#CyKluber countdown: Bats lift Kluber in win No. 9

July11

(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: July 11, 7-4

Opponent: Chicago White Sox

Pitching line: 6 IP, 4 ER, 5 SO, 2 BB

Record: 9-6

2014 strikeout total: 142

Key at-bat(s): After Adam Dunn homered to lead off the fifth for a 4-3 White Sox lead, Kluber retired the next six with only a walk (and subsequent double play) allowed. Cleveland then took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth.

Notable: Corey Kluber … human? Kluber allowed four or more earned runs only five times in 2014, and still managed to pick up the win near the end of a long Tribe homestand before the All-Star Break.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 43

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