With a 9-2 victory over the Astros, the Indians swept their sixth four-game series of the season, becoming the first team to do so since the 1961 Yankees, a team that featured sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris and won the World Series. Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn each had two RBIs as Cleveland clings to their possession of one of the two wild-card spots. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps the victory.
The Indians began Saturday with a half-game lead over Texas for the second American League Wild Card spot and finished the day with the same lead thanks to Scott Kazmir who pitched seven shutout innings and Cleveland scored three runs in the first as the Indians beat the Houston Astros 4-1 Saturday night at Progressive Field.
Nick Swisher homered from both sides of the plate and Asdrubal Cabrera went deep for the second game in a row as the Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 7-1 Sunday. The Tribe achieved a first by sweeping a four-game series of the White Sox for the third time in a season. With the win, Cleveland pulled within a half-game of Tampa Bay and Texas in the Wild Card race. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps the action.
Ubaldo Jimenez took a shutout into the ninth inning and was supported by eight runs as the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 8-1 Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field. With the win the Indians are now just 1.5 games out of the top wildcard spot and possibility of hosting a one game wildcard playoff.
Daisuke Matsuzaka kept his former team quiet over five and and two-thirds innings and Chris Perez gave up a tie-breaking RBI-double in the ninth, as the Mets beat the Indians 2-1 Sunday at Progressive Field. Cleveland entered the game trailing Tampa Bay by one game for the second wild card spot in the American League, but failed to capitalize. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps the Tribe's failed attempt at a sweep.
Cleveland struck for five runs in the first inning, establishing a lead they would maintain for the entire game, as the Indians beat the New York Mets 9-4 Saturday night. Corey Kluber was impressive in his return from the disabled list as he allowed just two earned runs while Asdrubal Cabrera and Nick Swisher each hit home runs to supply the offense. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he provides all the play-by-play from the huge Tribe win.
Scott Kazmir struck out 12 batters in six innings and Nick Swisher hit a grand slam as the Cleveland Indians beat the New York Mets 8-1 in the opener of a three-game weekend series at Progressive Field. With the win, the Indians have won three games in a row as they continue their push toward a playoff spot and continue to strengthen their standing in the wildcard race.
Despite Danny Salazar and Justin Verlander matching one another pitch-for-pitch through six innings, neither factored into the game's final decision. Mike Aviles hit a grand slam, the first of his career, off Joaquin Benoit in the ninth as the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 4-0 in the finale of a three-game series. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps the Tribe's dramatic win to cap off an otherwise brutal road trip.
The Cleveland offense finally came to life but the Tribe bullpen failed to keep Detroit off the board late, as Tigers beat the Indians 10-5 Saturday night at Comerica Park. With the loss, the Indians have lost five in a row, including the first two of a three-game series against Detroit. The Tigers now lead in the American League Central by 8.5 games. Cleveland is now five games behind in the AL Wild Card.
Drew Stubbs hit a two out, tie-breaking home run to center field in the eighth inning and Cleveland got away with some sloppy defense, as the Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 to win the three-game weekend series. After losses by Oakland and Tampa Bay, the Tribe is now just 1.5 games behind the second spot in the Wild Card. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps another key series win for the Indians.
Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis both hit two-run home runs and Zach McAllister won for the third start in a row as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 7-2 Saturday night at Progressive Field. With the win, the Indians moved into third place in the American League Wild Card and are now 11 games over .500 on the season.
Ubaldo Jimenez struck out a season-high 10 batters over six innings, but a lifeless Cleveland offense made him the tough-luck loser as the Minnesota Twins beat the Indians 5-1 in the opener of a three-game series at Progressive Field.
Chris Young and Alberto Callaspo each hit solo home runs off Scott Kazmir in the fifth as the A's beat the Indians 7-3 Sunday in the rubber match of the three-game series. With the loss, the Indians are now 3-3 on their current road trip. Cleveland is now seven games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central and 4.5 games behind in the Wild Card. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps the loss.
Asdrubal Cabrera broke a 0-for-20 slump with two RBI hits and Ubaldo Jimenez took a no hitter into the sixth, as the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland A's 7-1 Saturday night at o.CO Coliseum. Ubaldo Jimenez was effectively wild over five and two-thirds innings, walking five and striking out eight. He took a no hitter into the sixth inning as his pitch count ballooned.
Eric Sogard hit a two-out, run-scoring double off Cleveland starter Justin Masterson, as the Oakland A's beat the Indians 3-2 in the opener of a pivotal three-game series Friday. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps all the action and provides all the play-by-play from the tough late night defeat.
C.J. Wilson struggled through five and one-third innings, but Cleveland's sloppy defense and continually-quiet bats doomed the home team, as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat the Indians 7-2 Saturday night. The Indians are reeling and they put forth one of their sloppiest games yet with four errors, wild pitches, and an continued lack of ability to hit in the clutch.
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