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

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Game #125: New York Yankees (72-52) at Cleveland Indians (54-70)

August 24, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Yesterday the Indians did not lose, as they celebrated an off day with a return home from a nine-game, three-city road trip that left the team stuck in a eight game losing streak. While the Indians are 30-29 at home, their ten game homestand beginning this evening is no easy one. All three teams heading to Progressive Field over the next ten games have postseason hopes. The Yankees and Rangers are currently leading their division while Oakland is in the thick of the wild card race.

While the Indians rested yesterday, most of the organization participated in Manager Manny Acta’s bowling tournament at the Corner Alley. Indians owner Paul Dolan addressed media members Thursday and said Team President Mark Shapiro, General Manager Chris Antonetti and Acta should not be concerned about job safety. He also said he had no answers for the team’s collapse.

Today, Antonetti addressed the media about the team and its collapse. “There’s nothing anyone can do about what’s happened already, the only thing we can focus on is the balance of the season,” Antonetti said. Cleveland is 4-21 over the last 25 games, dropping from 3.5 games in back of first place to 14.5 back today.

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Colon Buries Tribe Early, Late-Inning Rally Not Enough; Athletics 8, Indians 5

August 19, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

A decade ago Bartolo Colon used an overpowering fastball as a Cleveland Indian to dominate the American League. Saturday evening, the now cagey veteran pounded the strike zone all night to dominate the Indians, defeating his former team 8-5.

Corey Kluber pitched better than his previous outings against Kansas City and Boston where he was bombed early, however, poor defense and his lack of ability to get out of the inning with minimal damage would be the young right hander’s downfall. Despite a late offensive push in the ninth inning, the Indians were lifeless and out of the game most of the evening.

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Game #120: Cleveland Indians (54-65) at Oakland Athletics (63-55)

August 18, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Friday evening the Indians jumped out to a 4-0 lead when Shelley Duncan hit a grand slam, but it was the only jolt of offense the Tribe could muster and the pitching staff could not hold the lead. Oakland was able to scratch back against Zach McAllister and take the lead from Joe Smith, issuing the Wahoos a 6-4 defeat. The loss marks the Indians’ 16th defeat in their last 20 games.

Meanwhile, the victory gets the scrappy Athletics to within five games of the first place Texas Rangers. The young and scrappy Athletics are just a half game out of the final wild card spot in the standings. A season thought to be a rebuilding year has become one that will battle test the young Oakland squad regardless of their final finish.

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Tribe Embarrassed in Homestand Finale; Red Sox 14, Indians 1

August 12, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Carlos Santana played left field. Pitcher Clayton Mortensen hit for himself because the Red Sox pulled the designated hitter. It couldn’t get much more embarrassing than it was Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field with the Indians getting what dignity they have left handed to them, 14-1.

The game was the perfect storm of what happens when the Indians poor starting pitching combines with their anemic hitting and inability to hit left-handed pitchers. Boston plated three runs in the first inning and two more in the second off Tribe starter, Corey Kluber. In three starts since replacing Derek Lowe on the roster Kluber has been embarrassed twice. Indians Manager Manny Acta said Kluber didn’t throw his, “swing and miss slider,” early in the game, just like Kansas City.

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Game #115: Boston Red Sox (56-60) at Cleveland Indians (54-61)

August 12, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Last night the Indians used offense from the newly acquired Brent Lillibridge and a squeeze bunt from Lou Marson to post a 5-2 victory. Zach McAllister threw eight solid innings and Chris Perez locked down his 31st save to stifle the Red Sox for the second time in three games.

This afternoon the Indians will look to take three of four games in the series from Boston. The Red Sox are trying to fool themselves into believing they are still in playoff contention, but at six games back in the wild card, a loss today could be the final nail in the coffin to their playoff hopes. They already have three teams to pass to reach the top of the wild card standings.

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Tribe Defense and Bullpen Kicks Away Victory on Way to 11th Straight Loss; Twins 7, Indians 5

August 7, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Indians Manager Manny Acta said they needed a quality start to snap their losing streak. Corey Kluber gave the Tribe just what they needed but it wasn’t enough as the Tribe committed three errors and allowed five unearned runs in the last three innings to grab defeat from the jaws of victory, 7-5.

Kluber out-pitched the Twins young right-hander Sam Deduno, putting the Tribe in position to snap their ten game losing streak. However, errors by Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis in the seventh and Casey Kotchman in the ninth helped paved the way to Chris Perez’s fourth blown save and extend the losing to eleven consecutive games.

