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Carlos Santana. So hot right now. Santana.

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Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana is hot.

Cue the “Match Game” audience response: “How hot is he?” (If you get the “Match Game” reference, please pat yourself on the back.

Consider:

  • He now has five multi-homer games in his career – and two came this weekend (Friday, Sunday)
  • He’s the first player in Indians history with multi-homer games as a catcher, designated hitter and first baseman
  • He’s homered in three straight games and four of his last six (he has six homers in his last six games)
  • Over his last six games:
    • He’s reached base safely in 20 of 29 plate appearances
    • He’s gone 14-for-23 (.609) with 3 doubles, 6 homers, 10 RBI, 5 walks and 8 runs scored

Santana hit five homers in the KC series, becoming only the sixth Indians player to have five homers in a series (Hafner, Williams, Belle, Carter, Trosky). Santana also became the first Major Leaguer to have five homers in one series this season.

Also, just in case you don’t get the headline — “Zoolander,” anyone?

Santana makes more Tribe history: Game Notes, July 27

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Some tidbits from the Tribe Baseball Information Department’s Game Notes for July 27, 2014:

After recording his 4th career multi-HR game Friday (first player in Indians history w/ multi-HR game as a C, DH and1B, source: B-R.com), CARLOS SANTANA went deep again last night, homering in 2 straight and 3 of his last 5 games…over those 5 games, Santana has reached safely in 15 of 24 plate appearances, going 11-for-20 (.550) with 3 2B’s, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 6 R and a 1.925 OPS (.625OBP/1.300SLG).

Following tomorrow’s true off day in Cleveland, the Indians are set to begin an 8-day, 8-game homestand during which the club will host Seattle (3G), Texas (3G) and Cincinnati (2G)…when the Tribe begins that Progressive Field week-long residency Tuesday, Cleveland will have the most scheduled home dates remaining of any team in the Majors (barring postponements).

Cleveland owns the 3rd-best home winning pct. in the A.L. & 4th-best Majors at 29-19 (.604), trailing Oakland (.667, 34-17), Los Angeles-AL (.661, 37-19) and Pittsburgh (.618, 34-21).

On balance, Cleveland’s current road trip has featured competitive pitching and defense, but inconsistent offensive performances during this 4-6 stretch out of the All-Star break.

The Indians pitching staff has registered a 3.32 ERA (33ER/89.1IP) through 10 games of the 2nd half (12th in Majors), posting 84 K’s against 27 walks – last 2 losses (16.0 IP, 19 H, 13 R-11 ER) have raised 2nd half ERA from 2.70…starters have a 3.84 ERA (25 ER/58.2 IP) in 2nd half, surrendering more than 3 runs just twice in these 10 games… the Indians bullpen has turned in a 2.35 mark (8 ER/30.2 IP).

Cleveland’s offense has batted .248/.321/.392 over the last 10 games, with significant divergence between the 4 wins (.310/.384/.524) and the 6 losses (.205/.276/.300)…Tribe’s .293 (27-92) w/RISP in second half is 45 points higher than overall team avg., but has also been substantially better in the wins (.378, 17-45) than losses (.213, 10-47).

Defense has been charged with just 4 E in 359 TC (.989 field pct.)

Photo Gallery: Perez, Dickerson, Cabrera, Kipnis, Brantley lead late Thursday comeback

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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

Santana continues to be touched by support from Niko, the home run kid from 2013

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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

 

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, July 7 vs. Yankees (#VoteKluber!)

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Fun, busy day at the ol’ ballyard!

–Photos by David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: July 4 Batting Practice vs. KC

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–Photos by David Cleveland

A wild one in Arizona — post-game, early morning notes!

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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.

 

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, June 20

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Walk-off grand slams at Progressive Field? Swish joins Belle, Haf, Santana and others

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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.

Monday recap: Photos, postgame notes, Bauer/Carrasco combo

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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.

TREVOR BAUER

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.

CARLOS CARRASCO

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.

ASDRUBAL CABRERA

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

CARLOS SANTANA

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

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