It may be September and meaningful games are few and far between for the Indians, but Friday's game was exactly that. New manager Sandy Alomar Jr. made his debut as the Tribe skipper, and the Indians made sure to do their part as well as the team defeated Kansas City 8-5. Jim Berdysz offers his Second Thoughts after the jump.
The Indians lost their second straight game to the Royals Saturday as Kansas City earned a 5-3 win. Even worse was the performance of Tribe starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who again pitched poorly and earned his Major League leading 17th loss. IPI's Jim Berdysz offers his second thoughts after the jump.
Missed “royal” opportunities could be one way to describe the Indians game on Friday night as the team struggled to score runs against division rival Kansas City. With the loss, Cleveland fell to 62-89 and is now the sole owners of last place in the American League Central Division. IPI's Jim Berdysz shares his Second Thoughts on the game after the jump.
History was almost made at Progressive Field on Saturday afternoon. No, it did not involve any Indians starter or player, but rather the team’s lack of offense. Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez was dominant all game on Saturday, taking a No-hitter to the bottom of the seventh inning and defeating the Indians 5-3.
Fresh off of a thrilling comeback win on Thursday against the Texas Rangers, the Indians looked to keep the momentum going Friday. Only one problem. They happened to run into the Detroit Tigers and this pretty good pitcher named Justin Verlander. How'd it turn out for the Tribe? Take a look as Jim Berdysz offers his Second Thoughts.
The Indians offense could not get anything rolling on Saturday as the Tribe was held in check by Minnesota and Twins starter Cole De Vires, getting shutout 3-0. The loss puts Cleveland at a season low 21 games below the .500 mark. Cleveland starter Zach McAllister struggled for his third straight outing, going just three innings giving up two earned runs on three hits.
It may have very well been the battle for last place, but there was certainly a nail biter of a finish as the Indians edged out their Central Division rival Twins Friday night, 7-6. The Tribe would collect a dozen hits in the ballgame and already pick up their fourth win in September.
One flip of the calendar, and the Indians have already picked up their first victory in the month of September, defeating the Rangers on Saturday night 4-3. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak and was the first time since August 11 that Cleveland won a ballgame where Justin Masterson was not the starting pitcher.
The Tribe's woes continue as the team dropped its sixth straight Friday. Even worse, the loss tied the franchise mark for the worst month in team history. On the positive side of things, a new month is upon us, but just in case any of us forgot about just how bad August was, IPI's Jim Berdysz goes over Friday's conclusion to the month, a 5-3 loss to Texas.
The streak is finally over! The Indians would need just four hits against rival New York on Saturday night to snap their second nine game losing streak of the season, defeating the Yankees 3-1 picking up just their fifth victory in the month of August. Tribe starter Justin Masterson became the first Cleveland starter with double-digit victories in 2012, giving his team another quality and dominant start.
Nine in a row. 22 of their last 26. Times are tough for the Indians right now as they continued their month long tumble in the standings last night with a 3-1 loss to the hated Yankees. Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts on the game.
Through six innings last night it was an impressive battle between Felix Hernandez and Roberto Hernandez, but things unraveled quickly for the Indians in the seventh inning and they lost to the Mariners 5-1. The loss is the Indians 17th loss in their last 18 road games and their 20th loss in their last 24 games. These are not good times of late for the Indians or their fans. Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts on the game.
Somewhere, both Chris Antonetti and Mark Shapiro were smiling last night as newly acquired utility man Brent Lillibridge and the Indians defeated Red Sox on Saturday, 5-2. After a slow start to the ballgame, the Tribe bats warmed up late scoring four of their five runs over the last four innings of the game.
The Indians ran into a tough pitcher last night as Clay Buchholz was on his A-game and threw a complete game two-hitter in a 3-2 Red Sox win. The Indians actually got a surprisingly solid start from lefty Chris Seddon, probably his last before Roberto Hernandez is activated this week. Jim Berdysz provides his second thoughts on the game.
The Indians lost their seventh game in a row, and are now 8 1/2 games behind the Chicago White Sox. Their run differential is the worst in the American League (fourth worst in all of baseball, behind Houston, Colorado and Miami) right now at a crazy -88 runs, and the big league club is beginning to look a lot like the Columbus Clippers did back in April. Check out Jim B. and his Second Thoughts, after the jump...
And the losing streak continues. After being swept by the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals this past week, the Indians dropped their seventh game in a row to Detroit on Friday night, 10-2. It marked just the third time the team was defeated by the Tigers in 10 games this season.
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