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The Indians' lack of punch offensively has been an almost daily issue for the team, but it also has overshadowed the fact that statistically the Indians' pitching has been even worse than their hitting. That fact was driven home again on Thursday in a 12-5 loss to Cincinnati.Starter Josh Tomlin, a fly ball pitcher who was pitching in a bandbox, Great American Ballpark, that rewards fly balls, was not a good matchup. Sure enough, Tomlin lasted just four innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits, two of them home runs, as his record fell to 3-4 and his earned run average climbed to 5.56.The Indians' starting pitching has struggled for much of this season, and that includes No. 1 and 2 starters Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez, who had ERAs over 5.00 until just recently. Masterson and Jimenez have been much better in their last two starts, but the rotation overall is still lacking consistency.Tomlin has been up and down. Derek Lowe had a 2.05 ERA through his first eight starts but in his last five starts is 1-4 with a 7.27 ERA. Jeanmar Gomez, the fifth starter, is 1-3 with a 7.84 ERA in his last four starts, and 4-5 with a 4.71 ERA overall.Put it altogether and it's a very inconsistent rotation prone to extremes, both good and bad. The lack of overall consistency with the rotation puts much more pressure on an offense that is ill-equipped to handle it. The bottom part of the Indians' order, in particular, has had trouble contributing consistently.All of which makes it somewhat surprising that the team is still hanging in there as contenders in the AL Central. Team officials are quick to remind everyone that the team is doing so even though it has not yet played its best baseball. But the longer the team goes without playing its "best baseball" suggests that maybe it actually has -- and is.NOTES, QUOTES--RHP Esmil Rogers, a reliever in just his second game as a member of the Indians, singled in the sixth inning Thursday. Starter RHP Josh Tomlin also had a single in the game. All three Indians starting pitchers -- RHP Jeanmar Gomez, RHP Derek Lowe, and Tomlin -- had hits in the interleague series with the Reds. Indians pitchers are hitting a combined .286 (4-for-14) in interleague play this year.--OF Shin-Soo Choo's first inning home run Thursday was his first home run since May 24. Choo went 75 at-bats between home runs and has hit just four this season. He hit 22 and 20 in 2009 and 2010 before falling off to eight in his injury-plagued 2011 season.--RHP Josh Tomlin's inconsistent season continued Thursday as he gave up six runs on 10 hits in four innings in a 12-5 loss to the Reds. "He just didn't have it today," said manager Manny Acta. In his last four starts, Tomlin has a 6.95 ERA.--OF Michael Brantley doubled in the seventh inning Thursday to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. That's the longest hitting streak in the majors since Atlanta's Dan Uggla hit in 33 consecutive games in July and August of last year.--C Carlos Santana has been struggling offensively, but not defensively. Santana has thrown out 11 of 31 attempted base stealers. That's a success rate of 35.5 percent, the best of any qualifying catcher in the American League.BY THE NUMBERS: 23-2 -- The Indians' record when they out-hit their opponent. When their opponent out-hits them their record is 6-26.QUOTE TO NOTE: "Everything I threw over the plate they hit." -- RHP Josh Tomlin, who gave up six runs on 10 hits in four innings in a 12-5 loss to Cincinnati.MEDICAL WATCH:--DH Travis Hafner (sore right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 24. He had surgery May 31 to repair a frayed meniscus, and he will be out until late June or early July.--3B Jack Hannahan (left calf strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 27. He had been out May 14-23 due to lower back stiffness. He began a rehab assignment with Class AAA Columbus on June 11.--LHP Rafael Perez (strained left lat muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 26.--OF Grady Sizemore (back surgery in March 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list April 4. He was cleared to begin baseball activities in late April and took live batting practice May 16. His rehab was slowed again in early June, and there was no timetable for his return.--RHP Carlos Carrasco (Tommy John surgery in September 2011) went on the 60-day disabled list March 26. He might miss the entire season.
