When you recap 162 games a season at a minimum, you kind of feel as though you see everything that can happen. Generally amidst the highs and lows of a long season, you may get a few firsts, you may see some stories that are a lot of fun to script, and a few others still that are absolute torture to relive.
But then this game – Tuesday, July 10 – happened. For the first time in more than a decade, the Cleveland Indians blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning. And it was not just the fact that it occurred, because in professional sports strange and unpredictable things can happen. It was the way that everything transpired that made the Tribe’s 7-4 shocking loss to the Cincinnati Reds all the more difficult to digest.
Trevor Bauer pitched deep into the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians used three early runs to hold on for a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals from Kauffman Stadium on the Fourth of July.
After scoring 15 runs in the first two games of the series and 30 runs over their last three contests, the Indians bats were held to just four hits on Wednesday night, but early run support and a strong start from Bauer helped the Indians end their nine-game road trip with a sweep of the Royals to finish with a 5-4 record away from home. Cleveland (48-37) pulled within two games of hitting 50 wins on the year with its fourth straight win and pushed its MLB-leading divisional lead to 11.5 games over Detroit as all four AL Central teams below the Tribe in the standings took Ls on the national holiday.
The Cleveland Indians wrapped up the final game of their road trip with a 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon, bringing the club back home with a series split and a 4-3 record during their most recent seven games away from home.
It was a united team effort from the Indians in the finale of four straight from Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday that gave the Tribe a needed victory. Strong starting pitching from Mike Clevinger, a leadoff homer from Francisco Lindor, a go-ahead two-run shot in the seventh from Jose Ramirez, and excellent work out of the bullpen gave Cleveland (36-31) a 5-2 edge in the season series with Chicago (24-43).
The Indians remain four and a half games up in the American League Central with the win, as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins by a 3-1 final earlier in the day.
Both clubs endured a nearly two-hour long rain delay prior to kicking off the middle game of a three-game set at Comerica Park. Another low scoring pitchers’ duel ensued, with the Indians tying the game twice during regulation before Detroit walked off with a victory in the third inning of bonus baseball.
A three-run home run from Jason Kipnis with two outs in the top of the ninth gave the Cleveland Indians a 4-1 win over the Detroit Tigers in their first of three games this weekend at Comerica Park.
Neither Trevor Bauer nor Michael Fulmer deserved to take a loss in a well-pitched game between the two right-handers, and neither would take a defeat on their own stat sheets in a pair of deep starts. Fulmer’s Tigers, however, would go home the losers on Friday, as closer Shane Greene could not keep the Cleveland offense in check in the ninth, as he allowed two big base runners before Kipnis put the game away with a monstrous clout to one of the deepest parts of the expansive yard in Motown.
Carlos Carrasco set down ten men on strikes in seven innings of one-run baseball and the Cleveland Indians completed the two-game sweep of the National League’s top team, the Milwaukee Brewers, in a 3-1 final on Wednesday afternoon.
It was an encouraging afternoon for the Indians overall, as they performed well against the senior circuit’s best squad in the standings and got big efforts from Carrasco and the bullpen to make up for a fairly quiet day at the plate for the club. Carrasco improved to 7-4 on the year with a needed bounce-back start on the heels of a couple of rough outings against the Houston Astros and the Minnesota Twins during his last two appearances on the mound. He gave the Indians seven quality innings, scattering eight hits and a walk while striking out ten. He was able to do something that he had not in his last few outings – keep the ball down – and not surprisingly, it resulted in a solid win for the 31-year-old right-hander and his ball club.
Eddie Rosario’s third home run of the afternoon proved to be the winner as his two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth walked the Minnesota Twins off with a 7-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
It was another frustrating day for the Tribe’s pitching staff at Target Field as the Twins played home run derby with both starter Mike Clevinger and the Indians bullpen. Cleveland rallied back twice from deficits with big home runs of its own, but Rosario’s career day gave Minnesota a big series win over the scuffling Tribe.
For seven innings, the Cleveland Indians pitching staff performed just as they had over the last year and a half, riding strong starting pitching before turning the game over to the reliable arms in the bullpen.
Unfortunately for the Indians, this is 2018 and that reliable relief corps has been anything but. With six outs to go, the Houston Astros rallied back from a 2-0 deficit through seven innings with a four-run eighth and then tacked on seven more runs in the ninth to embarrass the Indians, 11-2, at Progressive Field on Friday night.
Adam Plutko held the Chicago Cubs hitless through the first six innings of his second career start and an RBI-single from Michael Brantley provided the game’s only run in a 1-0 shutout by the Cleveland Indians from Wrigley Field on Wednesday night.
The respective top scoring teams in each league during the month of May played their final game of the season against one another on Wednesday, but the two high-scoring offenses combined for just one run in a well-pitched ball game between Plutko and Cubs veteran Jon Lester.
After taking an early three-run lead and adding on a little insurance in the middle innings, Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians bullpen survived a home run barrage from the Houston Astros in a 5-4 win on Saturday afternoon from Minute Maid Park.
In a tough stretch of games for the Indians (22-22), they got a much-needed win to pull back to the .500 mark on the year. They rode some early offensive support and the strong right arm of Kluber, but had to cling to the edge of their seats in the final few innings.
Trevor Bauer struck out ten Tigers batters and Cody Allen finished a five-hit shutout of Detroit on Wednesday as the Cleveland Indians avoided a sweep with a 6-0 victory on getaway day from Comerica Park.
Coming off of his worst start of the year, Bauer was unhittable at times and used a healthy diet of tough breaking pitches to contain a Tigers lineup that had scored six unanswered runs the night before to upset the Indians to earn a series win. Bauer gave the Tribe eight strong innings on the mound and could have gone back out for the complete game in the ninth, had it not been for the need to get the closer Allen some work in after not appearing on the mound over the last three days.
The Indians got their first look at 27-year-old left-hander Ryan Carpenter, recalled by the Tigers from Triple-A Toledo to make the start on Wednesday. Cleveland greeted him quickly as the club took an early lead.
After seven innings of one-hit baseball combined between the Indians and Yankees, New York rallied for three in the eighth and four more in the ninth, riding a game-winning three-run walk-off home run by rookie Gleyber Torres to a 7-4 win over Cleveland on Sunday afternoon, completing a three-game sweep.
It was a wild and wacky finish to the Indians and Yankees series in New York on Sunday as both starting pitchers flirted with no-hit bids. The Indians would not get their first hit until the eighth inning, but tallied four runs in the frame to take the lead, only to see the scorching hot Yankees rally for three in the home half and four in the ninth to take home a shocking win and a series sweep in a rematch of last season’s American League Division Series.