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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | December 5, 2021

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Streaking Tribe and Slumping Tigers to Tango in Cleveland for Three

August 21, 2020 |

It is amazing sometimes just what a week can do for a team.

Just keeping their heads above water in a contentious American League Central Division a week ago, the Cleveland Indians sat at 10-9 with a favorable six-game road trip set in Detroit and Pittsburgh. A week later, the Indians are 16-9, winners of six straight with some impressive and needed victories to pull the club back to within a half-game of first place Minnesota. Read More

Civale Goes the Distance as Santanas Bring Bats in Support; Indians 6, Pirates 1

August 19, 2020 |

After a little extra use over the last couple of games, the Cleveland Indians bullpen was due for a break. Aaron Civale was up to providing that extra rest for his teammates, as he allowed just five hits in a complete game 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

Civale packed his A-game for the Tribe’s series at PNC Park as he made his fifth start of the season in the middle game of three between the Indians and Pirates. He kept his pitch count to a minimum, surpassing his previous career high of seven innings with ease, while effectively using all four quadrants and commanding the bottom of the zone. The Pirates struggled to find their way to first base and only one time on the night did they get a runner into scoring position as Civale captured a big victory. Read More

Santana’s Extra Inning Blast Caps Big Night in Pittsburgh; Indians 6, Pirates 3

August 18, 2020 |

Carlos Santana’s three-run home run down the left field line in the tenth inning edged the Cleveland Indians past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-3, on Tuesday night.

Santana has had a flare for the dramatic at times throughout his career and Tuesday night was again one of those nights. Struggling at the plate for the majority of the season to date, Santana stepped to the plate against left-hander Sam Howard. Cesar Hernandez, who struck out to end the ninth, was the designated runner at second base. Jose Ramirez opened the inning with an eight-pitch battle with Howard, fouling off three straight pitches before striking out swinging. Francisco Lindor was plunked to put two on for Santana, who took a first pitch ball low before catching a fastball in on the hands. He whipped the bat around and yanked the ball high and deep down the left field line while falling off balance in the batter’s box. With Chief Wahoo peeking out from the top of his unbuttoned jersey top, Santana stopped on his jog towards first, leaned as if trying to move the ball with his body, and briefly took a step back towards home plate before the home run call went up, beginning his slow trot around the bases to cap his three-run blast. Read More

Tribe Tames Tigers with a Six-Run Fourth; Indians 10, Tigers 5

August 14, 2020 |

The Indians dominated the Tigers a year ago and picked up where they left off to start the first of ten encounters with Detroit in 2020 as Cleveland batted around in a six-run fourth on the way to a 10-5 victory from Comerica Park on Friday night.

The pitching matchup in the series opener from Detroit pitted veteran right-hander Ivan Nova against second-year righty Aaron Civale. The Indians were taking on the Tigers for the first time this season, hoping to carry over a little bit of its success from the previous campaign in the new, shortened slate. Read More

Tribe Tidbits on a Tuesday Before Two-Gamer with Cubs

August 11, 2020 |

Monday’s day off was hardly one free of news about the Cleveland Indians, and while there was a positive piece of information that spread through the social media landscape, there was a far more negative and discouraging chunk of news that shed a bad light on the organization and the potential risk readily present that could cause the 2020 Major League Baseball season from coming to a crashing halt.

First, some of the good news, because it ends with that aforementioned bad stuff. You can ignore that negativity at the end, if that’s more zen for you. Read More

Sox Shut Out Tribe Again as Bats Placed on Silent Mode; White Sox 2, Indians 0

August 7, 2020 |

So much for that excitement about the Cleveland offense’s triumphant return. The Indians were blanked on just four hits as the Chicago White Sox claimed a 2-0 win in the series opener from Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday night.

