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2020 COVID-19 Season

2020 COVID-19 Season – Game 15

2020 COVID-19 Season Game 15
5 innings of great baseball, then the bottom dropped out big time.
Indians Stumble, Lose to Rays

Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Brendan McKay pitched effectively against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field, leading his team to a 9-2 win. McKay, the winner, moves to 2-1. He threw 5.2 innings of 3-hit ball, while fanning 6 and giving up 4 walks. The Indians fall to 5-10 and continue their lackluster start to the 2020 season.

Hunter Renfroe helped out the Tampa Bay cause in the top of the sixth inning with a run-scoring single. For the game, the right fielder went 2 for 5 with 2 singles.

“Winning never gets dull,” said Renfroe.

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2020 COVID-19 Season – Game 14

2020 COVID-19 Season Game 14
And then my starting pitching failed again…
Rays Turn Back Cleveland, 8-7

The Tampa Bay Rays reigned over the Cleveland Indians in damp conditions at Progressive Field.

The Tampa Bay Rays relied on the hitting of left fielder Austin Meadows to stop the Cleveland Indians, 8-7. For the game, Meadows went 3 for 5 with a home run and a triple. He scored 3 times and drove in 2. Nick Anderson closed the game out for Tampa Bay, earning his 5th save.

Tampa Bay relied on the bat of Hunter Renfroe to get the win. The right fielder ripped a 3-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to put the Rays ahead, 8-4. For the game, Renfroe had 1 double and 1 home run in 4 at-bats.

“Enjoyed this one,” Renfroe told the Tampa Bay Daily. “But it’s back to work tomorrow.”

The Indians fall to 5-9 and continue their wobbly start to the 2020 season.

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2020 COVID-19 Season – Game 13

2020 COVID-19 Season Game 13
Finally got an excellent pitching performance and just enough offense to protect the win.
Indians Turn Back Minnesota, 4-3

Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac pitched his team to victory over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The final score was 4-3. Cleveland is still hoping to get on a roll. The win is just their 5th in 13 games.

Cleveland used a well-time hit by Cesar Hernandez to capture the win. The first baseman socked a 2-run double in the top of the fifth inning to put the Indians ahead, 4-0. Though it was his only hit in 3 at-bats, it was important.

“Zach — his tempo and rhythm were good,” said Indians manager Kevin Gamin. “He was the key to us winning.”

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2020 COVID-19 Season – Game 12

2020 COVID-19 Season Game 12
“We didn’t have it today.” No shit, me, the score made that pretty clear.
5-Hit Game for Lindor

Francisco Lindor was at the head of a Cleveland Indians hit parade today at Target Field. The 26-year-old went to the plate 5 times and came away with 5 hits, but it was the Minnesota Twins that marched off with the 11-4 win.

“We didn’t have it today,” griped Indians skipper Kevin Gamin following the game. “Francisco did fine, but as a team, we didn’t do it with the bats and we didn’t do it pitching.”

Lindor did more than fine, dominating the Twins at the plate during his record-making 5-for-5 performance.

“Each time I went to the plate, I was thinking about hitting the ball hard somewhere,” the sweet-swinging shortstop told reporters. “When I focus on that, I usually have quality at-bats.”

Francisco Lindor singled in the 1st, hit an RBI double in the 3rd, singled in the 6th, hit an RBI single in the 7th and singled in the 9th.

This season Lindor is batting .431 with 15 RBIs, 12 runs scored and 3 home runs.

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2020 COVID-19 Season – Game 11

2020 COVID-19 Season Game 11
Ouch. And with my best pitcher on the mound.
Twins Cuff Indians, 13-1

The Minnesota Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians, 13-1, at Target Field. Minnesota first baseman Miguel Sano had a superb performance. He was 1-3 with a home run and 2 walks. He scored 3 times and drove in 4. The Indians drop to 4-7 and continue their inconsistent start to the 2020 season.

With Minnesota leading 8-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Sano came up to bat against Cleveland pitcher James Hoyt. Sano hit a slider to left-center for a grand slam home run. His 7th home run of the season put the Twins on top, 12-1.

“I had a good game,” said Sano. “Winning makes it even better.”

