By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com
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Wednesday night's game against the Minnesota Twins was postponed due to rain and will be made up on Thursday as part of a traditional doubleheader.
Tickets from Wednesday's game will be good for Thursday, but fans must exchange their tickets at the Progressive Field ticket office beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday morning. Gates will open at 11 a.m.
For fans holding tickets for Wednesday's game that can't attend the game on Thursday, they can exchange them no later than Sept. 24 for one of five eligible games - Sept. 22-24, Sept. 26 or Sept. 28.
The pitching matchups for game one on Thursday will be Indians' starter Corey Kluber (14-9, 2.47 ERA), he'll go against Minnesota's original starter for Wednesday night, Kyle Gibson (11-10, 4.27 ERA). Game two will be Wednesday's night's original starter for the Tribe, lefty T.J. House (2-3, 3.71 ERA), he'll face off against the Twins' Ricky Nolasco (5-10, 5.87 ERA).
By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com
The Indians picked up their third straight win, as they swept the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, beating them, 2-0, at Progressive Field.
MVP of the Game – Since rejoining the rotation, Carrasco is 4-0 with a 0.70 ERA (3 ER/38.2 IP) in six starts. In that span he’s thrown 42 strikeouts, while walking just four batters. Carrasco in three of those last four starts has struck out eight or more batters.
Carrasco’s command was on point Sunday, as he walked no one and struck out eight. His fastball had very good movement on it, giving right-handers fits all day, while also producing a pretty filthy curveball. He was effective with his pitch count, only throwing 104 pitches through a scoreless 8 2/3 innings, and he did a good job throwing strikes.
Runs are at a Premium – This weekend in a three-game series against the White Sox the Indians struggled in producing runs, scoring an average of 2.3 runs per game. Luckily for the Tribe Chicago drove in less runs, scoring just two combined. On Sunday the Tribe got things going in the first inning, when Bourn hit a triple over Chicago centerfielder Adam Eaton, who misjudged the ball. For Bourn that was his AL leading 10th triple of the year, and he now ranks second in the Majors in that category, just two shy behind Los Angeles-NL Dee Gordon.
In that same inning Brantley picked up his team leading 89th RBI of the year on a single to center, driving in Bourn. Brantley had two hits on Sunday marking it the 48th time this season he’s had a multi-hit performance. The left-handed hitter is also riding an 11-game hitting streak, where he’s batting .422 (19-for-45).
The other run by the Indians came in the eighth inning when Carlos Santana grounded out to second with the bases loaded and one out. On Sunday Santana became just the fifth Indian in franchise history (first switch hitter) to reach 25 home runs and 100 walks in a season, after he drew a walk in the first.
Closing Time – After a recent string of unsuccessful save opportunities where he blew saves against Detroit on Aug. 30 and Sept. 2, Allen was able to enter Sunday’s game and notch his 19th save of the season. It took the unofficial closer three pitches, but he was able to get Chicago’s Connor Gillaspie to line out to center to end the ball game.
Stepping up Big – The Indians starting rotation this year is posting a 3.95 ERA, which ranks 19th in the Majors, however, since the second half of the season they have compiled a 2.82 ERA. With Sunday’s pitching performance from Carrasco, the Tribe’s rotation ERA since Aug. 9 is now 1.84. The team in that span has a record of 17-8, while the starters have struck out 168 and walked just 40.
A Stat from Left Field – The Indians own the fourth highest home winning percentage in the A.L and the seventh highest in the Majors at 43-28.
Worth Quoting – “My goodness. He looks so strong, and sometimes you just wonder if a couple starts they’ll get a little fatigued, because you haven’t stretched him out, but he just looks like he’s getting stronger.” – Indians’ manager Terry Francona on Carlos Carrasco’s recent success in the rotation again
Up Next – The Indians will take on Los Angeles-AL on Monday, making up their June 18 game that was postponed due to rain. On the mound for the Tribe is RHP Danny Salazar (6-6, 3.80 ERA), he’ll go against Angels RHP Jared Weaver (15-8, 3.56 ERA). First pitch is at 1:05 p.m.
By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com
The Indians picked up their second straight win on Saturday night, thanks in part to strong pitching from ace Corey Kluber, as they beat the White Sox, 3-1, at Progressive Field.
