Results tagged ‘ Michael Bourn ’

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, Aug. 4 vs. Reds

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: Indians beat KC, TJ House earns first big-league win

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–Photos by David Cleveland/Dan Mendlik

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, June 20

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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.

WALK-OFF WINS BY CLEVELAND IN 2014 (6)

  • 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

NICK SWISHER

  • 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.

CLEVELAND

  • 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.

JUSTIN MASTERSON

  • 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.

KYLE CROCKETT

  • 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

In Tribe clubhouse, players’ daughters made welcome

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(Editor’s note: This story reprinted with permission from the Akron Beacon Journal.)

BY MARLA RIDENOUR
Akron Beacon Journal

BOSTON: Bryson Bourn and Giovanni Brantley chased each other around a table in the Indians’ clubhouse after a recent Sunday home game. It was not an unusual sight; baseball players’ sons have been coming to the park with their fathers for decades.

But what was going on nearby was not the norm. At another table sat three little girls who looked to be ages 4 to 6, who were eating, chatting and ignoring the raucous boys.

All season, Indians’ fathers have been bringing their daughters into the postgame clubhouse on Sundays at Progressive Field. The idea came from designated hitter Jason Giambi, who said he was thinking outside the box as he prepared to interview for the Colorado Rockies’ managerial vacancy before the 2013 season. Giambi has a 2½-year-old daughter, London.

“I had to take a step back. ‘If I’m managing, how would the team represent me?’ ” Giambi said Saturday before the Indians faced the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. “That’s what you have to do, you have to have that connection with your players. There’s so many little girls, and daddies always have their little girls. It would be something cool they could share.”

Manager Terry Francona, who grew up going to major league games with his father, Tito, and General Manager Chris Antonetti signed off on the plan. The Indians were overwhelmingly in favor.

“We’ve got like 35 to 40 kids on this team. This is by far the most I’ve ever been a part of,” nine-year veteran Nick Swisher said.

“Obviously everybody was OK with it because there’s 900 daughters on this team,” said Mike Aviles. He has three — Kyla, 9, and twins Adriana and Maiya, 3.

Home clubhouse and equipment manager Tony Amato loved the idea and found garment racks that the Indians hang their street clothes on when they dress before the game. The racks are rolled into the shower area near the trainers’ room for later, when the doors open for the kids.

Right fielder David Murphy, with daughters Madison, 6, and Faith, 5, and son Cole, 3, likes that the Indians are teaching their children equality, even if they don’t know it yet.

“Ever since they’ve been old enough to realize my son can come in the clubhouse any time, they get a little jealous,” Murphy said of his girls. “We try to make this game and the organization as family-friendly as possible, but in a lot of situations it has to exclude females. I think it’s awesome the way the girls have gotten to come in the clubhouse because they want to see what daddy does as much as our little boys do. It makes them feel special and I guess it makes them feel on the inside of things as opposed to the outside.”

Nick Swisher said his 1-year-old daughter, Emerson, grabs the bag in his locker and plays with the baseballs. She’s enjoying a little of what Nick saw as a kid when his father, Steve, played for the Cubs, Cardinals and Padres.

“She’s having a blast,” Swisher said. “I grew up in the locker room; it’s the only thing I’ve ever known in my life. Now to be able to give that gift — I guess you could call it a gift — to my daughter. There’s so many guys who have daughters. We said, ‘We can’t be pushing them out and just letting the boys come in.’ ”

Aviles said Swisher once taped his twins’ wrists, so they go straight for the tape.

“They pull it out and think it’s a lasso,” Aviles said.

Aviles said Ryan Raburn’s daughter Taytum, 3, wants to go to the batting cage. Murphy’s daughters love the candy. On the recent Sunday, Corey Kluber cracked a rare smile as his daughters Kendall and Kennedy spun around in the black leather chairs in front of his locker.

“That’s a big day,” Giambi said, acknowledging Kluber’s stoicism.

The first time London Giambi visited, the Indians had just returned from spring training, and the families’ personal items and kids’ toys lined the hallway to the dugout.

“She was like, ‘I want that bike and that bike.’ She thought it was Christmas,” said Giambi, 43. “I’ve been a lot of years in this game and I never had that. When they’re old enough, girls will take those memories with them.”

Photo Gallery: Tribe wins on 5th walk-off of 2014

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The Indians notched their 5th walk-off win of the season, as Asdrubal Cabrera connected for a game-winning 3-run shot off Boston’s Edward Mujica with one out in the bottom of the 12th.

The win marked the Tribe’s second walk-off win of the homestand (Sunday, 6-4 win vs. COL); three of the five Cleveland walk-off victories this season have come by way of the long ball, as Michael Brantley (5/19 vs. DET) and Michael Bourn (6/1 vs. COL) have also notched game-winning long balls.

The game also marked just the second time in the history of Progressive Field (1994-present) that the Indians have collected a walk-off home run vs. the Red Sox in the regular season: Manny Ramirez owned the club’s only previous regular season walk-off homer vs. Boston on June 19, 1995, a solo-shot in the bottom of the 10th off  Ken Ryan…Tony Pena hit a walk-off solo homer off Zane Smith in the bottom of the 13th in Game 1 of the 1995 Division Series vs. Boston – the club’s only other walk-off homer against the Red Sox at Progressive Field.

The game-winner marks the 73rd walk-off home run in the history of Progressive Field – the most by any team over that span ahead of Cincinnati (60) and Oakland (57).

