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With a pile of outfielders in spring camp for the Indians, one of the players who could have the most significant effect on the jobs up for grabs is Tyler Naquin.
The tables turn quickly at times in baseball. One day after blanking the Detroit Tigers by a 2-0 final, the Indians had the favor returned by the Tampa Bay Rays, who used a four-run seventh to complete a 4-0 shutout of Cleveland in Friday’s series opener from Tropicana Field.
In a matchup of two teams fighting for American League Wild Card playoff spots, the Rays captured a big win over the Indians in a well pitched game between both clubs for the first six innings. The Rays ran up the score in the seventh, scratching across a run off of starter Shane Bieber before Adam Cimber allowed the back-breaking blow on a three-run blast by former Indians first baseman Jesus Aguilar.
A tired Indians club spotted right-hander Zach Plesac with four runs in the second to pace Cleveland to a needed 4-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Looking to bounce back from a tough road trip through New York that led to three straight losses in a sweep by the Mets, the new look Indians (75-54), dressed in all black for the Players’ Weekend event, erupted for four runs in the second inning against the Royals’ Jakob Junis and limited the KC offense to just one run to capture a big win while cutting a game off of its deficit in the American League Central. The Minnesota Twins lost at home to the Detroit Tigers by a 9-6 final to move their lead in the AL Central down to two and a half games.
The woes continued for Indians closer Brad Hand on Wednesday night as the New York Mets scored twice in the bottom of the tenth inning to stun the Cleveland Indians, 4-3.
For the third time in his last four appearances, Hand suffered a blown save. This one was a bit different than the others, however, as the Indians had just silenced the hometown crowd in the top half of the inning on a solo homer by Carlos Santana off of reliever Luis Avilan to take a 3-2 lead. The box score will show a Mets victory, but it was one key play and several questionable mental errors around the infield that led to a walk-off celebration for the home team.
Tribe closer Brad Hand gave up a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to allow the Twins to tie the game at three, but Carlos Santana sent the Indians to a victory as he hit a grand slam in the top of the tenth to give Cleveland a 7-3 win over Minnesota on Sunday.
In the biggest series of the year for the Indians to date, the club showed up big in the Twin Cities and stole three wins in a four-game series to tie the Twins for the top spot in the American League Central for the second time in the last three days. They needed some late inning heroics, capped by a dynamite defensive play to avoid a dramatic loss in the bottom of the ninth before Santana crushed the backbreaker in the next half inning to send Cleveland home with an impressive series win from Minnesota.
Verlander was sharp throughout and sat down the Tribe hitter after hitter while racking up 13 strikeouts on the night. The Indians managed to put just ten balls in play (eight for outs) against the 36-year-old right-hander, who improved to 14-4 on the year with a dominating start. He has now won all four of his starts since the All-Star break with four quality efforts.
Four Indians pitchers combined to limit the Tigers to one hit over nine scoreless innings and the bats piled up seven runs over the first three innings on the way to an 8-0 victory over Detroit from downtown Cleveland on Tuesday.
Rains spoiled a good start from rookie right-hander Zach Plesac, who was unable to factor in the decision despite facing the minimum over the first three innings. As has been the case for him during many of his nine starts this season, dark clouds have followed him and rain knocked him out after just nine outs, but the bullpen handled the rest, allowing just one base runner over the final six innings.
The Indians matched a season-high with 18 hits and put up eleven runs, including six in the eighth, to rout the Cincinnati Reds by an 11-1 final to wrap up the first half of the season.
Cleveland (50-38) cruised to a sixth straight victory with a strong pitching performance from Trevor Bauer (8-6) and moved within five and a half games of the Minnesota Twins in the division, as the top club in the American League Central fell 4-1 in eleven innings against the Texas Rangers.
A big day at the plate from Jake Bauers backed starting pitcher Trevor Bauer and a five-run third inning aided by a bases loaded walk and an error gave the Cleveland Indians a series opening 9-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
The Indians opened July with a big win to even up their road trip at 2-2 after a disappointing and embarrassing series in Baltimore over the weekend. The offense came to life to make up for just two runs scored against the Orioles in their three-game set, and the bullpen picked up for Bauer, who was starting for the first time since the sudden death of his former teammate and friend, Tyler Skaggs, on Monday.
Trevor Bauer looked like the pitcher of old as he whiffed 12 Kansas City batters over six and two-thirds innings to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 win in the rubber match with the Royals on Wednesday afternoon.
Bauer’s mixed numbers this season looked to be in the rearview Wednesday as the Indians claimed another series win, continuing an impressive month of June. The team moved back to a season-high eight games over the .500 mark at 44-36 with a win in the club’s final home game before the All-Star break and improved to 16-7 in the month with an encouraging +41 run differential (126 runs scored versus 85 runs allowed).
Zach Plesac took a no-hitter into the fifth and allowed just two knocks on the night, while his teammates backed his strong start with four home runs in a 10-3 victory over the Texas Rangers from Globe Life Park on Tuesday.
The Tribe’s rookie right-hander pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his big league career and bounced back well after a rough start against the Cincinnati Reds his last time out. He gave up just a run on two hits and departed in the eighth, while the bullpen handled the rest in a big offense performance from the Indians that included a rare feat not accomplished by the club in nearly 15 years. The ten-run outburst by the offense came on a night where both Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana were held hitless.
Trevor Bauer went the distance for the third time in his career on Sunday, firing his first professional shutout in a four-hit 8-0 gem over the Detroit Tigers from Comerica Park.
Needing to pick up their play against the American League Central Division, the Cleveland Indians (37-33) did that this weekend in securing a series sweep over the fourth place Tigers, moving to 5-1 on the year against their divisional foe. They did so in fairly dominating fashion to boot, outscoring the host club 25-6 in a series highlighted by impressive starting pitching and a healthy offensive contribution from Cleveland.