Shane Bieber, the Cleveland Indians ace and Cy Young-winning pitcher was making more history Sunday afternoon down in Cincinnati, as the Tribe closed out the weekend series with the Reds with a well-needed victory, 6-3.
Bieber was stellar, fanning 13 Reds and setting multiple MLB records in eight innings of work. The first record is now his alone in MLB history. He’s the first pitcher ever to strike out ten plus batters over the first four games to start a season. In the second record, he tied the Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan for most strikeouts in his first four games as a starter with 48 K’s. Ryan set that record all the way back in 1978.
After the Indians’ tough extra-inning loss to the Reds Saturday night, it was good timing for them to have Bieber back on the mound. After establishing his fastball early in the game, Bieber was able to keep the Reds batters off-balance with a mix of his changeup and curveball. After setting the record 10 K’s in four games, he whiffed the Reds three more times to climb to that 48 K’s overall total.
Bieber’s partner in crime really stepped up for him as catcher Roberto Perez drilled a change up to dead center in the 4th inning to give the Indians the early cushion, 4-0. With Tribe All-Star 3rd baseman Jose Ramirez hitting a solo home run in the 1st inning and surging power-hitting outfielder Jordan Luplow supplying another home run blast to straightaway center in the 7th inning, the Indians now have 22 home runs as a team and continue to be near the top in that category as a team in the league.
The Indians will now have a day of rest, before welcoming the Chicago White Sox back to Cleveland on Tuesday. It’ll be a repeat pitching matchup as White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon goes up against Indians pitcher Zach Plesac. Rodon, last week, no-hit the Indians and Plesac had probably his worst outing as a Tribe pitcher giving up six runs in the 1st inning.
After the two-game series with the White Sox, the Indians have the dreadful and hated New York Yankees coming to town for a four-game weekend series followed by American League Central Division rivals Minnesota Twins playing three games to close out the Indians’ nine-game homestand.
Tribe fans, make sure you make your way down to the corners of Carnegie and Ontario to support your Tribe!