The Indians and White Sox split their doubleheader on Memorial Day, with Chicago stealing an 8-6 win in extra frames in the opener before Cleveland rode the long ball to victory in a 3-1 final in the nightcap.
A hard fought pitchers’ dual by both clubs was decided by an eighth inning sacrifice fly as the Detroit Tigers edged the Cleveland Indians by a 1-0 decision on Wednesday night.
Jose Urena and Triston McKenzie matched up nicely in a close contest as both hurlers kept offensive threats to a minimum for much of the night. There were the usual missed opportunities along the way, which proved all the more costly in the one-run final.
Despite a late night flight to Cleveland after playing a doubleheader in Los Angeles against the Angels on Thursday, the Minnesota Twins showed no signs of tiredness or jetlag, knocking around an ineffective Triston McKenzie and Phil Maton between him in a nine-run fourth inning on the way to a 10-0 shutout of the Indians on Friday night.
There was little to talk about regarding the Indians’ performance. Randy Dobnak and two relievers shut down the lineup, with only a handful of threats presenting over the course of the evening. Dobnak allowed single base runners in the first and third innings on a hit and an error, but otherwise kept the bats contained.
One-time top Tribe pitching prospect Justus Sheffield shut down his former club, working six quality innings while his teammates provided plenty of punch to knock out Triston McKenzie and the visiting Cleveland Indians in a 7-3 rout on Saturday night from T-Mobile Park.
Sheffield, one of several prospects dealt by the Indians to the New York Yankees ahead of the 2016 trade deadline for All-Star reliever Andrew Miller, worked his way through some trouble but gave the Mariners some length at the center of the diamond. His teammates did the heavy working from there, tagging McKenzie for five runs before he headed to the showers for the day.
Cleveland ended its road trip in dominating fashion, as Triston McKenzie bounced back from a career-worst performance to fire five shutout innings of two-hit baseball before letting his bullpen handle the rest as the Indians blanked the Kansas City Royals by a 4-0 final on Thursday afternoon.
The Indians won six of seven games during their road trip over the last week, taking two of three from the Chicago White Sox before sweeping the Royals in a four-game series in KC for the first time ever. The stretch of improved play on the field for the Tribe moved the team right back into the mix in the American League Central Division, as the 17-13 club has moved from third place to the top of the pack over the course of the last week.
A historically unorthodox stat line on the mound for Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie led to an easy win for Chicago on Saturday as the White Sox slammed the Indians in a 7-3 contest.
McKenzie had as unpredictable of an outing as possible for the Tribe as he rushed out of the gates on fire, only to lose all command of the strike zone in a quick two-inning stint on the rubber. The White Sox made him pay for every mistake with a mix of patience and timely hitting to back veteran Lance Lynn in his first start off of the injured list.
The Cleveland Indians flipped the script of the first three games of their series with the New York Yankees on Sunday afternoon, scoring seven unanswered runs after trailing to end their four-game losing streak and to avoid a four-game sweep behind a 7-3 win from Progressive Field.
Franmil Reyes continued his hot home hitting with a three-hit performance, including a clutch three-run home run in a four-run fourth for the Tribe to overcome a three-run deficit against New York starter Jameson Taillon. After blowing early leads in each of the first three games of the series, the Indians trailed on Sunday, only to come from behind to end a season-long losing streak at four straight.
Sometimes, that’s how the ball bounces.
An errant throw from Cleveland first baseman Yu Chang struck a base runner and allowed the winning run to cross home plate in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Chicago White Sox a 4-3 win over the Indians on Monday night.
Danny Duffy and the Kansas City bullpen shut down the Cleveland bats and the always dangerous Whit Merrifield lived up to his hype on Monday as the Royals spoiled the Indians’ Home Opener behind a three-hit 3-0 shutout.
Duffy entered the day with a 4-12 career record against Cleveland and just a 3-8 mark at Progressive Field through his first 14 trips to the mound there, but he put together one of his better efforts against the inconsistent bats of the Tribe in the opening game of a quick two-game set between the two clubs. To their credit, the Indians had numerous hard hit balls throughout the afternoon, but few found their way past the gloves of the Royals defenders.
An emotionally charged week may have left the Cleveland Indians a little empty on Saturday as the Pittsburgh Pirates outperformed them in all facets in an 8-0 shutout.
With the Pirates playing for seeding in their pursuits of the top pick in next July’s draft at the end of their year, the Indians had some things at stake entering the penultimate game of the 2020 regular season slate. The division title was still up for grabs, but was going to require a sweep of the Pirates while the Cincinnati Reds were going to need to sweep the Minnesota Twins, which would have put the Indians in position for the second or third spot in the bracket. If that fell through, the Indians could still beat out the Chicago White Sox for the second spot in the American League Central, which would net them the fourth seed against the New York Yankees. A couple of losses would drop the Indians to the seventh spot ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays, forced to travel to either Oakland or to the site of the AL Central victors.
Jordan Luplow played the hero on Wednesday, giving the Cleveland Indians their fourth consecutive win and their second straight walk-off victory in a 3-2 final over the Chicago White Sox.
With a history of mashing against the White Sox, Luplow stepped to the dish against Chicago left-hander Gio Gonzalez in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied, 2-2. After a grounder to short by pinch-hitter Delino DeShields, Gonzalez fell behind 3-0 to Luplow, who had struck out in each of his first three at bats on the night. The next offering to the Tribe outfielder was a meatball down the middle and Luplow mashed it onto the Home Run Porch with a no-doubt-about-it walk-off shot, giving the Indians the 3-2 win.
Seven of Luplow’s 17 homers with the Indians in the last two seasons have come against the White Sox. It was his first career walk-off homer.