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.
The Indians and White Sox split their doubleheader on Memorial Day, with Chicago stealing an 8-6 win in extra frames in the opener before Cleveland rode the long ball to victory in a 3-1 final in the nightcap.
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.
Cesar Hernandez pulled back on a bunt attempt on the first pitch that he saw from Alex Colome to start the bottom of the tenth. For fans opposing the use of bunt in baseball and especially in extra innings with the free runner standing at second base to open the inning, they got their wish on the next pitch as Hernandez stroked a 92 MPH fastball left right over the heart of the plate and ripped it just over the right field wall for a walk-off two-run home run, giving the Cleveland Indians a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday afternoon.
Hernandez’s heroics gave the Indians (24-19) a needed win less than 24 hours after a crushing loss to the Twins (16-29) in the opener of a three-game set from Progressive Field. The Tribe jumped out to an early lead, only to lose it bit by bit in the middle innings as the Twins pulled all the way back to tie the game at three while ending Shane Bieber’s start at just five and one-third innings. The bullpen picked up for the staff ace, firing four and two-thirds hitless and shutout innings in relief, while the offense finally scratched out the runs it needed to seal a win.
The Cleveland Indians ended their brief West Coast trip on the right note on Wednesday night, sneaking out of town with a 3-2 victory over Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels.
The Tribe took a first inning lead, but the Angels got out in front after solo runs in the third and fourth innings, using three extra base hits to take the advantage from the visiting club. Cleveland responded with solo runs of their own in their next two trips to the plate in support of starter Aaron Civale and the bullpen tandem of Emmanuel Clase and James Karinchak closed the door despite allowing the tying run to reach base in their respective innings of action.
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.
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.
Shane Bieber dodged and weaved through some tough situations on Tuesday and got some big help from his friends as a pair of Tribe taters gave the Cleveland Indians a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs to start a quick two-game interleague set from Progressive Field.
Pitching on extended rest, Bieber needed a career-high number of pitches to work into the seventh inning, but he showed why he is known as the staff’s ace and the reigning Cy Young winner in the American League by gutting his way deep into the outing. He struck out his customary eight batters, something that he has done for a record 20 consecutive games, and the Indians offense provided just enough run support to hold off the visiting Cubs.
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.