2016: Game Recaps
Ten runs in the middle innings, including a pair of four-run frames, helped power the Cleveland Indians past the Chicago White Sox, 10-4, on Friday night.
With the season rapidly winding down, the Indians inched another game closer to making their postseason dreams a reality with Trevor Bauer on the mound. The White Sox would get to Bauer twice with a pair of quick blasts to do some damage, but the right-hander was able to protect his big lead and pitched deep into the night.
It didn’t start out pretty for the Tribe and Bauer, who fell behind 2-0 three batters into the game. After a flyout for the first out, Tim Anderson tripled past Lonnie Chisenhall in right and came around to score on a two-run shot to right-center by Melky Cabrera to put the White Sox on top.
Carlos Santana supplied the Tribe with the deciding runs for the second straight night as his three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie while sending the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 victory and three-game sweep over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.
With the game knotted up at deuces and reliever Dillon Gee on for his second inning of work in relief of Kansas City starter Jason Vargas, Jason Kipnis was plunked by a pitch with the count full. Francisco Lindor worked a five-pitch walk before Mike Napoli popped up to short for the first out. Two pitches later, Santana hooked a homer into the seats in right to put Cleveland on top by a 5-2 count.
A key RBI-single from Carlos Santana in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be the difference on Wednesday night as the Cleveland Indians eliminated the Kansas City Royals from the AL Central race with a 4-3 victory.
Another impressive start from Corey Kluber paved the way for the Indians as the offense struggled to score against Ian Kennedy, but got just enough to claim a big win. Kluber worked a quality start again and equaled his career high of 18 wins, set in 2014 when he took home the AL Cy Young Award. His performance against the Royals did not hurt his candidacy for a shot at a second piece of the top pitching hardware.
Cleveland used the first of its six doubles on the night to put the first run of the game on the scoreboard in the second inning. Jose Ramirez doubled off of the wall in right and scored on a single by Lonnie Chisenhall to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
Josh Tomlin once again looked like a pitcher who could be counted on and pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer delivered the two-out walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals, 2-1, from Progressive Field on Tuesday night.
The Indians (87-63) reduced their magic number to six on the game-winner from their own number six while dealing the Royals (77-74) yet another blow to their fleeting hopes to defend their World Series title of a season ago.
The Indians lost an early 2-0 lead as the Tigers capitalized on a bout of wildness from starter Trevor Bauer and a pair of big blasts finished off the afternoon as Detroit defeated Cleveland by a 9-5 final to avoid a sweep at Progressive Field.
Bauer showed some poise and aggressiveness on the mound, but it was his own self-inflicted damage that proved to be too much to overcome. Despite that, the Indians had pulled within one run in defense of their starter before a ninth inning three-run homer drastically altered the outcome of the game.
Jose Ramirez blew out the candles at Progressive Field on Saturday evening with a bases loaded single with one out in the tenth inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers, but the bigger news of the day was far less jubilant as starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco left the game after two pitches after being struck by a line drive on the mound.
Carrasco left the playing field with what was initially identified as a right hand contusion, but x-rays later confirmed much greater fears – the number two man in the starting rotation had suffered a non-displaced fracture of his fifth metacarpal in his pitching hand and his season is over, dealing a devastating blow to the Indians’ playoff hopes while the team reduced its magic number to seven with the victory.
Terry Francona managed an impressive game from the dugout as his bullpen went toe-to-toe with Justin Verlander as neither team was able to do anything substantial with their bats until Ramirez celebrated his 24th birthday with the game-winner.
The last time Cleveland and Detroit met on the diamond, starter Michael Fulmer ran away with an easy 12-2 win on July 6 to end the Tigers’ eleven-game losing streak against the Indians to start the season
Cleveland returned the favor on Friday night as they knocked around Fulmer for six earned runs on the way to an 11-4 demolition of Detroit to start their nine-game homestand.
