Friday recap: Another historic night from Kluber, Brantley
(Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland)
- The Indians won the first game of this 6-day, 6-game homestand against Colorado (1-0 + 2 games) and Boston (3 games)…Cleveland has gone an American League best 16-11 (.593) at home this season, winning 4 straight and 7 of the club’s last 10 games here at Progressive Field; the 4-game home win streak matches the club’s longest home win streak of the season.
- Tonight’s victory snapped a streak of 4 straight Interleague losses, as the Indians are now 3-4 against the National League this season – took 2 of 3 from visiting San Diego (April 8-9) but were swept in a 3-game set at San Francisco (April 25-27).
- Picked up his team-leading 6th victory of the season after holding the Rockies to a pair of runs/earned runs on 5 hits for his 9th quality start in 12 outings (7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R-ER, 1 BB, 12 SO, 1 HR, 107 pitches/74 strikes)…with 12 K’s against just a single walk tonight, Kluber single-game strikeout total reached double-digits for the 5th time in his career and 3rd time this season, the others in 2014: April 24 vs. Kansas City (11) & May 4 vs. Chicago-AL (13).
- Kluber finishes the month of May a perfect 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA (10 ER/43.0 IP) in 6 starts, posting 60 strikeouts against just 8 walks…the 60 strikeouts this month are the most for an Indians pitcher in any calendar month since Dennis Eckersley registered 60 punchouts in September/October, 1976 (made final start on Oct. 2).
- Dating back to 1914, Kluber is just the 5th different Indians pitcher to strike out at least 60 batters in a single month – the only other Tribe hurlers to pull the trick are: Sam McDowell (8 times), Bob Feller (8 times), Herb Score (once) and Dennis Eckersley (once)…note: March/April & September/October are combined.
- Kluber joins Yu Darvish (64, Aug. 2013) of the Texas Rangers as just the second pitcher in the Majors over the last 10 seasons (2015-14) to record 60+ strikeouts in a single month (feat was not accomplished at all over an 8-season span from 2005-2012).
- The last Major League pitcher to record 60+ K’s in the month of May was Arizona’s Curt Schilling (62) in 2002.
- Kluber now has 95 strikeouts in 80.0 innings (10.7 SO/9.0 IP) to move back atop the A.L. leaderboard.
- Put the Tribe on the board 1-0 with an RBI single to left in the bottom of the first, plating Michael Brantley who reached base on a fielder’s choice (3-6) earlier in the inning…Chisenhall hit .320 (8-25) with 3 doubles, 4 RBI and 6 runs scored on the club’s recent 7-game road trip through Baltimore (4 games) and Chicago-AL.
- Chisenhall later extended the Indians lead to 5-2 with an RBI double in the 5th, again plating Michael Brantley who doubled earlier in the 4-run frame.
- Unlocked a 2-2 tie with his 4th home run of the season off Rockies starter Juan Nicasio in the bottom of the 5th…marked Cabrera’s 4th home run of the season, first since May 9th at Tampa Bay.
- Cabrera entered tonight’s game just 1-for-last-22, but has maintained a +.300 average (.311) over his last 19 games dating back to May 7 vs. Minnesota – over that span Cabrera has gone 23-74 with 9 extra-base hits (6 doubles & 3 homers), 9 RBI and 15 runs scored.
BRANTLEY SETS HOME HIT STREAK RECORD
- With his 12th double of the season in the bottom of the 5th, Michael Brantley has now hit safely in 19 consecutive home games, establishing a new record by an Indians batter in Progressive Field history (1994-2014)…the record was previously shared by Kenny Lofton (1996) and Robbie Alomar (2000) who each recorded 18-gamers…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).
- Last home hit streak longer than 18 games by an Indians player came back in 1984 when Julio Franco also hit safely in 19 straight at Cleveland Stadium from June 8-July22.
- Brantley’s 19-gamer is the longest home hit streak in the Majors this season.
- Brantley has also hit safely in 15 consecutive games overall, batting .383 (23-60) with 7 extra-base hits, 9 RBI and 14 runs scored – longest active streak in the Majors this season.
- Chipped in one of the Tribe’s two multi-hit efforts on the night, finishing with a pair of base hits including an RBI knock in the Tribe’s 5-run fifth inning…saw his 9-game hitting streak come to an end on Monday at Chicago-AL, but has still hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games since May 17 – over that stretch has gone 20-56 (.357) with 3 doubles, 3 RBI and 8 runs scored.