finally worked his way back into the RubberDucks lineup and will assuming everyday responsibilities at second base. He had been sidelined with a broken hamate bone in his right hand which occurred on June 26. He made his return to the lineup on August 19.
So when Caldwell made his debut for the Indians on Aug. 24, 1919, at League Park, he wasn’t going to let anything keep him from finishing the start – not even an act of God.
Caldwell took the hill with a 2-1 lead against the Athletics in the top of the ninth and a chance to finish out the game. Both Indians runs were scored in the fourth inning without the benefit of a hit, as Ray Chapman and Speaker were both walked, and came around to score on a sacrifice, an infield out and an error. Caldwell hit George Burns in the top of the fifth, and Burns ultimately scored as well.
James Ramsey is excited to be part of the Cleveland Indians organization. While he waits for his chance to contribute at the big league level, he looks forward to playing a big role in the Columbus Clippers quest to win the International League West Division title this season.
Acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals for Justin Masterson on July 30, the 6-foot, 190-pound outfielder hasn’t stopped hitting since reporting to Triple-A Columbus following the trade.
In a 7-4 win over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on August 14, Ramsey went 5-5 with a home run, two doubles, and 5 RBIs. He’s batting .302 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in just 22 games with the Clippers.
“It’s great. I’m settled in,” said Ramsey when asked about his new team. “They have such a great facility and staff here. Everyday I keep learning new things that I love about these guys. The teammates have been great welcoming me with open arms and I think my style of play is attractive to guys after they get to know me and see my work ethic. It’s been fun.”
He might be the right spark at just the right time.
Jose Ramirez was quite the spark this past weekend, logging seven hits in the three-game series versus Houston. Seven hits is a good weekend, but a game-winning base hit in the ninth on Saturday and a key, two-out base hit to drive in a run on Sunday makes a great weekend.