Results tagged ‘ Michael Brantley ’

Saturday recap: Photos, plus notes on Carrasco, Santana, Brantley

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The Indians moved to 3-1 through the first 4 games of this 5-game homestand against Arizona (1-1) and Baltimore (2-0, + 1 game), improving to 62-60 and two games over the .500 mark for the first time since August 4 (57-55)…marks Cleveland’s 9th shutout of the season and first shutout since a 3-0 win at New York-AL on August 9…the Indians are now 9-5 to begin the month of August and have won 5 of their last 6 since dropping 4-straight from 8/5-8/8…the win gives the Indians a 17-12 record vs. teams from the AL-East this season, making this the 7th time in the last 11 seasons that the Indians have gone .500-or-better vs. the AL-East since 2004…the Indians have 4 remaining games vs. the AL-East this season (1 vs. BAL and 3 vs. TB).

More notes:

CARLOS CARRASCO

  • Carrasco worked 7.0 scoreless innings and picked up his fifth win of the season and second win as a starter this year (W, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R-ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR, 79 pitches/57 strikes)…after going 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA (17 ER/22.0 IP) through his first 4 starts of the season, Carrasco has gone 2-0 through 2 starts (12.0 scoreless innings) since transitioning back into the starter role…the last time Carrasco worked 5.0 scoreless innings in
    back-to-back outings was on June 7-June 13, 2011 (15.1 IP)…the last time Carrasco worked at least 7.0 innings was when he did not earn a decision, despite going 7.1 innings in a 2-1 loss vs. Kansas City on June 17, 2013…the last time he worked at least 7.0 scoreless innings was when he earned a 1-0 win at New York-AL on June 13, 2011.
  • Carrasco improves to 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA (6 ER/29.1 IP) in 10 appearances/3 starts vs. American League East opponents this season…Over the Tribe’s last 6 games dating back to August 9, Cleveland’s starting rotation has posted a 0.69 ERA (3 ER/39.0 IP).

CARLOS SANTANA

  • Delivered his 21st home run of the season, a 3-run shot to center field that put the Indians on the board 3-0 in the first inning…the home run marked Santana’s 92nd career homer, tying him with Sandy Alomar for 28th-most home runs in Indians history…with Santana’s first-inning home run, the Indians last 6 runs have come courtesy of the home run ball…Santana’s 92 career home runs rank 20th in the American League since 2010…Santana finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and 3 RBI.

MICHAEL BRANTLEY

  • Registered his 18th home run of the season, coming as a 2-run homer to right field in the fifth inning and giving the Indians a 6-0 lead…Brantley’s 2 RBI give him 80 RBI on the season as he becomes the only player in the American League with a batting average over .300, 18-or-more home runs, 10-or-more stolen bases and at least 80 RBI this season.

FanGraphs: Going Inside Michael Brantley’s dramatic, MVP-like improvement

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FanGraphs’ Jeff Sullivan recently took a deep dive into Michael Brantley’s leap to an MVP candidate; here’s the link for the whole story.

A snippet:

  • Between last year and this year, Michael Brantley has taken a mammoth step forward. But he’d already been making progress for a number of seasons, and now he’s reaping the benefits of discipline and controlled aggression. Brantley is still able to drop a single or a double into left or left-center. He’s also more able than ever to turn on a fastball and yank it into the right-field seats. There’s nothing dramatic here. There’s no swing overhaul. There’s no adjusted stance. Brantley always had the skills. Now he’s just figured out how to put them all together in the right way. The result’s been a guy who’s out-hitting Miguel Cabrera.

Brantley’s hit two walk-off homers this season, on May 19 vs. the Tigers (starting a sweep of the Tribe’s rival) and on Aug. 2 to beat Texas.

Guy’s been good.

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

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: Michael Brantley walk-off, anyone?

The Indians recorded their 7th walk-off win of the season, as Michael Brantley connected for his second career walk-off home run, a solo shot off Texas RHP Phil Klein in the bottom of the 12th…marks the Indians’ 5th walk-off wins in extra innings this season, T2nd-most in the Majors behind Baltimore (6)…five of the seven Cleveland walk-off victories have come by way of the long ball…today’s game-winner marks the 75th walk-off home run in the history of Progressive Field – most by any team over that span.

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According to ESPN Stats & Info, Brantley becomes the first Indians batter with 2 extra-inning walk-off homers in a season since Jim Thome collected 3 such game-winners during the 2001 season…marks Brantley’s second career walk-off home run, both coming this season in extra innings (see above)…also owns a walk-off base on balls on May 10, 2011 vs. Tampa Bay.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

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 ‘Tackle the Tribe’ Charity Fantasy Football League

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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).

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

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