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Indians cruise past Brewers, 6-2, for second-straight win

Aug 26, 2015 -- 11:55pm

By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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Quick hits

  • Indians improve to 60-66 on the season.
  • Brewers drop to 53-74 on the year.
  • Tribe reliever Jeff Manship picked up the win, 
  • Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson was handed the loss. He’s now 10-10 with a 3.81 ERA.
  • Jason Kipnis went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer and three RBI for the Indians.
  • Khris Davis went 1-for-4 with a solo homer for the Brewers.

 

Anderson outing – For having not pitched since Aug. 7, Indians’ starter Cody Anderson looked pretty good. The right-hander went 4 1/3 innings, where he allowed just two runs on two hits, while walking two and striking out four. However, despite a solid performance, Anderson didn’t qualify for the win, but his record at Progressive field is now 1-1 with a 5.33 ERA in five career starts.

"I thought Cody for being down 19 days or whatever, I thought he did a really good job,” said Indians’ manager Terry Francona. “First time through the order, really good, second time, I think he was starting to get up a little bit. There were probably more fly balls than he's normally [getting]. I thought he was starting to tire a little bit. But, I thought what he did was great. That was probably farther than we thought he might get."

Heating up – Kipnis has thrived at home this season, batting .383 (79-for-206) with four home runs and 25 RBI. Wednesday night was no different, as he gave the Indians a 3-1 lead in the second with two outs and the bases loaded, hitting a base clearing double to LF. Kipnis then extended the Indians’ lead in the eighth, 6-2, with a solo homer to right, making it his seventh of the year.

The Chizz Kid – Since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on July 30, Lonnie Chisenhall has been scorching hot, hitting .388 (26-for-67) with five doubles and 12 RBI. Chisenhall Wednesday night went 2-for-5, including an RBI double in the third, which gave the Indians a 4-1 lead at the time. 

Smooth sailing  – Manship pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings of relief for the Indians Wednesday night, making it his first win since April 26, 2014 at Arizona when he pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies.

A stat from left field – The Indians picked up five stolen bases Wednesday night. That’s the most the Brewers have allowed in a game since Sept. 14, 2007.

Worth quoting – "I take any run, any time. For a while, it looked like we had kind of spent a little bit. Like, we had scored and we were going to maybe hang on.”– Indians’ manager Terry Francona on Jason Kipnis’ eighth inning homer

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Indians top of the order slugs past Brewers in 11-6 win

Aug 26, 2015 -- 12:08am

By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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Quick hits

  • The Indians improve to 59-66 on the season.
  • The Brewers drop to 53-73 on the year.
  • Tribe starter Josh Tomlin picks up the win. He’s now 2-1 with a 3.26 ERA.
  • Milwaukee starter Willy Peralta was handed the loss. He’s now 4-8 with a 4.55 ERA.
  • Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI for the Indians.
  • Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-4 with a double, two homers and three RBI for the Brewers.

 

Tomlin outing – Tomlin earned his second-straight win, going six innings, where he struck out seven, while allowing four runs on six hits. Despite surrendering two home runs early on, Tomlin was able to buckle down after. The right-hander past the second, retired the next 12 batters he faced before giving up a double and a two-run homer to Lucroy and Ryan Braun respectively.

“The second one, after we came back in and got two on the board and we had the lead, the second one was a little bit rough,” Tomlin said after giving up his second homer. “But the way the guys were swinging the bats, I was just trying to go out there and keep us in the game as long as we could.”

“The last one was kind of a pitch that I was trying to do and Braun just kind of got one up there and got it. But with a lead like that there’s no reason to nibble, just try to go after them and try to go as deep as you can into a game like that.”

Smooth Operator – Brantley this season has driven in a run in at least 53 games, and he did so again Tuesday night, hitting a pair of two-run homers and four RBI. For Brantley, it was his 10th and 11th homers of the season, and he now has a team high 72 RBI through 112 games. Meanwhile, since the All-Star break, the 28-year old has hit .373 compared to his .292 average before the break.

Young Gun – Like Brantely, since the All-Star break, rookie Francisco Lindor has been on fire, batting .361 (54-for-149) with eight doubles, five home runs and 21 RBI. Tuesday night the 21-year old went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored, making it his first career game with three hits or more and two RBI or more. The most surprising thing from Lindor this season, has been his confidence and his ability to make adjustments at the plate quickly.

"It's awesome,” said Brantley about how confident Lindor has seemed. “He's learning on fly, he's learning quickly, he works hard each and every day. I think that's one of the most important things. He's always in the cage, he's always here early, he has a great head on his shoulders and he's always willing to learn."

The JK Kid – Jason Kipnis had a huge night on Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, which now ranks him first in the American League with 17 games of three hits or more. Kipnis gave the Indians a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI double, and then extend the lead in the fifth with an RBI single.

"You saw it tonight,” Francona said. “When he’s hitting that ball to left field with authority, he’s a different hitter. He gets so dangerous.”

