The Indians used a strong start from Shaun Marcum, a four-run third and Giovanny Urshela’s first career hit and homer to beat the Mariners, 6-0 on Thursday afternoon.
Marcum struck out five and allowed only two hits over seven innings …
The Indians climbed back from a 3-0 deficit to take a 5-3 lead, then did the same from a 7-5 deficit to take an 8-7 lead on Monday. But the Rangers eventually took advantage of two late errors by Indians …
The Indians season came to a close Sunday afternoon in a game different than most played throughout their September fight for survival.
The eliminated Indians finished the business of the 2014 season in front of 21,400 fans at Progressive Field in a quick, 2:28, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-2. Cleveland used another solid outing by rookie, surprise T.J. House for five innings and three relievers put the Tribe’s season in the record books.
If the goal was to make his final impression a lasting one, Corey Kluber did a pretty fine job.
Kluber, making a late charge to win the American League Cy Young Award, pitched a shutout for eight innings and scattered five hits in defeating the Tampa Bay Rays, 1-0 Friday evening. The Indians’ best pitcher—and possibly the American League’s best—only needed a solo home run from little sparkplug, Jose Ramirez, for a first inning run off Rays starter Chris Archer.
In his first full season at the big league level, Kluber has grown from an average starting pitcher to a dominant ace. Despite missing the American League All-Star Game, he has outpitched the rest of the league in the second half. On Friday, he narrowly outpitched Archer. The Indians’ former farmhand only allowed two hits on the evening. After Ramirez’s first inning homer, singles by Carlos Santana and Mike Aviles were all the offense the Indians could muster.
But for now, it’s Ventura and the Royals who rein supreme over the Tribe and Salazar. Tuesday night Kansas City likely drove the final nail into Cleveland’s postseason coffin with a 7-1 win at Progressive Field behind a pair of big innings, offensively.
Salazar was strong the first time through the batting order, before Kansas City took advantage of some poor location in their second time through. Ventura, meanwhile, kept the Tribe bats silent all evening. The young, fireballer only allowed four hits to Cleveland.
One step forward and two steps back.
On a night where the Indians won a game in nine minutes, the Tribe’s offense failed to show up for the regularly scheduled contest, losing to Kansas City 2-0. Danny Duffy shut down the Tribe bats after working out of a pair of early inning jams and Carlos Carrasco suffered the defeat despite a fine effort. The Wahoo Warriors had chances to score both early and late in the game, but could not cash in.
Cleveland won the conclusion of the suspended game from August 31 by a score of 4-3 prior to the regularly scheduled Monday night game. The victory cut the Tribe’s deficit in the standings to just 2.5 games with six games remaining, but after being shutout the Indians now remain 3.5 games behind Kansas City with just five games left in the season. Dropping a game back is just as devastating as Cleveland running out of time in the 2014 season. The offense’s inability to show up could be the final reservation for Cleveland’s offseason plans to begin next Monday.
Did the Tribe Win Last Night? Yes! After falling behind 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning on a Chad Herrmann RBI-double, Corey Kluber settled down to carve up the Minnesota Twins, giving the Indians a 7-2 victory. Kluber’s amazing season continues to climb its way into the Indians’ record books.
The Indians benefitted from Minnesota’s defensive miscues and a balk for a three-run inning in the fifth to take control of the game. After relinquishing a run in the bottom of the fifth, Cleveland put the contest to bed with two more in the top of the sixth inning.
The Tribe pounded out 14 hits on the afternoon, including eight from the top three hitters in the order. Cleveland now enters the final week of the season still with a chance to make an amazing run into the postseason.
WP: Kluber (17-9) LP: Swarzak (3-2)
Yan Gomes remembers the Indians coming to Minnesota last year and clinching a playoff spot on the last day of the regular season.
Now Cleveland is back in Minnesota, trying to sneak into the postseason through the back door.
Gomes homered and drove in four runs to help the Indians advance in the AL wild-card race by beating the Twins 7-3 on a rainy Saturday night.
The Indians pulled to 3 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot after Oakland, Kansas City and Seattle all lost ahead of them earlier in the day.
Friday night the Indians snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
After coming back from an early deficit, Trevor Bauer gave the Indians six solid innings against the Twins Phil Hughes, but the bullpen could not hold the lead and Jose Ramirez bobbled a potential double play in the ninth inning. The late inning miscues resulted in blowing a 4-2 lead and losing 5-4 in 10 innings. The loss likely eliminates the Tribe from any chance at postseason play.
Ramirez’s miscue was a tough play, and not ruled an error, but it was a play that could have been made. With two on and one out, the double play would have ended the game and given the Indians the win.
Salazar and Feldman each battled deep into the game, but a strange ninth inning erased the chance for a decision for each. Salazar pitched into the eighth inning, allowing just one run, while Feldman pitched into the ninth. The difference in the game was likely a wild pitch in the fourth inning that gave the Astros their lone run, and a bounce of the ball off padding in the ninth. As crisp as the game was played for eight innings, the final three outs were full of drama, close plays and replay reviews. The two quirky plays helped result in a 2-1 victory for the Indians.
They grow up so fast.
It was just two years ago Corey Kluber made his second start of his career. In his first two big league starts, he allowed nine runs. Houston’s Nick Tropeano made his second career start on Tuesday night and they should hope he matures as quickly as Kluber because two years later he’s carving his name into the Indians’ record book.
Kluber struck out 14 Astros, on the way to moving himself into the 12th spot all-time in Indians’ history for strikeouts in a season. The Tribe ace—and Cy Young candidate—has struck out more batters than any Tribesman since Sam McDowell in 1970. He set down two each in the first six innings and the Wahoo Warriors used timely hitting and a two-run homer from Yan Gomes to give the Indians a 4-2 victory in Minute Maid Park.
Two out hits are the kind of thing a team needs to be successful, but not only two out hits.
That was the case for the Indians on Monday evening in Houston, as they managed to register just seven hits in the game, all with two outs. Collin McHugh scattered five hits over six and two-third innings to best the Indians Zach McAllister and give the Astros a 3-1 victory. McHugh allowed just an unearned run, while Jose Altuve drove in a two of Houston’s runs while scoring the final tally.
The Indians were able to take advantage of some poor defense by the Astros in the top of the first inning. Michael Bourn started the game with a ground ball to second base, but when Altuve threw to Marc Krauss, the throw bounced off Krauss’ glove. Krauss was charged an error and Bourn advanced to second base. Jose Ramirez bunted him to third base and after Michael Brantley struck out Carlos Santana singled to through the shift to right field to give the Indians an early 1-0 lead.