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.
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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.
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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.
By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com
The Indians split a doubleheader on Wednesday night at Progressive Field, beating the Arizona Diamond backs, 3-2, in the first game, but losing the second, 1-0 in 12 innings.
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Game 1 – Indians’ starter Trevor Bauer pitched a career-high eight innings in his first head-to-head matchup against his former team the Arizona Diamondbacks. In Wednesday’s outing he recorded nine strikeouts, which was just one punch out shy of his career high, while allowing just two runs on four hits.
Despite walking two batters, Bauer’s control was very effective, as he was pretty solid early on in the game, pitching a no hitter until the sixth inning. He showed an aggressive approach with his pitches, going at hitters and challenging them. In his last five starts at Progressive Field, Bauer is 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA, while the Indians have won four of the right-hander’s last five starts.
Game 2 – The Tribe’s Josh Tomlin, who’s had a stretch of shaky outings recently, pitched very well, throwing 4 1/3 innings, while allowing no runs on four hits. He walked no one and struck out four, while allowing no home runs. In game two of Wednesday night’s doubleheader, Tomlin sat down the first nine batters he faced, while allowing just one baserunner to advance into scoring position. He had solid comand, as he threw 39 of his 50 pitches for strikes.
Ahh Walk it out – The Indians recorded their eighth walk-off win of the season in game one of Wednesday’s double header. It was newly acquired Zach Walters’ first career walk-off home run, as he sent a pitch to the right field bullpen in the ninth inning off of Arizona reliever Randall Delgado.
This was the Tribe’s sixth walk-off at home run this season, and the 76th overall in Progressive Field’s history (1994-present) – the most by a team in the Major Leagues over that span.
Offensive Woes – It was a struggle for the Indians to manufacture runs all day, especially in game two, as the team left 10 men stranded on base. In all the Tribe scored a total of three runs in 21 innings, but collected 17 hits. The Tribe in game two, however, went 8-for-41 with two extra-base hits against Arizona pitching that is average at best.
A Stat from Left Field – The Indians this season are 21-41 when allowing the oppositions to score first in a game.
Worth Quoting – “That was frickin’ awesome.” – Indians’ Zach Walters on his walk-off home run in game one
Up Next – The Indians are off Thursday, but they open up a three-game home series against the Orioles on Friday. On the mound for the Tribe is RHP Corey Kluber (13-6, 2.46 ERA), he’ll go against Baltimore LHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-4, 3.90 ERA). First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com
Both the Indians and the Arizona Diamondbacks are coming off weekend series wins, as they open up a two-game series against each other Tuesday night at Progressive Field. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
2014 Record – 51-67, fourth-place in the National League West Division (16-games out of first).
Road Record – 26-28
Last 10 Games – 4-6
Playoff Hopes – 11.5-games back from the second-wild card spot in the NL.
What they’ve done – The Diamondbacks are coming off of a 10-game homestand where they went 4-6, but won two of their last three against the Colorado Rockies.
2014 Record – 59-59, third-place in the American League Central Division (5.5-games out of first).
Home Record – 34-22
Last 10 Games – 6-4
Playoff Hopes –Five-games back from the second-wild card spot in the AL.
What they’ve done – The Indians are coming off of a five-game road trip where they went 2-3, losing a pair to the Cincinnati Reds, while taking two of three from the New York Yankees.
Indians – T.J. House (1-3, 4.13 ERA) will look to bounce back from a 4-0 loss to the Reds on Thursday. In that outing he pitched six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, while walking one and striking out five. In his last seven starts, House is posting a 3.49 ERA, but has logged just one win in that span.
This season at Progressive Field, House is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA in four starts. The left-hander in his last two outings has given up a combined three earned runs in 11 innings, while walking three and striking out 12. House has never faced the Diamonbacks in his career.
Diamondbacks – On the mound for Arizona is Josh Collmenter (8-6, 4.09 ERA), who in his last outing pitched six innings, allowing three runs on three hits in a 4-3 loss to Kansas City on Wednesday. In that outing Collmenter allowed just five baserunners, while walking two and striking out six.
The right-hander in his last four starts is 1-1 with a 5.57 ERA, and is just 2-3 this season with a 5.59 ERA on the road in eight starts (nine appearances). At home, Collmenter is 6-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 12 starts (16 appearances). Tuesday will mark Collmenter’s first career start against the Indians, but he has faced them before in relief, picking up a win in just one innings worth of work on June 24.
|Inciarte CF (L)||Kipnis 2B (L)|
|Pennington SS (S)||Ramirez SS (S)|
|Peralta RF (L)||Brantley LF (L)|
|Trumbo 1B||Santana 1B (S)|
|Hill 2B||Gomes C|
|Montero C (L)||Chisenhall 3B (L)|
|Marte LF||Walters DH (S)|
|Lamb 3B (L)||Dickerson LF (L)|
|Pacheco DH||Holt RF|
Who’s Hot – Jason Kipnis is scorching hot right now for the Indians, as he’s had a hit in seven of his last 10-games. Out of those 10, four have been multi-hit performances, with his most recent coming on Sunday against the Yankees when he went 3-for-5. Kipnis currently has a .360 average (9-for-25) in his last seven-games, but the second baseman this year is posting a .251 average with six homers and 36 RBI.