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2020 COVID-19 Season – Game 10

ACHIEVEMENTS UNLOCKED!!!
2020 COVID-19 Season Game 10
Getting back to my winning ways, as well as getting back to clobbering Detroit.
5-Hit Blitz by Allen

No matter what the Detroit Tigers threw at him today, Greg Allen hit it. He easily handled Tigers pitching, going 5 for 6 and helping the Indians to a 15-11 triumph at Comerica Park.

“The way I was swinging today, I think I could have closed my eyes and hit the ball,” he told BNN reporters in the postgame interview.

Told of Allen’s quip, Tigers skipper Ron Gardenhire said he “would take him up on that next time.”

Greg Allen singled in the 2nd, grounded out in the 3rd, singled in the 5th, singled in the 6th, doubled in the 8th and hit an RBI single in the 9th.

Allen is hitting .385 for the season with no home runs, 6 RBIs and 7 runs scored. He has 15 hits in 39 at-bats and played in 10 games.

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2020 COVID-19 Season – Game 9

2020 COVID-19 Season Game 9
FINALLY. Ends a 6 game losing streak. First game and win in extra innings. First save for Brad Hand.
Indians Edge Past Tigers, 9-8

The Detroit Tigers got a superb performance from first baseman C.J. Cron. Still, it wasn’t enough to beat Cleveland. The Indians won the game, 9-8. Cron was 3 for 5 with a home run, 2 singles, and a walk, while scoring 2 times and driving in 4. Adam Cimber earned the win after being called from the bullpen. The right-hander allowed no runs on 1 hit in 2.1 innings. He upped his record to 1-0. Cleveland, now 3-6, is off to a slow start.

Late-game drama came in the top of the 11th inning. With no one out and the bases empty, the batter, Greg Allen, hit a double. It helped Cleveland seize the win.

“I like how we battled to the end,” said Allen.

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2020 COVID-19 Season – Game 8

2020 COVID-19 Season Game 8
This one hurt, both because of the 13 strikeouts by my offense and my starter giving up 3 in the 8th after a dominant performance to that point.
Tigers Come Back Late to Clip Indians

Detroit starter Daniel Norris pitched effectively against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. The left-hander led his team to a 4-2 win. The win belongs to Ethan DeCaster in relief. His record improves to 1-0. Zach Plesac took the loss for Cleveland. With the win, Detroit is 3-4.

Jonathan Schoop tagged a home run off Zach Plesac in the bottom of the eighth. His 2-run blast put the Tigers on top, 4-2. In all, Schoop had 1 single in addition to the home run, while going 2 for 3.

After the game, Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire applauded the team’s effort. “They busted their tails out there,” he said.

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2020 COVID-19 Season – Game 7

2020 COVID-19 Season Game 7
5 losses in a row. I might be out of a job by the All-Star break.
Tigers Win, Hope to Turn Around Slow Start

Detroit second baseman Jonathan Schoop was a significant contributor in his team’s 6-3 triumph over the Cleveland Indians. He hit 2 home runs. He drove in 3 runs and scored twice for Detroit. The winner was Jordan Zimmermann, who threw 105 pitches over 6.1 innings. The right-hander was charged with 3 runs on 5 hits. Joe Jimenez nailed down his 2nd save.

Schoop had an important at-bat with the bases empty in the bottom of the fourth, when he hit a solo home run. The Tigers went on to win.

“Everyone’s trying too hard,” said losing manager Kevin Gamin. “If we learn to relax, we’ll be fine.”

Detroit is still hoping to get on a roll. The win is just their 2nd in 6 games.

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2020 COVID-19 Season – Game 6

2020 COVID-19 Season Game 6
4 game losing streak. At least it’s still early in the season.
White Sox Stymie Cleveland, Take 4-1 Win

The Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians, 4-1, at Progressive Field. Starting pitcher Lucas Giolito was a big reason why. He held his opponent in check all game. The White Sox, now 4-2, have played some good baseball in the early going.

The result might have been different for Chicago, had it not been for Yoan Moncada. The third baseman produced a run-scoring single in the top of the fifth inning to put the White Sox ahead, 1-0. For the game, Moncada had 1 double and 1 single in 4 at-bats.

“We’ll pop the top on a cold beverage and get back to work tomorrow,” Moncada said.