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2014 Season in Review: June — Lonnie’s big night, 3 walk-offs, immaculate inning, and the draft

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:

June 1 – Bourn makes it four walk-offs: Michael Bourn notched the first walk-off of his career, a two-run homer to complete a sweep of the Rockies at Progressive Field.

June 2 — Justin Masterson immaculate inning: As part of a stretch in which he threw 25 straight strikes to the Red Sox, Justin Masterson threw an immaculate inning – nine strikes, three strikeouts. It was neat.

June 4 – Asdrubal Cabrera ends a wild night at the ballpark: On a night when Johnny Football was in the house, a lengthy rain delay pushed back first pitch and the game went 12 innings, Asdrubal hit a walk-off, three-run homer to beat the BoSox at Progressive Field.

June 7 – Indians add high-end talent with five picks in draft’s top 100: Tribe scouting director Brad Grant was pleased with the club’s five pick’s in the top 100, and got high-end talent Bradley Zimmer, Justus Sheffield, Mike Papi, Grant Hockin and Bobby Bradley. Bradley won the Arizona League Triple Crowd and MVP awards. (more…)

Photo Gallery: July 4 Batting Practice vs. KC

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Walk-off wish for Swish: Photos, post-game notes from wild Thursday!

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GRAND FINALE: The Indians recorded their 6th walk-off win of the season, as Nick Swisher connected for a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 10th after the Angels jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the top half of the frame…marked the 9th walk-off grand slam in the history of Progressive Field (1994-present), first since Travis Hafner on July 7, 2011 vs. Toronto – 2 of the 9 w/o grand slams here in Cleveland have come vs. LAA – also Albert Belle on July 18, 1995…additionally, marks the first walk-off grand slam in extra-innings here at Progressive Field – 3rd in Cleveland since 1962 (Don Dillard, 7/4/1962 vs. DET & Carlos Martinez 9/6/1992 vs. SEA)…four of the six Cleveland walk-off victories this season have come by way of the long ball, as Michael Brantley (5/19 vs. DET), Michael Bourn (6/1 vs. COL) and Asdrubal Cabrera (6/4 vs. BOS) have also notched game-winning long balls…tonight’s game-winner marks the 74th walk-off home run in the history of Progressive Field – the most by any team over that span.


  • May 7 vs. Minnesota (4-3): Mike Aviles RBI-single in 9th
  • May 19 vs. Detroit (5-4, 10): Michael Brantley solo HR
  • May 21 vs. Detroit (11-10, 13): Alburquerque bases-loaded balk
  • June 1 vs. Colorado (6-4): Michael Bourn 2-run HR
  • June 4 vs. Boston (7-4, 12): Asdrubal Cabrera 3-run HR
  • June 19 vs. Los Angeles-AL (5-3 10): Nick Swisher grand slam


  • Ended today’s game with a 2-out, walk-off grand slam off Angels closer Ernesto Frieri in the bottom of the 10th inning
  • For his career, it marked his 8th walk-off plate appearance, 6th walk-off hit and 4th walk-off homer (first walk-off grand slam), the other game-ending big flies coming on: Aug. 5, 2008 vs. Chicago-AL (B14th, 3-run), Sept. 8, 2009 vs. Tampa Bay (B9th, solo) and Sept. 8, 2010 vs. Baltimore (B9th, 2-run)…has 2 extra-inning, game-winning home runs in the past 5 days, as Swisher also broke a 2-2 tie with an 11th-inning solo shot on Sunday to beat the Red Sox 3-2 at Fenway Park.


  • The Indians notched their 19th come-from-behind of the season to cap a 2-1 rain-shortened series victory over the Angels…Tribe has now won 4-straight and 7 of last 8 series at home, improving to 8-3-0 in 11 series played here in Cleveland this season.
  • Cleveland owns the highest home winning percentage in the Majors, going 23-12 (.629) at Progressive Field this season…Indians have won 11 of 12, 14 of 18 and 20 of the clubs last 27 games here in Cleveland.


  • Did not factor into today’s decision despite working 7.0 quality innings, limiting the Angels to just one run – scored on a WP in T2nd – on 4 hits and 3 walks, while registering 5 strikeouts (ND, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP, 116 pitches/66 strikes).
  • Tossed a season-high 116 pitches, while completing 7.0 full innings for the second time in his last 4 starts – 5th on the season.
  • After going 2-4 with a 5.21 ERA (39 ER/67.1 IP) through his first 12 starts of the season (March/April-May), Masterson has allowed just 8 earned runs across 21.2 innings in 4 starts in the month of June to lower ERA on the season from 5.21 to 4.75.
  • Has gone 3-1 with a 3.54 ERA (19 ER/48.1 IP) across 8 home starts this season, reeling off back-to-back 7.0 inning performances, while allowing 2 or fewer runs for the first time since May 13 & 19, 2013.
  • In now 10 starts vs. the Angels since being acquired by the Tribe in 2009, Masterson has gone 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA (17 ER/66.0 IP) – his lowest mark vs. an American League club.


