House (1-2) scattered nine hits, struck out three and didn’t walk a batter. The rookie left-hander was making the eighth appearance, and seventh start, of his career.
The Cleveland Indians return home after nearly two weeks on the road to host the surging Kansas City Royals for three games over the holiday weekend at Progressive Field.
Cleveland (41-43) wrapped up an eight-game road trip successfully with a …
For the second day in a row, Safeco Field in Seattle hosted a one-hit shutout. Unfortunately for the Tribe, this time it came at the hands of the opposition rather than from one of their own.
Coming into the ballgame on Sunday, the Indians chances looked bleak as they were matching up rookie lefthander T.J. House (0-2, 4.54) against one of baseball’s best pitchers in former Cy Young Award winner “King” Felix Hernandez (10-2, 2.10). Just as if it was according to a plan, the rookie was indeed outdueled by the Mariners ace as the M’s took the game and the series by a score of 3-0. The dominant Hernandez worked eight innings and allowed just allowed just a Lonnie Chisenhall single and four total baserunners on the afternoon.
“Actually I just think it makes it a little bit more fun,” House said before the game about matching up against King Felix. “It’s just another obstacle that I’ve got to overcome—going out there and facing one of the best in the game. I’m going to elevate my level and try to match him.”
The last time that Cleveland and Los Angeles met up, the Angels were none too kind to the Indians on the West Coast. The Indians hope to return the favor as the Angels head to Cleveland this week for a four-game set at Progressive Field.
Cleveland (35-35) has been dynamite at home this season, helping to keep the team at the .500 mark while its frequently discussed problems on the road are addressed. They concluded a ten-game road trip through Texas, Kansas City, and Boston with a 5-5 record, nothing stellar, but a marked improvement from their road efforts heading into the trip.
The Indians dropped each of the first two games of the set in Fenway. They lost 5-2 on Thursday as the team could not find a way to score runs. They were shelled 10-3 on Friday, as Justin Masterson did not have it on the mound and was tagged for five runs in two-plus innings of work. The Tribe squeezed by with a 3-2 win on Saturday, ending their four-game losing streak, thanks to a pair of runs in the seventh inning highlighted by a bases loaded go-ahead walk by Carlos Santana. They won by the same score on Sunday, as a Nick Swisher solo home run in the top of the eleventh was the difference on the afternoon.
Despite going 0-11 with runners in scoring position and stranding a small village (12) on the basepaths Saturday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians (34-35) were able to put their road woes on hold for a day as they defeated the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park by a score of 3-2.
The Indians left the bases loaded in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings against Red Sox starter Jake Peavy and the Boston bullpen, but they were able to take advantage of a late error to move their record to within one game of the .500 mark. The Indians got another solid outing out of their rookie starter T.J. House, who did not factor in the decision.
The Red Sox were able to take an early lead in the bottom of the first against House when Xander Bogaerts singled to left with one out in the inning. Two batters later, DH David Ortiz roped a double deep into right field, scoring Bogaerts from first and giving the Sox a 1-0 advantage.
When the 2014 baseball season began, it seemed the Cleveland Indians had a pretty deep rotation. After the starting five, the team had Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin waiting in the wings in Columbus should something go awry during the regular season.
Things went awry fairly quickly for the Tribe’s rotation as No. 4 and 5 starters Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco were ineffective, at best, during the month of April. By the second week of May, Tomlin and Bauer were both in the majors and pitching far better than the duo that had preceded them.
Every time that it appears the Cleveland Indians figure out how to win on the road, they turn around and forget again. They will need to remember in a hurry, as there is no rest for the club as it continues its lengthy road trip with a four-game stop in Boston at Fenway Park starting Thursday night.
The Indians (33-33) had climbed right back into the thick of the American League Central Division race with strong play of late. Struggling mightily on the road this season (12-22), they dropped a pair in Kansas City after taking three of four from the Texas Rangers to move to 3-3 on their ten-game road trip. In their short set with the Royals, they lost on Tuesday in a rare offensive explosion from Kansas City, 9-5, and fell 4-1 on Wednesday afternoon after the Royals scored on four sacrifice flies.
Despite the unsuccessful series against the Royals, they remain just two and a half games in back of the Detroit Tigers, who have dropped three in a row of their own.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, but even Texas couldn’t handle Lonnie Chisenhall on Monday night.
Chisenhall was 5-for-5, with three home runs, a double, a single and nine runs batted in, helping the Tribe rout the Texas Rangers 17-7. Chisenhall’s nine RBIs tie a team record, originally established by Chris James against the Oakland Athletics in 1991. The five hits added 20 points to Chisenhall’s batting average, leaving it at .385 at the end of the evening.
Cleveland needed more of Chisenhall’s offense than it would like to admit as both teams did not receive quality starts from their pitchers. Rookies T.J. House for the Indians and Nick Martinez for the Rangers both struggled to keep the opponent’s offense in control early. The Tribe’s bullpen was able to curtail the Rangers offense long enough for Chisenhall to do the necessary damage. The win gave the Indians a series victory in the four game set at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The month of May was an average month for the Columbus Clippers (31-32) as they boasted a month record of 15-16, but there were many bright spots around the diamond in Columbus.
The Clippers started the month winning eight of their first 10 games, including six-straight win from May 5-10 against Rochester and Syracuse at Huntington Park. The team went on to win seven of the eight games during that home stand against the Red Wings and Chiefs.
Following the hot start, the Clippers lost 10 of the next 12 games on the road against Rochester, Syracuse and at home against Durham. The team finished the month with two wins at home against Louisville.
The Cleveland Indians will need to figure out their road woes in a hurry as they embark on ten road games in ten days, beginning this weekend deep in the heart of Texas.
The Indians (30-30) maintained their home field dominance this season by sweeping their third consecutive home series and posting a 6-0 record during this last homestand. Cleveland is the first team in the American League to reach the 20 home wins mark and just the second in all of baseball (Miami; 22-11). The problem for the club lies in their Major League Baseball worst .321 road winning percentage. They are the only team in baseball yet to reach double digit wins on the road and will need to rectify the problem if they hope to remain in contention in the AL Central, where they are three games out heading into the weekend.
Cleveland won a 3-2 decision on Monday night behind seven scoreless innings from Justin Masterson, who looked lost but then was found on the mound. The Indians broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run double from Michael Bourn on the way to a 5-3 win on Tuesday night. They prevailed in 12 innings on Wednesday night, 7-4, on a three-run walk-off home run from Asdrubal Cabrera in a game delayed by nearly two and a half hours and overshadowed by the scheduled first pitch of Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel.
For Zach McAllister, pitching to Low-A hitters is becoming a trend. His stint on the 15-day disabled list has brought him to the mound to face Low-A hitters twice now, both in a simulated game at Progressive Field on Friday and again tonight in a rehab outing with the Lake County Captains.
When he threw the simulated game on Friday to Lake County hitters Shane Rowland and Brian Ruiz, the Indians staff had praise for the pitcher’s progress. He threw 30 fastballs before mixing in his other pitches for the final 30 throws of the game, and was given a break in the middle of the outing.
The weather was perfect, fans received Michael Bourn bobble heads, and Ben Tate there out the first pitch – what more could Indians’ fans want from a Tuesday night game against the Boston Red Sox?
The second win of the series, that’s what.
Thanks to a strong first inning, coupled with a late-game double from Bourn, the man of the day, the Indians took Game 2 of the series with a score of 5-3.