MVP of the Game – Entering Saturday night’s game, Kluber had dropped three straight starts for the first time in his career, however, he got things back on track, pitching a complete game. Kluber was effective with his pitch count, tossing 104 pitches, while allowing one unearned run on five hits and striking out eight for his 14th win of the season.
Kluber set the tone right off the bat, retiring the first seven batters he faced. His command was solid on both sides of the plate, and he threw exclusively fastballs to the first eight batters he faced. Kluber has also now allowed two or fewer earned runs in 13 of his last 16 starts, and has limited opponents to four or fewer earned runs in each of his last 29 starts. Saturday night’s complete game also made it his third this season, the most by any Indian since Len Barker in 1981.
Spark Plug – In his last 16 games, Ramirez is hitting .328 (22-for-67) with nine runs and six RBI. Eight of those games have been multi-hit performances by the infielder. Saturday night Ramirez went 3-for-4, while coming up big in the seventh with an RBI triple off the right field wall, scoring Michael Bourn. It looks like with each game Ramirez play in, he gains more confidence offensively and defensively, proving to be a true spark plug for this Tribe team.
Keeping it Going – Santana hit his team leading 25th home run of the season in the fourth inning, while picking up his 72nd RBI of the year. It was the first pitch he saw from Quintana, making it his 99th homer of his career. Santana may be the most dangerous .229 hitter in the league, as he now ranks 10th in the AL in home runs. He’s also the first Indian since 2011 to hit 25 or more home runs, with the last Indian being Santana when he hit 27.
As for the other guy who’s kept things going, it’s Brantely, who has now hit safely in 10 straight games and 12 of his last 13 (.352 during that span). He also drove in his 88th RBI of the season in the seventh when he hit a single to right, scoring Ramirez. Brantley also swiped his 19th bag of the year, and is 19-for-20 in stolen base attemps.
Defensive Blunders – The Indians on Saturday night recorded their 108th error of the season, when Chicago’s Adam Eaton hit a ground ball to first base. The ball deflected off of the glove of Jesus Aguilar and into right field, scoring Jordan Danks.
Two batters before that Danks hit a pitch to Jason Kipnis that appeared to be catchable, but instead it hit off the glove of Kipnis and went to center field. Though it wasn’t ruled an error, Kipnis still should’ve made a play on the ball. To be fair the Indians did make a few solid plays, especially when Michael Bourn made a diving catch erasing a single from Eaton, and two potential runs in the fifth.
The New Guy – On Friday the Indians acquired outfielder J.B. Shuck from the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations. Shuck, an Ohio State product hit just .167 with two homers and nine RBI in 22 games this season with Angels. However, in Triple-A this season he hit .320 in 102 games.
As a rookie last season, the left-handed hitter played in a 129 games for Los Angeles, batting .293 with two home runs and 39 RBI, good enough to finish fifth in the A.L. Rookie of the Year voting.
A Stat from Left Field – The Indians starting rotation in their last 25 games has an ERA of 1.94 (33 earned runs in 153 innings).
Worth Quoting –“I was just telling him (Kluber) I was going to talk to you guys (media) about the direction of his play, so you guys would get off him being tired.” – Indians’ manager Terry Francona on Kluber and how much he’s pitched
Up Next – The Indians continue their three-game home series against the White Sox on Sunday. On the mound for the Tribe is RHP Carlos Carrasco (6-4, 2.94), he’ll go against Chicago RHP Scott Carroll (5-9, 5.07 ERA). First pitch is at 1:05 p.m.
By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com
On Thursday night the Indians fell to the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field, 11-4 in 11 innings.
LVP of the Game – Tomlin pitched just a third of an inning in the 11th but allowed a total of five earned runs on three hits, while walking two. The poor showing by Tomlin resulted into a seven run affair in the 11th, as Indians’ reliever Bryan Price followed right after, surrendering two runs on two hits in two thirds of an inning. The dagger through the heart for the Tribe was when Tomlin allowed a three-run homer to Victor Martinez in the 11th, making the score at the time 9-4.
Bauer Outing – It was a struggle early on for Bauer, as he had a 38 pitch four-run first inning. Right off the bat things started going sour, as he gave up a leadoff double to Detroit’s Ian Kinsler. Sluggish starts this season for the right-hander have been an issue, and the numbers don’t’ lie.
