August Fagerstrom's final thoughts following the Indians 3-2 victory at home over the White Sox on Sunday, the last game before the All-Star break.
1) Trevor Bauer is quickly turning into perhaps the most reliable arm not named Corey Kluber that this Indians team has. Bauer turned in the best start of his MLB career today, striking out 10 batters and not allowing a run in over six innings of work.
Out of Bauer's 10 strikeouts, eight came on his curveball. One came on a slider and one came on a 96mph fastball blown past slugger Jose Abreu.
2) Mike Aviles showed off an arm that even his teammates didn't know he had in the second inning. Aviles, playing left field, tracked down a fly ball in the corner before bouncing off the wall and firing a dart on the fly to first base, doubling off Conor Gillaspie. After the game, regular left fielder Michael Brantley joked that he taught Aviles everything he knows. Aviles wouldn't concede.To read more or comment...
The Cleveland Indians did a nice job encapsulating their first half in a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox (45-51) on Sunday afternoon, the final game of the first half before the four-day All-Star break begins.
First, there was Trevor Bauer continuing to progress as a major-league starter, turning in his finest performance to date in his young major league career. Bauer, 23, set a career-high by striking out 10 batters over 6 2/3 innings of work. 74 of his 117 pitches went for strikes, impressive considering command has been Bauer’s Achilles Heel in his career. He walked three and allowed eight hits without conceding a run.
However, a lack of clutch hitting and quality defense looked like it was going to squander a quality pitching performance, as has often been the case this season.
At the time of Bauer’s removal from the game, which was met with a standing ovation and a cap-tip, the Indians (47-47) had scored just one run with 10 runners left on base.To read more or comment...
The Indians acquired pitcher Nick Maronde in a trade from the Los Angeles Angels for a Player to be Named Later or cash considerations. To clear a roster spot on the 40-man roster, Tribe designated hitter Jason Giambi was moved to the 60-day Disabled List.
Maronde is an interesting pickup for the Indians, as the 6-foot-3 left-hander was originally a third-round pick by the Angels in 2011. But after failing as a starter, Maronde still struggled after being converted to a reliever.
In a classic case of a player in need of a change of scenery, the Indians picked him up in the hopes they can turn him around with a little patience and make out in the end like they did with misunderstood pitcher Trevor Bauer.
Maronde will be sent to join one of the organization’s higher-level minor league clubs. However, there’s no word yet from the front office regarding which one.To read more or comment...
The Indians looked to have a caught a break Saturday afternoon when White Sox starting pitcher Scott Carroll exited the game with low back stiffness after five shutout innings.
But even with the 29-year-old rookie out of action early and the inconsistent White Sox bullpen taking over, the struggling Indians offense failed to produce a clutch hit with one out and the bases loaded in the seventh inning in a 6-2 loss.
“We had the opportunity,” Indians centerfielder Michael Brantley said. “But this is baseball. You’re not always going to capitalize.”
Carroll went on to earn the win to improve to 4-5, once again holding the Indians without an earned run for the third time in as many appearances this season.To read more or comment...