Indians vs Blue Jays Live : Get a summary of the Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays baseball game. The Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians will match up to kick off their MLB series on Thursday. The Indians will face the White Sox on Wednesday, before starting a four-game weekend series against the Blue Jays at Progressive Field.Wednesday, April 3: Indians vs. White Sox, 1:10 p.m.. Wednesday should be a
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians will match up to kick off their MLB series on Thursday.
The Jays will be going with RHP Aaron Sanchez in the start Thursday. In his first start of the year on March 30 versus Detroit, Sanchez logged a win with 5.0 innings, three hits, zero earned and six strikeouts.
Toronto managed a nice 5-3 victory against the Orioles on Wednesday (it was 5-0 heading into the ninth inning). The hero for the Jays in that one was Randal Grichuck with a pair of solo home runs, three runs and three hits.
Over on the Indians’ side, they’re sending out Trevor Bauer on Thursday. In Bauer’s first start this year on March 30, he turned in a great outing with 7.0 innings, one earned and nine strikeouts in a no-decision versus Minnesota.
The Indians dropped their Wednesday game versus the White Sox 8-3. Hanley Ramirez put up a two-run homer in that one, while Carlos Santana logged two hits, one run and one RBI.
The Jays are 3-7 in their last 10 in game one of a series and 1-4 in their last five Thursday games. Toronto is 5-1 in Sanchez’s last six starts and 0-4 in his last four Thursday starts.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 46-20 in the last 66 Thursday games and 7-0 in Bauer’s last seven Thursday starts. Cleveland is 7-2 in Bauer’s last nine starts and 9-3 in his last 12 home starts.
Sanchez looked great in his first action of the year, and that performance will at least temporarily rid us of the memory of his 13 earned over 9.1 innings in a three-start period last summer.
As for Bauer, he was used sparingly down the stretch last year, and for the most part did pretty well until his final appearance (four hits; two earned; 1.1 innings versus Houston on October 8).
This should be a good matchup and a fun series overall, but I like Bauer to come out firing again and help the Indians to a win.
The Indians offense again did little to give the sparse crowd at Progressive Field much tocheer about on Wednesday, but it was the outing of their ace, Corey Kluber, that really did them in as they fell to 2-3 with an 8-3 loss to Chicago.
The Sox slammed Kluber for six runs, four earned, on eight hits with three walks and four K’s in just 3.1 innings.
The bullpen did its job, allowing two runs in 5.2 innings, with those two runs coming off a blast from Yoan Moncada in the eighth to make it an 8-1 game at the time.
Again though the offense was awful, as the team had just two hits going into the ninth, when Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer to make the final look a little more respectable.
Here’s a few takeaways from the latest Tribe loss as they get set for the Blue Jays on Thursday with a 6:10pm first pitch.
It wasn’t tough to see early on that Corey Kluber just didn’t have ‘it’ on the mound, unlike what fans saw out of him against the Twins.
Terry Francona tried and did give him time to get in a groove, but in the end he was not sharp at all as the Sox just beat him up for six earned runs, eight overall, in 3.1 innings.
“I don’t think it was really much out of the usual way teams attack me,” Kluber said after the loss. “I just didn’t do a good job making good pitches, and I left too many balls over the plate.”
Maybe the biggest takeaway from his outing is that whatever was going on was not the result of an injury, and that he said it was just a day where he didn’t feel comfortable on the mound.
The Indians had Sox pitcher Carlos Rondon going early, as they had runners on in the first inning down 3-0, and they got it to 3-1 with runners on first and second.
Hanley Ramirez struck out, and after a wild pitch the Tribe had runners on second and third with two outs, but Greg Allen was crossed up with a slider that he chased, thus ending by far the best chance the Indians had to do damage against Rondon.
He settled in, and would from there not allow another hit, he struck out nine on the day, and walked one over six innings of work.
Other than the eighth inning on Monday, the Indians offense has just not put a good inning with a couple hits, walks or even reaching on an error together.
Consider that now the team sits at 2-3, which isn’t a big deal five games in, but the alarming number is the fact this club is hitting (gulp) .171 (25-146) on the season.
That’s not going to win in any league, and no matter who you have on the mound you have to find a way to hit the ball better than that.
The club has struck out 13 times in four of the five games (six the other game for a total of 58 times), and their inability to put the ball in play is killing innings.
After Wednesday’s loss the team still has a number of players that are hitting .000 – Roberto Perez, Greg Allen, Eric Stamets.
Other than Carlos Santana and the two homers by Hanley Ramirez, there’s been nothing positive from this offense.