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Heading into Thursday’s finale against the White Sox, Indians are unbeaten (4-0-1) in the team’s last five series, and are 8-5 in series rubber matches this season.
According to Elias – if completed – the team’s current stretch of 30 games in 30 days would mark Cleveland’s longest consecutive streak of game dates since May 21 – June 27, 1968 when the Indians played 41 games over a span of 38 consecutive dates (3 DH’s).
The Indians have gone 13-8 all-time in starts by Sox southpaw John Danks (7-2 in Chicago)…Cleveland is 18-20 in games started by opposing lefties overall this season, but has gone 8-4 vs. LH starters since July 1 (5-4 since the All-Star break).
Jason Kipnis has hit safely in 24 of his 26 career games here at U.S. Cellular Field, batting .378 (37-98)/.462/.622 with 7 2B’s, one 3B, 5 HR, 22 RBI and 11 SB (11-for-11).
Since becoming a full-time starter in 2012, his 22 RBI are most by any visiting player…his 5 HR are T3rd-most by any visiting player since start of 2012 behind only Asdrubal Cabrera and Justin Morneau (6 each)…his 11 steals are 3 more than any other visiting player (Rajai Davis, 8).
Tribe’s 2.60 ERA in August is the 2nd-lowest figure in Majors this month (14-9 team record) behind only Seattle (16-8, 2.59)…includes a 2.90 ERA by rotation (4th in A.L. & MLB) and a 2.09 ERA by the bullpen (2nd in A.L., 3rd in MLB)
The Indians are in a stretch of 30 games in 30 dates, caused in part by a rainout on June 18 at home vs. the Angels. According to Elias, it would mark Cleveland’s longest consecutive streak of game dates since May 21 – June 27, 1968 when the Indians played 41 games over a span of 38 consecutive dates (3 DH’s).
With a 2.42 ERA since Aug. 1, the Tribe’s pitching staff owns the 2nd-lowest figure in the Majors this month (13-8 team record)…that includes a 2.57 ERA by the rotation (2nd in MLB, SEA: 2.26) and a 2.17 ERA by the bullpen (3rd in A.L., 4th in MLB).
Cleveland’s rotation owns a 1.71 ERA (15 ER/79.0 IP) over the club’s last 13 games since Aug. 9 (9-4 record), collecting 87 strikeouts against 22 walks while holding opponents to a .176 clip (49-278).
Over the same 13-game span (since Aug. 9), Cleveland relievers have reinforced the rotation’s performance by posting a 1.29 ERA (6 ER/42.0 IP).
Northbrook, Ill., native Jason Kipnis has hit safely in 22 of his 24 career games here at U.S. Cellular Field, batting .382 (34-89) with 7 2B’s, one 3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI and 11 SB (11-for-11).
The Tribe is 13-8 in August (4th in A.L., 5th in MLB) with 6 games remaining, as club is seeking to finish .500-or-better for a 4th straight month.
The Indians have begun a stretch that will see the Indians play 28 of their final 39 games against A.L. Central foes
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis recently surprised a local fan and her family with tickets to the July 31 game vs. the Mariners at Progressive Field. As you can see, Kate Andrejcak was excited.
Kate is a passionate Indians and Kipnis fan, and works in the special education field. The Indians disguised the surprise by telling her we wanted to talk with big Tribe fans; then, as you can see in the video, Jason delivered the news by phone. She was surprised — in fact, she said when we first spoke, “I was hoping you were calling to see if you needed help taking Jason Kipnis to dinner or something.”
Photos of their meet and greet below.
Seems like Jason Kipnis, Mike Aviles and Lonnie Chisenhall had some pent-up energy after a long rain delay and ultimate postponement on Tuesday night. This was the result.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
Participants can face off against Tribe players including Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis, among others
Exclusive ‘Tackle the Tribe’ draft set for Aug. 23 at Progressive Field – participants interact with players during draft, autographs, food and beverages, watch game in suite and more!
