Kluber, Kottaras have historic days on Sunday at Progressive Field
Lots of information here, so stay with us: Tribe pitcher Corey Kluber and catcher George Kottaras each had incredibly historic days at Progressive Field on Sunday in the Tribe’s loss to the White Sox.
Historic details on Kluber’s day:
- Did not factor into the decision of today’s game despite limiting the White Sox to just 3 hits across his 8.0 innings of work (W, 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R-ER, 2 BB, 13 SO, 1 HR, 110 pitches/70 strikes).
- Kluber’s 13 strikeouts establishes a new career high and ties him with CC Sabathia, Chuck Finley and Dave Burba for the club record accomplished by Tribe pitchers here at Progressive Field.
- Kluber’s effort today is the first for a Tribe pitcher at this venue since Sabathia’s effort on September 14, 2007 vs. KC…Ubaldo Jimenez fanned 13 batters in his start on September 29 at Minnesota.
- Kluber set a new club record when he fanned 7 consecutive batters through innings 3-5…the previous record of 6 was shared by Bob Feller, Bartolo Colon, Chuck Finley and Mitch Talbot.
- After striking out 11 batters in his last home start on April 24 vs. Kansas City, Kluber became the first Tribe pitcher to strike out 11 or more batters in consecutive home starts since Dennis Eckersley on August 13 & 23, 1976.
Kottaras, meanwhile, was called up from Columbus after Yan Gomes was placed on the Paternity list after the birth of his daughter. All Kottaras did was hit two homers in his first two at-bats in an Indians uniform. More details on Kottaras’ day:
- Kottaras became the first Indians batter to homer in his first plate appearance with the club since Kevin Kouzmanoff on September 2, 2006 at Texas (MLB debut, grand slam).
- Homered in his next at-bat, becoming the first Indians player in club history to hit a home run in each of his first two career plate appearances with the club.
- According to Elias Sports Bureau, Kottaras became the first Major Leaguer to homer in each of his first 2 plate appearances with his given club since Jeremy Giambi (Phillies) on May 25, 2002 at Montreal.
- Marked the second career 2-homer game for Kottaras, his first since August 31, 2012 as a member of the Oakland A’s vs. Boston…signaled the first multi-homer game for the Indians this season.
- A Toronto, Ontario native, Kottaras became the first Canadian Indians player to hit a home run since Nigel Wilson on September 27, 1996 at Kansas City.