“A hard one, tough, guys played their heart out, but unfortunately we were killed by some of the base runners we put on and then not being able to make plays late in the game,” Acta said. “We had a four run lead, but we gave up six runs due to the way we played defense late in the game.”

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Game #110: Minnesota Twins (48-61) at Cleveland Indians (50-59)

August 7, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Poor starting pitching performance, plus subpar offense, equals an early deficit and eventual defeat.

It’s an equation the Indians have seen play out far too many times over the last 10 games. The Indians saw it again Monday night when the Minnesota Twins scored 10 runs in the second inning to bury the Tribe early and issue an eventual 14-3 defeat. Eight of the 10 runs were unearned off Zach McAllister in the second inning when Jason Kipnis made an errant throw pulling Carlos Santana from the first base bag for what could have been the final out. While the eight runs that followed were ruled unearned, McAllister was unable to pitch through a defensive miscue, something he has struggled with in the past.

“Hey, we’re going out there every day, and before the fifth, we’re down by 10,” Indians Manager Manny Acta said after Monday’s game. “Somebody needs to go out there and give us something close to a quality start. That’s all we need to do. Somebody needs to go out there and set the tone.”

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Game #106: Cleveland Indians (50-55) at Detroit Tigers (55-50)

August 3, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Even when the Indians receive nine shutout innings from their pitching staff, it somehow isn’t enough. The Indians were swept out of Kansas City last night, losing in 11 innings, 7-6. Corey Kluber allowed six runs in the first inning of his 2012 Indians’ debut and the Tribe battled back to tie the game, but couldn’t take the lead. The Royals finally made it a walk off win in the 11th inning, sweeping the Indians and dealing them their sixth straight loss.

What a different a week makes for the Indians.

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Losing Skid Hits Six as Indians Swept in Extras; Royals 7, Indians 6

August 3, 2012 |

By Bob Toth

The Cleveland Indians made up a six-run first inning deficit but fell short in extra innings, swept out of Kansas City by the Royals to a final score of 7-6 in eleven innings.

In his second inning of relief, Esmil Rogers (1-1) gave up a leadoff single to Eric Hosmer. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Getz and advanced to third on a wild pitch byRogers. AfterRogersretired Jarrod Dyson on a shallow flyout to center, he intentionally walked Alex Gordon before Indians’ closer Chris Perez came on in relief against Alcides Escobar. After getting ahead in the count 0-2, Perez gave up the game-winning, two-out RBI-single to left, scoring Hosmer and giving the Royals the walk-off victory.

“At the end, their bullpen kept us down,” Indians’ manager Manny Acta said, “and they beat our best guy to sweep us.”

The Royals wasted no time in the first against Indians’ starter Corey Kluber. Making his fourth Major League appearance and first big league start, the first pitch he threw was driven out of the yard to right by Gordon to give Kansas City a 1-0 lead.

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Game #105: Cleveland Indians (50-54) at Kansas City Royals (43-60)

August 2, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Last night the Indians fell behind early and their offense was unable to hit the Tribe back into the game. It’s a line fans have heard and read too many times. Poor starting pitching, plus anemic offense, resulting in a disappointing defeat is an equation seen too many times this summer and since the All-Star break.

General Manager Chris Antonetti was clear after the trade deadline that the Indians would consider exploring more internal options to improve the ball club. Tonight may be the first step in that direction when Corey Kluber makes his first big league start of the season. Veteran starter Derek Lowe was designated for assignment to make room for Kluber on the 25-man roster. With Josh Tomlin moved to the bullpen, the Indians rotation is taking a new and unknown shape. It currently consists of Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Zach McAllister, Kluber and a starter to be named later. The Indians will need that unnamed starter for Sunday’s game at Detroit.

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Game #104: Cleveland Indians (50-53) at Kansas City Royals (42-60)

August 1, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Tuesday was not a very good day for the Cleveland Indians, regardless of what angle you look at it from. The Indians failed to make a trade of any significance at the trade deadline, Roberto Hernandez was battered in his second rehabilitation start and the Tribe was banged around by the Kansas City Royals, 8-3.

Derek Lowe gave up seven runs in two and one-third innings in his shortest outing of the year. The 39-year old right hander has to be running out of time in the Indians rotation. Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti indicated yesterday when he met with the media that some internal changes were imminent. Josh Tomlin has already been moved to the bullpen and Manager Manny Acta announced Thursday’s starter would be Corey Kluber.

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