2014 Season in Review: May — Kottaras, T-Plush, Lonnie/Good Guy go wild, Crockett and KLUBER
We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:
May 4 – New guy George Kottaras makes history: Kottaras, a journeyman catcher brought up from Columbus, homered in his first two at-bats with the Indians, somehow overshadowing another fantastic Corey Kluber start.
May 7 – Aviles logs the Tribe’s first walk-off of 2014: After 11 walk-offs in 2013, Mike Aviles gets the Indians first of 2014, a single up the middle to beat Minnesota.
May 11 — Nyjer Morgan offers epic postgame interview: Morgan, who joined the club during Spring Training, had an eventful couple months with the team before his season was cut short by injury … those events included this wild, epic postgame interview with Tribe radio men Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus.
May 13 – ‘Dr. Smooth’ is official: Michael Brantley’s nickname is officially official, as the roundly accepted measure of such things – being added to a player’s Baseball Reference page – happens.
May 16 – Lonnie Chisenhall and David Murphy run wild in Toronto: Chisenhall and Murphy become the first Indians teammates since 1928 to have five hits in the same game. Click here for more details on the pair’s historic night in the club’s 15-4 win over the Blue Jays.
May 16 — Crockett moves quickly: Tribe reliever Kyle Crockett becomes the first player from the 2013 draft class to be called up to the majors; he finished the 2014 season with a 1.80 ERA in 43 games.
May 19 — Brantley starts a much-needed sweep of the Tigers: After getting swept in a weekend series against the A’s, the Indians took on the Tigers at home for the first time … and swept them, thanks to this start by Michael Brantley:
May 20 – Corey Kluber is a gosh darn machine: As you know by now, Corey Kluber cannot be fazed. This interview, in which he was showered with sunflower seeds, water and baby powder.
May 20 — Tomlin surprises area kids with a visit: Tribe starter Josh Tomlin visited Our Lady of the Lake School in Euclid to visit with children and talk baseball. As the pictures indicate, they were excited.
May 21 — Tribe sweeps Detroit with … balk?: Ryan Raburn didn’t have to swing the bat to help the Indians beat Detroit. Al Alburquerque balked with the bases loaded, giving the Indians a wild win at Progressive Field.
May 30 — Kluber completes an incredible May: Corey Kluber completes a historic may with a dominant start against the Rockies in which he struck out 12. Click here for a recap of Kluber’s historic May.