The Ten: Reliving the Tribe’s 10-game winning streak to reach the 2013 Postseason (Sept. 19 – 29, 2013)

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ONE YEAR AGO TODAY, the Indians began a wild stretch-run to the Postseason, with the Tribe winning 10 games in a row, including some of the most memorable finishes in team history.

Ten games currently remain in the 2014 season (including the delayed 8/31 game, which the Indians lead 4-2), and with a 3-game winning streak currently in play, the Tribe is in contention for Postseason play. Relive the magical run for 2013, as the team heads to Minnesota to continue the chase for October.

 

The 2013 Ten: Win No. 1 – Cleveland 2, Houston 1 (Sept. 19)

A recurring theme: Things almost stopped before they got started. Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher with a first-inning single, but the Astros responded in the second with a sac fly by LJ Hoes.

From there, starters Ubaldo Jimenez and Dallas Keuchel did their respective things, as each allowed only that run in 7 innings.

Swisher and Kipnis each singled in the 8th, but Houston’s Kevin Chapman struck out Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes to end the threat. The Astros, meanwhile, loaded the bases against Chris Perez in the top of the ninth, but he struck out Brett Wallace and Hoes to end that threat.

In all, the Tribe bullpen backed Jimenez with four scoreless innings, setting the stage for the bottom of the ninth:

  • Gomes singled with one out
  • Asdrubal Cabrera singled
  • Mike Aviles walked with two out
  • Matt “Crash” Carson drove in Gomes with an RBI single past a diving Jose Altuve, the Tribe’s 10th walk-off W of the season

Indians record: 83-70

Wild Card standings: 0.5GB

 

The 2013 Ten: Win No. 2 – Cleveland 2, Houston 1 (Sept. 20)

More great pitching – sound similar to 2014? Zach McAllister allowed a run in five innings and Marc Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw followed with two scoreless as the Indians beat the Astros in a rain-shortened, seven-inning game in which the Tribe benefited from three Astros errors.

Brandon Laird homered off McAllister in the second, but the Indians answered in the bottom half, as Carlos Santana singled, Asdrubal Cabrera reached on an error, Michael Brantley singled and Mike Aviles followed with an RBI groundout to tie it.

In the fourth, Ryan Raburn singled and Cabrera walked, with Raburn scoring when Michael Brantley reached on a throwing error.

McAllister escaped a jam in the 5th, getting Jonathan Villar to ground into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. In the sixth, Rzepczynski relieved McAllister, Yan Gomes threw out Jose Altuve and Shaw got the final out, a strikeout of Chris Carter. Shaw then worked a 1-2-3 seventh before the rains came.

Indians record: 84-70

Wild Card standings: +0.5 games

 

The 2013 Ten: Win No. 3 – Cleveland 4, Houston 1 (Sept. 21)

An early lead and another strong start from a Tribe pitcher was all the Indians needed to run their streak to three games.

Scott Kazmir struck out 10 to improve to 9-9 on the year, and the Indians staked him to a three-run first-inning lead: Michael Bourn doubled and Nick Swisher singled to put men on the corners; Jason Kipnis followed with a sac fly to score Bourn. After Carlos Santana flied out, Michael Brantley homered to right for that 3-0 lead.

The Indians tacked on one more, as Yan Gomes doubled and Lonnie Chisenhall singled him home in the fourth. Kazmir allowed only five base runners in seven innings, and struck out the side in the sixth.

Indians record: 85-70

Wild Card standings: +0.5 games

 

The 2013 Ten: Win No. 4 – Cleveland 9, Houston 2 (Sept. 22)

Down, 2-0, in the fourth, the Tribe finally got some breathing room as the team’s offense exploded for seven runs in a three-inning span.

New ace Corey Kluber allowed a Chris Carter homer and a run on a Trevor Crowe double play ball, but no more in his 5.1 innings. In the bottom of the fourth, meanwhile, the Tribe took the lead for good:

  • Carlos Santana doubled and Jason Kipnis (leadoff single) scored all the way from first
  • With two out, Michael Brantley singled home Santana
  • Mike Aviles followed with an RBI single, scoring Asdrubal Cabrera (had walked)

The Tribe tacked on four more in the sixth, as Brantley singled home Cabrera (single), Michael Bourn tripled home Yan Gomes (HBP) and Brantley and Nick Swisher drove in Bourn with a sac fly.

Aviles (RBI single) and Santana (homer) later drove in runs, and the Tribe bullpen (seven pitchers) allowed only three hits in 3.2 innings.

Fun fact: New Indians nemesis JD Martinez, who was an Astro last year, played in two of the series’ games and went 1-for-6.

