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You may have picked up that we love to show off our photographers’ work. Baseball, especially a great win in front of a large, rowdy crowd, lends itself to great shots — but our guys are fantastic.
And they outdid themselves last night.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland
Following Sunday’s matinee against the Royals at Progressive Field, Indians catcher Carlos Santana realized the home run he had hit was not just any ordinary home run. Prior to the game, Tribe fan Niko Lanzarotta had requested that Santana hit a home run for him, and Santana delivered.
You might remember Niko; he visited Progressive Field on August 24, 2013, for batting practice and an Indians game through Tribe Rewards. Before the game, Niko met Santana — his favorite Tribe player — and infielder Jason Kipnis and asked each of them to hit a home run for him. They did. (Niko then returned on Sept. 7, as the people who caught those home run balls gave them to Niko. Pretty cool.)
This time around, Niko — who has cerebral palsy — arrived early to Progressive Field with his parents. Niko’s mother, Kasia, called Santana over to the stands while he was stretching. Just like last year, Niko’s only request for the first baseman was for him to hit a home run. And he did.
Santana said he was willing to make the promise with Niko under one condition.
“He called my name and I went over there,” Santana said. “He said, ‘I want you to hit a home run.’ And I said, ‘The only way I will hit a home run is if you give me a hug.’ He gave me a hug — really tight.”
This time, the home run came in the form of a solo home run to right field that gave the Indians an early 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Santana said he never thought about his interaction with Niko during the game.
“I didn’t think about it [at the plate]. I thought about it after the game,” Santana said. “God heard him or heard me about his situation. I always try to play my game and help my team win; God heard Niko.”
Although he might not think about Niko at the plate, he is definitely appreciative of his support.
“He is motivation because I know he has [cerebral palsy], and it makes it exciting for me [to make him happy],” Santana said. “I am very proud of Niko.
Santana’s message to Niko?
“Keep being strong. Keep respecting Mom and Dad,” he said. “I’m very happy that he is my No. 1 fan.”
–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden
Fun, busy day at the ol’ ballyard!
–Photos by David Cleveland
–Photos by David Cleveland
Some notables from the series opener in Phoenix, an eventual 14-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.
+ Carlos Santana is 23-for-61 (.377) since coming off the 7-day DL; he’s reached base 35 times in 17 games. Check out highlights from his big night: Click here!
+ Lonnie Chisenhall is nearing the threshold for being listed among AL leaders. Hitting .353, Chiz needs to avg. 3.1 PAs per team gm; he’s at 3.03. Lonnie’s .353 average would be tops in the AL right now (HOU’s Altuve, .337) and second in the bigs (COL’s Tulowitzki, .354).
+ Yan Gomes, who had the game-tying RBI in the ninth, is 9 for his last 21 at the plate (.429). He’s also played 36 straight games without an error behind the dish after struggling in that department early in the year.
+ The game tied the longest in Chase Field history at 5:32. Despite its historic length, the game only was 16 minutes longer than the Indians previous longest game of the year, a 5-hour, 16-minute home marathon against the Tigers that ended in a balkoff win for Cleveland.
+ The two teams combined to use 45 of the 50 players available to them. Cleveland used 23 players including 10 pitchers, while Arizona used 22 players, nine of them pitchers.
+ The game featured 33 hits — and a combined 31 left on base.
+ The Indians bullpen pitched 9.1IP, allowing 4 runs.
+ Tonight’s starter Corey Kluber pinch hit.
–Photos by David Cleveland
Nick Swisher’s walk-off Grand Slam got us thinking — what was the most memorable walk-off Grand Slam in ballpark history? Here are four. Head to our Twitter account on Friday morning to vote which one you like best!
Let’s first offer another look at Swish’s:
Now, let’s look at three other memorable ones:
July 18, 1995: The last time the Indians did it against the Angels — off all-time great closer Lee Smith.
April 29, 2011: Carlos did it in 2011 against a familiar foe that may or may not be coming to town this weekend.
July 7, 2011: And Travis Hafner did it later that 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 are 98-66 all-time at Jacobs/Progressive Field vs. the Tigers, though Detroit had our number last year at home and in the overall series.
We’re trying to change that. We need to pack Progressive Field this week as the Tigers come to town for the first time this year! As a little helper, here’s a brief history of the Tribe’s memorable moments at this ballpark against the Tigers. Come on down to the ballpark this week; you never know what kind of history you might see made!
Plus, use #BeatDetroit all week on Twitter to join the conversation!
Postscript/Editor’s Note: We posted this Monday afternoon, before Michael Brantley’s walk-off homer on Monday night. Let’s add that one to the mix, shall we?
BRANTLEY HOMER BEATS ALBUQUERQUE, TIGERS
July 7, 2013
Torii Hunter had tied the game in the top of the eighth with a three-run homer, but the Indians quickly rebounded in the bottom half: After a Nick Swisher walk, Brantley hit a two-run shot in an eventual 9-6 win.
INDIANS RALLY AGAINST LIGHTS-OUT VERLANDER WITH BACK-TO-BACK HOMERS
July 26, 2012
Prior to the seventh, Justin Verlander had allowed one run and three hits … but that changed when Carlos Santana homered to lead off the inning. Travis Hafner followed with another, and the Tribe added two more in a 5-3 win.
The Indians beat the Blue Jays, 15-4, on an historic night for the franchise at Rogers Centre. Cleveland evened this three-game series with the rubber match tonight in Toronto.
The Tribe jumped out to a 4-0 lead and poured it on late, scoring 11 runs combined in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
Some of the numbers from the wild night north of the border:
+ The team’s 22 hits were the most in the majors this season and the most for the Indians since 4/20/13 at Houston (19-6 win)
+ The 15 runs were the most the Indians have scored since 6/28/13 at Chicago-AL (19-10 win)
+ The game marked the first time two Indians players had five hits in the same nine-inning game since July 29, 1928 vs. the Yankees (NYY lineup included Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig)
- The Indians had three players achieve the feat in an 18-inning game in 1932 vs. Oakland (A’s lineup included Jimmie Foxx)
+ David Murphy went 5-for-6 with 5 RBI, marking his:
- Third career 5-hit game
- Third career 5-RBI game
- Third career 3-double game
- Highlights: Click here
+ Lonnie Chisenhall also went 5-for-6
- 5 hits are a career high
- Highlights: Click here
+ Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-5, and is 14 for his last 28 at the plate
+ Cabrera, Murphy, Yan Gomes and Chisenhall combined to go 15-for-23 with 10 RBI
+ The team went 12-for-26 (.462) with runners in scoring position
+ Michael Bourn hit an RBI triple in the ninth
- Triple was his AL-best 4th
+ Carlos Santana hit a mammoth two-run homer, his fifth of the season, in the fifth.
Overshadowed by the offensive explosion, Tribe starter Corey Kluber had another dominant outing. He improved to 4-3 by pitching seven innings and striking out nine. In his last five starts, Kluber has a 2.04 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 35.1IP (11.98 K/9).
- Kluber’s 2.04 ERA since April 24 is the lowest in the AL and second-lowest in the majors
- His 11.98 K/9 rate is the fourth-best in MLB since April 24