Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT
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The Cleveland Indians added a new face to the outfield picture midway through the second month of the season last year when the team recalled Oscar Mercado from Triple-A Columbus to make his Major League debut.
The Cleveland Indians used a six-run seventh to cap ten unanswered runs off of Philadelphia starter Vince Velasquez and the Phillies bullpen to earn a needed series win in a 10-1 final on Sunday night.
After falling behind a run in the third inning, the Indians rallied back for a run in the fourth and three in the fifth before blowing the game wide open in the late innings. Adam Plutko got a quick hook from manager Terry Francona in the fifth inning with the game hanging in the balance, but reliever Carlos Carrasco shut down the Phillies with two and two-thirds scoreless in relief to give the Indians an opportunity to get on top and put the game out of reach.
The Indians gave up a 4-1 lead in the middle innings as the Philadelphia Phillies used eight unanswered runs to defeat Cleveland by a 9-4 count on Saturday night.
With every win valuable down the stretch for the playoff contending Tribe, it was a tough blow to the team’s chances of October baseball on Saturday night. An early three-run lead went for naught as the pitching staff could not protect the advantage while the offense disappeared after putting up a four-spot in the first two frames. A loss by the Minnesota Twins kept the Indians (91-64) within four games in the American League Central, but a two-run home run in extras by the Tampa Bay Rays gave them a walk-off win over Boston and a full game lead over the Indians for the second AL Wild Card spot.
The Indians used four runs in the first two innings to claim a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies from downtown Cleveland on Friday night.
Shane Bieber won his 15th on the year with another quality start on the mound for the Indians. He allowed just two runs over seven and one-third innings while striking out seven, while former Phillie Carlos Carrasco shut down the only other organization that he has been a member of with a four-out save for his first in the big leagues since 2014.
The Indians got a quality start from Mike Clevinger and plenty of run support from the middle of the Cleveland lineup on Thursday in their sixth shutout of the season over the Detroit Tigers, 7-0.
For the 12th time this season, the Indians plated a half dozen runs or more against the Tigers in an unbelievable stretch of dominance over the cellar dwellers in the American League Central. Cleveland tallied an 18-1 record in their season series with Detroit, including wins in each of the last 17 games between the two clubs. The Indians (90-63) kept pace with the victorious Minnesota Twins to remain four games back in the division with nine to play, but more importantly, they pulled into a tie with the idle Tampa Bay Rays for the second Wild Card spot.
For the 15th straight time this season, the Cleveland Indians knocked off the Detroit Tigers, earning a 7-2 win in the series opener from Progressive Field on Tuesday night.
The Indians used a well balanced offensive attack as seven of nine players reached base safely at least twice on the night. The 12-hit showing backed a quality start from Adam Plutko, who won for the third time against Detroit this season.
Roberto Perez’s three-run blast in a four-run sixth put the Cleveland Indians up for good as they defeated the Minnesota Twins, 7-5, on Sunday afternoon.
In the biggest series of the season, the Indians salvaged their final regular season game against the Twins to claim the season series against Minnesota, 10-9. Needing a sweep over the weekend, Cleveland was only able to earn a win in the finale, coming back from a 4-2 deficit to hold off the top club in the American League Central.
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.
In a game marred by ejections of three members of the Yankees, New York used four long balls off of Cleveland’s Zach Plesac and the Indians bullpen to claim a 6-5 lead on Saturday afternoon.
In a trend of late, the disgruntled Yankees dugout got chippy once again in the sixth inning when minor league call-up umpire Ben May called outfielder Cameron Maybin out on strikes. Maybin, who played several months with Cleveland’s Triple-A Columbus affiliate this season, spoke briefly with May after a pitch that appeared to be off the plate before walking back to the dugout. Yankees manager Aaron Boone burst from the same place and got into a heated discussion with May, but ultimately returned to the dugout for a moment before coming back out. Crew chief Tom Hallion attempted to intervene, but more Yankees players were barking from the dugout towards first base umpire Phil Cuzzi. Boone was tossed, as was anger monster Brett Gardner, who slammed his bat against the roof of the dugout in yet another childish display from the veteran outfielder. He was eventually held back by several Yankees coaches after climbing over the railing to argue with Cuzzi.
Sunday’s starter CC Sabathia was also ejected before things returned to some sense of normalcy.
Shane Bieber threw his third complete game of the season as the Cleveland Indians completed their three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels in a 6-2 final on Sunday afternoon.
Bieber received some early run support but got a big jolt in the middle innings as the Indians pulled away from the Angels. The second-year starter scattered five hits over nine innings of work and avoided unnecessary problems by issuing no free passes. Three Indians long balls powered the offense in a ten-hit effort as the team improved to 4-2 during their current nine-game homestand.
Mike Clevinger pitched seven innings of one-run baseball and a four-run first inning by the offense set the tone as the Cleveland Indians cruised to a 9-1 win over the Kansas City Royals to take the first three of their four-game series from Kauffman Stadium on Saturday evening.
Oscar Mercado had another four-hit game, Jason Kipnis drove in four runs, Francisco Lindor had three hits, and Jose Ramirez homered for the third straight game as the Indians offense was alive and well from Kansas City, Missouri. The dominant performance from all sides of the game moved the Indians to 62-42, and with a loss in Chicago by the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland is now just one game out of first place in the American League Central Division.
How does one celebrate eight years in the Majors? By reaching base four times and making a snow cone catch for the final out.
Jason Kipnis went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and nine different Indians tallied hits as Cleveland knocked off the Toronto Blue Jays by a 7-3 final.
Mike Clevinger gave the Indians seven innings of quality work and was backed by a well-rounded showing by his teammates at the plate and in the field to claim a win in the series opener behind the Tribe’s fifth straight win over the Blue Jays this year.