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TribeVibe over the coming weeks will look back at the 2013 Indians season by month, with records, stats, top moments and more on which fans can reflect. April, though a slow start record-wise, provided some memorable moments, which you can watch below. All information and stats courtesy of Indians Baseball Information staff, unless otherwise noted. Photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery.
For previous monthly reviews:
THE FINE PRINT
- Monthly record: 12-16
- Overall record: 71-64
- Home record: 4-7
- Road record: 8-9
- Weekend record: 6-2
- Standings: second place, 8.5GB
- High-water mark: 62-49, August 4
TOP PERFORMERS — BATTING
- Yan Gomes: .281 AVG (18-64), 2 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R
- Ryan Raburn: .269 AVG (7-26), 4 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R
- (OK, so we struggled at the plate in August. Fine.)
TOP PERFORMERS – PITCHING
- Cody Allen: 1.88 ERA (3 ER in 14.1IP), 17 K, .212 opp. AVG (Allen also logged the second-most appearances in the AL, with 77.)
- Mark Rzepczynski: 0.00 (0 ER in 11.2IP), 10K, .150 opp. AVG
- Joe Smith: 0.68 ERA (1ER in 13.1IP), 13K
COMBINED BATTING/PITCHING STATS
- Batting: .229 AVG (221-966), 26 HR, 86 RBI, 86 BB
- Pitching: 3.77 ERA (107 ER in 255.2IP), 257 K, .249 opp. AVG
- The only month (well, October, too) without one!
Yan Gomes, Andre Rienzo have a day for the ages for home country Brazil: Andre Rienzo, a rookie pitcher from Brazil, and countryman and Indians catcher Yan Gomes, became the first Brazilian-born players to face off in an MLB game. Read more about the faceoff here.
John Underwood: This is why we work in baseball. Lakewood native John Underwood won a Stand Up 2 Cancer auction to take batting practice at Progressive Field – then insists a Make-a-Wish child and his family comes along. The result: An amazing day at Progressive Field. Read more about it here.
Rocky Colavito celebrates 80th birthday at Progressive Field: The Rock came to Cleveland as many older fans’ favorite all-time Indians player, and he was popular all day, from a Terrace Club luncheon/chat with Gary Bell and Max Alvis, to a pregame chat with reporters, to a ceremonial first pitch before the Tribe played the Angels.
Wild nights are calling: If you’re charged with handling in-game social media when an East Coast team is on the West Coast, you know already you’re in for a long night. But when that game goes 14 innings – and 5 hours, 17 minutes – it’s an extra long night. Luckily, we had some fans locked in to our #TribeLive feature on Twitter, so they helped. So did the victory, helped by a Drew Stubbs home run in the 14th. Watch it below:
Be gone, 2012: The Indians on August 21 surpassed their 2012 win total – 68 — in the 127th game of the season, a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. In all, the Tribe increased its win total by 24 games – tying the club record – in going 92-70.
John Adams anniversary: The Tribe’s unofficial drummer became official on August 24, with a presentation of an Honorary Member Award on the 40th anniversary of the day he first brought his drum to Cleveland Municipal Stadium. John also took part in a pregame “first hit,” hitting the ball with his drum on a pitch by Carlos Baerga.
Home run promises come true: A unique night at the ballpark on August 24. The Tribe communications team got a text from a member of the Corporate Marketing team who was on the field pregame that read, “This 8-year-old met Carlos Santana and asked him to hit a home run.” It turned out to be Niko, who if you followed TribeVibe and the Tribe’s social media channels all season long, you know he became a celebrity. And you also probably know that Santana did hit a home run, as did Jason Kipnis, who Niko also met that night.
Misc.: Tribe manager Terry Francona used 123 different batting orders in 2013, with the most popular being: Bourn, Cabrera, Kipnis, Swisher, Brantley, Santana, Reynolds, Chisenhall, Stubbs
If you’ve been to a Tribe game or watched one on TV this season, surely you’ve noticed two unique rituals that occur occasionally during the game and always after victories: the low-five and high-five.
If you follow Tribe President Mark Shapiro on Twitter, you’ve seen a lot of photos after wins showing these rituals. If you don’t, check out the slideshow above. Those great photos, by Tribe photographers Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery, got us thinking: How the heck did these things get started?
These are their stories. (Cue “Law and Order” noise.)
