Well, it’s that time of the year again….baseball season! After an eventful season last year, the Cleveland Indians are back and better than ever. With a few new players, and a fully recovered line up, fans are looking forward to what this season has in store.
The first Indian’s game of the season was Monday, April 13th in Texas. The Indians swept the Rangers 3-0. Fans went ecstatic as the our home team’s record was 3-0.
After playing the Rangers, the Indians headed to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks. Unfortunately, the Indians lost all three games. Saturday, April 8th was a real upset, with the final score being 11-2, Diamondbacks.
With a current record of 3-3, the Cleveland Indians are coming home. The home opener is scheduled for April 11th against the White Sox. Carlos Carrasco was the starting pitcher for the game. White Sox’s starting pitcher was James Shields.
Beginning around 3:30 on Tuesday, April 11th, Progressive Field began their opening ceremony. They released the American League Championship flags, along with giving each Indian’s team member the championship ring.
First pitch was scheduled at 4:10 and the game began. Right off the bat, Francisco Lindor hit a solo home-run, leading the Indians up 1 to 0 in the bottom of the 1st. Sox tied in the game in the 5th inning. Each team had a strong pitcher, limiting the hits for both teams.
By the bottom of the 9th, the score was still 1-1. You know what that means……extra innings. Sox went 1, 2, 3, getting struck out in the top of the 10th.
Now it was the Indian’s turn. After Lindor hitting a single, Michael Brantley was up to the plate. Brantley was out most of the season due to an injury last year. He was now back in the game and had to prove himself. All of a sudden, the pitch was delivered and Brantley hit it straight to out field. The crowds roared as Lindor ran from 2nd base and made it home.
The team rushed out on the field and the crowds were on their feet cheering for Brantley and his amazing hit. The final score was 2-1 Indians, making their record 4-3.
With an amazing win, the fans, the team, and Cleveland are very excited to see what this baseball season holds.