All series at Progressive Field between the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians should be sponsored by the United States Post Office. Because in recent years, the two teams have played through rain, sleet and snow.
Monday’s game, a make up from a May 15 rainout, was played through a steady drizzle until it picked up and shortened the game to only seven innings. The Mariners were able to hit the Indians and David Huff with a hurricane of hits in the third inning, pacing their way to a 12-6 victory over the Tribe.
The Indians struck early and often to take the second game of a three game series with the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, by a score of 10-4. The Tribe erupted for eight runs in the first two innings. Asdrubal Cabrera didn’t look tired at all, as he was four for five on the day.
Travis Hafner singled home both Jason Kipnis and Cabrera in the first inning to give the Indians an early 2-0 lead. However, the Tribe would break open the game in the second inning, spurred by a Kipnis triple and Carlos Santana home run. The Indians hung six runs on the Twins in the second inning, extending their lead to 8-0.
By Mike Brandyberry
In a tale of two games in one, the Indians won the first half of the contest and were able to survive to hang on and win the game, 5-4. Like so many victories this summer, the win may come with a cost as Asdrubal Cabrera had to leave the game early with a right foot contusion.
Kosuke Fukudome stayed hot by earning the first of his three hits in the first inning. Carlos Santana followed with a double, scoring him. Santana would scamper home with Jim Thome’s base hit and the Indians had a quick 2-0 lead.
By Mike Brandyberry
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three run home run in the bottom of the eighth to help lead the Indians past the Kansas City Royals 8-7. Cabrera had help from new lineup addition, Jim Thome, who also hit his first home run in his Cleveland homecoming.
Fausto Carmona demonstated both sides of his split personality on the mound Saturday evening, motoring through the first three innings with ease. However, in the fourth inning, he gave up three runs, followed by another in the fourth and setting the stage in the seventh before giving way to Tony Sipp. Carmona allowed six runs, five earned on eight hits in six and one-third innings.
Asdrubal Cabrera‘s three-run homerun in the third inning was all the offense the Cleveland Indians needed as they beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Saturday night at Progressive field.
By Mike Brandyberry
Baseball can be decided by just a couple plays, or by a matter of inches. All the inches went the way of the Tigers Thursday evening as they were able to hold off the Indians and win the series finale, 4-3. The victory Detroit widens their Central Division lead to three games.
Austin Jackson lead off the game with a ground ball to third baseman, Lonnie Chisenhall, who threw high and wide to first base. Carlos Santana could have caught the ball had he come off the bag, but instead he missed the ball, by a couple inches, and it flew out of play allowing Jackson to go to second base. Ryan Raburn advanced Jackson to third on a chopper in front of the plate and Magglio Ordonez scored him on a sacrifice fly to right field.
By Mike Brandyberry
Shaky starts by both Josh Tomlin and John Lackey created a see-saw game at Fenway Park for the opener of a four game series on Monday, but Asdrubal Cabrera stole the show with two home runs, giving the Indians a much needed 9-5 victory to start a crucial seven game road trip.
Boston took an early second inning lead when Marco Scutaro singled home Jared Saltalamacchia to give the Red Sox an early 1-0 lead, but the Indians would respond in the top of the third inning when Michael Brantley doubled, with two outs, to score Ezequiel Carrera.
By Craig Gifford
When it comes to shortstops, Cleveland Indians fans have been lucky over the last couple decades.
Between Omar Vizquel from the mid 90s to early 2000s and Asdrubal Cabrera now, Tribe followers have witnessed two of the best at their position. Even Jhonny Peralta, the guy in between then and now, was, at the least, a very good hitting shortstop for several seasons.
By Tim Palumbo
O Say Can You C
To start this list I would like to make a tribute to Orlando Cabrera who has recently become a U.S. citizen. Many of us are born into this great country with the privilege of being an American citizen with no merit needed. Orlando achieved his citizenship through many years of residency, but we all know he couldn’t have made that happen without his excellence on and off the field. He is now is a proud citizen of the greatest country on Earth. Congrats O.C. – it’s been an honor to have you on the Cleveland Indians.
#5 – Travis Hafner Resurgence
Travis Hafner has answered the critics and reassured his fan base that his raw hitting abilities are not a result of performance enhancing drugs. We can close the book on the debate, and leave it with its proven and logical answer; that his slumping and limited plate appearances in the past few years were the result of the many injuries. With Pronk’s big bat back in the lineup, and the Indians fighting for command of first place in the AL Central, it feels like ’07 in ’11.
Asdrubal Cabrera’s twisted ankle from Tuesday’s game currently has him listed as day-to-day, but it is expected he could miss a couple games after landing awkwardly after making a jump-throw to second base on a ball in the whole. Asdrubal had only been out of the Indians’ lineup for seven innings all season before the injury. Orlando Cabrera made his first appearance of the season at shortstop, his long time natural position. Asdrubal has been the leader of the team for the first half of the season, and an American League All-Star selection, who the Indians can’t afford to lose for any considerable amount of time, while the offense continues to struggle.