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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:
Sept. 5 — Murphy notches final walk-off of 2014: David Murphy got his first – and the Tribe’s 11th – walk-off of 2014, a single to give the Indians a 2-1 win in 10 innings over the White Sox.
Sept. 7 – Carlos Carrasco puts an exclamation point on his resurgence: Carrasco, whose return to the rotation was a major reason the Indians contended until the team’s 160th game, pitched 8.2 innings and allowed just four hits, falling one out shy of a complete game shutout.
Sept. 8 — Rocco Scotti returns: The longtime anthem singer was back at Progressive Field, as a version of his well-known, operatic anthem style was played as he stood at home plate with his grandson and sung along.
Sept. 11 – TJ House joins rotation mates in setting Indians history: House, called up earlier in the year, became the first Indians player with three consecutive start with 7 or more innings pitcher, 1 or fewer runs allowed and no walks. All this from a guy who didn’t know his way around Cleveland in May.
Sept. 16, Sept. 21 – Corey Kluber strikes out 14 in consecutive starts: In his second- and third-to-last starts of 2014, Kluber outdid himself (and in 2014, that’s saying something). By striking out 14 in back-to-back starts, Kluber became only the 15th player to accomplish the feat in MLB history. The previous guy to do it? Randy Johnson, in 2004 for the Diamondbacks. The only other Indians player to do it was Sam McDowell, who did it twice in 1968. (more…)
One of the biggest perks of being an Indians Season Ticket Holder — aside from the major savings over Single Game ticket prices, Tribe Rewards access, Opening Day/Postseason priority and more — is the midseason STH party at Progressive Field, where players sign autographs and interact with fans in attendance. Here are photos from this year’s party.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland
2014 Season in Review: August — Hammy/Thome honored, ballpark renovations, Carrasco’s return, and walk-offs
We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:
Aug. 1 – Tom Hamilton honored: Hammy was celebrated before the game for 25 years in the Tribe radio booth, and shared the night on the field with his family.
Aug. 1 – David Murphy goes off in 12-2 win: Murphy went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two singles in the Tribe’s win over his former team.
8/2 – Giambi gives up No. 25 for Thome: At the end of a pregame ceremony honoring Jim Thome – statue unveiling, Thome retiring as a member of the Indians and more – Jason Giambi gave up his No. 25 as an homage to Thome. Pretty cool.
8/3 – Brantley hits second walk-off homer of the year: The Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers on Brantley’s walk-off in the 12th, his 16th homer to that point.
Aug. 7 – Indians unveil Progressive Field renovations: Indians President Mark Shapiro unveiled major enhancements to Progressive Field aimed at improving the fan experience. The project includes an expanded Kids Clubhouse, new social spaces and better connection to the city and players.
Aug. 10 – Carlos Carrasco returns to rotation, starts amazing second half: Carrasco, who started the year in the rotation but moved to the bullpen, returned to the rotation and pitched five scoreless innings to start a remarkable second half of the season. (more…)
After a 2-0 win on Sunday afternoon, the Indians have allowed no earned runs in consecutive games for the first time since July 27-28, 2013 (back-to-back shutouts of Texas, 1-0, 6-0)….Corey Kluber allowed only an unearned run in his complete game victory on Saturday night. The team’s final two victories over Chicago mark the first time since April 23 and April 24, 1991, vs. Kansas City that the Indians have struck out 8 or more batters and walked none in consecutive games. More on today’s starter, Carlos Carrasco:
- Fell an out shy of his first career shutout after allowing two singles in the 9th (8.2IP, 4H, 0R/ER, 103 pitches/74 strikes)…In six starts since rejoining the rotation on Aug. 10, Carrasco is 4-0 with a 0.70ERA (3ER/38.2IP) and 42 SO vs. just 4 BB… In his two no-decisions in that span, Carrasco allowed just 2 R/ER in 11.2IP while receiving 3 total runs of support.
- Marked the 7th time this season an Indians starter has pitched at least 8 innings with 8 SO and 0 BB….Carrasco has struck out 8 or more batters in three of his last four starts.
Watch Carlos talk about his start in a post-game interview with Carrasco by clicking here.
Despite last night’s loss to Detroit, Cleveland is 39-30 (.565) overall this season in games decided by one or two runs, 4th-best in the A.L. & 5th in Majors.
