2019: Game Recaps
Carlos Carrasco’s return to a Cleveland mound was spoiled by the Chicago White Sox as they popped a pair of home runs off of the right-hander in a four-run eighth inning to stun the Indians in a 6-5 final on Tuesday night.
The unfortunate turn of events spoiled a strong start from Mike Clevinger, who left after seven innings of work in line to win his tenth consecutive decision for the Tribe. It was a tightly pitched game on both sides for much of the night, with the Indians finally striking through in the bottom of the seventh against White Sox starter Dylan Cease before Chicago responded in a big way against Carrasco the next half inning.
A little home cooking may have done the Indians some good. Back from a six-game road trip through Detroit and Tampa, the Cleveland lineup put up eleven runs in an 11-3 rout of the Chicago White Sox to start a four-game set from Progressive Field on Monday night.
The Indians backed starter Aaron Civale with runs in six of eight innings at the plate, including a three-run first and three more in the seventh to put the game away for good. It was hardly a well-pitched game for either club, as the two sides combined to throw 383 pitches while walking more batters (18) than they struck out (14) in a contest that ran four hours and seven minutes. Three errors between the two clubs added to the sloppy day on the field, as did rains in the early innings.
In a key matchup against a potential playoff foe this weekend, the Cleveland Indians did not show up. The Tampa Bay Rays, however, got another strong pitching performance from All-Star Charlie Morton and piled up runs in the middle and late innings to complete a three-game sweep of the Indians behind an 8-2 final.
The Cleveland bats were missing for much of the weekend, much as they have been over the course of the last couple of weeks. For the second time in the last four series, the Indians failed to earn a win against a playoff caliber opponent while looking as though they have run out of gas after several demoralizing late season injuries have put significant dents in the offense. The Tribe mustered just six hits, and both runs scored came from Jake Bauers, who rejoined the team after a month away to replace the injured Tyler Naquin, who was lost after a torn ACL suffered in Friday night’s loss.
The Tampa Bay Rays cut further into the Cleveland Indians Wild Card edge on Saturday, using four home runs to push past the visiting club in a 9-6 final.
The Indians pitching staff was no match for the Rays lineup in the middle game of three from Tropicana Field as the host Tampa club quieted the Tribe bats for much of the evening despite Cleveland holding a two-run first inning lead. Tampa took the lead in the third on its second homer of the contest, then added on with a pair of three-run innings in the sixth and seventh to put the Tribe to bed.
The tables turn quickly at times in baseball. One day after blanking the Detroit Tigers by a 2-0 final, the Indians had the favor returned by the Tampa Bay Rays, who used a four-run seventh to complete a 4-0 shutout of Cleveland in Friday’s series opener from Tropicana Field.
In a matchup of two teams fighting for American League Wild Card playoff spots, the Rays captured a big win over the Indians in a well pitched game between both clubs for the first six innings. The Rays ran up the score in the seventh, scratching across a run off of starter Shane Bieber before Adam Cimber allowed the back-breaking blow on a three-run blast by former Indians first baseman Jesus Aguilar.
The Cleveland Indians blanked the host Detroit Tigers by a 2-0 final on Thursday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep while recording their fifth shutout in 15 wins this season against the Motor City Kitties.
The Indians knocked off the Tigers for the 14th straight time this season, a new club record for success against their neighbors from Detroit. They used a dominating start from Mike Clevinger, who won his ninth straight decision, and made two runs stand up to complete the needed sweep.
Aaron Civale gave Cleveland seven quality innings on the mound while the Indians used three solo home runs to defeat the Detroit Tigers by a 4-2 final on Wednesday night.
Detroit got a surprisingly strong start from Jordan Zimmermann, who overcame career-long struggles against the Indians with a quality start. He left with the game tied as the Tigers evened up the score with a solo homer in the sixth, but Civale lasted one more inning and landed in the win column after Francisco Lindor’s 24th homer of the season put Cleveland back in front late.
The Indians backed starter Adam Plutko with a three-run first and tacked on six runs in the seventh as Cleveland routed the Detroit Tigers by a 10-1 count on Tuesday night.
Cleveland got a career-high nine strikeouts from Plutko, who allowed just a run on three hits with two walks over five and two-thirds innings. The bullpen did the rest of the job to silence the Tigers, while the Tribe bats took advantage of some timely two-out hitting all night long.
Cleveland rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth, including a three-run blast from Franmil Reyes for his second homer of the afternoon, to tie the game at eight, but Kansas City’s Ryan O’Hearn matched his feat with his second deep drive of the day as the Royals edged the Indians by a 9-8 final in ten innings on Sunday afternoon.
In the series final between the two clubs, the Indians fought back constantly throughout the day after falling in an early 3-0 hole after three innings, but they simply ran out of time and outs as the Royals held on after scoring their sixth run off of the Indians bullpen in the top of the tenth, moments after the Cleveland matched KC’s run total at eight with a four-run frame.
For the second night in a row, the Cleveland Indians used a four-run inning to defeat the Kansas City Royals, this time by a 4-2 final on Saturday night. But there was little room for celebration for the club, which awaited word on the severity of a right wrist injury suffered by the resurgent Jose Ramirez during a first inning at bat.
The team’s former two-time All-Star and top three Most Valuable Player finisher in each of the last two seasons swung awkwardly on a 2-0 pitch with Francisco Lindor on second and Yasiel Puig on first and two outs in his first at bat against the Royals’ Glenn Sparkman. He left the game after meeting with the team trainer and manager Terry Francona. The wrist has been a lingering issue for him, but after the game, Francona shared that Ramirez’s injury on Saturday was felt in a different area of the wrist. Ramirez had an MRI performed to exam the injury and more should be known ahead of Sunday’s series finale with Kansas City.
A tired Indians club spotted right-hander Zach Plesac with four runs in the second to pace Cleveland to a needed 4-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Looking to bounce back from a tough road trip through New York that led to three straight losses in a sweep by the Mets, the new look Indians (75-54), dressed in all black for the Players’ Weekend event, erupted for four runs in the second inning against the Royals’ Jakob Junis and limited the KC offense to just one run to capture a big win while cutting a game off of its deficit in the American League Central. The Minnesota Twins lost at home to the Detroit Tigers by a 9-6 final to move their lead in the AL Central down to two and a half games.
The back half of the Indians’ stay in New York was not so sweep…
Tough right-hander Noah Syndergaard weathered the storm before storms halted play for nearly two and a half hours. The delay knocked out both clubs’ starting pitchers, but the Mets bullpen picked up where Syndergaard left off until the game was finally called after a second rain delay, giving the Mets a 2-0 shutout in eight innings and a three-game sweep of the Tribe on Thursday night.