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.
A pair of clutch two-out home runs in the top of the seventh put the Indians on top and the Cleveland bullpen prevented the Kansas City lineup from coming all the way back in an 8-6 victory over the Royals on Monday from Kauffman Stadium.
In game one of a four-game set from Kansas City, Missouri, fans were treated to a lot of offense in an early season matchup with a lot on the line for both clubs, as the first place Royals wanted to use this week to put some extra distance between themselves and the third place Tribe. While the Royals used a long ball of their own to take the lead in the fourth inning, the Indians rallied back with a five-run frame in the seventh, then held on the rest of the way as the Royals tried to chip back into the contest against the tough Cleveland bullpen.
Cleveland’s Zach Plesac and three Indians relievers combined on a four-hitter in Chicago on Sunday, blanking the White Sox in a 5-0 final from Guaranteed Rate Field.
Plesac exorcised some demons in the finale of the three-game set from the southside of Chicago on Sunday, pitching into the sixth inning and limiting the dangerous Sox lineup to just three hits, despite several threats across the afternoon. He got some support from his offense, which supplied a pair of solo homers, including one in a three-run seventh inning to break open a 2-0 game at the time.
Ramirez powered the offense with a bases loaded two-run single in the third to put the Indians on top for good, then added a key insurance run late as Cleveland got back to the .500 mark at 12-12 on the season. His efforts provided support to Bieber, who lasted six innings while establishing some new Major League records along the way.
The Cleveland bats took advantage of the slumping Minnesota Twins pitching staff on Tuesday night as the Indians claimed a series win with some extra base magic in a 7-4 victory.
Franmil Reyes put on an impressive display of hitting and power to lead the Tribe to a third straight victory, fresh on the heels of a season-high four-game losing skid. He posted three hits, including a pair of majestic home runs, with the first blast tying the game in the second and the latter giving the club the lead in the bottom of the sixth against Minnesota starter Kenta Maeda. The Cleveland lineup used seven extra base hits to back starter Aaron Civale, who lasted seven and two-thirds innings despite giving up four runs on the night.
The Cleveland Indians flipped the script of the first three games of their series with the New York Yankees on Sunday afternoon, scoring seven unanswered runs after trailing to end their four-game losing streak and to avoid a four-game sweep behind a 7-3 win from Progressive Field.
Franmil Reyes continued his hot home hitting with a three-hit performance, including a clutch three-run home run in a four-run fourth for the Tribe to overcome a three-run deficit against New York starter Jameson Taillon. After blowing early leads in each of the first three games of the series, the Indians trailed on Sunday, only to come from behind to end a season-long losing streak at four straight.
Gerrit Cole outdueled Shane Bieber on Saturday night in a hard fought pitching duel between two of the top starters in the game today, as the New York Yankees used a pair of solo homers in the fifth off of the Cleveland right-hander to defeat the Indians in a 2-1 final.
It was the pitching matchup most would have anticipated between Cole and Bieber, but the Tribe ace came up on the short side of the stat sheet after a pair of fifth inning solo homers tipped the scales in the favor of the Yankees.
Another error played a factor between Cleveland and Chicago on Tuesday night, as the Indians scored a pair of runs in the tenth and held on by mere feet in the home half to knock off the White Sox, 2-0, from Guaranteed Rate Field.
With the end result of a top-billed pitchers’ duel leaving the game scoreless after nine innings of three-hit baseball for both sides, Garrett Crochet took the mound for the South Siders to face the bottom third of the Tribe lineup in the tenth. With Franmil Reyes standing at second base due to MLB’s extra innings rules, Crochet’s first pitch to Josh Naylor was chopped back to the mound and off of the glove of the second-year left-hander. Home plate umpire Bill Miller ruled catcher’s interference on Yasmani Grandal, putting runners on the corners for Cleveland. Yu Chang flied to shallow right for the first out, but Roberto Perez found the hole between third and short for a rare infield single, allowing Reyes to score the first run of the night. Amed Rosario grabbed a bat and pinch-hit for Andres Gimenez and roped a double to the left-center gap to plate Naylor with the second run of the inning, putting the Indians on top, 2-0. Jordan Luplow entered as a pinch-hitter for Ben Gamel to face new reliever Matt Foster, but he swung and missed on a low changeup for the second out. Cesar Hernandez lined out to second to strand a pair.
Logan Allen settled down after a rough first inning to give Cleveland five strong innings on the mound while his offense gave him just enough support for his first victory as an Indian in a 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday afternoon.
Cleveland won its fourth straight game, improving to 5-3 and moving into first place in the American League Central courtesy of a balanced game that saw contributions from all parts of the roster. Allen did his part to keep his teammates in the game before the bullpen contained a Tigers lineup that refused to go away. The Tribe offense chipped in with some early run support and added on two big runs late thanks to some bad throwing decisions by Detroit right fielder Nomar Mazara.
Even in a new look, less threatening Cleveland lineup, Jose Ramirez is going to see a few pitches per game that he can put a good swing on. He made the most of those pitches on Wednesday, as he hit a pair of timely two-run home runs to power the Indians over the Kansas City Royals, 4-2, from Progressive Field.
Inconsistent offensive production has been the story as anticipated for the Cleveland baseball club through its first four games and the same looked to be the case on Wednesday until the heroics from the little Ramirez, who displayed his underrated and underappreciated MVP-caliber results on the diamond once again in lifting the Tribe to victory. He picked up his fellow award winning teammate, Shane Bieber, who put up another quality effort on the mound, but left minutes before the Royals tied the game up in the seventh.
Danny Duffy and the Kansas City bullpen shut down the Cleveland bats and the always dangerous Whit Merrifield lived up to his hype on Monday as the Royals spoiled the Indians’ Home Opener behind a three-hit 3-0 shutout.
Duffy entered the day with a 4-12 career record against Cleveland and just a 3-8 mark at Progressive Field through his first 14 trips to the mound there, but he put together one of his better efforts against the inconsistent bats of the Tribe in the opening game of a quick two-game set between the two clubs. To their credit, the Indians had numerous hard hit balls throughout the afternoon, but few found their way past the gloves of the Royals defenders.