Much needed? You could say that again. For more than a week now, the Tribe had been looking for that one big hit from the struggling Cleveland offense. Deadlocked in a scoreless tie in the ninth inning Sunday, they finally got that hit with one swing of the bat from third baseman Mike Aviles. Join IBI's Jim Berdysz as he shares his second thoughts on a huge Tribe victory.
No Miggy, no problem. Even without Miguel Cabrera in the Tigers lineup, Detroit still handed Cleveland their fifth straight loss defeating them, 10-5. Five runs on nine his even for the Indians wouldn't be enough in the heart of Motown, as the Tigers exploded for 10 runs on 15 hits offensively. IBI's Jim Berdysz shares his Second Thoughts on a another dismal Tribe loss.
Hoping to help their offensive woes, the Indians have reportedly acquired outfielder Jason Kubel in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a minor league pitcher and cash. The deal is expected to be announced on Friday and the IBI's Jim Berdysz gives some quick notes on the trade.
A roadtrip that had the chance to become a nightmare for the Tribe is starting to turn into a reality. It was another forgettable night for the Indians offense Thursday, as the Braves edged Cleveland, 3-1 to sweep the three-game Interleague series. Although they outhit Atlanta 22-21 in the series, the Tribe was outscored 8-3 in 27 innings, never getting that big hit offensively.
The stymied Indians offense may be the coldest thing in the heart of Hotlanta. Tribe Bats fell in a deep freeze again at Turner Field Wednesday, falling to the Braves in a nail bitter for the second straight night, 3-2. Right-hander Justin Masterson (14-9, 3.49 ERA) gave his team another quality start, allowing two runs on five hits through six innings.
Even a few knocks on wood couldn’t cure the struggling Indians offense. Playing at Turner Field for the fourth time since Game 6 of the 1995 World Series, the Braves blanked Cleveland Tuesday night, 2-0. The Tribe outhit the Braves 6-3 in the contest, but unfortunately squandered multiple scoring opportunities. Join the IBI's Jim Berdysz as he recaps all the action from the tough Tuesday night loss.
It doesn’t matter how ugly it may be, a win is always a win no matter how you look at it. Except for one swing of the bat by right-handed hitter Drew Stubbs and the arm of left-handed starter Scott Kazmir, things weren't so pretty even on a picture perfect day at Progressive Field. Despite a season-high four errors in the ballgame, the Tribe squeezed past the Twins late, 3-1, to win the three-game series over Minnesota.
Things were about as easy as they come for the Tribe on Saturday, as they cruised to a 7-2 victory over the last place Minnesota Twins to win their 70th game of the season. Indians starter Zach McAllister (7-7, 3.51 ERA) held the last place team in the A.L. Central to just two runs on four hits, walking two and striking out five. The team also played some long ball against Twins starter Liem Hendriks (0-2, 6.20 ERA), improving to a season-high 36-5 when scoring six runs or more in a ballgame.
Even the bright sun of Tinseltown couldn't out shine the blazing Tribe. A two-run homer by the Tribe first baseman and another quality start from ace Justin Masterson (14-9, 3.50 ERA) was more than enough against the last place Angles, as the Indians defeated the Halos 3-1 to sweep the three-game series. Join IBI's Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action.
It may have taken five hours and 17 minutes to complete, but in the eyes of Carlos Carrasco, it seemed more like 783 days. Having not won a game since June 29, 2011, Carrasco and the Indians came out on top in a 14 inning battle at Angel Stadium early Wednesday morning. When the dust settled and the clock struck 3:30 a.m. on the East Coast, the Tribe took down L.A. for the second straight night, 4-1.
Losing two of three to the Oakland A's over the weekend, the Indians traveled 370 miles down Interstate 5 looking for some help from the Angels to get them back on track. Great starting pitching and timely hitting became the answer for the Tribe as they easily took down of the Halos in La-La Land, 5-2.
Things were far from bright for the Indians on the Bright Side of the Bay Sunday afternoon. Tying the game at three in the fifth inning, Oakland rallied back to score four unanswered runs over their final four frames as they took the series finale against the Tribe, 7-3. No quality start from left-hander Scott Kazmir (7-6, 4.39 ERA) and more dismal production from anemic Cleveland offense easily led to another defeat, as the team has now dropped nine of their last 13 ballgames.
There are victories, and then there are much needed victories. Saturday was definitley a much needed victory, as the Indians defeated the wild card leading Oakland A’s, 7-1. Join the IBI's Jim Berdysz as he offers his Second Thoughts from the huge Saturday night victory.
Come from behind wins continue to be a dime a dozen for the resilient Indians. Down 7-3 in the eighth, the Tribe offense outscored the Twins 6-1 over the final five frames as they defeated Minnesota in 12 innings, 9-8. The IBI's Jim Berdysz has the recap of a wild and important win for the Indians...
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