2014 Season in Review: June — Lonnie’s big night, 3 walk-offs, immaculate inning, and the draft

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:

June 1 – Bourn makes it four walk-offs: Michael Bourn notched the first walk-off of his career, a two-run homer to complete a sweep of the Rockies at Progressive Field.

June 2 — Justin Masterson immaculate inning: As part of a stretch in which he threw 25 straight strikes to the Red Sox, Justin Masterson threw an immaculate inning – nine strikes, three strikeouts. It was neat.

June 4 – Asdrubal Cabrera ends a wild night at the ballpark: On a night when Johnny Football was in the house, a lengthy rain delay pushed back first pitch and the game went 12 innings, Asdrubal hit a walk-off, three-run homer to beat the BoSox at Progressive Field.

June 7 – Indians add high-end talent with five picks in draft’s top 100: Tribe scouting director Brad Grant was pleased with the club’s five pick’s in the top 100, and got high-end talent Bradley Zimmer, Justus Sheffield, Mike Papi, Grant Hockin and Bobby Bradley. Bradley won the Arizona League Triple Crowd and MVP awards.

June 8 – George Kottaras defends his … cow-milking crown?: Yes, apparently this is a real thing: Tribe catcher George Kottaras defended his cow-milking crown, beating Texas’ Robbie Ross. (The Rangers recognized the state’s dairy farmers before the game, thus the contest.)

June 9 – Lonnie Chisenhall has night for the ages: Lonnie became only the second player in Tribe history with 9 RBI in a game, joining the immortal Chris James in that category … His night went RBI single (first), homer (second), homer (fourth), double (sixth), homer (eighth). He also became the first player in MLB history to have five hits, three homers and nine RBI in only five plate appearances.

June 16 – Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving takes BP: Kyrie was on hand, taking some hacks in the cage and also shagging flies in the outfield.

June 19 – Swisher’s grand grand slam: Nick Swisher had struggled through 8 innings against the Angels on a Thursday getaway matinee … until he didn’t struggle anymore, joining the ranks of memorable walk-off grand slams in club history:

June 21 – Omar Vizquel enshrined in Tribe HOF: The longtime Indians shortstop, a fan favorite due to his defensive prowess and presence on the club’s World Series teams, shared a special weekend with Indians fans as he was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. Full coverage:

June 28 — Tomlin nearly perfect: Josh Tomlin retired the first 12 he faced in Seattle, and then the last 15. In between was a solitary single by Kyle Seager to ruin what could have been a perfect game.




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