The Cleveland Indians scored runs in each of the first seven innings and held off Boston late to earn a second big win over the Red Sox in as many days behind a 14-9 final from Fenway Park on Wednesday night.
Carlos Santana fell a single short of the cycle but reached base five times, scored a career-high four runs, and drove in five as the Indians’ offense was alive and well in the series finale from Beantown in a game that will not be remembered for quality pitching. Three different Tribe hitters had three hits, all nine starters reached base safely throughout the day, and the team got a win for starter Shane Bieber despite a sloppy six runs scattered over a five-and-fly as the two clubs combined for 23 runs on 32 hits.
A two-run bottom of the eighth pushed the Cleveland Indians past the Tampa Bay Rays by a 3-1 final on Friday night to end a four-game losing streak.
It was hardly the prettiest victory that the Indians could find, but it resembled just the kind of way that Cleveland has needed to perform to eke out victories this year. The Indians used a strong (but short) pitching performance from Shane Bieber, four shutout innings from the bullpen, and a late rally to hold off a tough Tampa Bay squad.
But Shane Bieber makes it all right for a little while. In a little over a year since his debut (pressed into service in a doubleheader against the Blue Jays), he’s done just about everything that could be asked of him.
The Indians had put up big run production and well-pitched games during the first three games of their series with the Baltimore Orioles, but they had not done so in the same contest.
That changed on Sunday, as Cleveland claimed a much needed series win with ten runs of support and a dynamite complete game effort on the mound from starting pitcher Shane Bieber in a 10-0 shutout.
The second-year right-hander went the distance for the first time in his Major League career in a dominant five-hit pitching performance. He allowed just five singles on the day and only one runner to reach scoring position while striking out a career-high 15 batters in the first game of his career against Baltimore.
The Chicago White Sox hit four solo home runs and got seven and two-third strong innings from right-hander Reynaldo Lopez in a 5-2 win at Guaranteed Rate Field on Monday night.
Solo shots in each of the first three innings from the White Sox lineup against Shane Bieber put Chicago up early, overcoming a pair of RBI from Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor in the first and third innings. The Indians’ bats could not get going against Lopez though, and the Sox tacked on several runs late to give them a win in the series opener of a quick two-game set from Chicago.
One swing can end a slump in a hurry and the Cleveland Indians will hope that Wednesday night marks such an instance, as Jose Ramirez blasted a no-doubt-about-it two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to send the Tribe home with a 5-3 win.
It was a much needed sight for the Indians and their fans who have been waiting for the perennial MVP candidate to kick out of a skid dating back to the latter months of last season. And the timing could not have been better for the Tribe, as they entered the night with just one run scored and 21 surrendered over the previous 27 innings of work.
The Cleveland Indians will host the Chicago White Sox for the second time this season in a four-game series this week, ending nearly three weeks of activity strictly against nondivisional opponents.
The Indians (18-14) had a chance to really ruin the Mariners’ weekend, but they were shelled in a 10-0 two-hit shutout on Sunday to miss an opportunity to sweep the six-game season series from Seattle. In a bizarre statistical anomaly, the Indians were outscored by the Mariners, 21-18, in those six games this season, but posted a 5-1 record. The Indians will look to leave town at the end of the week with a winning homestand, something that the team can do if it can draw at least a series split with the White Sox this week. Cleveland trails Minnesota by two games in the American League Central at the start of the day Monday.
Tyler Naquin delivered off of the bench, driving in Leonys Martin with the winning run on an RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Indians a walk-off 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners from downtown Cleveland on Friday night.
On a night dominated by strong pitching, it was the pitcher’s cardinal sin that started the Tribe’s rally in the home half of the ninth in a 1-1 tie. Francisco Lindor stepped in for his fifth at bat of the night against former Indians reliever Anthony Swarzak. Lindor saw four straight pitches and drew the leadoff walk. While Lindor was erased on a fielder’s choice, the runner that replaced him at first, Martin, was able to make it the rest of the way around the bases. Jose Ramirez struck out for the second out, but Carlos Santana was walked on four straight off the plate. Naquin pinch-hit for Jordan Luplow, using the bat of catcher Kevin Plawecki, and drove the first pitch that he saw on the night through the right side of the infield to drive home Martin from second ahead of the throw from Jay Bruce in right to give the Indians a celebration in the infield.
The win moved the Indians to 17-13 on the season and 8-4 at home with the team’s second walk-off of the year (Friday, April 5, against Toronto). Cleveland is now 8-3 on the season in series openers. The Mariners dropped their fifth straight game and are now 0-4 against the Indians this season, guaranteeing a season series loss to the Tribe. Seattle is 0-11 on the year against clubs with winning records.
Early season pressures are beginning to mount for the Indians as they come home to Cleveland to host the Seattle Mariners in the final three meetings between the two clubs this season.
Things are only getting harder for the Indians (16-13), which will need to figure out how to function without two talented starting pitchers missing from the rotation. The Indians return to Progressive Field for a seven-game homestand after splitting their last road trip with three wins and three losses. Cleveland has split its last three series and has not won a series outright since sweeping their three-game set in Seattle in the middle of April. The offensive woes of the club have not improved as the month of April progressed, and after a game in May, the club still ranks last in the league in hits, batting average, slugging, OPS, doubles, and triples, and is the second-worst team in runs scored, on-base percentage, and homers.
All things considered, the opening month of the season could have gone much worse for the Cleveland Indians.
With a lineup a shell of last year’s version and without All-Star Francisco Lindor‘s presence in the lineup for nearly three weeks, the Indians managed to put together a winning month. A 16-12 record is hardly something to brag about, especially for a team expected by most to run away with an American League Central Division constructed primarily with orange barrels and yellow caution tape, but for just the third time in the Terry Francona tenure in Cleveland, the Indians left the first month of the season with more Ws than Ls.
It didn’t come pretty. The +4 run differential was just one such stat to indicate the current state of affairs in 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.
Cleveland will hope for far more productive results this time around as the Indians head to Houston for a 2018 ALDS rematch with the Astros, one swept by the host club a season ago.
The Indians (13-10) scuffled during their recent five-game homestand, dropping two of three against the Atlanta Braves before splitting a two-gamer with the Miami Marlins. The offense got off to a hot start at the beginning of the homestand, but a bullpen implosion late Saturday seemed to leave a lasting bitter taste in the mouths of those on the roster. The Indians come into the series trailing the Minnesota Twins by half a game in the American League Central and will look to improve upon a 6-6 mark on the road this season.