The depleted Cleveland starting rotation took another hit on Monday, but the Indians bullpen picked up the slack to complete a six-hit 4-0 shutout of the Chicago Cubs in the first of two from Wrigley Field.
The latest in the growing list of walking wounded for the Tribe is Aaron Civale, who exited in the middle of an at bat in the fifth inning on Monday night. The last man standing in the starting rotation left with what was described as a right middle finger injury, but four relievers handled the rest of the load to protect a three-run lead to get the team back to ten games over the .500 mark.
The Indians made it three in a row this week over the Orioles on Wednesday night, using a five-run third inning and several key insurance runs late to hold off Baltimore by an 8-7 decision from downtown Cleveland.
The Tribe bats came to the rescue of starter Aaron Civale, who was hit hard early in one of his worst starts in an otherwise strong first few months of the season. While the five-run frame put the club on top, it was two later insurance runs on a big three-base hit in the sixth that proved to be the deciding runs in the tight contest.
The Cleveland Indians ended their brief West Coast trip on the right note on Wednesday night, sneaking out of town with a 3-2 victory over Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels.
The Tribe took a first inning lead, but the Angels got out in front after solo runs in the third and fourth innings, using three extra base hits to take the advantage from the visiting club. Cleveland responded with solo runs of their own in their next two trips to the plate in support of starter Aaron Civale and the bullpen tandem of Emmanuel Clase and James Karinchak closed the door despite allowing the tying run to reach base in their respective innings of action.
Jarred Kelenic set all sorts of career firsts in his second Major League game, notching a homer for his first big league hit in a three-hit, three-RBI day as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Cleveland Indians, 7-3, on Friday night.
The Mariners struck through early against undefeated right-hander Aaron Civale. The Tribe hurler worked the count from 3-0 to 3-2 against Kyle Seager, but the second payoff pitch was belted to right-center to put Seattle up, 1-0.
The Cleveland bats made up for lost time on Saturday as the Indians routed the Cincinnati Reds, 9-2, from Progressive Field.
After suffering through nine innings without a hit in the series opener with the Reds on Friday night, the Tribe bats came out swinging in the first and never slowed down to even up the three-game set between the two clubs at a game each. The offensive outburst backed yet another strong start from Aaron Civale, who remained perfect on the year with seven quality innings on the mound.
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.
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.
The Tribe pitching staff squandered a gift three-run first inning as the New York Yankees tied the game early and used three more runs late to take and pad their lead on the way to a 6-3 win at Cleveland.
If Terry Francona‘s wish when blowing out the candles on his 62nd birthday cake on Thursday was for an Indians win against the Bronx Bombers or at least a good offensive showing, that wish failed to come true as the Cleveland lineup missed several chances to add on to their early run support of starter Aaron Civale.
Jose Ramirez’s two-out, two-run home run in the sixth off of Lance Lynn moved Cleveland out in front and two more insurance runs late paced the Indians to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon.
One night after coming two outs from having a perfect game thrown against them and still suffering the club’s first no-hit effort against them in nearly a decade, the Tribe bats were quieted again for the first half of the game until the team’s slumping but perennial MVP candidate Ramirez gave Aaron Civale some support for his solid start on the mound.
The home run ball continued to be the biggest source of offense for Cleveland on Saturday, as the Tribe bats blasted five balls over the outfield walls on the way to an 11-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers from Progressive Field.
The bats of the Cleveland lineup woke up just in time on Sunday as the Indians scored eight unanswered runs over the final four innings to defeat the Detroit Tigers by a 9-3 count.
Aaron Civale drew the starting nod in the series finale against second-year left-hander Tarik Skubal with the task of sending the Tribe back to Ohio in the win column for the first time in 2021. He did his part, scattering just two hits over seven quality innings of work, but he needed some help from his friends to get the job done.
An emotionally charged week may have left the Cleveland Indians a little empty on Saturday as the Pittsburgh Pirates outperformed them in all facets in an 8-0 shutout.
With the Pirates playing for seeding in their pursuits of the top pick in next July’s draft at the end of their year, the Indians had some things at stake entering the penultimate game of the 2020 regular season slate. The division title was still up for grabs, but was going to require a sweep of the Pirates while the Cincinnati Reds were going to need to sweep the Minnesota Twins, which would have put the Indians in position for the second or third spot in the bracket. If that fell through, the Indians could still beat out the Chicago White Sox for the second spot in the American League Central, which would net them the fourth seed against the New York Yankees. A couple of losses would drop the Indians to the seventh spot ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays, forced to travel to either Oakland or to the site of the AL Central victors.