Bieber throws complete game, Indians dominate Orioles 10-0

By 92.3 The Fan
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians got off to a quick start and didn't let up in a 10-0 win over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon.

They started the game with three-straight hits, including a leadoff double by Francisco Lindor. The Indians scored five runs in the first three innings, which let starter Shane Bieber settle in and dominate for the Tribe.

The 23-year-old threw his first complete game, allowing five hits. He finished with 15 strikeouts, which was a new career-high. It was the second double-digit strikeout game of Bieber’s career. He’s the youngest Indians' pitcher with 12 or more strikeouts in a game since Greg Swindell had 15 on May 10, 1987 against the Royals.

"He picked a good day to miss bats because it was a really good day to hit," manager Terry Francona said. "I thought he had the best breaking ball we’ve seen yet. And he obviously located his fastball. He didn’t walk anybody. That was a pretty impressive day."

Carlos Santana now leads the Indians with seven home runs this season. He finished 2-for-4 on the day with two RBI.

Gone to souvenir city!Carlos Santana gets his 7th home run of the year -- ⚾#RallyTogether | @Indians

— SportsTime Ohio (@SportsTimeOhio) May 19, 2019

Oscar Mercado continues to make an impact for the Indians. He hit an RBI-double in the sixth inning and eventually scored. Mercado’s game-changing speed adds an element to the Indians’ offense that they didn’t have before and it was on display against the Orioles. He finished with two hits, one walk and two runs scored in four plate appearances.

The Indians have won four of their last five games, including three of four against Baltimore. 

The Right Pace – The Indians have dealt with injuries, struggles at the plate and roster turnover and yet they’re on pace to win 90 games for a fourth-straight season.

The Indians were 22-23 at this point in the season last year. In 2017, they started 24-21 and we’re in second place behind Minnesota. The Indians look more vulnerable then ever and Twins’ success is a big part of that, but Cleveland is right where they hoped to be 45 games into the season.

Up Next – The home stand continues with a three-game series against Oakland on Monday. Carlos Carrasco will take the mound for the Tribe. He enters with a 4.18 ERA and a 4-3 record on the season. He’ll go up against Brett Anderson, who has a 4-3 record with a 4.41 ERA in nine starts this year.