Entering Thursday night Bauer was posting a 6.55 ERA in the first inning compared to a 3.76 ERA after the first. Bauer in the next 4 2/3 innings pitched scoreless ball, allowing two hits, while walking one and striking out four.
Bauer on his outing
Chipping Away – Though the Indians were down four-runs to start the game, the offense slowly battled back. They scored their first-run in the fourth inning on a Yan Gomes sacrifice fly. In the sixth the Tribe scored a pair, when Gomes grounded out to third and Lonnie Chisnehall hit a shallow RBI single to left field. The Indians then tied the game up in the seventh on a two out RBI double by Brantley, making it 4-4.
A Stat from Left Field – The Indians have allowed 21 home runs to the Tigers this season, (six in this series) the most versus any opponent.
Worth Quoting – “They’ll be okay. The other night (Monday) after the tough loss, they came back with energy the next day. There’s nothing else to do, that’s really not a worry.” – Indians manager Terry Francona on making sure his team ignores Thursday’s loss
Up Next – The Indians will open up a three-game home series against Chicago on Friday. On the mound for the Tribe is LHP T.J. House (2-3, 3.92 ERA), he’ll go against the White Sox LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.11 ERA). First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com
The Indians won their second straight game, as they beat the Houston Astros on Sunday at Progressive Field, 3-1.
Twitter Question of the Day #KNRTribe
@ESPNCleveland Both better than Swisher, that's for sure.— Colin (@colinb7654) August 24, 2014
@ESPNCleveland Love the energy Holt and Walters brings. Ramirez is intriguing.— Rick Vukovic (@RickVukovic) August 24, 2014
MVP of the Game – Ramirez was the man Saturday night, delivering a walk-off RBI single for the Tribe in a 3-2 win over Houston. He picked up where he left off on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with an RBI, while finishing the three-game series against the Astros with a .538 average (7-for-13) and two RBI.
Ramirez in his last 10-games since Aug. 9, is batting .405 (15-for-37) with three doubles and five RBI. In 10-games where he’s hit second in the lineup, the switch hitter has batted .432 (16-for-37) with four RBI. With Ramirez it's looking like he's becoming more and more comfortable with each game he plays in. That's good news for the Indians, especially if they're looking for a spark to help push them into the playoffs.
Bauer Outing – When it comes to Bauer pitching at home versus on the road is day and night. In 11 starts this season at Progressive Field, Bauer is 4-2 with a 3.32 ERA compared to an away record of 1-5 with a 5.81 ERA in nine starts. Overall, Bauer pitched six scoreless innings on Sunday, while allowing four hits. The right-hander walked three, but struck out nine batters.
His command for the most part was on, despite walking two straight in the fourth inning. In that same inning he had struck out the first two batters, but with runners on first and second he was able to strike out the side, getting Singleton to chase a 79 MPH curveball to end the inning.
Tribe Bats – The offense as of late for the Indians has been cold, only scoring 24 runs in their last seven-games (3.4 runs per game). Though it doesn’t really matter, Sunday the team collected 10 hits, while leaving eight men on base. The Tribe was also just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position, however, Carlos Santana, Ramirez and Chisenhall each had an RBI.
Closing Time – Allen pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday for the Tribe, giving him his 17th save of the season. The right-hander is now 17-for-18 in save opportunities this year, and has not allowed a run in 55 of his 62 games he’s appeared in. In games that Allen has appeared in, the Tribe’s 45-17. Even though it’s still not official by Francona, it’s probably safe to say that Allen’s the Indians new closer for this season and beyond.
Holt on his defense and contributions to the team
A Stat From Left Field – The Indians this season haven’t been more than three-games above .500 since finishing 92-70 (+22G) in 2013.
Worth Quoting – “It’s been unbelievable. Everyday you run a new guy out there, and have this feeling the he’s going to post a really good start, and we’re gonna win the game.” – Indians’ Trevor Bauer on the club’s recent stretch of solid starting pitching
Up Next – The Indians have the day off on Monday, but open up a three-game series on the road in Chicago starting Tuesday. First pitch is at 8:10 p.m.
By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com
In their last three-games, the Indians have walked-off with a win, literally, in two of them, as they beat the Baltimore Orioles Friday night at Progressive Field, 2-1.