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During today's Indians-Reds game, newly acquired Indians reliever Esmil Rogers was facing Reds third baseman Todd Frazier in the fifth inning. Frazier popped the ball foul towards the first base line, and Indians first baseman Carlos Santana (who is typically behind the dish as a catcher for Cleveland) barreled towards the stands to catch...
If the Indians are going anywhere this season, their pitching staff will have to take them there.
The staff stumbled out of the gate, but there are indications of late that two key pitchers may have turned the corner.
One of them is No. 1 starter Justin Masterson, who pitched seven strong innings Friday to anchor a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Masterson pitched seven scoreless...
Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana (no relation to the legendary rock guitarist) accidentally tackled a fan in the front row while leaping into the stands chasing a foul popup during Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Reds.
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It happened in the top of the fifth inning on a foul popup by Reds third baseman Todd Frazier...
For the second straight start, Justin Masterson was dominant, striking out nine and blanking the Pirates for seven strong innings, as the Tribe defeated the Buccos 2-0 in front of nearly 32,000 fans at Progressive Field. The Indians broke the scoreless tie in the third with a two-out RBI double by Carlos Santana on a full count that scored Asdrbual Cabrera. In the eighth inning,...
I hope Carlos Santana was honest and said that the only reason he risked diving into the stands to catch that ball was because he knew he had safety measures there in the form of that fan
This game was close. I swear. You look at this and you’d think, “whelp, Ubaldo must’ve had one of those days”, but that is not the case. Jimenez did his best Dave Burba impression (6.0 IP, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4K) but the Tribe’s bats never figured out Pirates starter AJ Burnett. Both times the Indians scored (two solo shots, from Cabrera and Kotchman, respectively), Ubaldo gave...
Justin Masterson pitched seven effective innings and the Cleveland Indians snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
Masterson (3-6) allowed four hits, struck out nine and ended his own three-game slide. He wriggled out of threats in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
Vinnie Pestano worked the eighth and Chris Perez pitched...
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It was a tough, tough series for the entire Cleveland Indians ball club as they were swept by the Reds on Thursday. But it had to be especially tough for one member of the Tribe in particular -- Carlos Santana.
Seen here is the first basemen/catcher/designated hitter leavng his feet into the crowd in pursuit of a foul ball...
Well it was only a matter of time before shots were fired. This morning, Reds manager came back with some harsh comments towards Indians starter Derek Lowe, who last night called Baker out for purposely ordering Mat Latos to throw at him.
These quotes are courtesy of John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer:
“He had some words for me. I really didn’t want to make a public thing...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- A.J. Burnett became the first Pittsburgh pitcher since 1990 to win six straight starts and Pedro Alvarez homered twice as the Pirates beat the Cleveland Indians 9-2 Saturday.
Burnett (7-2) gave up two runs over 6 2-3 innings. He extended the best stretch by a Pirates pitcher since Doug Drabek won six in a row during his NL Cy Young Award-winning season.
The Cleveland Indians couldn’t get a win in Cincinnati as they watched the Reds continue to dominate Tribe Pitching. Derek Lowe and Nick Hagadone would surrender five runs to the Reds high powered offense as the Indians would fall 5-3. The Indians have already lost the series and have one more chance to get a win in the Queen City to make it to the .500 mark on this road trip....
First it’s with a heavy heart I acknowledge that apparently Root Sports has parted ways with Lacee Collins. She got hit pretty hard, often on this blog, but my god did Pittsburgh fans eat her alive. Hopefully she lands on her feet or heels or sneakers or whatever her preferred choice in footwear may be. [...]
Pirates (32-30) at Indians (32-30)
7:05 PM EST–Progressive Field, Cleveland
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The Bucs will try and completely forget that awful Baltimore series as they head in Cleveland this week to take on the Indians for the weekend.
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After last night’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians, Indians starter Derek Lowe <a ... [visit site to read more]
I know blowouts suck, but losses like last night’s really frustrate me. Failing to capitalize on huge opportunities seems like it is this teams calling card. First Pitch: 4:05 PM EST Where To Watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV, STO Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP (28) Talk about a guy whose record is absolutely blowing away his actual [...]