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Tribe Take: Early Struggles

The second big week for Indians preseason baseball took place this week, as the team continued its packed schedule of games out in Arizona. The team played every day, showing that much progress is needed, but bright signs were prevalent and can be used going forward.

Game 1 of the week started off on Monday against the LA Dodgers, a team coming off a hot postseason run last year. And they looked to be in that same form once again, as a late 7 runs through the final two innings were plenty to put the Tribe away in 8-1 fashion.

Cincinnati was the opponent on Tuesday, and although this was a more closely contested match-up, the Tribe still struggled. A big 5th inning 4 run surge from the Reds rattled the Tribe, and their late comeback attempt fell short as they moved to 0-2 on the week with a 7-6 loss.

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Wednesday’s battle included a rematch of the 2016 World Series, and the Chicago Cubs were in to take on the club. Trevor Bauer had a rough outing, and Chicago took advantage, pouring on a total of 8 runs through the middle half of the contest. The margin was too high too soon, and the Tribe suffered another loss, this time 11-6.

Thursday was much better for the club, as a rematch from a few days prior occurred with the Dodgers coming to play once again. Francisco Lindor showed his stuff again, homering off of Venditte in the 6th, helping us cruise to a 4-1 bounce back win.

Friday showed more of the same play, as the Rockies fell to the Tribe, 8-5. A two run first inning and 4 run third from an all around offensive explosion from the Tribe was enough to put the Rockies away early, and never look back.

Saturday’s match-up was against the San Diego Padres, and the game was just about as closely contested as could be. The back and forth hitting efforts, and minimal defense, in the early going led up to a closely contest finish, as the Indians saw their second tie of the preseason.

Sunday was the busy day of the week, as they had two games going simultaneously, one against the Brewers and one against the Royals. For the Brewers game, it was a late three run 9th inning for Milwaukee that put away the Tribe in a 3-1 loss. The Royals game saw two Indians homers, by Barnes and Perez, as the Indians cakewalked to a 3-1 win.

This week was full of action, and was a good way for us to see that the rust is still coming off from the off-season, and much work is needed. It’s the preseason, so there is no reason to worry, as things will begin to shape up heading forward.

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