Carlos Carrasco did not factor into the decision despite holding Detroit to a single run and fanning 10 over 5.1 IP (one BB); he became the first starting pitcher in Indians franchise history to reach double-digits in both hits (10) and strikeouts, while completing fewer than 6.0 innings…according to Elias, only one other pitcher in last 7 seasons has a start of that nature: John Lackey, July 5, 2014 vs. Baltimore-G2 (5.1 IP, 10 H, 5 R-ER, 1 BB, 11 SO).
According to Elias, last night’s game marked the first time in modern baseball history (Since 1900) for each team’s starting pitcher to record at least 10 strikeouts in fewer than 6.0 innings. Detroit starter Kyle Lobstein also had 10 strikeouts
In five starts since re-joining the Tribe rotation, Carrasco has allowed just 3 earned runs in 30 innings (0.90ERA), with 34 strikeouts in that stretch.
The Indians have posted a 2.89 ERA in the second half, 4th-lowest in the A.L. and Majors…that includes a 3.08 ERA (85ER/248.0IP) by the rotation (3rd in A.L./Majors…TB: 2.80, SEA: 3.04) and a 2.56 ERA (41ER/144.1IP) by the bullpen (5th in A.L./Majors).
Dating back to the first Mid-Summer Classic in 1933, the Indians have posted a sub-3.00 ERA in the second half on just 3 occasions: 1954 (2.49), 1968 (2.88) and 1972 (2.82).
The Indians offense has been held to 3-or-fewer runs in 24 of the club’s 42 completed games since the All-Star break, although Cleveland has managed to go 9-15 in those games overall thanks in part to an 8-6 record in decisions by one-or-two runs.
After logging back-to-back scoreless starts since rejoining the Tribe rotation on August 10 at New York-AL, Carlos Carrasco has now allowed just 2 earned runs over 24.2 innings (0.73 ERA) racking up 24 strikeouts against just 3 walks; opposing batters have gone 11-84 (.131) with just 2 extra-base hits (1 HR, 1 2B)…Carrasco’s 0.73 ERA ranks 2nd in the American League (LAA Shoemaker; 0.66) among all pitchers who have made at least 4 starts over that span.
Even with allowing 12 runs on Monday night, Cleveland’s second-half team ERA rose only from 2.72 to 2.93, still 4th-lowest in the A.L. and Majors, trailing only Tampa Bay (2.57), Los Angeles-AL (2.77) and Seattle (2.79)…that includes a 3.23 ERA (87ER/242.2IP) by the rotation (5th in A.L., 6th in MLB) and a2.43 ERA (38ER/140.2IP) by the bullpen (5th in A.L., 6th in MLB).
The Tigers plated 9 of their 12 runs by way of 5 homers, most big flies allowed by Cleveland’s pitching staff all season since surrendering 5 HR’s back on June 15, 2013 vs. Washington.
With 6 games remaining in the 2014 season series between Cleveland & Detroit, the Indians hold a 7-6 edge over the Tigers, going 3-4 here at Progressive Field and 4-2 at Comerica Park.
August was the fourth straight month for Cleveland to finish .500-or-better – excluding March/Oct. games, that is a feat the Indians have accomplished for the first time since April July 1998…Tribe last had 5 such consecutive months May-Sept. 1997
Cleveland owns the 3rd-highest home winning pct. in the A.L., T5th-highest in the Majors at 39-26 (.600), winning 9 of 14, 16 of 26 and 36 of their last 57 games at Progressive Field following a 3-5 start.
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco is acting a lot like a reliever these days – by design.
And since moving to the rotation on Aug. 10, he’s looking a lot like a very successful reliever – himself.
When re-inserted into the Indians starting rotation for an Aug. 10 start vs. the Yankees in New York, Carrasco has carried over all of his habits from his successful 26-game stint in the bullpen.
Typically, when the entire team emerges from their clubhouse for an early stretch before batting practice, that day’s starting pitcher remains in the clubhouse. He also stays there during BP, when the rest of the pitchers shag fly balls in the outfield.
After BP is over, the scheduled starter will proceed to his team’s dugout approximately 30 minutes before first pitch to go through a myriad of exercises with pitching coach Mickey Callaway, bullpen coach Kevin Cash and, catchers Roberto Perez and Yan Gomes (whoever is starting that day).
