It wasn’t pretty at the end, but the Cleveland Indians took their fifth straight series win with a 9-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon from Guaranteed Rate Field.
Carlos Carrasco was dominant once again as he continued to torture opposing hitters on Sunday while moving into a tie with Corey Kluber for the team lead in wins with 14. He shut down the White Sox with seven innings of one-run baseball, striking out nine, walking none, and allowing just three hits in an effective 90-pitch effort. Since returning from the disabled list on July 6 against Oakland, the Cleveland starter has gone 6-1 in eight appearances. He has made five straight quality starts to start the second half of the season, going 3-1 in those outings with a 1.87 ERA, 43 strikeouts, and just four walks over the last 33 2/3 innings.
After a quick road trip through Detroit and Minneapolis, the Cleveland Indians return home this weekend for a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels.
The Indians (59-48) finally figured out the Minnesota Twins over the weekend, taking each of the final two games of the series to pull a little closer on the season series against their toughest division rival to date. The Tribe moved to 9-6 since the break after their 4-2 trip and continued their better play on the road in July, winning eight of their last ten away from home. They own a ten-game lead in the American League Central Division over the Twins as the division may have conceded with the pile of trade deadline moves that came from within throughout July.
The Indians will wrap up their six-game road trip this week with a three-day stay at Minnesota’s Target Field against the hometown Twins.
The Indians (57-47) have had a tough time since the All-Star break, going 5-4. Four of those wins have come in their six road contests in the second half. Cleveland will wrap up another month with a winning record, bringing in a 13-10 mark in the month of July into the series with two games left to play. They will have to overcome a Minnesota team that has taken six of the first nine meetings between the clubs this season, the only club in the American League Central to give the Tribe fits. The Indians enter the day with a nine game lead in the division.
Cleveland’s Corey Kluber pitched solid, durable baseball into the eighth inning and the Indians offense provided three home runs in an 8-1 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Sunday afternoon to claim a series win.
It was a much needed performance from the Indians’ right-hander in the rubber match on Sunday as Kluber looked to bounce back from some rough outings while dealing with right knee issues. In his first start after the All-Star break, he allowed a season-high seven runs (just three of which were earned) in four innings, his second shortest effort of the year, while striking out just two in a contest for the second time this season. While the strikeouts were not a big part of his second outing of the second half on Sunday, he limited the foot traffic with just five hits allowed and one walk, exiting after 94 pitches well on the way to his 13th win of the year.
The Cleveland Indians will look to continue their better play of late on the road this weekend as they head to Detroit’s Comerica Park for three games against the Tigers.
The Indians’ (55-46) recent home woes continued during a brief homestand this week with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Buccos got the Tribe in each of the first two games, including a rain-shortened shutout on Monday, before the Indians returned the shutout favor with a 4-0 win powered by Trevor Bauer and the bullpen in the series finale on Wednesday afternoon. Cleveland has handled its matchups with Detroit with ease this season, winning ten of the 13 games while outscoring the Tigers by a 76-30 margin on the year.
The Indians return to Cleveland on Monday, but the trip will not be for long as they host the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game interleague homestand before getting back out to the road.
The Indians (54-44) return home after spending the first weekend after the All-Star break in Texas. They outscored the Rangers by a 25-16 margin, but were blanked in the finale of the series Sunday after putting up 16 runs the day before. The Indians had a rough homestand their last stint at home, going 4-6 against the A’s, Reds, and Yankees. They have not won a home series since June 22-24, when they completed back-to-back sweeps during a nine-game homestand with three wins over the Detroit Tigers, but they remain 31-19 on the year at home. They hold a nine and a half game lead over the Minnesota Twins heading into the week.
The Cleveland Indians’ offense was alive and well in the heat and heart of Texas on Saturday night as the Tribe bats racked up 16 runs on 21 hits in a 16-3 romp of the Texas Rangers from Globe Life Park.
For four innings, all was quiet in Arlington as both teams failed to tally a run, but then the dam burst as the Indians scored in each of the final five frames to rout the Rangers. Twelve of 13 Indians players to step to the plate recorded a hit, with only Jason Kipnis kept out of the hit column over the course of the night.
After acquiring a pair of new relief arms to shore up their problematic bullpen, the Cleveland Indians announced a handful of transactions in advance of their second half opener with the Texas Rangers on Friday.
Relievers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber, acquired on Thursday from the San Diego Padres for top prospect Francisco Mejia, were added to the 25- and 40-man rosters. The Indians also announced that minor leaguer Yandy Diaz was recalled from Columbus, while the contract of outfielder Melky Cabrera was selected from Triple-A for the second time this season.
Ten games back with the Columbus Clippers proved to be too few for former member of the organization Melky Cabrera. The Indians signed the 33-year-old outfielder to a minor league contract for the second time this season, bringing back the experienced veteran as an insurance policy for their banged up outfield.
Cabrera was unsigned this past offseason despite a strong season offensively last year with the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals. He appeared in 156 games, putting up a combined .285/.324/.423 slash at the plate with 30 doubles, two triples, 17 homers, and 85 RBI in his split stay.
The transactions page on Indians.com remained active on Monday as the Tribe made three roster moves directly affecting the organization.
Cleveland activated first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Family Medical Emergency list, returning him to the 25-man roster. To make room, as expected, outfielder Greg Allen was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.
In separate moves and maybe somewhat unsurprisingly, the Indians have comes to terms on a minor league contract with former Tribe southpaw Marc Rzepczynski. The 32-year-old will report to Columbus, looking to find his old form that made him one of the top matchup artists in baseball not too long ago. Outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Columbus, but as a veteran with plenty of years of service, he has declined the assignment and elected to become a free agent.
Guyer had been on the disabled list since May 23 (retroactive to May 20) while dealing with a left cervical strain suffered on May 19 in Houston when he was elbowed by a fan while pursuing a foul ball into the stands. His progress through a rehab assignment was slowed when he was hit by a pitch on the hand on Sunday while playing with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.
Corey Kluber gave the Indians eight innings of quality two-run baseball and he was backed by some big efforts in the Cleveland lineup in a 9-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday afternoon.
Kluber’s pursuits of a third Cy Young Award continued on Sunday in the series finale from Comerica Park, where the 32-year-old right-hander handled the Tigers with relative ease, pitching effectively in a balanced attack on the mound. His big effort gave him his tenth win of the season against two losses in 14 starts, taking over the American League lead in victories while matching Washington’s Max Scherzer for the Major League lead. It marked the 14th straight quality start this season for Kluber.