The low five
Up to July 22, when Nick Swisher most often hit in the cleanup spot in the Tribe order, Swisher was the one congratulating new buddy Jason Kipnis after Kipnis homered or otherwise scored while Swisher was in the on-deck circle. In case you forgot, Kipnis was red-hot for much of the first half, including June, when he was the AL Player of the Month on his way to an All-Star Game appearance.
Which means there were many low-fives given.
When Swisher was moved to the No. 2 spot in the order, roles were reversed: Kipnis waited for Swish in the on-deck circle – if you haven’t noticed, Swish has heated up in September, thus the commencement of many more low-fives.
“I’ll give Swish credit for coming up with the low five,” Kipnis said.
Said Swisher: “It’s just something he and I came up with to celebrate our success.”
The high five
This one has a little controversy surrounding it. Swisher didn’t necessarily claim invention of the high-five, but he hinted at it.
The high-five occurs in the post-game victory handshake line, as you can see from the photos in the slideshow above. Swisher and Mike Aviles, most often, are seen jumping – often with crazed, maniacal looks on their faces – to high-five Zach McAllister.
And while Kipnis was willing to give Swish credit for the low-five, he offered the proper back story on the high one.
“I started doing the high five as a way of getting back at ZMac and Justin Masterson,” Kipnis said. “They used to think it was funny to stand on either side of me during the National Anthem. (Kipnis is 5-11, McAllister 6-6 and Masterson 6-6.) Don’t let Swisher take credit for the high five.”
Swisher has a simpler reason: “We do it because (McAllister) is so (gosh darn) tall!”
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond; photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery
The Indians posted their 11th walk-off win of 2013 at Progressive Field, matching Tampa Bay for most in the American League. The victory signals the club’s second walk-off win in the last 6 days, as Matt Carson also delivered a game winning RBI-single in the bottom of the 11th vs. Houston on Thursday. The victory also was the club’s 4th walk-off win vs. the White Sox.
WALK-OFF WINS BY CLEVELAND IN 2013 (11)
April 12: 1-0 vs. Chicago-AL; winning play: Nick Swisher RBI single in B9th
May 3: 7-6 vs. Minnesota (10 innings); winning play: Drew Stubbs RBI double in B10th
May 17: 6-3 vs. Seattle (10 innings); winning play: Jason Kipnis 3-run HR in B10th
May 18: 5-4 vs. Seattle; winning play: Mark Reynolds RBI fielder’s choice in B9th
May 20: 10-8 vs. Seattle (10 innings); winning play: Yan Gomes 3-run HR in B10th
June 14: 2-1 vs. Washington; winning play: Jason Kipnis RBI-fielder’s choice in B9th
July 26: 11-8 vs. Texas (11 innings); winning play: Ryan Raburn 3-run HR in B11th
July 29: 3-2 vs. Chicago-AL; winning play: Jason Giambi PH solo HR in B9th
July 31: 3-1 vs. Chicago-AL (10 innings); winning play: Carlos Santana solo HR in B10th
Sept. 19: 2-1 vs. Houston (11 innings); winning play: Matt Carson RBI-single in B11th
Sept. 24: 5-4 vs. Chicago-AL; winning play: Jason Giambi PH 2-run HR in B9th
Jason Giambi ended Tuesday’s contest with a pinch-hit, 2-run homer (1-1 pitch) in the bottom of the 9th inning off White Sox closer Addison Reed, marking Giambi’s 10th career walk-off home run and second pinch-hit walk off homer this season (3 career pinch hit walk-off HRs). According to research conducted by Elias earlier in the season, Giambi is the oldest player in MLB history to hit a walk-off home run; at 42 years, 258 days, Giambi passes Hank Aaron (42 years, 157 days) who accomplished the feat in 1976.
Giambi is the fifth Indians batter to have 3 pinch-hit home runs in the same season since Ron Kittle in 1987, tying a team record. Dating back to 1950, Giambi is the 13th player to have 10 or more walk-off home runs. Giambi’s game-winner signaled the 5th pinch-hit walk-off homer in Progressive Field history; additionally, the home run marked the 70th walk-off home run by the Indians at Progressive Field, the most by any team since 1994.
The Indians notched their fifth consecutive victory as the club continues to roll through this final homestand of 2013. The Indians continue their success against teams currently below the .500-mark as the club owns a Major League-best 51 wins vs. sub-.500 clubs; the remaining five games for the Tribe are against teams with losing records. Last night’s win was the team’s 87th victory of the season, guaranteeing a 19-win improvement from last season, the club’s largest year-to-year increase since the club saw a 19-win jump from 1991 (57-105) to 1992 (76-86). The Indians have now won a franchise-record 13 straight games against the White Sox, which also marks the longest winning streak by Cleveland against any team since taking 14 straight victories vs. the Kansas City A’s from April 24, 1960 through September 19, 1960.