 

 

Sidelined – Starter Carlos Carrasco will be placed on the 15-day disabled on Wednesday with what most likely will be right shoulder inflammation. Carrasco, who was supposed to start on Wednesday, suffered some soreness after his outing on Friday against the New York Yankees. The injury is not believed to be too serious, however, as a precautionary reason, Cody Anderson, will come off the DL and start in Carrasco’s place.

A stat from left field – In 19 1/3 innings, Tomlin has given up six home runs, with five of them being solo shots.

Worth quoting – I think it comes a little bit from my teammates.  The amount of freedom they’re giving me to enjoy the game and to have fun and to be me, to be Francisco Lindor, which is the little guy always smiling and always trying to mess around. That’s me. And they’re letting me do that. That’s how you build confidence and I’m glad they’re doing it. –Indians’ Francisco Lindor on his confidence on the field and at the plate

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Series preview: Indians vs Brewers

Aug 25, 2015 -- 3:00pm

By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com

 

What to know

Location: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

All-Time Record: 202-206 (Brewers)

2015 Record: 1-1 

 

Indians

  • The Indians (58-66) are in last place in the American League Central Division, and have lost four of their last 10, including a walk-off win by the Cubs on Monday.
  • This year the Tribe are 10-8 in interleague play, but have been outscored by National League teams, 72-62.
  • This month the Indians rank 10th in batting average in the Major Leagues with a .267 clip, while ranking 17th  in runs scored with 96.
  • The Tribe’s pitching staff this month is posting a 3.63 ERA, which ranks 9th in the Majors, while posting a 10-12 record in 22 starts.

 

Brewers

  • The Brewers (53-72) are in fourth place in the National League Central Division, but have gone 5-5 in their last 10.
  • Milwaukee has won seven of nine interleague games against the Indians in Cleveland.
  • In August the Brewers offense ranks 20th in baseball in both runs scored with 89, and in average with a .255 clip.
  • The pitching staff’s ERA for the Brewers this month ranks 21st in the MLB at 4.72, and have gone 9-12 in 21 starts.

 

Indians

Who’s hot – Rookie Francisco Lindor in has last seven-games has gone, 10-for-28 (.357) with a double, two home runs and three RBI. In the two games earlier in the season against the Brewers, Lindor went 2-for-8 with a homer and an RBI. This season the switch-hitting shortstop is posting a .298 average with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 62 games.

Who’s not – Fellow rookie Giovanny Urshela has struggled this month, hitting just .183 with two homers and five RBI. In his last seven-games, he’s has gone just 3-for-16 (.188) with three walks and five strikeouts. Meanwhile, Urshela this year is batting .230 with five home runs and 15 RBI. 

 

Brewers

Who’s hot – Despite just hitting .263 (5-for-19) in his last seven, Khris Davis has slugged four homers, while driving in eight runs. Against the Indians earlier this year, Davis went 1-for-6 with one strikeout. This season, the 27-year old has hit .241 with 16 homers and 44 RBI in 84 games.

Who’s not – In his last seven-games, Shane Peterson has gone just 2-for-10 (.200) with one RBI, while striking out twice. However, Peterson this season owns a .270 average with 10 RBI in 64 games.

 

 

How they rank

RankIndiansRank Brewers
 Pitching Pitching
13th3.82 ERA23rd4.20 ERA
9th71 Quality Starts27th53 Quality Starts
5th1.20 WHIP23rd1.33 WHIP
3rd.240 batting avg against22nd.259 batting avg against
 Offense Offense
22nd493 runs21st495 runs
15th.253 batting avg19th.251 batting avg
7th.323 on base percentage23rd.305 on base percentage
24th.388 slugging percentage 19th.392 slugging percentage
 Defense Defense
12th67 errors27th90 errors
14th.985 fielding percentage28th.981 fielding percentage
11th7 defensive runs saved26th-32 defensive runs saved
16th-1.5 ultimate zone rating23rd-13.8 ultimate zone rating

 

Pitching matchups

 

Injury Report

Indians – Chris Jonson was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 18 with a left hand infection, which is believed to be from a spider bite. Starting pitcher Cody Anderson was placed on the 15-day DL on Aug. 8 with an oblique injury, however, he did throw a bullpen session prior to Tuesday’s game, according to reports. Pitchers Gavin Floyd (elbow) and Nick Hagadone (elbow) are both on the 60-day disabled list.

 

 

 

Game Preview: Indians vs. Cubs

Aug 24, 2015 -- 1:30pm

By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com

 

 

What to know

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

All-Time Record: 9-8 (Indians)

2015 Record: 2-1 (Indians)

 

Indians

  • The Indians (58-66) are in last place in the American League Central Division, but are coming off of a series win over the New York Yankees.
  • Make up game from June 15, which got postponed due to rain.

 

Cubs

  • The Cubs (71-51) sit in third place in the National League Central Division, and are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
  • Chicago is averaging 7.7 runs per game in their last seven-games.

 

Indians

Who’s hot – Rookie Francisco Lindor has been scorching hot since the All-Star break, hitting .352 with five home runs and 18 RBI. Lindor this season is batting .298 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 62 games.

Who’s not – Yan Gomes has struggled this season, batting just .228 with eight home runs and 31 RBI in 68 games. Gomes in his last seven-games has gone just 2-for-18 (.111) with one home run and three RBI.

