Monday recap: Photos, post-game notes, video!
THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN: The Indians posted their second walk-off victory of 2014, as Michael Brantley blasted his team-leading 9th home run of the season to break a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the 11th…Cleveland recorded the club’s first walk-off win of the season on May 7 vs. Minnesota on a Mike Aviles game-winning single in the bottom of the 9th…the Indians celebrated 11 walk-off victories in 2013 (6 walk-off home runs), tied with Boston for 2nd-most in the American League behind Tampa Bay (13)
Additional walk-off notes:
- Tonight marked the Tribe’s first walk-off victory vs. Detroit since September 16, 2012 – Lonnie Chisenhall RBI single vs. Jose Valverde
- Brantley’s home run signaled the first walk-off home run vs. Detroit since April 29, 2011 – Carlos Santana vs. Joaquin Benoit…and the club’s first walk-off home run vs. Detroit in extra-innings since September 17, 2007 – Casey Blake solo HR vs. Zach Miner in B11th.
- Brantley’s home run tonight marked the 71st walk-off home run in the history of Progressive Field (1994-present), and the 12th vs. Detroit – most against any opposing club.
- Tonight’s game-winning home run marked the first career walk-off hit for Brantley…entered the game with one career walk-off RBI under his belt – a bases loaded walk on May 10, 2011 vs. Tampa Bay.
- In 6 career plate appearances vs. Detroit’s Al Alburquerque, Brantley has gone 3-5 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI; first career home run was a game-winning 2-run homer (broke 6-6 tie in B8th) on July 7, 2013 here at Progressive Field.
BRANTLEY EXTENDS HOME HIT STREAK
- Has hit safely in 16 consecutive home games, the longest home hit streak for the Indians since Jose Lopez had a 16-game streak in 2012…longest home hit streak by an Indians player in Progressive Field history (1994-2014) is 18 games (Lofton in ’96, R. Alomar in ’00)…longest hit streak in Progressive Field history by any player is an active 22-game stretch by Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers (has hit safely in all 37 career games vs. Cleveland).
- Tonight’s walk-off victory snapped the club’s recent 4-game losing streak, and marked the Tribe’s 10th come-from-behind win on the season…also signaled the club’s first extra-inning victory of the season.
- Since dropping a season-high 6 straight games to end the month of April, the Indians are one game over .500 at 9-8 over their last 17 games.
- Victory also ended a stretch of 5 straight home losses to Detroit, the longest such streak (vs. the Tigers) in Progressive Field history.
- The Indians have won 4 of 7 and 8 of their last 15 games here at Progressive Field.
- Did not factor into tonight’s decision despite reeling off his 4th consecutive quality start to begin the month of May (ND, 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R-ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 95 pitches/67 strikes).
- Kluber has also reeled off 3rd consecutive quality outings here at Progressive Field, allowing just 4 earned runs over his last 24.0 innings here in Cleveland; has notched 32 strikeouts and just 4 walks over that span.
- Picked up his first career Major League hit and RBI with a two-out, run-scoring single in the 5th to push Cleveland’s lead to 3-1…drove in another run with a 7th-inning sacrifice fly to score Gomes and give the Indians a 4-3 lead…tonight marked his fourth game with the Indians since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on May 15.
–Photos by David Cleveland/Information courtesy of Indians Baseball Information Dept.