Ubaldo Jimenez did not factor into tonight’s decision despite delivering another dominant second-half performance (ND, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R-ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, 98 pitches/63 strikes). For the 5th consecutive start, Jimenez limited an opponent to 2 earned runs or fewer; he’s allowed only 4 earned runs across 34.2 innings (1.02 ERA) through 5 starts in the month of September. Jimenez is yet to allow more than 3 earned runs in 12 second-half starts, pitching to an American League-best 1.86 ERA (16 ER/77.1 IP) in that span.
Michael Brantley continued his hot hitting of late, producing the Tribe’s first 2 runs on the evening; Brantley put the Tribe on the board 1-0 when he singled home Asdrubal Cabrera in the bottom of the second, and deadlocked the game at 2-2 when he belted his 10th home run of the season on the first pitch of the 7th inning. Brantley is now batting .423 (14-30) with a double, 2 home runs and 7 RBI over the course of his team-high 8-game hit streak.
–Photos by Kyle Emery, notes by Indians Baseball information staff
Remember the Rally Chicken? Well if you haven’t noticed, since the fowl — Cody, or Chicken Al, or whatever — the Indians are 13-5 and pushing for a postseason spot.
We thought we’d take a look at some numbers behind what we only can assume is the chicken’s influence:
Since the chicken showed up: 13-5
Run differential in those games: +35 (89-54)
Entire staff ERA in those games: 2.7 (48 ER in 160 innings)
Team batting average: .267 (158-592)
Team on-base percentage: .368
Nick Swisher: .317, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 11 BB, 12 runs scored
Yan Gomes: .315, 13 runs scored
Asdrubal Cabrera: .267, 5 HR, 12 RBI
Carlos Santana: .297, 13 BB, .410 OBP
Corey Kluber: 3-0, 4 starts
Ubaldo Jimenez: 2-0, 0.81ERA
Bryan Shaw: 11.1IP, 0ER allowed
Cody Allen – Chicken Al namesake — numbers in those games: 8.2 innings, 3.29 ERA, 9K
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
The Indians completed a four-game sweep of the Houston Astros on Sunday, the team’s ninth series sweep of the season and sixth four-game series sweep of the season.
Check out all of the great moments from the sweep in this photo gallery!
–Photos by Kyle Emery
–Photos by Kyle Emery
–Photos by Kyle Emery
All kinds of good stuff from Saturday’s 9-4 victory over the New York Mets, the Tribe’s fourth straight and fifth in six games. So much so that instead of sending out individual links on our social media channels, we decided to make this a clearinghouse for Saturday highlights!
Without further adieu:
Jason Kipnis and Asdrubal Cabera make this difficult first-inning double play look easy:
The Tribe scores five runs in the first:
Corey Kluber returns from a finger injury and throws five-plus solid innings:
The Indians steal four bases:
Asdrubal caps the night with this three-run bomb!
Remember Niko Lanzarotta? On August 24, he met Carlos Santana – his favorite player – and Jason Kipnis on the field before the Tribe’s game against the Twins.
Now famously, he asked each to hit a home run. And each did, Santana in the first and Kipnis in the third.
After Niko’s visit and home run ask went viral, Carlos asked Indians Baseball Information Director Bart Swain to bring Niko back. Little did he know that, shortly before, I’d received an email forward from WKNR.
Megan Gillombardo, a special needs teacher in the Mayfield School District, had contacted WKNR to tell them she had caught Santana’s home run ball and would like to give it to Niko.
A week later, Mike Larkin had called the Indians Fan Services department. He had caught Kipnis’ home run ball, which was tossed from the bullpen up into the stands. He also wanted to give the ball to Niko.
So Megan and Mike joined Niko and his parents, Mike and Kasia, at Progressive Field before Saturday’s game against the Mets.
Santana stopped over first, giving Niko a hug and signing his shirt. Then it was Michael Bourn, who gave Niko his batting gloves. Then Asdrubal Cabrera, and Kipnis, and Mike Aviles, and Jason Kubel, and more.
