Did The Tribe Win Last Night? No. No, no, no.
Brady Singer came within four outs of firing Major League Baseball’s second no-hitter of the season in his ninth career start and the Kansas City offense lit up Cleveland pitching as the Royals took home a series win with an 11-1 victory over the Indians on Thursday.
We are officially less than one week away from the return of Major League Baseball in Cleveland, as the Indians are set to host the Kansas City Royals in game one of 60 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season on July 24. Follow along as Did The Tribe Win Last Night counts down the days to Opening Day. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 6 days
A nine-run second inning was more than plenty for the Washington Nationals on Saturday as they secured home field advantage in Tuesday’s National League Wild Card Game with a 10-7 blowout of the Cleveland Indians.
With meaningful games done for the Indians after being eliminated from 2019 playoff consideration on Friday night, a lineup filled primarily with bench bats put up a bit of a fight on Saturday, but only after Adam Plutko and the Cleveland bullpen were destroyed in a nine-run frame by the Nationals as they rolled to victory. The only blemish for Washington was a subpar performance from Patrick Corbin, their big offseason signing, who was tagged for six runs and was unable to finish five innings in his final regular season start of the year.
For the second night in a row, the Cleveland Indians used a four-run inning to defeat the Kansas City Royals, this time by a 4-2 final on Saturday night. But there was little room for celebration for the club, which awaited word on the severity of a right wrist injury suffered by the resurgent Jose Ramirez during a first inning at bat.
The team’s former two-time All-Star and top three Most Valuable Player finisher in each of the last two seasons swung awkwardly on a 2-0 pitch with Francisco Lindor on second and Yasiel Puig on first and two outs in his first at bat against the Royals’ Glenn Sparkman. He left the game after meeting with the team trainer and manager Terry Francona. The wrist has been a lingering issue for him, but after the game, Francona shared that Ramirez’s injury on Saturday was felt in a different area of the wrist. Ramirez had an MRI performed to exam the injury and more should be known ahead of Sunday’s series finale with Kansas City.
Big days at the plate from Mike Freeman and Oscar Mercado and ten strikeouts from Mike Clevinger over five innings helped pace the Cleveland Indians to an 8-4 win on Sunday to split their four-game set with the New York Yankees.
The Indians got big numbers from some unusual contributors in Freeman and Mercado, who each went yard on three-hit days while driving in six of the eight Indians runs on the afternoon. Clevinger had some command issues throughout a short five-inning effort, pitching into full count scenarios frequently, but all in all, the Tribe spoiled the final regular season start against them by long-time friend of the feather and likely future Hall of Famer CC Sabathia.
A 55-minute rain delay was the only thing standing in the way of an 8-6 come-from-behind victory by the Cleveland Indians on Monday night in their series opener against the Detroit Tigers.
After coughing up a 2-0 lead after two, the Indians trailed 4-2 at the halfway point. The two clubs traded runs in the bottom of the fifth and top of the sixth before the Indians mounted their comeback efforts with a pair of runs. After the delay, the Indians rallied again with a three-run frame that proved to be the difference in the night.
The final score in the headline is no typo. For the second straight day, the Baltimore Orioles, Major League Baseball’s worst team thus far in 2019, shut out the Cleveland Indians by an identical 13-0 final.
Zach Plesac was roughed up for seven runs, including six in the fourth inning before being chased. The Indians offense was silenced by right-hander Andrew Cashner, who was initially scratched from the day’s start before a rain delay prior to first pitch changed that plan. He allowed just three hits over seven scoreless as the Orioles claimed a series win and back-to-back victories for the first time since early May.
The Cincinnati Reds used eight extra base hits, including four home runs, to split its two-game set in Cleveland in a 7-2 final over rookie right-hander Zach Plesac and the Indians on Wednesday afternoon.
The Reds came out swinging against the young Tribe hurler, making his fourth Major League start. He ran into some early troubles before settling down to retire 13 in a row, but Cincinnati broke things open for good with runs in four straight innings in the back half of the game to split their quick trip to Cleveland.
A home run to lead off the bottom of the tenth by pinch-hitter Tony Kemp powered the Houston Astros over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday afternoon by a 4-3 final.
The Indians fought back late to tie the game in the seventh inning, but managed just one hit over the final three innings while stranding Roberto Perez at second base after his leadoff single in the top of the tenth. Adam Cimber came on for Cleveland in the bottom of the tenth, but his outing lasted just four pitches before the opposing dugout celebrated at home plate.
Shane Bieber allowed just one run while pitching into the seventh inning and the Indians offense scored four times with two outs to help defeat the host Seattle Mariners by a 4-2 final.
The Indians fell behind two innings in, as the Mariners got a gift run from Bieber in the second to give veteran right-hander Mike Leake the early lead to work with. After getting former Tribe sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Jay Bruce to fly out to center to set down his first five in a row, Bieber lost Tim Beckham on a four-pitch walk. A wild pitch to Ryon Healy allowed Beckham to motor all the way to third as catcher Kevin Plawecki could not find the ball. Healy drew a six-pitch walk to put runners on the corners and catcher Tom Murphy started his big game at the plate with an RBI-single to left to put Seattle up, 1-0.
The Cleveland infield and bench continued its shuffle on Tuesday afternoon, as the Indians announced that the contract of veteran utility man Mike Freeman had been purchased from Triple-A Columbus. Rookie shortstop Eric Stamets was optioned back to Triple-A to make room for Freeman on the 25-man roster.
It marked the second infield-focused move by the Indians in as many days. On Monday prior to the start of the club’s series against the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland activated second baseman Jason Kipnis from the 10-day injured list and formally designated utility man Brad Miller for assignment in a move that opened up a 40-man spot for Freeman’s arrival.
In less than a week, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 6 days
After two and a half years with the Indians, Brandon Guyer’s time in the number six in Cleveland came to a close at the end of October when his contract option was declined for the 2019 season. The bad news continued on Friday, when he was granted his release from the Chicago White Sox after being informed that he would not break camp with the big league club.
Guyer did not have a good showing in the spring with the Sox, going 5-for-23 (.217) with eight strikeouts in 28 total plate appearances. As he is prone to do, he did manage to get plunked by three pitches.