First-half highlights: Triple play, walk-offs, #VoteKluber and great off-field stories

 

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The first half ended on Sunday, appropriately with a back-and-forth game with a wild ending. The Tribe’s first half was up and down, rousing at times, rocky at others. Here are the first-half highlights, both on the field and off; the Tribe is just three games off its pace from a Postseason berth in 2013, despite that rockiness. Second half should be full of similarly great stories!

ON THE FIELD

  • April 4: Opening Day victory over Minnesota includes a Nick Swisher homer to overcome a deficit
  • May 4: George Kottaras — in his first two at-bats with the Indians — hits two homers, somehow overshadowing another fantastic Corey Kluber start
  • May 7: Mike Aviles hits the Tribe’s first walk-off of the season, a single up the middle to beat Minnesota
  • May 14: Lonnie Chisenhall and David Murphy each have five hits in a 15-4 win in Toronto — the first time the Indians had two players w/5 hits apiece in a game since 1928
  • May 19: After a sweep by Oakland at Progressive Field, Michael Brantley hits a walk-off homer off Detroit’s Al Alburquerque
  • May 21: The Indians complete a sweep of rival Detroit with an 11-10 win on, you guessed it, a balk-off!
  • May 30: Kluber completes an incredible May in which he struck out 60 batters with a dominant start against the Rockies
  • June 1: Michael Bourn hits a walk-off homer to complete a sweep of Colorado
  • June 2: Justin Masterson pitches an immaculate inning — 9 pitches, 9 strikes, 3 strikeouts
  • June 4: After a lengthy rain delay and extra innings, Asdrubal Cabrera sent ’em home happy with a walk-off HR vs. Boston — a win that finished off a six-game sweep of a homestand
  • June 9: Lonnie Chisenhall had a night for the ages, becoming the first player in MLB history with 5 hits, 3 homers and 9 RBI in 5 plate appearances!
  • June 19: The Angels took a late lead, but Nick Swisher took care of that late
  • June 28: Josh Tomlin was dominant at Safeco Field, striking out 10 in a one-hit shutout
  • July 2: Brantley makes a catch in left, gets Dee Gordon at the plate and Yan Gomes gets Puig at second for a double-replay triple play!
  • July 6: Michael Brantley named to All-Star team
  • July 9: Rookie Roberto Perez hits a homer, singles and walks in his big-league debut
  • July 13: Yan Gomes hit the game-winner, but Mike Aviles upstaged him slightly with this incredible double play

OFF THE FIELD

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

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