Indians Game Information: April 9 doubleheader vs. San Diego
CLEVELAND INDIANS (4-3) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (2-5)
RHP Zach McAllister (0-0, —) vs. LHP Eric Stults (0-1, 11.25)
Game #8/Home #5 » Wednesday, April 9, 2014 » Progressive Field
» 12:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/Indians Radio Network
CLEVELAND INDIANS (+Game 1) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (+Game 1)
RHP Trevor Bauer (Triple-A: 0-0, 1.50) vs. LHP Robbie Erlin (0-0, 0.00)
Game #9/Home #6 » Wednesday, April 9, 2014 » Progressive Field
» TBD (~20 min. after G1) » SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/Indians Radio Network
BLAME IT ON THE RAIN
- Cleveland is set to play its second doubleheader (split or traditional) already this season, as the Indians & Padres saw their series opener get washed out on Monday night…rain showers have been somewhat omnipresent through Tribe’s first week, starting with a soggy 3-game series in Oakland that saw the Coliseum’s first rainout since 1998 and therefore Cleveland’s first doubleheader of 2014 (split)…the start of Cleveland’s home opener was also delayed 2 hours, 13 minutes on Friday.
- Today will mark the earliest calendar date ever for the Indians to play a split or traditional doubleheader at Progressive Field (1994-2014); previous distinction belonged to a day-nighttwinbill on April 17, 1999 vs. Minnesota, while the earliest traditionalDH played at this ballpark prior to today took place on May 12, 2008 vs. Toronto.
- 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.
- Over the past 5 seasons (2010-14), Cleveland has gone 17-5 in 11 doubleheaders with 6 sweeps and 5 splits.
LOVE ME TWO TIMES
- Broadcast Info: Both games will be carried live on SportsTime Ohio (TV) and WTAM (radio)…first pitch for Game 1 is scheduled for 12:05PM (gates open at 11:00AM), while Game 2 is set to begin approx. 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
- Media Availability: The Indians will make Terry Francona & Zach McAllister available in the HCH Multipurpose Room during the 20-min. window between games…the remainder of post-game player availability will take place following Game 2.
• Provided that Game 2 concludes prior to 7:05PM (the time of last night’s first pitch), the Indians & Padres have a legitimate shot atplaying their entire 3-game series in less than 24 hours.
- Tickets: Fans currently holding or purchasing tickets dated April 9 may attend both games of today’s DH for the price of one…fansholding tickets for Monday’s rainout (April 7) may exchangethem for today’s DH, but MUST do so at the Progressive FieldBox Office.
WINS & LOSSES
- San Diego made it interesting with a 3-run rally in the 9th, but the Indians hung on to take the series opener from the Padres by a score of 8-6 last night here at Progressive Field.
- Cleveland is 2-2 mid-way through this 6-day, 6-game homestand against Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (1-0)…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 scheduled off day on April 14 in Detroit.
A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS
- Cleveland holds 2nd place in the A.L. Central standings, one half-game behind first place Detroit (4-2) & one half-game ahead of 3rd place Chicago (-1.5G, 4-4)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 6 days in 2nd place and one day in 3rd place.
AIN’T THAT PECULIAR
- Over the past 5 seasons (2010-14), Cleveland has gone 3-43 when allowing 15+ hits to an opponent.
- Last night marked the first time for the Indians to win a game in which they allowed 15-or-more hits, but collected fewer than 10 hits of their own since a 7-6 victory on April 28, 2006 vs. Texas (out-hit 8-15); prior to that ‘06 contest, you have to go back to a 4-3 win on Aug. 15, 1984 vs. Toronto (out-hit 9-17) to find another such instance…those are the only 3 such wins for Cleveland since 1953, while only 14 total examples were found dating all the way back to 1914.
- Prior to Game 1, the Indians recalled RHP C.C. LEE from Triple- A Columbus to join the bullpen; to make room for Lee, the club has optioned RHP VINNIE PESTANO to Columbus.
- In between games of today’s DH, the club will formally recall RHP TREVOR BAUER to start Game 2 as the 26th man permitted under MLB rules governing DH’s.
HERE COMES THE SUN
- Regardless of when Game 2 begins, both of today’s tilts will be classified as day games…Tribe has gone 1-3 in day games against a 3-0 record in night games.