In what amounted to a rain-drenched slugfest, the Tigers left town with a two game sweep after an 11-7 win over the Indians Wednesday evening.
The Tigers kicked off the first with some quick lighting when Andy Dirks led off the game with a single to center. Dirks stole second before Torii Hunter laced a single to left putting two on and no out. Of course, the big man Miguel Cabrera stood in next and shot a double to left driving in Dirks and moving Hunter to third. Jimenez managed to keep the runners in place with a line out by Prince Fielder to short before Victor Martinez shot a sac fly to right scoring Hunter putting the Tigers up 2-0. Jimenez finished off Johnny Peralta with a strikeout ending the inning.
Monday afternoon’s game between the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners was reminiscent of a boxing match. Both sides took turns absorbing the other’s best shots, but would not stay down for the count.
Finally, in a back-and-forth affair, it was Yan Gomes who delivered the knockout punch. A 10th inning, three-run home run, erased an 8-7 deficit and gave the Tribe a 10-8 win. It was Gomes’ second longball of the day and fourth of the season. The comeback victory completed a four-game sweep over the Mariners and gave Cleveland its fifth straight win. At 26-17 the Indians are now two and a half games up in the AL Central Division over the Tigers, who visit Progressive Field on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A count of 19,390 fans witnessed the Indians’ third walk-off home run of the year and third walk-off victory during the four-game tilt with Seattle. Gomes’ blast was the sixth time on the day a team had a lead erased. Seattle had the lead to start both the ninth and tenth innings.
Sometimes good is not quite good enough.
That was the case for the Indians’ Scott Kazmir, who pitched into a couple mistakes he could not recover from. Meanwhile, the Tribe’s offense was stymied for the third straight game, resulting in an Indians 6-2 loss to the Philadelpha Phillies Tuesday night.
A good number of names and faces may have changed during the offseason, but the bullpen still remains the biggest strength of the Cleveland Indians. Gone from last year are mainstays Rafael Perez and Tony Sipp. Also sent away in the winter was Esmil Rogers, who became a key contributor to the 2012 relief staff.
Tribe General Manager Chris Antonetti spent the offseason collecting relief pitchers the way some people collect baseball cards and stamps. He held fast to that old saying of never having enough pitching. Newcomers to this season’s pen include Matt Albers, Rich Hill Bryan Shaw. Nick Hagadone and Cody Allen, a pair of 2012 rookies, have been key contributors so far this season.
The Boston Red Sox completed their three-game sweep of the Indians with their second 6-3 victory in as many nights.
For the third time in as many games, the Red Sox struck first in the second inning. After a Mike Napoli triple that simply kept carrying, Daniel Nava drove him in with a single to right field. The next two plays were for Mike Aviles, as Jonny Gomes grounded into a fielder’s choice and Jarrod Saltalamacchia popped out. Zach McAllister got out of the inning by striking out Stephen Drew.
By Mike Brandyberry
The Indians made several roster decisions on Monday afternoon, including naming Scott Kazmir the team’s fifth starter. However, Kazmir will not begin the season on the team’s Opening Day 25-man roster.
Cleveland informed Kazmir he has won the fifth starter’s job, but will not be added to the Indians roster until his first scheduled start. They also informed Jason Giambi he has made the roster, but he will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list and will not be eligible to be activated until April 9, one day after the team’s home opener against the New York Yankees. Ezequiel Carrera was designated for assignment to make room for Giambi on the 40-man roster.
Kazmir will make his first start for the Indians on April 6 in Tampa Bay, the team that he had so much success with from 2004-2009. He was an All-Star with the Rays in 2006 and 2008 and led the American League in strikeouts in 2007. He struggled in 2010 with the Los Angeles Angels before being released in 2011. Last summer he pitched with the Sugarland Skeeters of the Independent Atlantic League.
By Mike Brandyberry
The picture that is the Indians’ Opening Day 25-man roster is starting to become clearer by the day.
Friday night, WTAM’s Nick Camino tweeted that Cody Allen will open the season in the Tribe’s bullpen and that Indians’ Manager Terry Francona told him last week. Allen has had an electric spring, with Francona commenting how he came to camp with something to prove.
“He obviously knows he’s coming to camp with something to prove,” Francona said earlier this month. “He looks like he is in midseason form. You never tell a guy to back off, but it’s obvious he worked hard and prepared for Spring Training because his stuff is electric.”
During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the 12 newcomers to the 40-man roster this winter and the role they can play moving forward.
By Mike Brandyberry
Good teams have depth and better teams are deep enough to have good players who can’t make the roster.
It may remain unclear just how good the Cleveland Indians as a whole will be in 2013, but their bullpen has been a team strength for the last two seasons. This season could be the deepest and most talented bullpen of right-handed pitchers the Tribe has had in recent history. It could be so deep that there isn’t room for everyone.
One of those right-handed relievers battling for one of the final spots in the bullpen is Bryan Shaw. Shaw was acquired with Matt Albers, Trevor Bauer and Drew Stubbs on Dec. 11 in the three-team deal with the Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks. A year ago, Shaw emerged in the Diamondbacks bullpen as a quality middle reliever, going 1-6, with a 3.49 ERA in 64 games and 59.1 innings.
During this week’s podcast Erik Pinkerman, Ronnie Tellalian, Mike Brandyberry and Bob Toth talk about the Tribe’s bullpen. The quartet discuss the locks for the back end of the bullpen in Chris Perez, Vinnie Pestano and Joe Smith and then …
In this week’s Wahoo Watch podcast, Erik Pinkerman, Ronnie Tellalian and Mike Brandyberry break down the three team trade between the Indians, Reds and Diamondbacks that got the Tribe Trevor Bauer, Drew Stubbs, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw. The trio …
By Mike Brandyberry
It’s time to give Chris Antonetti some credit.
The Indians General Manager has deservedly received his fair share of criticism for the Tribe’s struggles over the last few seasons, but after several decisions that resulted in disappointment, he seems to have made a very positive move Tuesday evening.
“We need to do a better job of shaping our roster,” Antonetti said at his season end press conference in October. “There were some decisions we made last year that didn’t turn out the way that we had hoped. We certainly need to reinvent our process that led to those decisions.”
Tuesday’s three-way trade that sent Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald to the Cincinnati Reds and Tony Sipp and Lars Anderson to the Arizona Diamondbacks isn’t the only move to change the shape of the roster, but it is the biggest. The Indians received Drew Stubbs in return from Cincinnati and Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from Arizona.
By Mike Brandyberry
The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Shin-Soo Choo in part of a three-team deal with the Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Indians dealt Choo and infielder Jason Donald to Cincinnati for Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs and Diamondbacks starting pitcher Trevor Bauer and right-handed relief pitchers Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw. The Indians sent Didi Gregorius from the Reds, plus left-handed relief pitcher Tony Sipp, minor league first baseman Lars Anderson and cash considerations to the Diamondbacks
Choo, a right fielder with the Indians, is expected to become the Reds center fielder. Cincinnati hopes to recuperate what they will lose in Choo’s defense with his increased offense. Choo rebounded from an injury-riddled 2011 to hit .283, with 16 home runs and 67 runs batted in during 2012, primarily in the Tribe’s leadoff spot. It is expected that Cincinnati will insert him into the top of their order to hit in front of Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce.