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Cleveland Indians: 3 takeaways from another tough loss in New York

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The Cleveland Indians lost yet again on Sunday en route to being swept by the New York Yankees. Here is what stood out from the loss.

The Cleveland Indians went from being no-hit to being up 4-0 in a short amount of time. The 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning seemed to be enough to get one victory in New York.

Alas, the Indians lost by the final score of 7-4. What happened?

Let’s break down some key moments from this tough loss.

Clevinger pitches a gem

Mike Clevinger came out and did his job, and then some. He went 7.1 innings, striking out 10 and only allowing one hit. He ended up being charged with two runs, although Cody Allen was the one on the mound when the runs scored.

The young pitcher had to deal with an offense that did absolutely nothing for most of the day, but he kept calm and shut down one of the best lineups in baseball.

The offense wakes up late

The Indians were going up against Domingo German, who was making his first MLB start. Sounded like the team was poised for a big day. Instead, German left after six innings of no-hit baseball.

The group was finally able to get it going against Dellin Betances and Jonathan Holder in the eighth, taking a 4-0 lead into the bottom half of the inning. It was nice to see the offense put some runs on the board, but this is still another alarming performance.

The team leaves New York being outscored by a combined total of 19-12 in three games.

This bullpen is bad right now

Another day, another blown lead by the bullpen. This one was uglier that normal, as Cody Allen and Dan Otero were on the mound for all seven runs scored by the Yankees.

Andrew Miller being out has clearly thrown things off in a big way, and Allen has been overworked in an attempt at stability.

To be fair, the group has been changing throughout the week with Nick Goody heading to the DL and the team trying out some new options. This series saw work from Ben Taylor and Alexi Ogando, both of whom aren’t exactly what fans have in mind when it comes to dominant bullpen pitching.

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Miller returning will help bring things somewhat back to normal and should allow Allen to return to a normal workload. However, the team is still seeking a true third option. And as of right now, it doesn’t seem like that individual is on the team right now.