2019: Game Recaps
Mike Clevinger pitched seven innings of one-run baseball and a four-run first inning by the offense set the tone as the Cleveland Indians cruised to a 9-1 win over the Kansas City Royals to take the first three of their four-game series from Kauffman Stadium on Saturday evening.
Oscar Mercado had another four-hit game, Jason Kipnis drove in four runs, Francisco Lindor had three hits, and Jose Ramirez homered for the third straight game as the Indians offense was alive and well from Kansas City, Missouri. The dominant performance from all sides of the game moved the Indians to 62-42, and with a loss in Chicago by the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland is now just one game out of first place in the American League Central Division.
Rookie Zach Plesac allowed just one unearned run over seven innings of work and Jose Ramirez went deep for the second game in a row as the Cleveland Indians rolled to an 8-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday.
The Indians got to Jakob Junis, one start after he limited Cleveland to just two hits over six scoreless innings. The Tribe took a two-run lead in the third and piled on six runs over the final four innings to claim a second straight victory over the Royals while guaranteeing a winning road trip through Toronto and Kansas City.
The Kansas City Royals have been a pesky team for Cleveland this season and that continued on Thursday as they responded to every Indians score, but reliever A.J. Cole worked out of a bases loaded jam with a two-run lead in the bottom of the 14th to give the Tribe a 5-4 win in the series opener from Kauffman Stadium.
Cole got the final out four hours and 51 minutes after first pitch in a 14-inning marathon that saw 16 different pitchers throw a combined 461 pitches while scattering 25 hits, 16 walks, and nine runs while also stranding 31 base runners. The two teams were an ugly 2-for-26 performance with runners in scoring position.
Cleveland’s Shane Bieber took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and limited the Toronto Blue Jays to just one hit over nine innings in a complete game 4-0 shutout on Wednesday night.
Bieber could do almost no wrong in the series finale from Rogers Centre in Toronto as the Indians claimed a series win and pulled within two games of the first place Minnesota Twins, which dropped its series finale with the New York Yankees. The Indians (59-42) improved to 14-4 in the month of July and have scored twice as many runs (104) as they have allowed (52) through 18 games. The club has raced towards the top spot in the AL Central and holds a two-game lead over Oakland for the top Wild Card spot in the league.
The Indians bullpen has been a surprising strength for the club this season, but that was not the case on Tuesday from the Rogers Centre as Justin Smoak delivered a game-tying home run off of Brad Hand in the ninth before coming through with the walk-off single in the tenth to deal a 2-1 defeat to Cleveland.
It was a disappointing end to a tightly contested game and a well-pitched effort by Trevor Bauer, who lasted two outs into the eighth while pitching three-hit shutout baseball. Oliver Perez closed out the eighth with a strikeout, but Smoak’s late heroics (after going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against Bauer) turned the table on Cleveland and gave Toronto a late inning celebration.
How does one celebrate eight years in the Majors? By reaching base four times and making a snow cone catch for the final out.
Jason Kipnis went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and nine different Indians tallied hits as Cleveland knocked off the Toronto Blue Jays by a 7-3 final.
Mike Clevinger gave the Indians seven innings of quality work and was backed by a well-rounded showing by his teammates at the plate and in the field to claim a win in the series opener behind the Tribe’s fifth straight win over the Blue Jays this year.
Two big home runs helped the Indians overcome an early deficit and six strong innings from Zach Plesac earned Cleveland a series win over the Kansas City Royals in a 5-4 final on Sunday afternoon from Progressive Field.
The Indians (57-41) wrapped up their homestand at 7-3 and remained within three games of the first place Minnesota Twins, as the division leaders needed two runs in the ninth to walk-off with a 7-6 decision against the Oakland Athletics to salvage their series from Target Field. The Indians got a quality start from Plesac and held on despite two late runs allowed by the bullpen.
Adam Plutko allowed just one run while giving the Indians a quality start on Saturday, but he came away with a tough defeat as the Royals’ Jakob Junis pitched even better. The Kansas City right-hander worked with three relievers to secure a three-hit 1-0 shutout over Cleveland on a scorching hot day on the shores of Lake Erie.
One night after the two clubs combined to score 15 runs on 25 hits, offense was at an absolute premium as the Royals got back into the win column after their four-game winning streak came to an end on Friday night. In doing so, they stopped the Indians’ recent tear at six straight, ending one of the game’s longest active winning streaks coming into the day while spoiling things for the 31,958 in attendance on a night with first pitch temperatures in the 90s.
Oscar Mercado went 5-for-5 and the remainder of his offensive teammates provided plenty of support too to pick up Shane Bieber as the Cleveland Indians rolled to their sixth straight victory in a 10-5 final over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
The rookie outfielder came through again as his recent tear at the plate has made his slump to open the month of July a thing of the past. After ending the first half in an 0-for-18 skid and extending that stretch to 1-for-25 (.040) through the first weekend of the second half, Mercado’s bat has caught fire. After tallying five hits (and three homers) during the Indians’ four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers during the week, Mercado went 5-for-5 with four singles, a double, two runs scored, and two runs batted in to push his batting average back to the brink of .300 while hitting .526 (10-for-19) during the Indians’ six-game winning streak.
The question has been asked quite a few times over the course of the season, but is once again pertinent – is Jose Ramirez back?
Ramirez’s red-hot bat remained an effective weapon for the Indians of late as he drove in the final three Tribe runs, including a key two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie, as Cleveland completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers behind a 6-3 win on Thursday night.
Mike Clevinger dominated for six quality innings with a dozen strikeouts in his best start since returning from the injured list and the Cleveland Indians tacked on five runs over their final two trips to the plate to claim a series win over the Detroit Tigers in a 7-2 final on Wednesday night from Progressive Field.
Clevinger opened the season looking like a pitcher possessed, but he has had mixed results since returning from a nearly two and a half month stint on the injured list after injuring a back muscle on April 7 in his second start of the season. A return trip to the IL with an ankle sprain slowed him down further, but on Wednesday he fired his second quality start since that latter time on the shelf and shut down the Detroit offense in his first start against the Tigers this season.
Four Indians pitchers combined to limit the Tigers to one hit over nine scoreless innings and the bats piled up seven runs over the first three innings on the way to an 8-0 victory over Detroit from downtown Cleveland on Tuesday.
Rains spoiled a good start from rookie right-hander Zach Plesac, who was unable to factor in the decision despite facing the minimum over the first three innings. As has been the case for him during many of his nine starts this season, dark clouds have followed him and rain knocked him out after just nine outs, but the bullpen handled the rest, allowing just one base runner over the final six innings.