Walk-off! Photos, post-game notes from Wednesday’s win
Facts and figures from the Tribe’s 4-3, walk-off win over Minnesota on Wednesday:
WALK (OFF) THIS WAY: The Indians posted their first walk-off victory of 2014, as Mike Aviles lined a game-winning single to center plating Asdrubal Cabrera who doubled to lead-off the frame (advanced to 3rd on sacrifice bunt)…the Indians celebrated 11 walk-off victories in 2013, tied with Boston for 2nd-most in the American League behind Tampa Bay (13)…the Indians last walk-off win of the 2013 season came on Jason Giambi’s pinch-hit two-run home run vs. Chicago-AL on September 24 (5-4)…the Tribe’s first walk-off win last season came on April 12 vs. Chicago-AL (Swisher RBI-single, 1-0).
- Wednesday’s game-winning single marked the second career walk-off plate appearance (first hit) for Aviles, as he also snapped a 3-3 tie with a walk-off sacrifice fly as a member of the Royals vs. Oakland on May 7, 2011 at Kauffman Stadium.
- Recorded his first 3-hit game of the season, first since July 26 vs. Texas…over his last 4 games, Aviles has gone 7-13 (.538) with 3 multi-hit efforts.
- With Wednesday’s walk-off victory the Indians are now 4-2 with one game remaining on this 7-game homestand vs. Chicago-AL (2-1) and Minnesota (2-1, +1 game)…a win tomorrow would mark the club’s first back-to-back series wins in 2014.
- The Indians improve their home record to 11-8, winning 7 of their last 10 games at Progressive Field dating back to April 21 vs. Kansas City.
- With Salazar’s quality start, Indians starters have now gone 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA (10 ER/55.0 IP) and 61 strikeouts against 11 walks over the rotation’s last 7 starts here at Progressive Field…over the last 5 games, Tribe starters have allowed just 5 earned runs across 34.2 IP (1.30 ERA) with 38 K’s and 6 walks.
- Did not factor into the decision despite notching his second consecutive quality start (ND, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R-ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1 WP, 90 pitches/57 strikes)…Salazar has charged with 2 additional runs after his departure.
- Minnesota had runners in scoring position in the 3rd and 4th innings, but Salazar recorded key strikeouts to diminish the Twins’ scoring threats.
- Salazar finished with 7 strikeouts and has now recorded 21 strikeouts over his last 17.2 innings dating back to his start on April 22 vs. Kansas City…Salazar entered the game with the second-best strikeout rate (10.98) in the American League and has now registered 44 strikeouts over 36.2 innings (10.80) on the season.
- Put the Tribe ahead 2-1 with a 2-out, 2-run double off Twins starter Ricky Nolasco in the bottom of the 3rd…the double extended his hitting streak to a team-high 7 straight games; over the course of the streak, Brantley has gone 10-28 with a home run and 7 RBI.
- Brantley has also hit in 11 consecutive games here at Progressive Field dating back to April 20 vs. Toronto (16-42, 3 HR, 11 RBI).
- The two runs batted in moved him into a tie with Chicago’s-AL Jose Abreu for the American League lead with 9 go-ahead RBI this season.
- Brantley is 9-25 (.360) with a pair of doubles and 6 RBI over the first 6 games of the homestand.
- Recorded his American League-leading 4th outfield assist when he erased Chis Colabello at second base attempting to stretch his 2nd inning leadoff single into a two-bagger.
- Led off the bottom of the 5th with his 4th home run of the season to stretch the Indians lead to 3-1.
- Marked Gomes’ 5th career home run vs. Minnesota, his most vs. any opponent ahead of Detroit and Seattle (3).
- Over his last 14 games dating back to April 19 vs. Toronto, Gomes has gone 13-49 (.265) with 5 doubles, 2 home runs and 6 RBI – has hit safely in 11 of those 14 contests.
Notes courtesy Baseball Information Department/Photos by Dan Mendlik, David Cleveland