Carrasco has bucked conventional wisdom by changing that typical starter routine – and it’s worked brilliantly. Last season and in April this year, Carrasco admitted to struggling with the mental aspect of being in the rotation, with thinking for four days about who he’ll be facing on his day.
After struggling in the rotation, Carrasco moved to the pen, where in 39 innings he allowed 8ER (1.85 ERA), with 34 strikeouts and a .200 opponents average.
When Carrasco moved back to the rotation, he carried a reliever’s routine over. He stretches early with his pitcher friends. He shags fly balls. He heads to the bullpen area to meet Callaway, Cash and the catcher about 15 minutes before first pitch, and throws fewer pitches than a more typical starter’s warmup would entail.
It’s worked: In Carrasco’s four starts, he’s 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA over 24.2 innings, with 24 strikeouts.
“Being in the bullpen is a different mindset; it’s a credit to all those relievers who played a role in relaxing his mind a little bit,” Cash said. “Starters have four days to dwell on things – as a reliever, you’d better get over it. Carlos learned that and responded.”
Baseball by nature has a lot of down time – a lot of time to think, especially on the road, where Carrasco will start tonight, in Chicago. Getting out of the clubhouse early, and remaining active, has helped Carrasco on the days he’s started.
“It’s a way to keep him mentally engaged,” Callaway said.
For his part, Carrasco said he has stopped dwelling on too much before his starts, and has kept it simple: Just pitch.
“You don’t have to save anything,” he’s told reporters after a couple starts. “I just go as hard as I can go.”
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
The Indians moved to 3-1 through the first 4 games of this 5-game homestand against Arizona (1-1) and Baltimore (2-0, + 1 game), improving to 62-60 and two games over the .500 mark for the first time since August 4 (57-55)…marks Cleveland’s 9th shutout of the season and first shutout since a 3-0 win at New York-AL on August 9…the Indians are now 9-5 to begin the month of August and have won 5 of their last 6 since dropping 4-straight from 8/5-8/8…the win gives the Indians a 17-12 record vs. teams from the AL-East this season, making this the 7th time in the last 11 seasons that the Indians have gone .500-or-better vs. the AL-East since 2004…the Indians have 4 remaining games vs. the AL-East this season (1 vs. BAL and 3 vs. TB).
- Carrasco worked 7.0 scoreless innings and picked up his fifth win of the season and second win as a starter this year (W, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R-ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR, 79 pitches/57 strikes)…after going 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA (17 ER/22.0 IP) through his first 4 starts of the season, Carrasco has gone 2-0 through 2 starts (12.0 scoreless innings) since transitioning back into the starter role…the last time Carrasco worked 5.0 scoreless innings in
back-to-back outings was on June 7-June 13, 2011 (15.1 IP)…the last time Carrasco worked at least 7.0 innings was when he did not earn a decision, despite going 7.1 innings in a 2-1 loss vs. Kansas City on June 17, 2013…the last time he worked at least 7.0 scoreless innings was when he earned a 1-0 win at New York-AL on June 13, 2011.
- Carrasco improves to 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA (6 ER/29.1 IP) in 10 appearances/3 starts vs. American League East opponents this season…Over the Tribe’s last 6 games dating back to August 9, Cleveland’s starting rotation has posted a 0.69 ERA (3 ER/39.0 IP).
- Delivered his 21st home run of the season, a 3-run shot to center field that put the Indians on the board 3-0 in the first inning…the home run marked Santana’s 92nd career homer, tying him with Sandy Alomar for 28th-most home runs in Indians history…with Santana’s first-inning home run, the Indians last 6 runs have come courtesy of the home run ball…Santana’s 92 career home runs rank 20th in the American League since 2010…Santana finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and 3 RBI.
- Registered his 18th home run of the season, coming as a 2-run homer to right field in the fifth inning and giving the Indians a 6-0 lead…Brantley’s 2 RBI give him 80 RBI on the season as he becomes the only player in the American League with a batting average over .300, 18-or-more home runs, 10-or-more stolen bases and at least 80 RBI this season.
