When Michael Bourn drilled a letter-high fastball over the fence in right center, the Indians completed another three game sweep with a home plate celebration. It was the fourth walk-off win for the Indians this season, and Bourn’s first ever walk-off home run.
After getting swept by the White Sox in Chicago, the Indians returned home with the worst road record in the American League at 9-19. Only Miami (8-17) has a slightly worse road winning percentage in all of baseball.
When Miachael Bourn’s ball landed in the seats, the Tribe had an 18-11 home record, which is tops in the American League.
The Rockies came to Cleveland scuffling a bit, losing five of their last seven but were still three games over .500. Their line-up has been outstanding, but the Tribe pitchers had them guessing and whiffing all series long.
In fact, the Indians struck out 38 Colorado batters during the three game series. That’s a big number. The big hitter in that Colorado line-up is Troy Tulowitzki. He has 14 home runs and a .350 average to lead the National League. Indians’ pitchers fanned him 5 times and allowed just a single against the Rockies’ top slugger.
Corey Kluber played the part of losing streak stopper and staff ace again on Friday, striking out 12 and finishing off a rather impressive month of May. The Tribe offense finally got rolling a little bit, pounding out ten hits in the 5-2 win on Friday.
Saturday it was the Mike Aviles and Lonnie Chisenhall show. The pair combined for five of Cleveland’s eleven hits and all seven of the runs batted in. Trevor Bauer had a strong outing, but the bullpen gave up the lead. Aviles won it with an RBI single in the eighth inning. On Sunday it was Josh Tomlin’s turn, and he pitched a solid game, striking out eight.
It was a good series for Bourn, who collected four hits and a couple of walks. Mike Aviles had a good series as well, with five hits and four RBI while playing just two of the three games. Chisenhall knocked in six runs, Kipnis returned from the DL with a strong game Friday and a key walk late in Saturday’s game.
The sweep puts the Indians three games under .500 at 27-30. They moved ahead of the Royals in the Central and trail the Tigers by six games.
On deck for the Indians is a three game series at home against the Boston Red Sox starting tonight. Masterson gets the start for the Tribe against John Lackey. Tuesday it is TJ House against Jake Peavy, and Wednesday Kluber finishes the series against Brandon Workman. The good news for the Indians is that they are all right handed starters.
The bad news is that the Red Sox have started to play good ball of late. They are on a seven game winning streak after a dreadful start to the season for the reigning champs.