Indians Game Information for Saturday, July 14
CLEVELAND INDIANS (45-41, 2nd, -3.0 G) vs. TORONTO BLUE JAYS (43-44)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-7, 4.50) vs. LHP Aaron Laffey (0-1, 2.67)
First Pitch: 1:07 p.m. (ET) at Rogers Centre
TV: STO Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
RARE WIN: Cleveland’s pitching staff held Toronto scoreless on 5 hits last night, while a solo home run by TRAVIS HAFNER accounted for the only run scored in the game…the decision marked just the 2nd 1-0 road win for Cleveland over the last 20 seasons from 1993-2012, the other coming on June 13, 2011 at Yankee Stadium…also stood as the Indians first 1-0 road win with the exclusive benefit of a solo home run since May 26, 1992 at Oakland (Mark Lewis) and just the 6th such victory for Cleveland over the past 44 seasons beginning in 1969.
1-0 ROAD WINS FOR CLEVELAND
ON A SOLO HOME RUN, 1969-2012
Sept. 6, 1988 at New York-AL (Ron Kittle)
June 7, 1989 at California (Luis Medina)
Aug. 2, 1989 at Milwaukee (Jerry Browne)
April 15, 1991 at Boston (Brook Jacoby)
May 26, 1992 at Oakland (Mark Lewis)
July 13, 2012 at Toronto (Travis Hafner)
According to Elias, Hafner became the first Indian to homer within the first two innings of a game that would end in a 1-0 final score since JOHNNY ELLIS on Sept. 26, 1973 vs. Boston (2nd inning).
MASTERPIECE THEATRE: JUSTIN MASTERSON became the first visiting pitcher to toss a scoreless outing of at least 7.0 IP at Rogers Centre this season, as the right-hander has a 0.60 ERA (1 ER/15.0 IP) in 2 starts against Toronto in 2012…the outing lowered the Indians’ staff ERA for July to 3.00, 3rd-lowest in the A.L. behind Oakland (1.85) and Seattle (2.79) and 5th-lowest in the majors…Cleveland starters have logged an A.L.-high 56.2 innings this month, 3rd-most in the majors behind Cincinnati (61.1) and St. Louis (57.1), while recording quality starts in 7 of 9 games…the rotation’s 3.34 ERA (21 ER/56.2 IP) for July is 3rd-best in the A.L. behind Oakland (2.60) and Seattle (2.85) and 7th in the majors.
THE TRIBE & TORONTO: With Cleveland’s victory last night, the road team has won 10 of the last 13 meetings between the Indians and the Jays (STATS LLC)…the Indians hold a 38-23 (.623) advantage since the start of the 2004 season, which stands as the highest winning pct. vs. the Jays by any A.L. club in that span…Indians are 54-55 all-time at Rogers Centre, but are 46-34 (.575) here since the start of the 1994 campaign, the highest winning pct. by any team in baseball at this park over that span (min. 13 G).