Prep for series against Royals
The Cleveland Indians ran out of juice in the final game against the Detroit Tigers, losing 9-5 after taking games one and two with a combined 13-4 score. For Detroit, it was a must win to stay alive in the Wild Card hunt. SP Trevor Bauer was a bit erratic and had six runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3rd innings in the loss while plunking Miguel Cabrera in the first inning, beaning Ian Kinsler in the third and hitting Victor Martinez in the third.
“There were balls down, up, in, out,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Bauer’s outing. “We never want to see somebody get hit in the head. You can see by Trevor’s reaction how he felt. And then the [timing] of it, certainly, you could tell there’s no intent. I also understand why they were aggravated. Guys were getting drilled pretty good. I get it.”
The Indians are still seven games up in the AL Central going into the series with the Kansas City Royals (77-73, 3rd AL Central) but need to keep the pressure on the division and cannot afford to give up many more games going into the playoffs.
Taking the mound for the tribe tomorrow night will be RHP Josh Tomlin (12-8, 4.75 ERA) while the defending champion Royals will send out veteran Edinson Volquez (10-11, 5.40 ERA).
Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Division Leading Cleveland Indians!
Clevinger gets the start
The Cleveland Indians (79-57, 1st AL Central) used eight pitchers in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros (73-64, 2nd AL West) last night. Without a clear cut fifth starter, the Indians went with all eight pitchers in the loss. The Detroit Tigers moved to within 4.5 games of the division leading Indians while the Astros win keeps them two games back of the second AL Wild Card spot.
“It’s a big win for us to come into this place and beat a first-place team, so regardless of how they lined their pitching up, you’ve got to win as many games as you can,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “That was the lovable September marathon that we all enjoy. Better to be on the winning side than the losing side, but that one seemed like it was never going to end.”
The second of four games commences tonight at 6:10 at Progressive Field. Corey Kluber (15-8, 3.09 ERA) will get the start for the Tribe while the Astros will send out Brad Peacock (0-0, 3.86 ERA) to start the game. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians!
After taking two of three games against the Kansas City Royals (47-47, 4th AL Central), the Cleveland Indians (56-38, 1st AL Central) continue their road swing and hit Baltimore today to take on the Orioles (54-40, 2nd AL East) in a three game stand going through the weekend.
Taking the mound for the Indians will be Trevor Bauer (7-3, 3.36 ERA) while the Orioles will send Dylan Bundy (2-2, 3.70 ERA) to the mound. Bauer turned into a starter this past Sunday and is 5-1 (2.78 ERA) on the road this season. Bundy got his first start of the season last Sunday which he lost allowing four runs in 3 1/3 innings.
The Indians will return to Progressive Field next Tuesday to take on the Washington Nationals (57-39, 1st NL East). Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and be there next week to cheer on your American League Central leading Cleveland Indians
Await Rays after sweeping White Sox
The Cleveland Indians (38-30, 1st AL Central) continue their winning ways after sweeping the Chicago White Sox with potent offense (19 runs) and effective defense (six runs allowed).
Next up for Cleveland is a three game series against the Tampa Bay Rays (31-36, 5th AL East) who are in the middle of a four game losing streak going back to June 16th against the Mariners.
“It’s nice to be the home team,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “That was a pretty good game played well by both teams.”
The Tribe kick off their series against the Rays today at 6:05. Josh Tomlin takes the mound, going up against the Rays’ Drew Smyly. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and cheer on your AL Central leading Cleveland Indians.
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