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.
It was a bad news day in Cleveland on Monday, but a united team effort earned the Indians a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
As the team’s struggling starting pitching staff suffered another blow with the loss of ace Shane Bieber to a right shoulder strain, rookie right-hander J.C. Mejia did his part to ease the burdens of the rotation, then was backed up by four solid efforts out of the bullpen to hold on to a close victory.
The White Sox gave it their all in the top of the ninth against reliever James Karinchak, but he escaped the scary save situation with his seventh of the year as the Cleveland Indians held off Chicago by a 6-5 count on Tuesday night.
After losing a first inning lead, the Indians came back to tie the game in the third and double their score in the fourth to take a commanding 6-3 lead in support of starter Shane Bieber, but the White Sox put up a pair of runs in the ninth off of Karinchak and had their biggest threat at the plate in Jose Abreu with the bases loaded before the Tribe’s hard throwing right-hander got the reigning American League MVP to chop to short to leave the tying and go-ahead runs stranded on the bases.
Shane Bieber took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Tribe offense gave him some strong run support on Thursday afternoon as the Cleveland Indians wrapped up their series in Detroit with a 5-2 win over the Tigers.
The Indians (27-21) took three of four in the series with the Motor City Kitties to get keep pace in the American League Central Division. The victory, led by Bieber and his 12 strikeouts, moved the Indians to 7-3 on the year against the Tigers and came on the heels of a tough 1-0 loss on Wednesday that ended the club’s six-game winning streak over their Detroit neighbors. The win was also the 700th of Terry Francona’s managerial tenure in Cleveland.
“Tried to use kind of a north-south attack and work with Hedgey,” said Bieber after the game. “We were on the same page from pitch one, really, and I just kind of fell in a rhythm.
The Los Angeles Angels used three home runs to rally back from a five-run first inning deficit, but the Cleveland Indians had the last laugh as Josh Naylor’s solo blast with two outs in the top of the eighth gave the Tribe a 6-5 win on Tuesday night to end a four-game losing skid.
The Indians put up five runs in the first inning against Angels’ starter Andrew Heaney, but were unable to strike through against him after that frame or against Jaime Barria in long relief. In the meantime, the Angels slowly chipped into that first-inning hole, taking Zach Plesac deep three times to get back into the ball game.
The Cleveland Indians were unable to leave Seattle with a split on Sunday, as Shane Bieber lasted a season-low four and two-thirds innings and the bats could not figure out a bullpen day from the Mariners to lose for the third straight game, this time by a 3-2 count.
Bieber’s incredible streak of eight strikeouts in 20 consecutive starts came to an end in a rough go for the reigning Cy Young winner. He finished his day with seven, but he was unable to make it through five innings as command eluded him again.
Any conversations of Zach Plesac’s demise were silenced on Thursday, as the third-year right-hander took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and the Cleveland bullpen held off late threats by Seattle as the Indians knocked off the Mariners, 4-2, from T-Mobile Park.
A dominant start from Plesac spoiled a pair of Major League debuts for two top Mariners prospects, Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert. The outfielder Kelenic went 0-for-4 against Plesac, while the Tribe lineup did some early damage to the young left-hander Gilbert, who was tagged for all four runs in a short four-inning outing.
Amed Rosario had four hits and drove in all of the Indians runs on Wednesday, but it was the last one of each that proved most important as his bases-loaded RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning gave Cleveland a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
Cleveland (20-14) continued its hot play on the diamond, winning for the third game in a row and for the eighth time in nine contests. It was not the prettiest of games and was aided by another poor offensive performance from the visiting Cubs, who left a small village of runners on the base paths against Indians rookie starter Sam Hentges and the six relievers who worked behind him.
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.
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.