Thursday recap: Photos, fun facts from Kluber’s dominance
CLEVELAND INDIANS POST-GAME NOTES, APRIL 24 (Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland)
- Cleveland took the final game of this series by a final score of 5-1 and has won its first series since taking 2 of 3 from San Diego April 8-9.
- Today’s win signaled the Tribe’s second consecutive victory vs. a left-handed starter after starting the year just 2-5 vs. opposing southpaws.
- Indians have now gone 11-5 against the Royals here at Progressive Field dating back to September, 2012.
- The Tribe will now head west for a 6-day, 6-game road trip through San Francisco (3 games) and Anaheim (3 games).
- Notched his first career complete game this afternoon, allowing just one unearned run while striking out a career-high 11 batters (W, 9.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO, 101 pitches/75 strikes).
- Bested his previous career-high innings (8.2, July 31, 2013 vs. CWS) and strikeouts (10, 2x, last July 7, 2013 vs. Detroit).
- The Indians received 3 complete games from Justin Masterson in 2013, last coming on June 30, 2013 at Chicago-AL.
- Masterson owns the last 4 complete games turned in by Indians pitchers, as Kluber’s effort today was the Tribe’s first from a pitcher other than Masterson since Derek Lowe in May 15, 2012 at Minnesota.
- The last Indians hurler to turn in a complete game with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks was C.C Sabathia on September 7, 2005 at Detroit; first effort with those parameters here at Progressive Field since Orel Hershiser on June 5th, 1995.
- The last Indians pitcher to throw a complete game with at least 11 strikeouts, 0 walks and 0 earned runs was Len Barker (perfect game) on May 15, 1981.
o Just the 7th such effort by an Indians pitcher dating back to 1914
5 IN 5
- After notching just one hit through the first 4 innings, the Indians offense exploded for 5 runs on 5 hits and chased Kansas City starter Bruce Chen with 1 out in the inning.
- The Indians 5-run inning marked a season-best and signaled the first time the Tribe has plated 5 runs in a single inning since September 14, 2013 (T4th, 5 runs) at Chicago-AL; Tribe won 8-1
- The 5 hits in the inning matched a season high, previously accomplished in the 5th inning of a 7-2 victory vs. Minnesota.
- Knocked in the Tribe’s first run in the 5-run fifth inning following a Carlos Santana lead-off double.
- Brantley has hit in 5 straight games (7-17) and is now batting .333 (10-30) with 3 home runs and 9 RBI over his last 8 games.
- Batting .405 (15-37) with runners on base and entered the game ranked 6th in the American league with 18 RBI.
- Slapped a 2-run single with the bases loaded to push across the Tribe’s 2nd and 3rd runs of the 5th inning.
- Marked Murphy’s second bases-loaded RBI base hit of the homestand (emptied the bases w/ a 3-run double on Sunday vs. Toronto); he is now 3-4 w/ 9 RBI in bases-loaded plate appearances this season; a lifetime .350 (28/80) hitter with the bags full.
- Murphy leads the American League with a .533 average w/ RISP.
- Shouldered his second loss of the season after allowing all 5 Indians runs to score in the top of the 5th (L, 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R-ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 75 pitches/49 strikes).
- Chen allowed a lead-off single to Asdrubal Cabrera before retiring the next 11 batters he faced prior to the 5th.
- Chen entered this afternoon’s game 7-3 with a 4.29 ERA in 19 career outings (12 starts) vs. the Indians, including a 7-1 mark since 2010.
INSTANT REPLAY: Umpire crew chief Bill Miller initiated an instant-replay review on a play at home plate in the first inning of today’s game…Miller reviewed whether or not Kansas City catcher Brett Hayes was blocking the plate…Terry Francona elected not to challenge the out call at the plate; catcher’s positioning is not eligible for challenging by a manager.