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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | July 27, 2021

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Game #148: Minnesota Twins (60-87) at Cleveland Indians (61-86)

September 18, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Almost two months ago the Indians hoped a come-from-behind victory on July 26 against the Detroit Tigers would act as a catalyst to a second half of contention. It was the final game of the home stand before heading on the road to Minnesota.

Two months later, the Indians 7-6 ninth inning comeback against the Tigers on Sunday could only provide them a spark against the Twins and the hopes of avoiding a last place finish after a terrible tumble through the standings. Cleveland is 11-37 since that July win against Detroit. More likely, the loss could be one of the reasons the Tigers never catch the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central Division. Despite the Tribe struggles over the last two months, they were still able to take the season series from Detroit, 10 games to eight.

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Game #133: Texas Rangers (78-53) at Cleveland Indians (55-77)

September 1, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Friday night the Indians weren’t able to slow down Adrian Beltre and the Texas Rangers, en route to a 5-3 loss. Beltre had four hits for the Rangers and Ubaldo Jimenez labored into the fifth inning, while throwing 117 pitches.  Cleveland scored an unearned run, but showed little life until a two-run homer from Casey Kotchman in the ninth inning.

The defeat becomes the Indians’ 24th loss of the month of August. The last time Cleveland lost 24 games in a month was July 1914, when Babe Ruth was a rookie and the first stoplight was installed. The Tribe is now 5-28 since defeating Justin Verlander on July 26. The come-from-behind win by the Tribe seems to be the last flash before the season has taken a downward spiral.

“It’s been the toughest month that I’ve had in baseball,” Indians manager Manny Acta said.

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Missing Fans and Missing Offense Makes For a Quiet Defeat; Athletics 3, Indians 0

August 27, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Twelve hours of rain in Cleveland on Monday chased all the fans away from Progressive Field. It seemed to wash away the Indian offense, too.

Roberto Hernandez (0-3) did not survive the third inning with an injured ankle, and possibly a damaged psyche while Brett Anderson (2-0) carved the Tribe up. Anderson allowed only two hits over seven innings, despite only one of the hits being earned without the help of an umpire. All of the excitement was in front of an announced attendance of 13,018–many of those must have been in the bathroom most of the night because the television camera failed to capture the robust announced crowd. A single tally in each of the first three innings was all the offense Oakland needed for a 3-0 victory.

Oakland took the early lead in the top of the first inning when after Hernandez had retired an out, Stephen Drew singled to right field. Yoenis Cespedes battled Hernandez in a 13-pitch at bats, including eight straight foul balls, before hitting a laser off the left field wall for a double. The ball was hit so hard Drew could only advance to third base. However, Seth Smith hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield deep enough to score Drew and give the Athletics a 1-0 lead.

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Game #128: Oakland Athletics (69-57) at Cleveland Indians (55-72)

August 27, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Sunday the Indians had a chance to win their first series since late July, but the offense couldn’t find a spark, despite a well-pitched game by Ubaldo Jimenez. The Tribe could only muster a two-out, two-run single from Carlos Santana in their 4-2 loss to the Yankees.

Rain seems to be following the Oakland Athletics wherever they go. Oakland had their three game series sped up this weekend so that the Tampa could prepare for the Republican National Convention this week. A hurricane is also scheduled to hit the Sunshine State in the next day. The Athletics, who have been in Cleveland since Sunday morning, have watched it rain all day. The Athletics will hope to get the game in through the dreary skies and humidity in Cleveland, so that they do not fall behind in the Wild Card standings. Oakland is currently tied with Baltimore for the final playoff spot.

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Seattle’s Hernandez Outduels Cleveland’s; Mariners 5, Indians 1

August 22, 2012 |

By Christian Petrila

In a battle of two Hernandezes, Seattle’s Felix Hernandez outlasted Cleveland’s Roberto Hernandez as Seattle won the second game of the three-game series, 5-1.

Expecting an encore performance from their star ace, 39,204 fans packed Safeco Field only to see Felix Hernandez’s bid for a second perfect game end after the very first batter. Jason Kipnis laced a single under the glove of Justin Smoak at first. A Shin Soo Choo one-out single made it runners on first and second. The rally was killed when Carlos Santana grounded into a double play. Read More

Game #123: Cleveland Indians (54-68) at Seattle Mariners (59-64)

August 21, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

What’s in a name?

In the case of Felix Hernandez (11-5, 2.60) and Roberto Hernandez (0-1, 7.50 ERA), a whole heck of a lot.