Indians record: 86-70

Wild Card standings: +1.5 games


The 2013 Ten: Win No. 5 – Cleveland 5, Chicago 4 (Sept. 24)

This one, you probably remember. The seesaw game featured five lead changes and three dramatic homers. Setting the stage…

The Indians took an early lead on a Michael Brantley RBI single but the White Sox answered on a Avasail Garcia sac fly in the fourth and took the lead in the 7th on Alejandro De Aza’s RBI single off Cody Allen.

Brantley, though, answered, with a first-pitch homer leading off the bottom half, and Jason Kipnis followed with an RBI double later in the inning.

Chris Perez came on to close it out, but the White Sox jumped him for two solo homers, by Dayan Viciedo and De Aza, to take a 4-3 lead. Closer Addison Reed came on and struck out Yan Gomes and Mike Aviles, sandwiched by a Brantley single. Brantley then stole second, setting the stage for one of the most dramatic homers in club history – Jason Giambi’s pinch-hit, two-run homer. Incredible.

Indians record: 87-70

Wild Card standings: +1 game

 

The 2013 Ten: Win No. 6 – Cleveland 7, Chicago 2 (Sept. 25)

The Indians finish off a 6-0 homestand, their last of the season, with timely hitting and another solid pitching performance, this time by Danny Salazar.

Salazar allowed two runs in 5.1 innings, and despite falling behind on an Avisail Garcia homer in the second, the Indians took control on run-scoring hits by Drew Stubbs and Michael Brantley in the second and a Nick Swisher two-run homer in the sixth. Stubbs and Cabrera added run-scoring base hits later.

The Tribe bullpen (Bryan Shaw, Rich Hill, Cody Allen, Matt Albers, Justin Masterson) allowed two hits in 3.2 innings.

 Indians record: 88-70

Wild Card standings: +1 game

 

The 2013 Ten: Win No. 7 – Cleveland 6, Minnesota 5 (Sept. 26)

No. 7 on the list looked to be a piece of cake until late in the Minnesota night: the Indians scored three off young Twins starter Andrew Albers in the fourth – on an error and then Yan Gomes’ two-run homer.

The Tribe added runs in the sixth (Michael Brantley RBI single) and seventh (Carlos Santana (RBI double for a 5-0 lead, and led 6-1 headed to the bottom of the ninth.

Minnesota, though, scored four in the ninth – Alex Presley’s RBI triple, Brian Dozier’s RBI groundout and Josmil Pinto’s two-run homer — before Joe Smith closed the door.

Indians record: 89-70

Wild Card standings: +1 game (in first Wild Card spot)

 

The 2013 Ten: Win No. 8 – Cleveland 12, Minnesota 6 (Sept. 27)

Cleveland jumped Twins starter Pedro Hernandez and never looked back in this easy victory, as Jason Kipnis (triple), Carlos Santana (double), Asdrubal Cabrera (double) and Yan Gomes (single) each had RBI during a four-run first.

Ryan Raburn added a two-run single in the second, and Mike Aviles’ two-run single in the fifth made it 9-1. After the Twins got to Corey Kluber to make it 9-6, Kipnis drove in Drew Stubbs with an eighth-inning double and Stubbs later hit a two-run homer.

The Tribe bullpen once again was nearly perfect: Rich Hill, CC Lee, Marc Rzepczynski, Justin Masterson and Matt Albers collectively allowed on hit in 3.2 innings.

Indians record: 90-70

Wild Card standings: +1 game (in first Wild Card spot)

 

The 2013 Ten: Win No. 9 – Cleveland 5, Minnesota 1 (Sept. 28)

Carlos Santana’s two-run homer in the fourth gave the Indians a lead they would not relinquish in the season’s penultimate game, and Scott Kazmir allowed one run in six innings to earn the victory.

Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis – the latter of whom scored on Santana’s homer, after singling – each had RBI hits in the fifth, and the Tribe bullpen – on this day, Marc Rzepczynski, Cody Allen and Joe Smith – pitched three perfect innings.

Over the 10-game win streak, the Indians bullpen logged a 1.99 ERA (7 ER/31.2 IP).

Indians record: 91-70

Wild Card standings: +1 game (in first Wild Card spot)

 

The 2013 Ten: Win No. 10 – Cleveland 5, Minnesota 1 (Sept. 29)

The clincher! Ubaldo Jimenez capped a magnificent second half with 13 strikeouts in 6.1 innings as the Indians advanced to the postseason for the first time since 2007.

Nick Swisher staked the Indians to a 2-0 lead with a homer in the first, and the Indians added two in the sixth and another in the seventh.

Jimenez, meanwhile, allowed only three base runners through six innings on his way to the clinching win.

And finally … this:
Indians record: 92-70

Wild Card standings: +1 game (in first Wild Card spot)

 

— TribeVibe Contributor Joel Hammond

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