Santana makes more Tribe history: Game Notes, July 27

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Some tidbits from the Tribe Baseball Information Department’s Game Notes for July 27, 2014:

After recording his 4th career multi-HR game Friday (first player in Indians history w/ multi-HR game as a C, DH and1B, source: B-R.com), CARLOS SANTANA went deep again last night, homering in 2 straight and 3 of his last 5 games…over those 5 games, Santana has reached safely in 15 of 24 plate appearances, going 11-for-20 (.550) with 3 2B’s, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 6 R and a 1.925 OPS (.625OBP/1.300SLG).

Following tomorrow’s true off day in Cleveland, the Indians are set to begin an 8-day, 8-game homestand during which the club will host Seattle (3G), Texas (3G) and Cincinnati (2G)…when the Tribe begins that Progressive Field week-long residency Tuesday, Cleveland will have the most scheduled home dates remaining of any team in the Majors (barring postponements).

Cleveland owns the 3rd-best home winning pct. in the A.L. & 4th-best Majors at 29-19 (.604), trailing Oakland (.667, 34-17), Los Angeles-AL (.661, 37-19) and Pittsburgh (.618, 34-21).

On balance, Cleveland’s current road trip has featured competitive pitching and defense, but inconsistent offensive performances during this 4-6 stretch out of the All-Star break.

The Indians pitching staff has registered a 3.32 ERA (33ER/89.1IP) through 10 games of the 2nd half (12th in Majors), posting 84 K’s against 27 walks – last 2 losses (16.0 IP, 19 H, 13 R-11 ER) have raised 2nd half ERA from 2.70…starters have a 3.84 ERA (25 ER/58.2 IP) in 2nd half, surrendering more than 3 runs just twice in these 10 games… the Indians bullpen has turned in a 2.35 mark (8 ER/30.2 IP).

Cleveland’s offense has batted .248/.321/.392 over the last 10 games, with significant divergence between the 4 wins (.310/.384/.524) and the 6 losses (.205/.276/.300)…Tribe’s .293 (27-92) w/RISP in second half is 45 points higher than overall team avg., but has also been substantially better in the wins (.378, 17-45) than losses (.213, 10-47).

Defense has been charged with just 4 E in 359 TC (.989 field pct.)

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