Jason Miller/Getty Images

Indians lose no-hit bid in ninth inning against Blue Jays

5 Comments

Update (9:07 PM ET): Freddy Galvis broke up the no-hit bid leading off the top of the ninth against Hand, lining a single to right-center.

*

Update (8:54 PM ET): Edwards got two outs but also hit a batter and walked two, so Francona had to call on Brad Hand to get the final out of the inning. Hand got Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to pop up to keep the no-no alive.

*

Update (8:38 PM ET): Francona decided to go to the bullpen after Bauer’s seven innings of work. Jon Edwards came in to relieve him. The last combined no-hitter also occurred last year, when the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler, Tony Cingrani, Yimi García, and Adam Liberatore combined to no-hit the Padres on May 4.

*

Indians starter Trevor Bauer has held the Blue Jays hitless through seven innings on Thursday night in Cleveland. The right-hander has walked six and struck out eight, running his pitch count up to 117. One wonders if manager Terry Francona will actually let Bauer complete the no-hit bid.

The Indians have given Bauer four runs of support, scoring twice each in the fourth and seventh innings. Greg Allen knocked in a run with a ground out and Roberto Pérez added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. José Ramírez hit a sacrifice fly of his own in the seventh. Brad Miller then pushed across a run by drawing a bases-loaded walk.

In Bauer’s first start of the Year on Saturday, he limited the Twins to a lone run on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts over seven innings. Bauer is coming off of a career year in 2018. He finished sixth in AL Cy Young Award balloting, going 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA and a 221/57 K/BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings.

An Indians pitcher hasn’t thrown a no-hitter since Len Barker threw a perfect game on May 15, 1981 against the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays were baseball’s most recent no-hit victim. James Paxton, then with the Mariners, no-hit the blue birds in May 8 last year. The last pitcher to walk at least six batters in a no-hitter was Francisco Liriano on May 3, 2011 against the White Sox. If Bauer gets to complete his no-hit bid, his pitch count would likely cross 140. Only two pitchers have tossed a no-hitter on 140-plus pitches: the Giants’ Tim Lincecum (148) on July 13, 2013 against the Padres and the Diamondbacks’ Edwin Jackson (149) on June 25, 2010 against the Rays.

Indians designate Carlos Gonzalez for assignment

Getty Images
Leave a comment

The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.

A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.

If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.