The White Sox didn’t win the game as much as the Indians lost it. With a small village of base runners throughout the game courtesy of eight walks and a hit batter, the Tribe managed just four hits and could not buy a hit with runners in scoring position, instead grounding into two double plays on the night and wasting seven quality innings of one-run ball from Aaron Civale. Read More

Ten-Run Outburst in Seventh Backs Tribe in Another Shutout; Indians 13, Reds 0

August 6, 2020 |

The Indians scored ten runs – yes, you read that right – in the seventh inning with a 3-0 lead to back Carlos Carrasco and the Cleveland bullpen in a 13-0 three-hit shutout over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night.

Questions have plagued the Indians offense throughout the season, but the lineup erupted in a cathartic seventh inning in systematically tearing apart the Reds’ bullpen. Carrasco gave the Tribe his third straight quality start and limited the Cincinnati lineup to just one hit over six shutout innings of work and the Cleveland bullpen extended the team’s scoreless body of work against the Reds bats to 23 consecutive innings, dating back to the fourth inning on Tuesday. Read More

Cleveland, We Have a Problem

August 3, 2020 |

Cleveland, we have a problem.

Ten games in the books and suddenly the Indians’ hot start, highlighted by near historic levels of pitching dominance, has been fully erased from the collective conscience. The Indians are 5-5, sitting in a third place tie in the American League Central and two and a half games out with 50 left to play.

It need not be a doom-and-gloom scenario yet, but this season is unlike any other. One-sixth of the season, or roughly 17%, is over. For you weird people constantly multiplying things out by 2.7 to put things in comparison to a traditional 162-game slate, the Indians are sitting at a 13.5-13.5 record through the equivalent 27th game of a full season schedule.

That’s certainly not where the team should be with the way that the pitching staff has excelled to open the season. Read More

Tribe and Twins Renew Rivalry with Four at Target Field

July 30, 2020 |

Every game feels all the more important in a 60-game schedule, which means this week’s four-game series between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins could have a significant effect on how the American League Central Division plays out in 2020.

The Indians (4-2) are off to a hot start, led by incredible starting pitching performances from six different starters. The team could very well be sitting at a 6-0 record, but a late loss in extra innings in the second game of the season against the Kansas City Royals and a tough defeat on Wednesday night when the Chicago White Sox tagged Brad Hand for four runs in the ninth have left the Indians a half game out of first place, trailing only the Twins. Read More

Plutko Performs on the Spot, Tribe Completes Sweep; Indians 5, White Sox 3

July 28, 2020 |

Early scoring and strong starting pitching provided the keys to the game again for the Cleveland Indians as they completed a doubleheader sweep of the Chicago White Sox with a 5-3 win in the nightcap on Tuesday night.

Adam Plutko stepped in with a spot start for manager Terry Francona after Monday’s rainout and did everything that could have been asked of him. He limited the White Sox to just a pair of runs over six innings, while his offense provided a big jolt right out of the gate. Read More

Civale Provides Quality Start, Bullpen Holds On Late; Indians 4, White Sox 3

July 28, 2020 |

Francisco Lindor paced the Indians to an early lead in support of a quality start from Aaron Civale, and the Cleveland bullpen worked out of several jams to secure a 4-3 win in game one of Tuesday’s twinbill from Progressive Field.

Civale, beginning the season on the Indians roster for the first time in his career, worked around a one-out infield single by Yoan Moncada, striking out a pair in the first frame of his 2020 campaign. Facing another second-year right-hander in Dylan Cease, the Indians got to work quickly in the home half after a good at bat from Cesar Hernandez concluded with a single to right. Jose Ramirez worked Cease for seven pitches before flying to center for the first out. Lindor cut and missed on a low changeup for strike one of his at bat, then caught a four-seamer in his nitro zone, sending the pitch well over the wall in right for a two-run blast to put the Indians up early. Carlos Santana followed with an infield single to short before he was stranded there. Read More

Today in Tribe History: July 26, 2008

July 26, 2020 |

The Cleveland Indians announce that utility man Casey Blake was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for catching prospect Carlos Santana and minor league pitcher Jon Meloan. Read More