2021: Life After Lindor
Cleveland ended its road trip in dominating fashion, as Triston McKenzie bounced back from a career-worst performance to fire five shutout innings of two-hit baseball before letting his bullpen handle the rest as the Indians blanked the Kansas City Royals by a 4-0 final on Thursday afternoon.
The Indians won six of seven games during their road trip over the last week, taking two of three from the Chicago White Sox before sweeping the Royals in a four-game series in KC for the first time ever. The stretch of improved play on the field for the Tribe moved the team right back into the mix in the American League Central Division, as the 17-13 club has moved from third place to the top of the pack over the course of the last week.
The Tribe bats came to the rescue of Shane Bieber in his toughest outing of the season, as the Cleveland offense rallied back from another big deficit, using a pair of home runs in the final two frames to complete the comeback on the way to a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
The Indians (16-13) got a gutsy performance from Bieber, who kept the game close despite not having his best stuff. The Royals got some assistance from another poor showing by the Indians defense and a clutch fifth inning hit put Kansas City up by four midway through. Despite the chips stacked against them, the Cleveland bats picked up their ace and rallied back for the third time in as many days to steal away a victory in Missouri and move into a three-way tie for first place in the American League Central with the Royals and the Chicago White Sox.
In the tenth inning of the April 13 contest between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox, catcher Roberto Perez and reliever James Karinchak were crossed up and the defensive stalwart was hit in his throwing hand. While it certainly caused some to hold their collective breaths, Perez was back in the lineup the next day and continued to man his spot as the key signal caller behind the plate for the Tribe, alleviating concerns for a while.
Three weeks later, Perez is going to take a rest. The Indians announced on Wednesday that the slumping backstop had been placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured right ring finger.
For the second day in a row, the Cleveland Indians overcame a big early deficit to steal away a victory from the Kansas City Royals. This time, it required a four-run rally in the eighth inning as the Tribe rolled over the Royals, 7-3.
The end results for Cleveland erased some of the drama that occurred during the game, when a suspect umpire ruling gave the Royals extra outs in the third inning and forced pitcher Sam Hentges to throw many additional pitches to get out of the frame, leading to some extra wear and tear on the team’s bullpen. At the end of the day, the Tribe rallied back to earn at least a series split with the Royals in their four-game set from Kauffman Stadium while pulling within a game of matching the Royals in the American League Central standings.
A pair of clutch two-out home runs in the top of the seventh put the Indians on top and the Cleveland bullpen prevented the Kansas City lineup from coming all the way back in an 8-6 victory over the Royals on Monday from Kauffman Stadium.
In game one of a four-game set from Kansas City, Missouri, fans were treated to a lot of offense in an early season matchup with a lot on the line for both clubs, as the first place Royals wanted to use this week to put some extra distance between themselves and the third place Tribe. While the Royals used a long ball of their own to take the lead in the fourth inning, the Indians rallied back with a five-run frame in the seventh, then held on the rest of the way as the Royals tried to chip back into the contest against the tough Cleveland bullpen.
Cleveland’s Zach Plesac and three Indians relievers combined on a four-hitter in Chicago on Sunday, blanking the White Sox in a 5-0 final from Guaranteed Rate Field.
Plesac exorcised some demons in the finale of the three-game set from the southside of Chicago on Sunday, pitching into the sixth inning and limiting the dangerous Sox lineup to just three hits, despite several threats across the afternoon. He got some support from his offense, which supplied a pair of solo homers, including one in a three-run seventh inning to break open a 2-0 game at the time.
A historically unorthodox stat line on the mound for Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie led to an easy win for Chicago on Saturday as the White Sox slammed the Indians in a 7-3 contest.
McKenzie had as unpredictable of an outing as possible for the Tribe as he rushed out of the gates on fire, only to lose all command of the strike zone in a quick two-inning stint on the rubber. The White Sox made him pay for every mistake with a mix of patience and timely hitting to back veteran Lance Lynn in his first start off of the injured list.
Ramirez powered the offense with a bases loaded two-run single in the third to put the Indians on top for good, then added a key insurance run late as Cleveland got back to the .500 mark at 12-12 on the season. His efforts provided support to Bieber, who lasted six innings while establishing some new Major League records along the way.
The Minnesota Twins avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Indians, taking Tribe pitching deep six different times, rolling to an easy 10-2 win on Wednesday afternoon.
Logan Allen’s struggles in the rotation for Cleveland continued as he was tagged for three first inning home runs and did not last the second inning in a taxing day for the Indians bullpen. The poor performance, which included six runs earned on five hits in just an inning and a third, earned Allen a demotion following the contest, with the Indians off until their series in Chicago on Friday.
The Cleveland bats took advantage of the slumping Minnesota Twins pitching staff on Tuesday night as the Indians claimed a series win with some extra base magic in a 7-4 victory.
Franmil Reyes put on an impressive display of hitting and power to lead the Tribe to a third straight victory, fresh on the heels of a season-high four-game losing skid. He posted three hits, including a pair of majestic home runs, with the first blast tying the game in the second and the latter giving the club the lead in the bottom of the sixth against Minnesota starter Kenta Maeda. The Cleveland lineup used seven extra base hits to back starter Aaron Civale, who lasted seven and two-thirds innings despite giving up four runs on the night.
Jose Ramirez tied the game with a solo homer in the eighth and Jordan Luplow walked it off in the bottom of the tenth as his two-run home run to start the inning gave the Cleveland Indians a big 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.
The struggling Cleveland offense stepped up in the nick of time in the series opener between the Indians and Twins on Monday, getting Zach Plesac off of the hook after seven and two-thirds quality innings on the mound in an encouraging bounce-back effort from the young right-hander. He saved the Tribe’s bullpen and kept the game close long enough for his offensive teammates to do some late damage against the Twins bullpen, riding a pair of big flies late to steal away a needed win.
The Cleveland Indians flipped the script of the first three games of their series with the New York Yankees on Sunday afternoon, scoring seven unanswered runs after trailing to end their four-game losing streak and to avoid a four-game sweep behind a 7-3 win from Progressive Field.
Franmil Reyes continued his hot home hitting with a three-hit performance, including a clutch three-run home run in a four-run fourth for the Tribe to overcome a three-run deficit against New York starter Jameson Taillon. After blowing early leads in each of the first three games of the series, the Indians trailed on Sunday, only to come from behind to end a season-long losing streak at four straight.