Mark Trumbo enters Tuesday riding a seven-game hitting streak with a .370 average, and nine RBI for the Diamondbacks in that stretch. Trumbo has four multi-hit games in his last 10, but has one home run since coming off the disabled list on July 11. Trumbo this year is batting .224 with eight homers and 32 RBI.
Who’s Not – Lonnie Chisenhall in his last seven-games is just 1-for-18 (.056) with two walks and seven strikeouts. Chisenhall in the month of August is posting a .167 average with two home runs and five RBI in nine-games. The left-hander this season has a .292 average with 11 home runs and 46 RBI.
The Diamondbacks’ Alfredo Marte has struggled this past week, going 3-for-15 at the plate (.200), but out of those three hits, two of them were a triple and a homer. Marte this year is batting .216 with two home runs and eight RBI in 23 games.
Injury Update –The Indians announced before Tuesday's game that outfielder David Murphy, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, has a strained right oblique. He’s expected to miss up to four to five weeks.
“You’re kind of at the mercy of the oblique,” said Indians’ manager Terry Francona. “I know that once the oblique goes away, Murph will go fast, cause he wants to. You just have to let that thing heal.”
Nick Swisher, who’s on the 15-day disabled list with right knee soreness, met with a doctor on Monday, but will get a second opinion on his right knee before anything goes further. Tribe outfielder Michael Bourn, who’s been on the 15-day disabled list since July 6 with a left hamstring strain, is scheduled to continue his rehab assignment in Triple-A Columbus Tuesday night.
“Bournie is doing really well,” said Fracona. “Last game he played he got down to first in times that were more Bournie like. I wouldn’t be surprise if he plays for us this weekend. We just got to sit with Bournie and figure out how to get him to this weekend, just because we have a day off on Thursday and having him sit for a couple days might not make sense.”
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CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians announced Thursday that the organization has acquired RHP Michael Clevinger from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for RHP Vinnie Pestano.
Clevinger, 23, has split the 2014 season between Low-A Burlington and High-A Inland Empire, going a combined 4-3 with a 4.31 ERA (38 ER/79.1 IP), 85 strikeouts and 32 walks in 18 games/starts. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander began the year at Burlington, where he went 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA (5 ER/24.0 IP), 27 strikeouts and just 5 walks, limiting opposing batters to a .186 average against (16-86) before being promoted to Inland Empire on May 5 where he made his last 13 starts. Originally selected by the Angels in the 4th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Seminole State Community College (FL), Clevinger underwent Tommy John surgery following the 2012 campaign and was limited to just 3 appearances in 2013. He will report to High-A Carolina.
Pestano, 29, has spent the majority of the 2014 season at Triple-A Columbus, where he went 2-4 with 6 saves and a 1.78 ERA (6 ER/30.1 IP) in 32 relief appearances (23 H, 12 BB, 37 SO, .209 AVG) for the Clippers. The right-hander also went 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA (5 ER/9.0 IP) in 13 Major League relief appearances for Cleveland this season. Drafted by the Indians in the 20th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Pestano has spent parts of the last 5 seasons in the Indians bullpen and owns a Major League career record of 5-8 with a 2.93 ERA (59 ER/181.1 IP) and 11 saves in 192 games.
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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians announced on Thursday that the club would make major enhancements at Progressive Field this offseason aimed at adapting to fans’ expectations for their ballpark experience.
The significant enhancements to the ballpark will create new attractions targeting multiple fan segments; create dramatic new connections to a revitalized Cleveland and Indians players; and celebrate our club’s rich history and heritage throughout the ballpark. The project, with support from our partner Delaware North Companies, is completely privately funded.
Developed after extensive research into the team’s fan base and its preferences and demands, the project will include:
Expanded Kids Clubhouse: First introduced in 2012, the Kids Clubhouse will grow to two levels. The Mezzanine concourse area also will be renovated, with new, improved attractions for families:
Social gathering space: A climate-controlled, two-story bar in right field with views unmatched in Cleveland:
Dramatic new Gate C: The new Gate C area will be a dramatic entrance with visual connection to the field from the exterior and dramatic views of the Cleveland skyline from inside the ballpark. This will be enabled by removing The Market Pavilion and Batter’s Eye Bar and reorienting the fan entrance, allowing for a better connection with a revitalized part of the city and allowing residents and downtown workers better views of the field:
Connection to players: Redesigned bullpens in center field provide unique interaction with players and a new exclusive seating area:
Connection to Cleveland: Popular city neighborhoods like Ohio City and Tremont will be incorporated into the new Gate C concourse space.
Historical connection: More of the franchise’s storied history will be incorporated throughout the ballpark, especially at the new Gate C; the Bob Feller and Jim Thome statues will be consolidated there, and will be joined there by future statues – including in 2015 by a Larry Doby statue.
New Group seating area: The Upper Reserved area in right field will feature terraced decks for group outings with sweeping views of the playing field, which previously were limited to the Carnegie Tent area on the ballpark’s exterior.
“Fans have changed the way they interact with baseball and other forms of entertainment. As a result, we have to adapt by creating new, compelling experiences to evolve our ballpark to align with fans’ interests,” said Indians President Mark Shapiro. “We’re proud to provide targeted, new experiences that enhance the connection between Progressive Field and revitalizing city around us.”
The Indians have produced a promotional video that explains all of the upgrades and changes: