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!
The Cleveland Indians will look to close out the short three game series against the Detroit Tigers today before hosting the New York Yankees for a four game series that kicks off tomorrow evening.
In the first two games against the Tigers, the Indians worked hard earning two victories with a combined score of 17-4 and was their 11th straight victory over the Tigers.
“Other than the fact that they’ve beaten us 11 straight games, there’s nothing baffling. They’ve outplayed us,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “There’s nothing baffling about that. It’s not like we haven’t played good baseball. They’ve just played better. Tonight, they pitched better, they hit better. It’s simple.”
Tickets for the up coming series against the Yankees are still available. Starting for the Indians will be Trevor Bauer (7-2, 3.02 ERA) who will go up against Ivan Nova (5-5, 5.06 ERA). Bauer missed his last start and is coming off a 3-0 June record. Nova’s ERA has jumped to 6.92 over his last seven starts.
The Detroit Tigers hot streak continues; they came into Cleveland and pasted 25 runs, 10 more than the Indians were able to muster to sweep the Tribe and go 5-0 for the season.
The main issue for the Indians was their awful pitching. TJ House and Zach McCallister opened games 1 & 2 and gave up 17 runs. Game three featured Corey Kluber who held it together for 6.5 innings, giving up only two runs until the bullpen broke down giving the game and six runs up.
The Tribe begin a two game stand against the Chicago White Sox. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today!