Indians Game Information for Friday, June 15
CLEVELAND INDIANS (32-30, 2nd, -1.5) vs. PITTSBURGH PIRATES (32-30)
RHP Justin Masterson (2-6, 4.76) vs. RHP James McDonald (5-2, 2.39)
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
21 JUMP STREET: MICHAEL BRANTLEY has hit safely in a career-high 21 straight games, which is (1) the longest hit streak in the majors at any point this season, (2) the longest hit streak in the majors since Dan Uggla hit safely in 33 straight games, July 5-Aug. 13, 2011 and (3) the longest hit streak by an Indians batter since Casey Blake hit safely in 26 straight games, May 20-June 17, 2007.
DRAFT DEALINGS: The Cleveland Indians today announced that the club has signed its top two selections from the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, agreeing to minor league deals with first round pick OF TYLER NAQUIN (15th overall) and 2nd round pick RHP MITCH BROWN (79th overall)…the Indians have now signed 12 of their 40 overall selections.
INTERLEAGUE PLAY: Cleveland is 3-6 in Interleague Play this season after going 11-7 in 2011…club is in midst of 15 straight games vs. N.L. opponents with 9 of those coming on the road…Indians pitchers are 4-for-14 with 7 K’s at the plate (3-for-19, 8 K’s in 2011)…since inception of Interleague Play in ‘97, Cleveland is 132-142 vs. the N.L., going 70-64 at Progressive Field and 62-77 in N.L. ballparks.
AROUND THE BLOCK: Cleveland’s offense 3-for-32 (.094) w/ RISP over the last 5 games (0-for-10 yesterday at CIN) to lower season figure from .265 to .255, 8th in the A.L…CARLOS SANTANA has caught 6 of the last 10 and 11 of 31 (35.5%) would-be base-stealers overall in 2012, as the Indians backstop owns the best qualifying CS% in the A.L. this season and trails only Arizona’s Miguel Montero (40.6%, 13-of-32) for the major league lead…CHRIS PEREZ has converted 20 straight save opportunities, T3rd-longest in club history for a single-season and one shy of Doug Jones (21 straight, 1988) for the 2nd-longest…JOHNNY DAMON has 999 career walks, as he is set to become the 114th player in baseball history to reach 1,000 free passes for a career…CONSECUTIVE SB ATTEMPT STREAKS: Kipnis (13 straight), Choo (8).