The Cleveland Indians first week has come and gone. The Indians opened the season as the reigning AL Champs. They opened the season with back to back series against the AL West and NL West respectively.
In the Indians first series, the Indians dealt with difficult situations early two of the three. In the first game, the Indians found themselves in a hole, down 5-1 in the third inning. The Indians would ultimately tie the game in the 8th before striking three runs in the 9th inning to give Andrew Miller his first win and Cody Allen his first save. In game three, the Indians found themselves down 5-3 in the 5th inning. The Indians would regain the lead in the 9th when Sam Dyson walked in the first run before giving up a game winning grand slam to Francisco Lindor. It gave Dyson his second loss in three games.
The Indians then had a day off before playing the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Indians looked all out of sync for the entire series as they were swept by the Diamondbacks in games that were not very close. The back end of the rotation did not fare well against the Diamondbacks middle of the line-up. Goldschmidt, Lamb, and Tomás destroyed the Indians rotation. They did most of the damage in all of the games in just one inning, but that inning proved to be all that was needed.
Game by Game Recap Ranger Series
Texas Rangers Game 1 Win (8-5)
Corey Kluber got the nod as the opening day starter, but he struggled early on. He allowed 5 earned runs through three innings before settling down. He went six innings allowing five earned runs. The issue was that he allowed three home runs. The Indians offense saved him, scoring eight runs including three in the ninth inning. Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Ramirez got their first home runs
Texas Rangers Game 2 Win (4-3)
Carlos Carrasco went 5 1/3 innings while allowing only two earned runs. The Indians opened the game with a leadoff home run by Carlos Santana. The Indians would tack on two more runs in the second inning before the Rangers added two in the bottom of the second. Michael Brantley added a RBI single in the seventh inning, in which would be the game winning run. The Rangers scored one run in the 9th inning off Cody Allen before he completed the save. Carrasco got the only win out of all the starters this week.
Texas Rangers Game 3 Win (9-6)
Danny Salazar started the game by giving up two runs in the first inning. The Indians gave Salazar the lead in the fifth (3-2) before allowing three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Salazar got himself in trouble that inning by allowing the first two runners on base before getting the next two runners out. He had a chance to get the third out but Lindor tried to go to second himself before going to first. Edwin missed played the ball and two runners could score. The Indians recovered by scoring one on a walk in the ninth before Francisco Lindor hit a grand slam. It gave Sam Dyson his second loss in three days.
Game by Game Recap Diamondback’s Series
Arizona Diamondbacks Game 1 Loss (3-7)
Lindor opened the game with a home run. Santana added two runs in the top of the second. Shelby Miller of the Diamondbacks started off very erratic before settling in. Tomlin started off the game excellent before allowing two earned runs in the fourth inning. The fifth inning is when the wheels fell off. Tomlin allowed four earned runs in the fifth inning alone before being pulled. The fifth inning proved to be too much to recover from.
Arizona Diamondbacks Game 2 Loss (2-11)
This game had the makings of an excellent pitching duel between Zach Greinke and Trevor Bauer. The Indians had one inning again in which they imploded. Trevor Bauer allowed four earned runs in the sixth inning. In the eighth inning, Shawn Armstrong allowed five earned runs in a game that was pretty much over. The Indians were never able to get their bats going.
Arizona Diamondbacks Game 3 Loss (2-3)
Kluber allowed only two earned runs and 3 total runs in six innings pitched. He was given no runs by his offense as he took the loss. The Indians were able to get one run in the seventh inning and one in the ninth to make things interesting before ultimately falling short.