Indians Game Information June 19
CLEVELAND INDIANS (34-32, 2nd, -.5) vs. CINCINNATI REDS (38-28)
RHP Josh Tomlin (3-4, 5.56) vs. RHP Mike Leake (2-5, 5.05)
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
THE STANDINGS: The Indians beat Cincinnati 10-9 in last night’s series opener to cut their deficit to one-half game behind Chicago-AL in the A.L. Central standings, as the first-place White Sox hosted the Cubs in a 12-3 defeat at U.S. Cellular Field…despite going 6-7 since June 5, the Indians have stayed within one-half & 1.5 games of first place, as the White Sox are 4-9 over that same 13-game span…Cleveland has been in 2nd place for 21 straight days after being in first place for 35 consecutive days (sole or shared) from April 24-May 28, including sole possession of the top spot for each of the last 27 days of that stretch…Cleveland held a season-high 4.0-game lead on May 17 and has trailed by as much as 3.5 games (April 12).
SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME: Indians closer CHRIS PEREZ successfully converted his 22nd consecutive save opportunity last night and now owns the 2nd-longest single-season save streak in club history (since inception of the “save” in 1969) trailing only JOSE MESA, who successfully slammed the door in 38 straight save opportunities from May 5-Aug. 23, 1995…his 22-game streak is the 5th-longest in club history overall (research assistance by Aaron Charlton/STATS LLC).
LON THE RISE: Last night LONNIE CHISENHALL (5-for-10 last 3 games) became the first Indians player to fall a double shy of hitting for the cycle since GRADY SIZEMORE on Aug. 21, 2008 vs. Kansas City…according to Elias, Chisenhall also became just the 3rd ninth-place batter over the past 5 seasons (2008-2012) to have a 3-hit game that included both a triple and a home run, joining MARK TEAHEN with Chicago-AL (4/12/10 at TOR) and J.P. ARENCIBIA with Toronto (4/1/2011 vs. MIN).