Indians Game Information: April 8 vs. San Diego
CLEVELAND INDIANS (3-3) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (2-4)
RHP Corey Kluber (0-1, 13.50) vs. RHP Tyson Ross (0-1, 5.40)
Game #7/Home #4 » Tuesday, April 8, 2014 » Progressive Field » 7:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM-WMMS/IRN
RAIN FALL DOWN
- The Indians saw their series opener against San Diego get washed out on Monday night, as rain showers have been somewhat omnipresent through Tribe’s first week…Cleveland will play its second doubleheader already this season tomorrow afternoon…a rain-soaked series in Oakland saw the Coliseum’s first rainout since 1998 and therefore Cleveland’s first doubleheader of 2014…the start of Cleveland’s home opener was also delayed 2 hours, 13 minutes.
- Rain played a role early for Cleveland last year, as the team played 3 doubleheaders prior to the All-Star break for the first time since 1992.
TWO TO TANGO
- The Indians and Padres will play a traditional doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 12:05PM (gates open at 11:00AM)…the second game will begin approx. 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
- Fans holding tickets dated Monday, April 7, and wishing to attend Wednesday’s doubleheader MUST exchange their tickets at the Progressive Field Box Office…all tickets for April 9 will include two games for the price of one…fans unable to attend the April 9 DH can exchange their April 7 tickets, subject to availability, for many of the remaining home games this season…the deadline for those exchanges is May 31.
WINS & LOSSES
- Despite out-hitting the Twins 15-9, Cleveland dropped Sunday afternoon’s rubber match by a score of 10-7 to Minnesota…Tribe faced a 6-2 deficit before tying to score at 6-6 in the 5th only to see the Twins rally for 3 runs in the 6th and one more in the 9th…Indians had not lost a game in which they collected at least 15 hits since taking a 10-inning, 10-8 defeat on Aug. 5, 2012 at Detroit (17 hits) – also the first such instance in a home game since an 11-7 loss on July 8, 2011 vs. Toronto (15 hits).
- Cleveland is 1-2 mid-way through this 6-day, 6-game homestand against Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (3 games)…club is coming off a brief 3-game road trip to open the season during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign…series win came despite plating 9 combined runs, 6 of those being scored in the 9th inning…second game of Oakland series was rained out, forcing a day-night DH on Wednesday…both Indians wins vs. A’s had same winning (Allen), losing (Johnson) and saving (Axford) pitchers…Friday began a stretch of 10 consecutive game dates before club’s next off day on April 14 in Detroit.
- Cleveland is T2nd with Kansas City in the A.L. Central standings, 1.5 games behind Detroit (4-1) & one half-game ahead of Chicago/Minnesota (T4th, -2.0G, 3-4)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 5 days in 2nd place and one day in 3rd place.
FACING THE FRIARS
- Cleveland is set to welcome the San Diego Padres to town in just the Friars’ 3rd-ever visit to Progressive Field, the others coming in 2003 and 2008…Tribe has made just one visit to Petco Park, which came in 2005…the Indians are 6-3 all-time against the Padres, taking 2 of 3 games in each of the 3 series played between the two clubs.
- Cleveland ended this year’s spring training slate with a pair of friendlies against the Padres on the University of San Diego’s Fowler Park & Cunningham Field; Tribe took first game 16-4, but narrowly dropped the second by a score of 9-8.
- Padres Exec. VP & GM JOSH BYRNES began his front office career with the Indians from 1994-99 and contributed in multiple roles, finishing his tenure in Cleveland as club’s Scouting Director before joining Dan O’Dowd’s staff in Colorado.
BACK IN BLACK
- Padres MGR BUD BLACK returns to Cleveland where he spent several seasons wearing an Indians uniform…the right-handed pitcher was acquired from Kansas City in June of 1988 (for INF/OF Pat Tabler) and was with the Tribe until being traded to Toronto in Sept. of 1990…Black also ended his career with Cleveland in 1995.
GET ON THE GOOD FOOT
- Opponents have scored first in 5 of the Indians’ 6 games so far this season (2-3 record), although Cleveland has managed 2 come-from-behind victories in those 5 contests…additionally, Cleveland’s pitching staff has allowed 8 of its 29 total runs in the first inning…staff has a 12.00 ERA (8 ER/6.0 IP) in first inning, but a 3.45 ERA (18 ER/47.0 IP) from the 2nd inning on…in 2013, Cleveland went 68-24 when scoring first, but 24-46 when opponents tallied first.