The Indians scored in each of the first two innings and piled on plenty of insurance the rest of the way for its ace, Corey Kluber, scoring in each of the final four innings to post the big victory over the Tigers. The win for the Indians (85-62) dropped the Tigers (78-69) to seven games in back in the AL Central while reducing Cleveland’s magic number to single digits at nine. Detroit is now 36-37 on the road, while the Tribe continued its home field advantage this season, improving to 48-25 on the year.
The Indians offense could not deliver the big hit when it mattered while the White Sox got the one that counted the most as Chicago defeated Cleveland behind a 2-1 walk-off win on Thursday afternoon.
After the Tribe failed to score with runners on the corners and one out in the ninth, the White Sox ended the series finale with a celebration at U.S. Cellular Field. Bryan Shaw, on for his second inning of work after striking out the lone batter he faced in the eighth inning in the dangerous Todd Frazier, gave up a leadoff single to Omar Narvaez. He was lifted for pinch-runner Leury Garcia, who picked off second base with Adam Moore on behind the plate for Roberto Perez. Avisail Garcia struck out in the process, but it was a moot point in the grand scheme of things as Carlos Sanchez delivered the game-winning single to right to give Chicago the 2-1 win.
Josh Tomlin gave Cleveland five solid innings in his first start since August 30 and the Indians offense supplied six runs of support in a 6-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
It was a step in the right direction for the struggling Indians starter, who ended a personal five-game skid on the mound with five innings before handing the ball over to the bullpen with a sizeable lead that they maintained the rest of the way. Tomlin improved to 12-8 with his outing, allowing a run on four hits, striking out a pair, while issuing no walks and no home runs.
It was less predictability from Tomlin on the mound, despite replicating his early season command of the strike zone while keeping the ball in the yard. He was able to outduel Chicago left-hander Carlos Rodon, who had thrown seven straight quality starts coming into the night and had never been dealt a loss by Cleveland. He allowed all six runs on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts to drop to 7-9.
It may no longer be the dog days of summer, but Cleveland’s boys of summer gave one to the dogs on Tuesday as the Indians were stunned by a seven-run onslaught in the sixth in an 8-1 loss in Chicago to the White Sox.
In front of 1,122 dogs, their subservient humans, and a handful of other unleashed baseball fans, the White Sox unleashed a hurting on Indians starter Trevor Bauer after he had shut down 12 straight and 13 of 14 as the game quickly ran away from the Tribe.
The score was tied 1-1 after two innings. The White Sox struck for a run in the bottom of the first as the pesky Adam Eaton singled off of Bauer, moved to second on a sacrifice, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on a two-out base knock by Jose Abreu for the early lead. Brandon Guyer’s homer to left with one down in the top of the second off of Chicago starter Jose Quintana evened things up.
The Chicago White Sox accomplished a rare feat on Monday night, scoring in each of the eight innings that they stepped to the plate in easily rolling past the Cleveland Indians in an 11-4 final.
It was just one of those nights for the Indians (83-60), who fell to 2-2 on their second-to-last road trip of the season. A win in Detroit by the Tigers over the Minnesota Twins held the team’s magic number at 14 as its lead in the American League Central shrank back to six games.
Corey Kluber continued his pursuit of a second Cy Young Award with seven innings of one-run baseball as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins by a 7-1 final on Sunday afternoon.
The Indians’ ace continued his strong season with ten strikeouts in his outing to win his 16th game of the season. He passed the 200-strikeout mark for the third straight season, joining elite company Bob Feller, Sam McDowell, and Gaylord Perry in doing so in club history.
Cleveland’s offense gave him plenty of support on the mound, as they plated three in the second to give the right-hander a lead to work with early. Abraham Almonte reached on an infield single and moved up on a walk from Tyler Naquin. Roberto Perez dropped down a successful sacrifice bunt in front of the plate to move both runners up before Michael Martinez curiously popped up a bunt to Jose Berrios on the mound for the second out. With the inning hanging by a thread, Carlos Santana slugged a monstrous shot down the right field line and nearly out of the park altogether, giving him his 31st homer of the season and the Indians a 3-0 lead.