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#KluberFacts: How dominant Corey Kluber has been for the Cleveland Indians lately

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Corey Kluber did another thing on Friday! He allowed just one hit — a solo homer to Joe Mauer in the fourth — as the Indians beat the Twins, 6-1, for their fifth win in six games. Kluber also pitched a complete game on Sunday against the Twins at Progressive Field, allowing just one run and three hits.

Here are some notes from various sources on CK’s dominant season (don’t let the 8-12 record fool you, Kluber has been nearly as good as last season):

  • He’s the first Indians pitcher with back-to-back complete games against the same team since 1994 (Dennis Martinez)
  • He’s the first Indians pitcher with back-to-back complete games since Roberto Hernandez in 2010
  • He’s one of two pitchers in MLB this year to throw consecutive complete games while allowing three hits or fewer in those games — Max Scherzer is the other
  • He has pitched a complete game in three of his last four starts; he allowed just one run in that game as well
  • From Elias: The Indians pitching staff has five one-hitters this season; since 1914, the 1964 Orioles and 1914 White Sox are the only other teams to have five games in which they allowed one or fewer hits
  • Kluber is tied for seventh among all MLB players in Fangraphs’ WAR at 5.3
  • He leads the AL in strikeouts with 193, and is third in MLB

Here’s CK on the victory:

EXCLUSIVE: Answers to all of your Corey Kluber walk-off water gun questions

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We were so excited to have our 16-inning marathon game on Tuesday night end — meaning we could go home and get some sleep — we almost missed that Corey Kluber brought a freaking water gun to the celebration, as you see in the GIF above and the video below.

A water gun!

We had to know more. So we tracked down Corey in the clubhouse this afternoon and he gave us the skinny, which is far, far less exciting than we thought it’d be but funny nonetheless.

Was it a super soaker? Yes.

Where and when did you buy it? September 2014, Target

When did you fill it? I refilled it in the middle of the 16th after Danny Salazar shot it off during pregame.

Did you and college teammate and new Indians teammate Chris Johnson ever have water gun fights? (Looks at questioner like he’s crazy) No.

Have you ever shot your eye out like in ‘A Christmas Story’? (Getting angry) No.

Where was the gun during the game? In the dugout.

As it turns out, Danny Salazar borrowed Kluber’s water gun in pregame for nefarious purposes: to spray STO reporter Andre Knott with water. See GIF and photo:

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PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians walk off on Michael Brantley’s 16th-inning single

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After five hours, Michael Brantley delivered a walkoff single in the 16th inning to beat the Yankees on Tuesday, 5-4.

WATCH:

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians Season Ticket Holder party at Progressive Field

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In addition to perks like big savings over single-game ticket prices, Opening Day/Postseason priority and more, one of the biggest advantages of being an Indians Season Ticket Holder is our annual summer party, in which only STHs have the opportunity to get autographs from our players in a relaxed setting (well, except for the initial rush).

That was no different on Sunday, as Tribe players and Season Ticket Holders had a great afternoon after the Indians series-win-clinhing victory over Minnesota. (That gallery is here.)

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

PHOTO GALLERY: Kluber, Johnson, Almonte lift Cleveland Indians to series win

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

#CarrascoFacts: Carlos Carrasco and Indians starters are on a roll

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 04:  Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 4, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 04: Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 4, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Carlos Carrasco allowed one hit in nine innings on Tuesday night in the Tribe’s eventual 2-0 win over the Angels in 12 innings.

That followed a complete-game win over the A’s on Thursday in his last start, in which he allowed two hits and a run in nine innings.

He retired the last 16 batters on Thursday and the first 11 on Tuesday, marking 27 straight batters retired – a pseudo-perfect game. He also went 38 batters without allowing a hit over those two outings.

More #CarrascoFacts:

  • He tied an Indians club record with back-to-back starts with 9+ IP and no more than 2 hits allowed, joining Sam McDowell (3x: ’65, ’66, ’70) and Early Wynn (1954). (hat tip to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com)
  • Carrasco is the first AL starter to pitch 9 innings and allow two or fewer hits in consecutive starts since Oakland’s Bobby Witt in 1994 (h/t Elias)
  • The 27 straight batters retired tied the third-most in club history. The list:
    • Len Barker/ Bert Blyleven, 31
    • Carrasco/Dennis Eckersley/Greg Swindell/Jake Westbrook, 27 (h/t to SportsTime Ohio)

Over the Tribe’s last eight games – including a minor hiccup from Corey Kluber on Monday – the team’s rotation has a 1.29 ERA (12 ER/63 IP).