Cleveland Indians fans now can play fantasy football against Tribe players in a new charity league called Tackle the Tribe.
Indians players scheduled to participate in the league include Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Bryan Shaw, Marc Rzepczynski and Scott Atchison.
Participants will make a one-time donation of $2,000 (including up to one co-manager) and will receive an exclusive Draft Day experience at Progressive Field on Saturday, August 23, as the Indians take on the Houston Astros. The experience will include:
- A live, moderated fantasy football draft with the players and a few surprise guestsin the Terrace Club Pub at Progressive Field
- Food and beverages during the draft (cash bar)
- Photo opportunity with players
- Autographed swag by all participating Cleveland baseball players (items provided by Tackle the Tribe – no autographs allowed during the event)
- Behind the scenes tour of Progressive Field
- VIP access to batting practice
- Ticket in Champions Suite (including food and beverage) to the Astros-Indians game
Plus, participants will interact with the Tribe big leaguers throughout the fantasy football season and have the chance to win more great prizes. Those interested can find details at bigleagueimpact.org/events/cleveland.
Proceeds of the league will benefit the Greater Cleveland Foodbank, Clean Water in Africa, Cleveland Indians Charities and Big League Impact Basic Needs Initiative. Big League Impact has brought together baseball stars from teams in 10 cities around the country for charity fantasy football leagues.
Big League Impact held its first fantasy football league last year in St. Louis with Adam Wainwright and his Cardinal teammates launching “Waino’s World,” and this year, more than 60 big league players have agreed to participate in the charity initiative, including over a dozen 2014 All-Stars. Leagues will be hosted by Kershaw (Los Angeles), Wainwright (St. Louis), Freddie Freeman (Atlanta), Cole Hamels (Philadelphia), Tim Hudson (San Francisco), Max Scherzer (Detroit), Skip Schumaker (Cincinnati), Neil Walker (Pittsburgh) and David Wright (New York).
Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been named the American League Player of the Weekfor the period ending July 20
Kipnis batted .333 (5-for-15) with two homers, six RBI, four walks and three runs scored in four games to capture his third career weekly honor and the second for the Tribe this season, joining All-Star Michael Brantley, who was tabbed on June 16th. Kipnis’ previous two weekly nods came last season when he was named on June 17th and July 1.
Among league leaders, Jason was first in RBI, tied for first in homers, tied for second in total bases (11) and was fifth in slugging percentage (.733).
On Friday in the Motor City, Kipnis launched a pair of homers with four RBI as the Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers, 9-3, at Comerica Park. The left-handed-hitting Kipnis launched a three-run shot as part of a seven-run seventh inning for Cleveland, and two frames later collected his second career multi-homer effort with a solo blast in the ninth. Jason’s last two-homer game came on May 26, 2012 at the Chicago White Sox. In the first game of a doubledip on Saturday, the 27-year-old went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI to help lead Cleveland to a 6-2 triumph. In the nightcap, the Illinois native went 0-for-2, but walked three times and scored a run as the Indians won, 5-2, to sweep their first doubleheader in Detroit since July 17, 1966 at Tiger Stadium. It marked the Tribe’s fourth straight doubleheader sweep overall against Detroit. Of note, Kipnis drew three free passes one other time this season, on April 5 against Minnesota at Progressive Field.
Kipnis, a former second round pick in the 2009 Draft (by Cleveland) out of Arizona State University, is hitting .259 on the season with 14 doubles, one triple, five homers, 30 RBI, 37 runsscored and a team-leading 13 stolen bases in 72 games. The 2013 All-Star spent the majority of May on the disabled list due to a right oblique injury, just his second trip to the D.L. in his four-year career. Since his return on May 28, Cleveland has gone 26-19 to climb into second place in the A.L. Central
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
–Photos by David Cleveland/Dan Mendlik
–Photos by David Cleveland