The Indians took the first game of this 4-game series with the Angels and have now won a season-high 10 consecutive home games, longest win streak at Progressive Field since Tribe won 11 straight home games from July 11-August 1, 2013 – stands as the longest home win streak in the Majors this season…the Indians are scheduled to play 16 of their next 24 games in Cleveland entering the All-Star break in July.
At 22-11 (.666), Cleveland owns the highest home winning percentage in the Majors – winning 10 straight, 13 of 16 and 19 of the clubs last 25 games here in Cleveland.
The Indians and Angels are meeting for the 2nd and final time this season after the Indians were swept in a 3-game series in Anaheim earlier this season…Cleveland is now 45-39 all-time vs. the Angels here at Progressive Field.
Worked into the 7th inning for the second time in his last 3 starts and picked up his second victory of the season after allowing just 3 runs across 6.2 quality frames (W, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R-ER, 4 BB, 6 SO, 119 pitches/72 strikes).
Threw a career-high 119 pitches, most for an Indians pitcher this season and most since Justin Masterson threw 120 pitches on July 10, 2013 vs. Toronto.
Bauer has earned both of his victories on the season here at Progressive Field and improves to 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA (8 ER/24.2 IP) through his first 4 home starts; has gone 0-2 with a 6.19 ERA (11 ER/16.0 IP) in an equal amount of road starts.
Worked the final 2.1 innings and earned his first career save, allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out 4 of 8 total batters faced (SV, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 33 pitches/21 strikes)…marks the first save of at least 2.0 innings in a one-run game since Rod Nichols on June 19, 1991 at Chicago-AL.
In 12 games since moving to the bullpen, Carrasco owns a 2.14 ERA (5 ER/21.0 IP) with 20 strikeouts and 5 walks…over his last 6 games, Carrasco has allowed just one earned run over 12.0 innings, while notching 13 strikeouts against just 3 walks.
Staked the Indians to an early 2-0 lead, connecting for a 2-run homer in the second at-bat of the game following a lead-off single by Michael Bourn…the home run call stood after Crew Chief Joe West reviewed the call on the field (1:58)…marked Cabrera’s 7th home run of the season, tied with Chicago’s-AL Alexi Ramirez for most among American League shortstops.
Over his last 13 games, Cabrera is batting .298 (17-57) with 3 home runs, 5 doubles, 10 RBI and 13 runs scored.
Cabrera hit his 3rd career walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th in the final game of the Tribe’s last homestand on June 4 vs. Boston
Gave the Indians a 4-3 lead with his 9th home run of the season in the bottom of the 4th off Angels starter Jered Weaver…Santana owns a lifetime .500 (10-20) average against Weaver, including 2 home runs, 5 RBI and 4 walks…has now hit safely in 4-straight games, registering 2 home runs and 3 RBI over that span.
Santana hit .343 (12-35) with 2 homers, 2 doubles, 6 walks, 8 RBI and 3 runs scored over the Tribe’s recent 10-game roadtrip.
Over his last 15 games around a 7-day DL stint, Santana has gone 17-51 (.333) with 4 homers, 13 RBI, 12 walks and 9 runs scored.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland
The Indians notched their 5th walk-off win of the season, as Asdrubal Cabrera connected for a game-winning 3-run shot off Boston’s Edward Mujica with one out in the bottom of the 12th.
The win marked the Tribe’s second walk-off win of the homestand (Sunday, 6-4 win vs. COL); three of the five Cleveland walk-off victories this season have come by way of the long ball, as Michael Brantley (5/19 vs. DET) and Michael Bourn (6/1 vs. COL) have also notched game-winning long balls.
The game also marked just the second time in the history of Progressive Field (1994-present) that the Indians have collected a walk-off home run vs. the Red Sox in the regular season: Manny Ramirez owned the club’s only previous regular season walk-off homer vs. Boston on June 19, 1995, a solo-shot in the bottom of the 10th off Ken Ryan…Tony Pena hit a walk-off solo homer off Zane Smith in the bottom of the 13th in Game 1 of the 1995 Division Series vs. Boston – the club’s only other walk-off homer against the Red Sox at Progressive Field.
The game-winner marks the 73rd walk-off home run in the history of Progressive Field – the most by any team over that span ahead of Cincinnati (60) and Oakland (57).
–Photos by Dan Mendlik