#CyKluber countdown: Kluber quietly begins Cy Young season, beats Padres for win No. 1

April8

(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: April 8, 8-6

Opponent: San Diego Padres

Pitching line: 6 IP, 3ER, 8SO, 0 BB

Record: 1-1

2014 strikeout total: 10

Key at-bat: After Jedd Gyorko drove in Will Venable to cut the Tribe lead to 6-3, Kluber struck out the side with a punchout of Tommy Medica for the first of 26 quality starts of 2014.

Notable: Kluber had six starts with 8 or more strikeouts in his 11-5 2013 campaign, and this was the first of 21 in 2014.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 50

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