  • Crockett earned his first Major League win after getting Josh Hamilton to pop out to end the top half of the 10th for the Halos…across 2 stints with the Indians this season, Crockett owns a 1.23 ERA (1 ER/7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 SO).

–Photos by Dan Mendlik, David Cleveland/Info via Baseball Information Department

Tribe’s Masterson reflects on year playing for Tony Gwynn


Tribe starter Justin Masterson played for all-time great MLB hitter Tony Gwynn at San Diego State University for one season, and to say Gwynn left an impression on him would be an understatement. Here’s what Masty told reporters about his experience with Gwynn at SDSU.

It was an incredible thing to be able to play for him for a year.

I got to be with a guy who’s played 20 years in the league, is one if not the best hitters in the game of baseball. When people are really good at things, they get an arrogance, I’m owed something.

But he taught me how to be a professional. He treated people unlike any other. Whether you were a rookie or a veteran, a freshman or a senior, he treated you the same. He treated you like a man … He treated everyone the same. That more than anything was what I took from him.

For me, it makes more of a difference to me how you are away from the field than what you do on the field.

Tony Gwynn was what you heard when you heard baseball. I didn’t even watch that much baseball, I just saw the highlights. But he was one of the names you know about.

You thought, a guy can’t be that good. To be able to(do what he did) is incredible against certain guys.

He was just incredible, had a great family. My heart goes out to the family; they’re doing with the loss of such a great man.

We’d just sit back, and he’d talk about how he’d approach me. He’d always end it with, ‘I could never hit you Masty.’ He probably would have hit .700 against me, but I appreciated the confidence. That’s how he was, he just loved the game of baseball.

Another incredible tidbit: He got drafted into the NBA. You’re thinking, ‘really?’

What I remember from him was the lifestyle: I hadn’t encountered too many guys who’d played professionally… He knew how to treat people, still signed autographs. He would do anything for anyone.

Photo Gallery: Indians win fourth straight, seventh straight home game

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland

Justin Masterson throws perfect … inning — 9 pitches, three strikeouts!

Justin Masterson started slowly on Monday night, but quickly gained steam … and was perfect — at least for an inning.

In the 4th inning of the Indians 3-2 win over Boston, Masterson struck out the side on nine pitches., getting Johnny Gomes, Grady Sizemore and Stephen Drew to whiff.



Cleveland Indians make a difference in the community in May

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The Cleveland Indians Community Outreach Department is a liaison between the club and the Northeast Ohio community; here’s a recap of all of the great things the group has done this month:

Buses for Baseball: This is a program through Major League Baseball Players Association Players Trust. They bus in about 50 students from surrounding Boys and Girls Clubs to visit Batting Practice and watch the game using tickets through The Commissioner Initiative. Terry Francona and Justin Masterson stopped up to say hello and sign T-shirts for the kids!

Masterson Bright Hope Event: Bright Hope is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring Hope to those living on less than $1 a day. Justin and Meryl Masterson have been involved in this organization which hosted their “Feed Their Future 2014” Preview Event in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field.  Justin Masterson, Nick Swisher, Cody Allen, Josh Tomlin and Josh Outman all made an appearance pre-game.

-MLBPA and Cal Ripken Baseball Clinic: Youth that participate in the Cleveland Baseball Federation’s youth baseball and softball programs participated in a baseball clinic at Brookside Park and Estabrook Recreation Center in Cleveland.  Michael Bourn, Josh Outman, Mike Aviles and Scott Atchison participated.

-Tribe Treasures Auction: The auction this year was so fantastic! We had seven wives participate the day of the event! Some of the auction items were:

  • Hummer ride and Menchie’s with the Masterson
  • Meet and Greet with Nick Swisher + 4 Suite Tickets
  • Hot shave and a Movie with John Axford
  • Bullpen Cleats and various other autographed Items
  • We also sold Mystery Balls for $40 which were a big hit! We raised about $8,000 for the Wives Association. The final number is still pending.

