If you thought Friday night was a nightmare for the Indians, Saturday became the ugly sequel. After Cleveland jumped out to a 2-0 lead, Minnesota scored three unanswered runs for the second straight night to defeat the Tribe late, 3-2. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber looked sharp through his five innings of work, giving up no runs on just three hits, walking two and striking out seven, but left early with a minor injury. The IBI's Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts on another tough loss.
Down 4-3 in the home half of the sixth, the Tribe scored three runs off Royals lefty Tim Collins to route Kansas City, 6-4 sweeping the three-game series. No hit was bigger than shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-run double off Collins in the inning, giving Cleveland the late lead it would not waiver. Join IBI's Jim Berdysz, as he give us his Second Thoughts...
Collecting five runs on nine hits, the Tribe needed just one of those hits Saturday night as they defeated Kansas City, 5-3. Sporting their throwback 1902 uniforms, it was on the back of starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (5-4, 4.60 ERA) and the bat of third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall that the Indians cruised to their second straight victory over the Royals. The win gives Cleveland their seventh series win over their last 32 games.
Almost 49 years to the day of Luis Tiant’s major league debut with the Indians, Danny Salazar flash signs of the three-time All-Star also in his first big league start on Thursday. Offensively, the arm the 23-year-old Dominican native was no match for Toronto as the Tribe defeated the Blue Jays 4-1 to win the three-game series. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps Tuesday's 4-2 win.
They say baseball teams go as far as starting pitching takes them. Tribe ace Justin Masterson (10-7, 3.72 ERA) gave his team another quality start, but it was the bullpen that gave the game away late, yet again. Cleveland scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it was not enough to overcome another bullpen meltdown as the Toronto Blue Jays squeezed by the Tribe 5-4. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps Wednesday night's loss.
Quality starts have been few and far between for Tribe starter Ubaldo Jimenez. Tuesday proved different for the right-hander, as he and the Indians shutout the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0 for their eleventh shutout of the year. The win was much needed after a disappointing loss to the Tigers the previous night.
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.
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