Twitter Question of the Night #KNRTribe
@ESPNCleveland it's must-see TV when Kluber takes the hill.— Chris Schneider (@cschneider) August 15, 2014
MVP of the Game – He didn’t get the win, but Kluber was once again lights out for the Indians. He registered his eighth double-digit strikeout performance of the season, which is the most by any Tribe pitcher since Dennis Eckersley, who also did so in 1976. Kluber’s only trouble came in the third inning when he had the bases loaded with one out, after giving up two singles and walking a batter. The right-hander, however, buckled down and struck out the Orioles', two and three hitters in Adam Jones and Chris Davis to end the inning.
“He’s so good and he competes,” said Indians’ manager Terry Francona. “He’s just worked himself into being one of the premier pitchers in baseball. He wants to be the best.”
Kluber’s been good all season, but his dominance has shined the most in the second half of the season. Kluber’s ERA in that span is 0.75, and he’s posting a record of 4-0. In 47 2/3 innings, he’s allowed just four earned runs, and his ERA overall has dipped from 3.01 to 2.41 since the start of the second half. He's really making a case as to why he should be considered for the AL CY Young award this season.
Ahh Walk it Out! – The Indians on Friday recorded their second walk-off win in their last three–games, as Aviles hit a solo homer to the home run porch out in left field in the 11th inning. This was the Tribe’s ninth walk-off win this season, and their sixth in extra innings.
The Tribe lead the Majors with seven walk-off homers this season. This was also the 77th walk-off home run in the history of Progressive Field, the most by any team in the big leagues since 1994.
Walk-off wins by the Indians this season
|May 7||Minnesota||4-3||Aviles RBI-single in 9th|
|May 19||Detroit||5-4 (10)||Michael Brantley solo HR|
|May 21||Detroit||11-10 (13)||Alburquerque bases loaded balk|
|June 1||Colorado||6-4||Michael Bourn 2-run HR|
|June 4||Boston||7-4 (12)||Asdrubal Cabrera 3-run HR|
|June 19||Los Angeles AL||5-3 (10)||Nick Swisher grand slam|
|August 3||Texas||4-3 (12)||Brantley solo HR|
|August 13||Arizona||3-2||Zach Walters solo HR|
|August 15||Baltimore||2-1 (11)||Aviles solo HR|
Feast or Famine – When the Indians score three-or-fewer runs they’re 14-43. And when the club scores four-or-more runs they’re 47-17. The Tribe entered Friday night ranked fifth in runs scored in the Major Leagues with 525, but the numbers are skewed. This team goes on spurts of scoring runs either in bunches our hardly any at all. Currently they're scoring little to none right now.
Case in point is this week where the Indians have scored a total of 17 runs, however, the week before that they scored 30. The last three runs that the Tribe has scored have all been off of solo homers, and two of them have been walk-offs. Sure you can win games here and there, but a successful team has to be consistent in stringing together hits and scoring in the clutch, and this team struggles to do that.
Who is this guy? – Walters, who was acquired from the Washington Nationals for Asdrubal Cabrera at the trade deadline, might not be a well known guy yet in Cleveland, but he’s been the Indians only source of run production in the last three-games. The Tribe in that span has scored just three runs, all on solo homers, with two of them coming from Walters. The one home run was on a walk-off shot in the ninth against the Arizona Diamondbacks for a 3-2 win on Wednesday.
Error Tracker – In the sixth inning Aviles committed his fourth error of the season, when he misplayed a ground ball hit by Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz at third base. The error was the Tribe’s 93rd of the season, which ranks as a league high in that category. Aviles, who’s played third base 29 times this season, has committed all four of his errors while playing at the hot corner.
A Stat from Left Field – The Indians have gone 55-24 all-time against Baltimore at Progressive Field (1994-present). It’s the Tribe’s best record against any AL team in the history of the ballpark.
Worth Quoting – “ I can honestly say when I’m an old person and I got grand kids, I can tell them ‘yeah that really did happen’, so I’m excited for that one. They can’t take that one away from me.” – Indians Mike Aviles on his first career walk off home run
Up Next – The Indians will continue their three-game home series against the Orioles on Saturday. On the mound for the Tribe is RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-4, 3.60), he’ll go against Baltimore RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (4-8, 4.51 ERA). First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.