Indians will not make playoffs
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will miss out on the postseason for the first time since 2015, eliminated from the AL wild-card race Friday night with an 8-2 loss to the playoff-bound Washington Nationals.
Manager Terry Francona’s Indians won the AL Central each of the past three years, but they spent most of this season in second place behind the Minnesota Twins, who took over the division lead for good on Aug. 13.
The Indians began the day third in the wild-card standings — behind Oakland and Tampa Bay — and in need of both a victory and some help. They knew they’d be eliminated with the combination of a loss to Washington and a win by the Rays at Toronto. Soon after Cleveland’s game ended, Tampa Bay closed out a 6-2 victory.
Gerardo Parra had four RBIs to lead the Nationals to their sixth straight win. The Indians have lost three straight, totaling just two runs and seven hits in the last two, and their loss clinched a wild-card berth for Oakland.
Asked beforehand whether he’d talked to his players about where things stood, Indians manager Terry Francona replied: “They can add. They know what’s going on.”
The Nationals clinched a playoff berth Tuesday and will participate in the NL wild-card game next week.