From Cleveland.com: CLE native Jim Kluber enjoying his son’s success similarly to Corey — calmly

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Zack Meisel from Cleveland.com checked in with Cleveland native Jim Kluber — yes, Corey’s dad — who’s been enjoying Corey’s success.

And yes, Jim is just like Corey — stoic and calm.

From Zack’s story — the full version of which you can read here:

So, Kluber’s parents trek to Fenway Park to watch the Indians when they battle the Boston Red Sox. If Kluber is slated to pitch when the Indians play at Yankee Stadium, his parents will journey to New York. Jim enjoys watching his son operate. He also enjoys watching him walk off the field, his face motionless, his mind still fixated on what just happened.

Like father, like son.

“His mother is outgoing with just about anybody she sees, whether in a store or walking down a street,” Jim said. “She’s very outgoing. I’m definitely not like that. I’m probably more like Corey.”

Jim was at Progressive Field last August when his son exited after 7 1/3 innings of a start against Cincinnati. He limited the Reds to one run and he struck out seven. Francona collected the baseball and Kluber retreated to the dugout as fans showered him with praise. Kluber, of course, didn’t notice the 18,000 in attendance offering their appreciation.

Shirtless Cleveland Indians fan an instant Internet celebrity

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So on Wednesday afternoon, it was hot at Progressive Field — 90 degrees and humid. So you can understand how fans might want to try to find ways to cool down.

One fan in particular was easily identifiable in his search for relief from the heat: The fan pictured above, who made it on to the SportsTime Ohio telecast of the game due to his seat — in the dugout suite behind the plate, caught by the TV cameras throughout the game.

When our photographer, Dan Mendlik, caught a shot of the gentleman, we Tweeted:

But, we thought: We had to know more, and we thought we owed it to our fans to tell this man’s — this LEGEND’s — story.

His name is Matt, but jokingly said he didn’t want to give us his last name because his boss might find out. (Too late, we told him — he was already an Internet superstar.) He and his friends were at the ballpark for his pal Mark’s bachelor party; Mark is getting married this weekend.

The crew came down from Toronto, and Matt said he’d been a fan of Cleveland for many years, and the town’s sports teams. He and his buddies rented a dugout suite for Mark’s big bash, and the group was headed back to Canada on Thursday.

After the game, we took the crew on the field for another picture.

Chances are Matt will be a bit more famous after his brush with Internet fame. Good on ya, Matt. –TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor’s first homer turns out to be a nice gesture

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Francisco Lindor came to bat against Buck Farmer in the fifth inning in a close 3-0 ballgame. Out in section 103 sat a young man by the name of Kyle Armbrecht, hailing from Streetsboro High School. Little did the two know that by the second pitch into the at-bat, they would be forever connected.

Lindor took a hack at Farmer’s 1-0 fastball and deposited his first Major League home run into the stands. In a day where milestone baseballs are either being held for ransom, or held for moral publicity, Kyle had no thoughts about that. He graciously was willing to give the ball back to Lindor: “It’s (his ball), not mine,” he said.

Kyle didn’t catch the ball on the fly, but managed to corral it after the people in front of him whiffed on the catch.

“It just kind of hit the people in front of me then bounced off the chair and I got it,” he said. A humble statement from a humble kid who actually was there via free tickets: Kyle is a pretty good baseball player in his own right, and was able to come to the game because he won the tickets for being named his high school’s team MVP.

Armbrecht claims his favorite player is Corey Kluber, who was also gracious enough to give a signed ball; but maybe after a Lindor home run this favorite player may change.

-TribeVibe Contributor, Ryan Delgado

Yahoo’s Jeff Passan: ‘Why Cleveland has the best — and most futuristic — rotation in baseball’

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Yahoo! baseball writer Jeff Passan writes this week about the Tribe’s starting rotation, and how the front office’s approach is helping shape the group’s present and its future. An excerpt:

With Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer, who starts Thursday night in a series-wrapping game against Kansas City, the Indians have four of the most desirable – and rarest – commodities in baseball: hard-throwing, strikeout-producing, young, under-control starting pitchers. The single most misleading statistic of the 2015 season is the ERA of Indians starting pitchers.

It’s what makes the next half-decade so exciting for Cleveland: Not only are Kluber, Carrasco, Salazar and Bauer under team control through the end of the 2020 season, they recognize that what Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz were to the 1990s, and Barry Zito, Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder were to the 2000s, they can be to the 2010s.

Click here for the entire story.

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