Niko, as you might expect, was quite delighted. Megan and Mike, too, were happy to be here; Megan cited her work with special needs children as motivating her to give the ball to Niko.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
As a thank you to Indians Season Ticket Holders, Tribe manager Terry Francona conducted a conference call with that group on Thursday afternoon, about three hours before the Indians took on the Braves in Atlanta.
It’s the third such call in the past 10 months available to Season Ticket Holders, and such experiences are one of the perks of being an Indians Season Ticket Holder.
If you missed the call, here are some highlights; if you aren’t a Season Ticket Holder, you can place deposits on new packages for 2014 right now by visiting http://www.TribeRewards.com/new. If you are a Season Ticket Holder and haven’t renewed yet, today is the last day for certain perks for renewing. Call your CSS rep ASAP to get renewed!
Question: What is your favorite memory of the season?
TF: Jason Giambi’s walkoff home run (on July 29) has to be the tops. It was so special, because of what he means to our club and organization. You can’t measure that just by stats. When he does something like that, to see our dugout erupt like it did. … He ended up giving me a bear hug! He’s been incredible.
Question: Do you think the team will look to add a No. 4 hitter in the future?
TF: Having a guy right in the middle of the order who drives in 100 every year, I think everybody would like. But it’s not easy to find them. One of the ways we’ve been good, is because we’ve had versatility, and have had contributions from everyone. (Ryan) Raburn, (Yan) Gomes, Giambi, (Mike) Aviles … we’re getting contributions from everyone, 1-25.
Question:What are your plans for rotation once rosters expand (On Sept. 1)?
TF: Corey Kluber is on his way back, but he won’t be fully stretched out. But he will be available in next couple weeks. Josh Tomlin is coming back, plus we have our guys that are currently in the rotation. Some of the decision will depend on how guys are throwing, and where we are in the standings. What’s nice is that it gives you some alternatives.
Question: What’s your favorite part about being the Tribe’s manager?
TF: The hope when I came here was that I wanted to be in a place where I wanted to come to work and enjoy it, to respect everyone and they respect me back. … We’ve had our challenges this year, but it’s been as advertised here. It’s been something special. I want to be part of the solution here, and I feel stronger now than I did when I first came here.
Question: Would you consider Giambi as a coach?
TF: Jason will determine whatever he wants to do. I think he still wants to play. When he’s done, he could skip coaching and go into managing. He already interviewed in Colorado. I might be coaching for him. Whatever he wants to do, he can do it.
Question: What’s your thought on pitching to Miguel Cabrera or walking him?
TF: You try to do it by situation. The Tigers are good because they have Prince (Fielder) and Victor Martinez behind and (Torii) Hunter ahead. If you make a blanket statement that you’re going to walk him every time, they’re going to score. There are times you’re going to have to get good hitters out. That’s part of the reason for their success.
Question: How difficult is it to leave Gomes on the bench?
TF: It’s tough. That’s why he’s been playing more and more. Yan caught (Thursday night), and Carlos (Santana) first. Gomes hasn’t caught full time before; he’s young.
Question: How can you keep the intensity late in the season? What have you learned in past?
TF: That’s why they call it dog days. Guys are tired, beaten up. Every inning we play is so meaningful, so it’s tiresome.
Question: How will you handle September callups?
TF: We have talked about it at length. It’s Sept. 1, in Detroit. We’re going to call up a catcher, an infielder, and three pitchers. You’re able to expand rosters, you don’t want to get caught short. When AAA season is over, we’ll call up another handful of players.
Question: What are your thoughts about the team’s struggles offensively?
TF: When you’re facing good teams with good bullpens, that’s part of it. Some of it, teams scout and navigate. They have pitched around Santana at every opportunity. Got Aviles out, then got Cabrera out. They’ve executed in those situations.
Question: What’s been the biggest surprise this season?
TF: Kluber has been fantastic; he’s turned into a guy that was dominant. He’s going to be good. We want to win every game so bad, but big picture, these guys are exciting.
Question: Why should Season Ticket Holders renew if they’re on the fence?
TF: I can’t promise record. What I said the day I got hired, was that if you’re an Indians fan, I wanted you to feel proud. I think our guys play the game right. We make our share of mistakes, but we never quit playing. It’s a good time to be an Indians fan, because they always play. That won’t change.
Question: What do you enjoy doing in Cleveland when you’re away from ballpark?
TF: I get up early, ride my scooter in, get swim in – everyone knows my legs are bad – and I do enjoy going to the casino once in a while. I get out and walk around after a day game, but mostly I’m at the ballpark all day. That’s by choice.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond