You could say it was the Indians offense rather than the rain that fell harder at Progressive Field on Monday. Entering the ballgame 5-0 in extra innings, the Tribe fell 4-2 in 10 innings to Detroit, losing the series three games to four. The Indians were unable to capitalize on several opportunities o score, and the Tigers ultimately got the big hit in extra innings.
Sunday marked the five-year anniversary of the CC Sabathia trade to the Milwaukee Brewers back on July 7, 2008. Flash forward five years later, left fielder Michael Brantley (the player to be named later in that deal) had his best day as a member of the Indians against Detroit on Sunday. Slugging two home runs and picking up a career-high five RBI, Cleveland snapped its four game losing streak, as they edged the Tigers 9-6 at Progressive Field.
Still believe Tribe Town? Awesome Amazingness? More like Abominable Awfulness. A four run third inning and a three run fourth was more than enough runs for the surging Detroit offense as they took down the Indians 9-4 on Saturday. The IBI's Jim Berdysz has all of the gory details of yet another Indians loss to the Tigers, their seventh straight. Team Streak continues!
Another explosion of the struggling Indians bullpen were the only fireworks Cleveland would see on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium. Up 5-0 in the bottom half of the sixth, Kansas City Royals outscored the Tribe 10-2 over the final 3 1/3 innings to take the three game series by a score of 10-7. After winning five straight, Cleveland (45-40) finds themselves on a two-game skid and back in second place just 1 1/2 games behind Detroit for first place in the A.L. Central.
Kansas City seemed like they tried every way to beat the Indians Wednesday night off the field. No, it wasn't Mother Nature or a power outage that would prove disastrous, but rather Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer that left the Tribe in the dark, as they fell to the Royals 6-5, snapping their five game winning streak.
The Indians won their fifth straight game Tuesday with a 6-5 win over the Kansas City. With the win, the Indians improved to seven games over .500 for the first time since May 24. Join the IBI's Jim Berdysz as he recaps all the action and provides play-by-play from the Tribe's divisional win.
For the first time since their last World Championship in 1948, the Cleveland Indians have swept their division rival Chicago White Sox on the Southside of the Windy City in a four-game series. The Tribe would score three runs off ChiSox ace Chris Sale already defeating him for the second time in two starts this season. While Cleveland scored four runs in the ballgame, all they would essentially need is one run thanks to another masterful pitching performance by ace Justin Masterson. The IBI's Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts...
Indians starter Corey Kluber entered Thursday’s ballgame with a 3-0 record giving up four runs in his last three starts. A surging Orioles offense would change all that in one inning, scoring five runs in the fifth inning to defeat the Tribe, 7-3. With the loss, Cleveland (40-38) splits the four-game series with Baltimore as they remain 2 1/2 games in back of the first place Detroit Tigers in the Central Division.
Hall of Famer Ty Cobb once said, “Speed is a great asset.” For the Indians on Wednesday, speed would prove to be a huge asset when it would matter the most. Down 3-2 in the ninth inning, the Tribe rallied back to steal a win from the Orioles with a 4-3 victory in Baltimore.
Acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays this off-season along with infielder Mike Aviles, catcher Yan Gomes has burst on the scene rather quickly with the Tribe in what has become his first full season in the big leagues. But before he came to Cleveland, before he stepped foot in a major league ballpark, he called the South American country of Brazil, home. The IBI's Jim Berdysz shares his "Road to the Show"...
The Tribe had a chance to sweep Minnesota out of town on Sunday, but the Twins had other ideas defeating Cleveland, 5-3. Rookie left-hander Pedro Hernandez kept hitters guessing for most of the ballgame as the Indians would tag him for just two runs on three hits through five innings, but the Indians were never able to breakthrough. The IBI's Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts on the game...
More home cooking was in full effect for the Tribe on Saturday night as the Indians pushed by the Minnesota Twins for an 8-7 victory. The win increases Cleveland’s win streak to four straight now having won their last four series. Offensively, Cleveland hitters would walk a total of eight times, where six of them would come in the first inning against Twins starter P.J. Walters (2-3, 4.88 ERA).
Things couldn’t get any smoother for the Indians on Wednesday. Coming from behind to for the second-straight night, Cleveland (35-34) defeated the Royals 6-3 to take the three-game series over their division rivals. The victory moves the Tribe above the .500 mark for the first time since June 6. The Indians got yet another solid pitching performance ace Justin Masterson (9-5, 3.48 ERA) as the right-hander allowed just two runs on nine hits through 6 1/3 innings. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win.
Things did not look good early at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario, but just as they have been accustomed to all season long at Progressive Field, the Tribe would fight back. The Indians rallied from a three-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning to secure a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals. Join the IBI's Jim Berdysz as he recaps all the action from the Tribe's thrilling win.
On Puppypalooza night at Progressive Field, the game itself belonged to the dogs.Up 1-0 after seven innings, the Indians dropped another tough loss late in the ballgame, falling to the Kansas City Royals, 2-1. After spending 24 days in second place in the American League Central, the loss now puts Cleveland (34-35) in third place for the first time since May 10.
Now that’s how you pitch! Indians starter Corey Kluber pitched the best game of his life on Sunday as the Tribe shutout Washington, 2-0 to take the three-game series. Pitching out of a bases loaded no out jam in the seventh inning and another two innings with runners on first and third and nobody out, Kluber earned every bit of that victory. The IBI's Jim Berdysz gives his second thoughts on the game...
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