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Cleveland3 0 1 1 0 2 0 3 x 10131
  W: T. Stephan (1-0)   L: J. López (2-8)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE11:10 AM CT, June 17, 2021
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 15,121

Indians go for 4-game sweep over road-inept Orioles

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Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Indians

  1. The Orioles took two of three games against the Indians earlier this month in Baltimore. In the third game, the Orioles had season highs of 18 runs and 21 hits. It was the most runs by Baltimore since August 16, 2015 (18 vs. A's).
  2. The Orioles have identical home and away records at 11-21 apiece. They have lost four straight overall after winning five of their previous six.
  3. The Indians have lost all three series in which they have faced American League East teams this season. They are 3-7 overall against that division, but five of those seven losses have been by three or fewer runs.
  4. Cedric Mullins is 9-for-12 (.750) against the Indians this season and 13-for-23 (.565) against them in his career with four home runs. In the June 5 game against Cleveland this season, he had his second career five-hit game as well as his second career two-HR game.
  5. Bobby Bradley is 8-for-18 (.444) with two home runs since being called up from AAA Columbus where he hit nine home runs in 26 games this year. He was 4-for-5 in two games against Baltimore earlier this month.
  6. J.C. Mejia has a 1-1 record in five career games for Cleveland, starting the last two after coming out of the bullpen in his first three. His 3.0 innings of shutout ball against the Orioles on June 4 is his longest outing. He allowed four runs in his last start on June 9 in St. Louis.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/14/2021 thru 6/17/2021

While the Baltimore Orioles' misery on the road continues, the Cleveland Indians' current surge has come with some strong play at home.

The Indians aim to complete a four-game series sweep on Thursday, and extend the Orioles' club-record road losing streak to 19 in the process.

Still in a state of rebuild, the Orioles knew it would be hard to win consistently this season. However, the club is 7-29 in a stretch that began with a loss on May 7, and 23 games under .500 overall. Baltimore was unable to hold an early 3-1 lead Wednesday and dropped its seventh straight overall, 8-7 at Cleveland.

The Orioles' most recent road victory came at Seattle on May 5, when John Means no-hit the Seattle Mariners.

"Losing is hard, but you try to think about the big picture as much as you can," Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said.

Of late, Baltimore has hurt itself by committing 10 errors in its last five games.

"It's not effort-related. ... Guys are grinding and frustrated," said Hyde, whose club has also struck out 34 times through the first three games of this set.

Cleveland, meanwhile, is 5-1 on a seven-game homestand, and averaged 5.3 runs while winning seven of the last eight there.

"We're just letting loose, having fun," first baseman Bobby Bradley told the Indians' official website. "In my head, this is 12-year-old All-Stars. As fun as we can get. Just playing some summer ball."

Bradley is batting .393 in nine games this season.

Cleveland's Amed Rosario is batting .307 with 12 RBIs in 29 home games this season. He also clubbed a two-run homer off Jorge Lopez (2-7, 5.64 ERA), the Orioles' scheduled starter for Thursday, during an 18-5 loss at Baltimore on June 6.

Lopez allowed three runs overall, with four hits and three walks over five innings in that game. The right-hander then followed by yielding five runs and eight hits while striking out eight over 4 2/3 innings of a 5-4 defeat at Tampa Bay on Saturday.

In 11 games in his career against Cleveland, including two starts, Lopez is 1-2 with an 8.10 ERA.

Meanwhile, the Indians have managed to succeed for the time being despite injuries to starting pitchers Shane Bieber and Zach Plesac. They've relied on relievers and minor league call-ups to fill the voids in the rotation.

"If we pull together, we have a chance to have some fun figuring out ways to win as opposed to 'woe is us,'" Indians manager Terry Francona said.

On Thursday, Francona is slated to turn to rookie Eli Morgan (0-1, 20.25), who was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. This will be the right-hander's second career start, and he hopes it goes better than his major league debut against Toronto on May 28.

Pitching on a windy and rainy evening, Morgan was roughed up for six runs on eight hits and two walks over just 2 2/3 innings.

Morgan will likely face Baltimore's Ryan Mountcastle, who homered for one of his three hits and had four RBIs on Wednesday. Mountcastle is 10-for-21 with three home runs and nine RBIs against the Indians in 2021.

Teammate Freddy Galvis is batting .320 (8-for-25) with four RBIs versus Cleveland this year.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 17, 2021

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