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Tuesday recap: Photos, plus 6 things you need to know from win over BoSox

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SIX THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM VICTORY:

  • The Indians jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and rallied for a pair of runs in the 7th to cap a 5-3 victory and seal their season-high 5th straight victory…Tribe’s last winning streak longer than 4 games occurred when the club finished the 2013 regular season with 10 consecutive victories.
  • Over the course of the win streak (all on current homestand), Cleveland’s starting rotation has posted a 2.27 ERA (8 ER/31.2 IP), picking up 2 of the 5 victories, while the bullpen has combined to go 3-0 with 15 strikeouts against just 3 walks.
  • Cleveland continues to build upon the best home record in the American League, as the Tribe has now gone 20-11 (.645), winning 8 straight and 10 of the club’s last 13 games overall here at Progressive Field…entering today’s game, Cleveland’s 19-11 home record also stood as the 5th-best in the Majors…the Tribe’s 8 game home win streak is the longest since reeling off 11 straight from July 11-August 1, 2013.

CODY ALLEN

  • Pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 5th save of the season – has earned the save in each of his last 4 appearances……seven of his last eight outings have been scoreless (8.2 IP, 4-for-28 [.143]) to lower his season ERA from 3.71 to 2.81.

LONNIE CHISENHALL

  • Chisenhall is batting just above .360 (.361, 35-97) with 9 doubles, 3 homers, 17 RBI and 16 runs scored over his last 29 games.

MICHAEL BOURN

  • Unlocked a 3-3 tied with a game-winning 2-run double of Boston lefty Andrew Miller in the bottom of the 7th…Bourn finished 2-4 with a run scored and has now hit safely in 7-straight games (tied w/Murphy for longest active streak)…Bourn had a 9-game hit snapped on May 26 at Chicago-AL, but has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games dating back to May 17 (26-71, .366, 2 HR, 2 3B, 4 2B, 7 RBI and 13 RS).

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland

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

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, June 2 vs. Red Sox

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–Photos by David Cleveland

#VoteTribe: Get Brantley, Bourn, Cabby, Murph and the rest to Minnesota!

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The Indians continue a six-game homestand tonight with the start of a three-game series vs. the Red Sox at Progressive Field, Boston’s only trip to Cleveland this season.

Tuesday is Michael Bourn bobblehead night, courtesy of Shearer’s, and it’s perfect timing: Bourn was the hero on Sunday, with a walk-off homer to beat the Rockies and complete a Tribe sweep!

And since Bourn is red hot, here’s a friendly reminder: Fans can vote up to 35 times on MLB.com/Vote for Bourn, similarly on-fire Michael Brantley and the rest of the Tribe hitters to make the American League All-Star team! (Pitchers are not eligible in the vote, though Corey Kluber should be in line for his first All-Star appearance after a stellar month of May.)

Here is some statistical evidence (current as of Sunday night) for why fans should vote for Bourn, Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera and the rest!

MICHAEL BRANTLEY: Outfield

  • “Dr. Smooth” hit safely in 19 consecutive home games (April 20-May 30), establishing a new record by an Indians batter in Progressive Field history (1994-2014).
  • The record was previously shared by Kenny Lofton (1996) and Robbie Alomar (2000) who each recorded 18-gamers.
  • Brantley’s 19-gamer is the longest home hit streak in the Majors this season.
  • Also has hit safely in 15 of 16 games since May 14, batting .383 (25-69) with 8 extra-base hits, 10 RBI and 15 runs scored.

Ranks near the top of several statistical categories:

  • RBI: T-1, 40
  • Average: 4th, .307
  • Extra-base hits: T-2, 23
  • OPS (On-base plus slugging percentage): 3rd, .875

MICHAEL BOURN: Outfield

  • Has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games since May 17 – over that stretch has gone 22-63 (.349) with 3 doubles, 5 RBI and 10 runs scored.

ASDRUBAL CABRERA: Shortstop

  • Over his last 22 games dating back to May 7 vs. Minnesota, Cabrera has hit .296 (24-81) with 9 extra-base hits (6 doubles & 3 homers), 9 RBI and 16 runs scored.

DAVID MURPHY: Oufield

  • In his first season in Cleveland, Murphy – signed in free agency this offseason – ranks fifth among AL outfielders in RBI with 32.

COREY KLUBER: Pitcher (fans do not vote on pitchers)

  • Earned his 6th victory of the season on Friday, which also was his 9th quality start in 12 outings.
  • He struck out 12 marking the 5th time in his career and 3rd time this season he’s struck out 10 or more batters.
  • In May, he was a perfect 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA (10 ER/43.0 IP) in 6 starts, posting 60 strikeouts against just 8 walks.
  • His 95 strikeouts tie him for the American League lead (Boston’s Jon Lester).
  • The 60 strikeouts are the most for an Indians pitcher in any calendar month since Dennis Eckersley registered 60 punchouts in September/October, 1976 (made final start on Oct. 2).

o    Since 1914, Kluber is just the 5th different Indians pitcher to strike out at least 60 batters in a single month. The others: Sam McDowell (8 times), Bob Feller (8 times), Herb Score (once) and Dennis Eckersley (once).

o    Kluber joins Yu Darvish (64, Aug. 2013) of the Texas Rangers as just the second pitcher in the Majors over the last 10 seasons (2015-14) to record 60+ strikeouts in a single month.

o    The last Major League pitcher to record 60+ K’s in the month of May was Arizona’s Curt Schilling (62) in 2002.

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