Jordan Luplow played the hero last month with his bat, but on Monday night, it was his glove that earned the Cleveland Indians a big win. After entering just an inning earlier as a defensive replacement, Luplow’s diving catch with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth saved Emmanuel Clase in a huge jam to give the Indians a 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
Cleveland dropped its fourth straight after an ugly five-run second by the Los Angeles Angels pushed them to an easy 7-4 win over Sam Hentges and the Indians on Monday night.
Kicking off the second leg of their two-city West Coast trip, the Indians were tripped up after a quick start to the game had them on top by a run. The Angels tied things up quickly in the home half of the first without the aid of a hit, then knocked out Hentges in a rough second frame to coast to victory. While the club was undoubtedly excited for its series opening win, attentions were likely more focused on superstar Mike Trout, who exited the game after just one plate appearance after straining his right calf while running the bases in the first inning.
Amed Rosario had four hits and drove in all of the Indians runs on Wednesday, but it was the last one of each that proved most important as his bases-loaded RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning gave Cleveland a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
Cleveland (20-14) continued its hot play on the diamond, winning for the third game in a row and for the eighth time in nine contests. It was not the prettiest of games and was aided by another poor offensive performance from the visiting Cubs, who left a small village of runners on the base paths against Indians rookie starter Sam Hentges and the six relievers who worked behind him.
For the second day in a row, the Cleveland Indians overcame a big early deficit to steal away a victory from the Kansas City Royals. This time, it required a four-run rally in the eighth inning as the Tribe rolled over the Royals, 7-3.
The end results for Cleveland erased some of the drama that occurred during the game, when a suspect umpire ruling gave the Royals extra outs in the third inning and forced pitcher Sam Hentges to throw many additional pitches to get out of the frame, leading to some extra wear and tear on the team’s bullpen. At the end of the day, the Tribe rallied back to earn at least a series split with the Royals in their four-game set from Kauffman Stadium while pulling within a game of matching the Royals in the American League Central standings.
The Minnesota Twins avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Indians, taking Tribe pitching deep six different times, rolling to an easy 10-2 win on Wednesday afternoon.
Logan Allen’s struggles in the rotation for Cleveland continued as he was tagged for three first inning home runs and did not last the second inning in a taxing day for the Indians bullpen. The poor performance, which included six runs earned on five hits in just an inning and a third, earned Allen a demotion following the contest, with the Indians off until their series in Chicago on Friday.
Cleveland finally found its way into the hit column against Chicago’s Carlos Rodon, but could not slow down the dangerous White Sox lineup as the Southsiders used four long balls in the middle of the game to knock off the host Indians, 8-5, on Tuesday night.
In his first start since throwing a no-hitter last Wednesday, Rodon was far less effective on the mound, but the Tribe bats were unable to make a lot of noise on a chilly night from Progressive Field. Zach Plesac, who was bashed early and often in his prior start against Rodon last week, allowed a pair of early homers before a messy sixth inning left his ERA still bloated after back-to-back rough outings.
The Akron RubberDucks opened the 2019 slate with a 5-0 loss to the Altoona Curve on Thursday night.
The ‘Ducks were limited to just two hits in a tough start to the season, with 25-year-old second baseman Tyler Krieger accounting for both hits. He was stranded at third after a first inning one-out single, reached safely in the third on an error, struck out in the sixth, and singled in the ninth before being forced out at second.
Opening Day starter Sam Hentges was charged with all five runs scored by the Curve (four of which were earned). The left-hander allowed six hits and walked four while striking out six over four and one-third innings in his first start since being added to Cleveland’s 40-man roster.
The Cleveland Indians added three more prospects to the 40-man roster on Tuesday, protecting three young talents from selection in next month’s Rule 5 draft.
First baseman Bobby Bradley, starting pitcher Sam Hentges, and pitcher Jean Carlos Mejia became the newest members of the farm system to earn a spot on the 40-man roster of the Indians, ensuring that Cleveland does not lose any of the three during the Major or Minor League portions of the draft in December. The moves filled the team’s roster at 40, following the addition earlier in the day of right-handed reliever Walker Lockett in a minor trade with the San Diego Padres.
They may have come away on the losing side of the final score, but the three members of the Lynchburg Hillcats selected to participate in the Carolina League’s All-Star Game on Tuesday chipped in with solid individual performances.
Outfielder Conner Capel, starting pitcher Sam Hentges, and reliever Dalbert Siri made the three-hour trek south to Five County Stadium in Zebulon, North Carolina, for this week’s battle between the Northern and Southern Divisions of the Carolina League.
The 6’6” lefty is a towering figure on the mound at City Stadium in Lynchburg. A thin beard frames the face of Cleveland’s fourth round selection of the 2014 draft. With eight starts under his belt, including his first career Opening Day nod, Sam Hentges is beginning to show the potential that he exhibited before going under the knife for Tommy John surgery.
After suffering the injury midway into the 2016 season (he had 14 starts for the Low-A Lake County Captains), his progress through the Indians farm system was delayed. Now, almost two years since his surgery, he is returning to form as he demonstrates what he can do on the mound.
“I take things from the weight room and the training room and bring them to bullpens and every day throwing,” said Hentges about his recovery from surgery.
From the start of the season, it was evident that the Lake County Captains were a team with potential. Their roster boasted names of top prospects, players drafted only last year, and players who have performed well at other levels throughout the system. However, as Indians fans know quite well, names don’t always mean performance will follow.
The Captains, though, are so far proving that wrong.
Two of the Cleveland’s minor league affiliates enjoyed come-from-behind wins on Thursday night and shutouts on Friday in continuing strong starts down on the farm for potential future Indians players.
The Lynchburg Hillcats trailed 5-1 in the top of the eighth inning when the club erupted for seven late runs in the final two frames to steal an 8-6 victory over the Frederick Keys on their home turf at Nymeo Field in Maryland on Thursday.