-Pink Ribbon and Honorary Bat Girl: The Pink Ribbon ceremony was with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They brought about 120 volunteers to form a pink ribbon on the field during pregame. We also gave them 600 tickets through The Commissioner’s Community Tickets Initiative. Our Honorary Bat Girl, Charlene Wuthrich was selected by fans through a contest that MLB designed. She was presented with a Pink Personalized Louisville Slugger and a Bat Girl Jersey. She was nominated by her two grandchildren who also attended the ceremony with her.

-Wives School Visit: Ashley Outman, Meryl Masterson, Nicole Axford and Kristen Shaw all attended Thoreau Park Elementary School located in Parma with me on May 19th for their baseball-themed Right to Read week. They read baseball books to eight different classes (about 200 children) in Kindergarten and 1st grade. They also provided each child with finger foam fingers and cannot wait to do something like that again!

We had a First Pitch Experience that was won from the Alzheimer’s Association Gala. With this experience they were also able to visit the radio booth and speak with Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus. They were such a great family and very happy with their stay at Progressive Field! Especially with the win against the Tigers!

Finally, we had an Honorary Bat Kid! They won this experience through the Sports Commission. Nathan (age 6) was able to meet his favorite players and got some great pictures with Jason Kipnis and Michael Bourn! Justin Sellers even gave him his bat!

Have a month of May, Corey Kluber!


After posting a 4.14 ERA (17 ER/37.0 IP) in April, Kluber has surrendered just 8 runs on 29 hits in May while registering a Major League-high 48 strikeouts across his 35.2 innings (5 starts) this month.

With his nine strikeouts on Saturday against the Orioles (9-0 Indians win), Kluber improved to 5-3 and now is second in the Majors with 83 strikeouts (David Price, 84). His strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.88 is 10th in the Majors and his strikeouts-per-nine innings rate of 10.28 is fifth in MLB.

(Here are highlights from Saturday’s start.)


Kluber is 3-0 in May with a 2.02 ERA (8 ER/35.2 IP), while notching a Major League-high 48 strikeouts and just 7 walks…has pitched into the 7th inning in each start, while limiting opposing batters to a .221 (29-131), average against.

With 9 strikeouts on Saturday, Kluber became the first player in the Majors this season to record 5 straight 8+ SO performances…Johnny Cueto, Jose Fernandez, Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke and Felix Hernandez have each reeled off 4 consecutive such starts this season.


Kluber has logged a pair of historic performances through his first 10 starts of the 2014 season, including his first career complete game on April 24 vs. Kansas City and a career-high 13-strikeout effort on May 4 vs. Chicago-AL.

APRIL 24 vs. KC

His first career complete game on April 24 vs. KC marked first complete game thrown by any Indians hurler other than JUSTIN MASTERSON (had thrown each of last 4) since DEREK LOWE on May 15, 2012 at MIN.

Also marked first complete game by an Indians pitcher with a double-digit strikeout total and no walks since CC SABATHIA on Sept. 7, 2005 at DET (9.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 0 BB, 10 SO).

Was first complete game by an Indians pitcher w/ 11 strikeouts, no walks and no earned runs since LEN BARKER’s 3-0 perfect game on May 15, TOR (9.0 IP, 11 SO); just the 7th such effort by an Indians pitcher dating back to 1914.

MAY 4 vs. CWS

Kluber’s 13 strikeouts on May 4 vs. CWS established a new career high, and tied him with CC Sabathia , Chuck Finley and Dave Burba for the club record accomplished by Tribe pitchers at Progressive Field.

Set a new Indians record when he fanned 7 consecutive batters through innings 3-5… the previous record of 6 was shared by Bob Feller , Bartolo Colon, Chuck Finley and Mitch Talbot.

After striking out 11 batters in his previous home start (aforementioned complete game), Kluber became the first Tribe pitcher to strike out 11 or more batters in consecutive home starts since Dennis Eckersley on August 13 & 23, 1976.

–Indians Baseball Information Department


Hey guys? Accept that in-game TV interview at your own risk


So this is a thing now, it seems.

Last year, it was Vinnie Pestano and Justin Masterson pelted by sunflower seeds and water during live TV interviews on Indians broadcasts.

On Tuesday, it was notoriously stoic Corey Kluber. Kluber even had a new item thrown at him — baby powder — but with the help of a trusty raincoat, powered through the interview expertly.

Here are the videos. And as the headline notes: If you’re an Indians player, you may want to think twice about that in-game interview — or just know that you have lofty standards up to which you must live.





PESTANO (not embeddable; click here!)

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond



#BeatDetroit: The Tribe’s most memorable moments at Progressive Field vs. the Tigers


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?



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.



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.