The night began with a boom for the Cleveland Indians, but ended with a bust as four errors led to four unearned runs off of starter Trevor Bauer, while Dylan Covey settled in after some first inning woes to give the Chicago White Sox his best start of the season in a 6-1 win.
The Indians’ American League Central woes continued as the club dropped back below the .500 mark at 28-29 with their sixth defeat against the White Sox (28-29) this season. Worse, Chicago’s white hot streak continued to five straight games while the two teams are now tied in the divisional standings, ten and a half games in back of the Minnesota Twins.
The Tampa Bay Rays scored four times early off of Trevor Bauer and added two big insurance runs late to take their series with the Cleveland Indians in a 6-3 final on Sunday afternoon.
The Rays deployed their “opener” technique and used it to perfection, holding the Indians scoreless until the final two innings to cruise to an easy win. The Cleveland bats made a last ditch rally attempt when down to their final six outs, but seven wasted innings came back to haunt the club once again.
The Oakland Athletics have turned into quite a thorn in the side of the Cleveland Indians. For the fifth time this season, a game between the two clubs was decided by two runs or less, with the A’s victorious for the fourth of those contests with a 5-3 win on Tuesday night from Progressive Field.
The Indians kept the game close in the early innings, but could not prevent the A’s from reaching base as Trevor Bauer struggled with command for the second straight outing. A first inning lead for the Tribe quickly disappeared as the A’s scored runs in the second, third, and fourth, and despite the Indians responding with solo runs of their own in the bottom halves of the third and fourth frames, they could not catch up to a pesky Athletics club.
In an ugly back-and-forth game, the Indians and Orioles put up a football-esque score as the host Clevelanders outlasted Baltimore with a five-run seventh to win a 14-7 final on Thursday night.
In the series opener of a four-game set from downtown Cleveland, the Indians and Orioles exchanged leads frequently throughout the night before the Indians used a big rally after the stretch to take a commanding lead. Neither starting pitcher threw particularly well, with the Indians’ Trevor Bauer surviving just five innings while giving up seven runs and striking out an uncharacteristic three, while the Orioles’ Dan Straily made it one out into the four inning while giving up four runs of his own in a no-decision.
Trevor Bauer got back on track on Saturday afternoon in Oakland, but the Cleveland offense and defense both derailed as the A’s wasted an Indians rally in the ninth with one of their own to walk off for the second straight game, 3-2.
Bauer fulfilled his role as the team’s active number one starter, but a quiet day at the plate from the offense and an adventure in the field with a pair of errors and several other mental mistakes cost the Indians a chance to even up the series in Oakland. The Indians were unable to break through against Athletics starting pitcher Aaron Brooks (who took the mound in the second after the unanticipated opening effort from reliever Liam Hendriks), but they hung in and rallied in the ninth before falling with one out in the bottom of the frame.
It would appear as though schedule makers have never dealt with inconvenient flight schedules. After a rain-delayed getaway day start on Thursday against Chicago, the Cleveland Indians hopped a late plane to Oakland to start a three-game trip to the Bay Area against the A’s this weekend.
Oakland (17-22) is coming off of back-to-back interleague series with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, with the latter series starting a six-game homestand against state of Ohio. The matchcup with the Pirates over the weekend closed their road trip with a series loss, as they rolled the host club 14-1 on Friday before falling 6-4 and 5-3. Two shutouts highlighted their three games against the Reds, as they enjoyed a 2-0 no-hitter on Tuesday and a 5-4 win on Wednesday before Cincinnati fired a 3-0 shutout to avoid the sweep on Thursday.
Trevor Bauer was tagged for a career-high tying eight runs, seven of which were earned, in five-plus innings of work as the Cleveland Indians dropped their series opener with the Chicago White Sox, 9-1, on Monday night.
For the second straight game, the Indians (18-15) offense was shut down while another member of the starting rotation was hit hard. An uncharacteristic outing from Bauer led to him allowing runs in all but one inning in which he appeared, while the White Sox (15-18) scored in six of nine frames in the ball game to win in relatively easy fashion. After being provided with a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run home run from Yoan Moncada, Chicago starter Ivan Nova dealt with traffic on the bases all game long, but managed to strand runner after runner as the Indians failed to come through in the clutch.
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.
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.
Trevor Bauer survived some early troubles, aided by defensive miscues, and was provided with a key four-run third inning as the Cleveland Indians guaranteed at least a season split with the Miami Marlins with a 7-4 win on Tuesday night.
The Indians closed out the first full month of April by getting back into the win column to end the opening stretch of the season with a 16-12 mark. They needed a big third inning to support their starter, who provided seven innings of work after some early damage by the opposing Marlins (8-21).
For the second week in a row, the Indians and Marlins will square up on the diamond as the Tribe heads to Miami for a quick two-game rematch with the fish from Florida.
The Indians (15-12) started their road trip strong with two solid pitching performances on Thursday and Friday to take the first two games of their four-game series with the Houston Astros, but with a chance to earn a series win over the final two days, the team could not deliver in a pair of close contests. The Indians dropped a 4-3 decision in ten innings on Saturday on a walk-off pinch-hit home run to the first batter of the inning, and a four-run Astros rally in the seventh inning on Sunday spoiled a strong start from Carlos Carrasco. The hitting woes have continued for the Tribe this season, as they own the worst batting average (.213) in the American League and have hit the second-fewest homers. The Indians start the series two and a half games in back of first place Minnesota in the AL Central.