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Wednesday recap: Photos, facts/figures from Kluber’s — surprise! — dominant start

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(Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland)

Corey Kluber was again dominant on Wednesday. Details on his dominance:

  • Registered his first career complete game shutout tonight (9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO, 85 pitches/69 strikes) and his second career complete game, the other coming in a 5-1 win back on April 24 vs. Kansas City, as Kluber surrendered just a single unearned run in that prior outing against the Royals (9.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R-0 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO)…marked the third individual CG thrown by an Indians hurler this season (also Josh Tomlin, June 28 at Seattle).
  • Kluber threw just 16 balls against 69 strikes tonight…his strikeout-to-walk ratio ratio this season is 5.15 (170 strikeouts/33 walks)…Kluber became the first Indians pitcher to issue zero walks in consecutive starts of at least 9.0 innings since Cliff Lee in 2009 on July 16 vs. Seattle and July 21 at Toronto…between Lee in 2009 and Kluber in 2014, that feat has been accomplished just two other times: 1) Cliff Lee for Seattle in 2010 on June 18 vs. Cincinnati & June 23 vs. Chicago-NL and 2) David Price for Tampa Bay in 2013 on July 7 vs. Chicago-AL & July 12 vs. Houston…Kluber is the first right-hander to pull the trick since Javier Vazquez for Chicago-AL in 2007 on July 3 vs. Baltimore & July 8 vs. Minnesota.
  • Kluber needed just 85 pitches to go the distance tonight…since pitch counts began getting tracked officially in 1988, he is the only Indians hurler to record a 9.0-inning shutout on 85 pitches-or-fewer and just the second since 1988 to do so in 90-or-less, joining Charles Nagy on June 12, 1992 vs. New York-AL (9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 90 pitches).
  • Since pitch counts were first tracked in 1988, tonight marked just the 20th individual CG shutout in the Majors on 85 pitches or fewer, first since Boston’s Aaron Cook on June 29, 2012 at Seattle (Cook is the only pitcher since 1988 to complete the feat twice)…of those 20 games, Kluber’s effort tonight marked just the 4th time for a pitcher to also record 8 strikeouts, joining Greg Maddux (July 2, 1997 at New York-AL), Roy Halladay (Oct. 5, 2001-G1 vs. Cleveland) and Rich Harden (July 14, 2005 vs. Texas) – Maddux, Halladay and Harden each finished with 8 K’s.
  • Paired with his 9.0-inning no decision on July 24 at Kansas City (9.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R-0 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO, 107 pitches, 28 batters faced), Kluber has worked 18.0 innings over his last 2 starts, allowing zero earned runs on zero walks and just 5 hits (.089, 5-for-56), while compiling 18 strikeouts…according the Baseball-Reference Play Index, Kluber is the only pitcher in Major League history to face 28 batters or fewer in consecutive starts of at least 9.0 innings (starts uninterrupted by any relief appearances).

Cleveland Indians players to take on fans in ‘Masty’s Mania’ Charity Fantasy Football League

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Participants can face off against Tribe players including Justin Masterson, Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis, among others

Exclusive ‘Masty’s Mania’ 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 Masty’s Mania.

Indians players scheduled to participate in the league include Justin Masterson, Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Bryan Shaw, Marc Rzepczynski and Scott Atchison.

Participants will make a one-time donation of $2,500 or $3,500, 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 Masty’s Mania – 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/masterson.

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).

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?

Michael Brantley having incredibly productive first half

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So, Michael Brantley is having an incredible season — and seems to be getting better. To wit:

Brantley finished Thursday night’s game 2-4 with a run scored and 2 RBI to extend his current hit streak to 7 straight games; over the course of the streak, Brantley is batting .484 (15-31)…Brantley’s 15 hits marks a career high for a 7-game span.

Earlier this week, Brantley logged his second straight five-game streak with multiple hits of 2014; he’s the first Tribe player to accomplish that feat since Omar Vizquel in 1999.

Brantley is currently T-4 in the American League in batting (.327). Other Brantley AL ranks:

  • T-1 in outfield assists (10, Bradley Jr., Cespedes)
  • 8th in RBI (62)
  • 9th in OPS (.911)

Brantley has hit safely in 21 of his last 26 games (.396, 40-101, 15 multi-hit games).

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

8-year-old Stevie Siekaniec steals the show on Tuesday night

Michael Brantley homered and drove in 3 runs and Nick Swisher hit a go-ahead two-run homer.

But Stevie Siekaniec drew a big ovation on Tuesday as well, for this catch:

Stevie, with his dad, Dave, and some friends, made the slick play on a foul ball by Ichiro. When asked what he thought when he saw the ball coming his way, he said, “I was thinking that I was going to catch it.”

The Siekaniecs, from Eastlake, probably had an interesting ride home: Dad said in his 35 years or so of coming to the ballpark – first Cleveland Municipal Stadium, then Jacobs Field and now Progressive Field – he’s never caught one.

Stevie’s had good training, though: He’s a baseball player, and wears No. 41, for Carlos Santana.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

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

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–Photos by David Cleveland/Dan Mendlik

Tribe turns first-of-its kind 7-2-4 triple play — with two replay challenges

The Indians completed a first-of-its-kind triple play early Wednesday morning in their 10-3 win over the Dodgers in LA. The triple play featured two replay challenges, one by each team.

In the fourth, Adrian Gonzalez sent a liner to left field, which Michael Brantley caught on the run. He fired home to get Dee Gordon at the plate, and Yan Gomes threw to Jason Kipnis at second to try to get Yasiel Puig stealing. Puig was called safe, but that call was overturned on Terry Francona’s challenge. The Dodgers then challenged the out call at home, which was upheld by the umpires.

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

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