 

Cubs

Who’s hot – Dexter Fowler in his last seven-games has gone 11-for-23 (.478) with two home runs and three RBI. Fowler this season is posting a .257 average with 14 homers and 36 RBI.

Who’s not – Rookie Kyle Schwarber has posted solid numbers this season, owning a .284 average with 11 home runs and 32 RBI. However, in his last seven games Schwarber has gone just 3-for-23 (.136), with all three hits being homers.

 

How they rank

RankIndiansRankCubs
 Pitching Pitching
14th3.83 ERA6th3.53 ERA
9th70 Quality Starts18th60 Quality Starts
6th1.20 WHIP4th1.20 WHIP
5th.241 batting avg against7th.242 batting avg against
 Offense Offense
21st492 runs15th509 runs
13th.254 batting avg28th.243 batting avg
7th.324 on base percentage11th.320 on base percentage
23rd.389 slugging percentage18th.394 slugging percentage
 Defense Defense
14th67 errors25th81 errors
14th.985 fielding percentage25th.983 fielding percentage
12th9 defensive runs saved 24th-20 defensive runs saved
16th-1.5 ultimate zone rating9th13.0 ultimate zone rating

 

Pitching matchup

 

Injury Report

Indians – Chris Jonson was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 18 with a left hand infection, which is believed to be from a spider bite. Starting pitcher Cody Anderson was placed on the 15-day DL on Aug. 8 with an oblique injury, however, he did throw a bullpen session prior to Tuesday’s game, according to reports. Pitchers Gavin Floyd (elbow) and Nick Hagadone (elbow) are both on the 60-day disabled list.

 

 

 

Down on the Farm: Weekly Indians Minor League Recap

Aug 23, 2015 -- 6:00pm

By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Photo/MiLB.com

ESPN Cleveland’s weekly report on the Cleveland Indians' minor league prospects.

 

Indians Top Five Prospects

1. Bradley Zimmer OF (Double-A Akron) – In 34 games this season with Akron, Zimmer is posting a slash line of .270/.376/.492, while hitting six homers and driving in 23 runs. Between Akron and High-A Lynchburg this year, Zimmer is batting .296 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI in 112 total games. However, Zimmer in his last 10 games has been mediocre, going 9-for-35 (.257) with no homers and four RBI.

2. Clint Frazier OF (High-A Lynchburg) – Frazier in the first half of this season struggled, batting just .248, however, he’s turned it around in the second half, owning a .337 average. In his last 10 games, the 20-year old has gone 9-for-36 (.250) with two homers and three RBI. Frazier this year is hitting .286 with 15 home runs and 67 RBI through a 120 games.

3. Rob Kaminsky LHP (High-A Lynchburg) – Acquired on July 30 from the St. Louis Cardinals for Brandon Moss, Kaminsky was placed on the Minor League’s 7-day disabled list on Aug. 13 with lower back tightness. On the season, Kaminsky is posting a 6-6 record with a 2.24 ERA in 19 starts.

4. Justus Sheffield LHP (Class-A Lake County) – This month Sheffield in four starts is posting a 1-0 record with 1.25 ERA. In his last start, the 19-year old went 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits, while walking one and striking out five. Sheffield this year owns a 7-4 record with a 3.86 ERA in 23 starts.

5. Bobby Bradley 1B (Class-A Lake County) – In his last 10 games, Bradley is batting .400 (12-for-30) with four home runs and 10 RBI. This month the left-handed hitter is posting a slash line of .351/.422/.831, while slugging in 10 homers and 33 RBI. Meanwhile, Bradley this season is posting a .266 average with 26 home runs and 84 RBI in 97 games total.

 

How they're doing 

TeamWLHomeAway
Triple-A Columubus (second place)725640-2432-32
Double-A Akron (third place)666033-2933-32
High-A Lynchburg (first place)312418-1113-13
Single-A Lake County (third place)282716-1312-14
Low-A Mahoning Valley (fifth place)263211-1915-13

 *Lake County is in the second half of their season. First half record was 36-32.

#Lynchburg is in the second half of their season. First half record was 33-37.

 

 

 

Indians acquire OF Michael Choice from Rangers in exchange for cash

Aug 21, 2015 -- 6:47pm

By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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On Friday the Indians acquired outfielder Michael Choice from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations.

Choice, 25, has been optioned to Triple-A Columbus, and is now the 39th man on the Indians’ 40-man roster.

The right-handed hitter this season has appeared in just one-game with the Rangers, spending all of 2015 in Triple-A Round Rock. In that time, Choice has posted a slash line of .244/.309/.399, while hitting 12 home runs and driving in 60 RBI in a 110 games.

A native of Arlington, Texas, Choice played collegiately at UT-Arlington and was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the 10th overall pick in the first-round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

Choice, who owns a Major League career average of .188 with nine homers and 36 RBI in 96 games, was acquired by the Rangers in December of 2013 from the Athletics in a four-player deal.

The Rangers this season designated the outfielder for assignment on Aug. 18. 

 

 

 

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