The Mariners, winners of six in a row, send Felix to the mound for his first start since throwing a perfect game last Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Not just did Hernandez retire all 27 batters he faced, but he struck out 12 hitters, including the final out. This Hernandez has been the ray of light in a dismal season for the Mariners, always being the ace of the staff and snapping long losing streaks.

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Angels Ruin Roberto’s Return; Angels 8, Indians 4

August 16, 2012 |

By Christian Petrila

Roberto Hernandez made his 2012 debut for the Indians on Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Unfortunately for him and the Indians, the Angels didn’t welcome him as kindly, and took the series finale, 8-4.

After Hernandez encouraged fans with a 1-2-3 first inning, the optimism went down the drain in the second. The frame began with back-to-back singles from Kendry Morales and Mark Trumbo. They each advanced 90 feet after a wild pitch from Hernandez. Alberto Callaspo singled to left to drive in Morales. The next batter, Vernon Wells, was safe when a potential double-play ball was booted by Brent Lillibridge. Trumbo scored and it was 2-0 Angels. Read More

Game #118: Cleveland Indians (54-63) at Los Angeles Angels (61-56)

August 15, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Last night Ubaldo Jimenez allowed two, four-run innings and buried the Tribe quickly. The offense made a great attempt to come from behind and win, but it was too little too late, losing to the Los Angeles Angels, 9-6. Jimenez continues to be an enigma for the Indians and their starting rotation.

“I’m a work in progress,” Jimenez told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer after the game.  This season it has been hard to see much progress from Jimenez as he is now 9-12, with a 5.62 ERA and American League leader in walks (79) and wild pitches (13).

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Game #117: Cleveland Indians (54-62) at Los Angeles Angels (60-56)

August 14, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Last night Justin Masterson shutout the Angels for six innings, the bullpen held the lead and the offense tacked on insurance runs late to give the Tribe a 6-2 victory to start their nine-game, three-city road trip. It was Masterson’s second consecutive quality start after an up and down summer. Brent Lillibridge helped the offense by scoring two runs and hitting a solo home run.

The Indians may be the Angels’ kryptonite this season as they have taken five of seven games from highly touted Halos. Los Angeles won the offseason race, signing C.J. Wilson and Albert Pujols via free agency but have stumbled this season to build a winning streak and assert themselves as the playoff team they paid to be. After last night’s loss, the Angels find themselves eight games behind the Texas Rangers in the American League West and two and a half games behind the final wild card spot.

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Game #114: Boston Red Sox (56-58) at Cleveland Indians (52-61)

August 11, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Last night the Indians received another quality start when Chris Seddon pitched six strong innings, only allowing three runs, but the Tribe offense could barely muster a squeak against Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox. Buchholz held the Indians to only two hits—both by Asdrubal Cabrera—and despite the 3-2 score, the Tribe barely seemed in the game.

The Red Sox did suffer a loss of their own when rookie third baseman, Will Middlebrooks was hit on the wrist. Initial reports have Middlebrooks breaking his wrist which will sideline him for the foreseeable future and may end his season. Boston is awaiting results from x-rays to determine a specific timetable for his return.

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Hernandez Has Mixed Success In Possible Last Rehab Start

August 6, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Sunday evening Roberto Hernandez made his third rehabilitation start in preparation for his return to major league action. In what could be his final start before being activated, Hernandez had mixed results.

Hernandez pitched seven and one-third innings, allowing five hits, four runs—four home runs—striking out nine and walking one on 97 pitches at Low-A Lake County. It was his second of the three rehab starts at Lake County.

“I feel great today, three of the home runs were breaking balls I left up,” Hernandez said. “I threw a lot of two-seam (fastballs) down. I just missed a couple pitches.”

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Game #103: Cleveland Indians (50-52) at Kansas City Royals (41-60)

July 31, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Sunday the Indians may have hit the low point of their season to date, losing 5-1 and being swept by the Minnesota Twins. As Manager Manny Acta said, “I guess the off day comes at the right time. We need to get our act together.”

The Indians enjoyed Monday’s off day while trade speculation swirled around the Indians. Once thought to be buyers in at the trade deadline, the Indians spent Monday exploring options to be sellers. Rumors swirled around the possibility of Shin-Soo Choo, Chris Perez or Justin Masterson being traded to a contender for near ready MLB talent. None of the three were dealt and the Indians will have the same 25-man roster they had when they left Minnesota on Sunday.

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