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So, you couldn’t make it to the ballpark this weekend, huh? You missed a heck of a four-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners.
There’s still time to see the Tribe before they take off for six games; the Indians play host to Detroit Tuesday and Wednesday before visiting Boston for four and Cincinnati for a pair. Get your tickets here, and remember: Buying early and using our new FanPass paperless ticketing technology not only saves time, but also money!
Here’s a look back at the Seattle series in facts, figures, faces – and fun!
Jason Kipnis’ walk-off homer was the first of his career and the second walk-off hit of his career, the other a 2-out, RBI-single on July 25, 2011 vs. the Angels. Friday’s homer off Seattle lefty Lucas Luetge marked the first walk-off home run for Cleveland in a lefty-lefty matchup since Travis Hafner on July 7, 2011 vs. Toronto.
Ubaldo Jimenez took a no-decision in the victory, leaving with a 3-1 lead in the sixth. His nine strikeouts were his most in a start since recording 10 last Aug. 9, 2012 vs. Boston (5-3 win). The right-hander now has tallied at least eight strikeouts in three consecutive starts to match a career-high. Jimenez has taken a win (three) or no-decision (two) in his last five outings.
Vinnie Pestano notched his first win of the season with a scoreless 10th inning; he was activated from the disabled list prior to the game (right elbow tendinitis). With the win, Cleveland’s bullpen improved to 6-0, only ‘pen in the Majors without a loss this season.
Mark Reynolds’ RBI fielder’s choice – his third career walk-off RBI — gave the Indians their fourth walk-off win of 2013, the others coming in a 1-0 victory on April 12 vs. the White Sox (Nick Swisher RBI-single in the bottom of the 9th; Justin Masterson CG SHO), a 10-inning, 7-6 victory on May 3 vs. Minnesota (Drew Stubbs RBI-double in the bottom of the 10th) and a 10-inning, 6-3 victory on May 17 vs. Seattle (Kipnis 3-run homer in the bottom of the 10th). The back-to-back walk-off wins were the first time the Tribe achieved that feat since April 29 and April 30, 2011.
With the 5-4 win, the Indians improved to 11-3 in one-run games in 2013.
Zach McAllister continued to pitch well, giving up two runs in 7 1/3 innings; he did not factor into the decision, though, after Seattle tied the game in the ninth. Reynolds had three RBI in all, the fourth time this season he’s accomplished that feat. Michael Bourn became the second Indians player this season to have two stolen bases in the same game.
The victory ensured another series win for the Tribe, as they are now 8-3-4 in 15 series played thus far this season and 6-0-4 in their last 10. The Indians also are now 5-2-1 in home series and 5-1-1 in weekend series.
The Indians have been at or above the .500 mark for 17 straight days.
With the win over Felix Hernandez, Cleveland improved to 7-1 against former Cy Young winners this season; club has now defeated R.A. Dickey, David Price, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Bartolo Colon, Justin Verlander and Hernandez. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the 2013 Indians are the first team in MLB history to defeat 7 past Cy Young winners before June 1.
Masterson won his third consecutive start for the third time this season, holding the Mariners scoreless through 7 innings and striking out a season-high 11 batters; he fell just one strikeout short of his career high (12; September 30, 2009 vs. CWS). He also became the first Indians pitcher to win 7 starts through the club’s first 42 games of the season since Charles Nagy in 1996 (Indians record 29-13), and extended his career-high stretch of scoreless innings to 19. For his efforts — Masterson also pitched a complete game shutout last Monday vs. the Yankees — he was named the American League Player of the Week.
The Indians now have won five straight, eight of 10, 12 of 15, 18 of 22 and 21 of their last 28 games, as Cleveland owns the highest winning percentage in the Majors since April 20 (.750, 21-7).
The victory marked the Tribe’s fifth walk-off win of 2013; Cleveland had 6 walk-off wins in 2012. The Indians also improved to 15-8 at Progressive Field this season, outscoring opponents 85-45 over their last 15 home games.
Yan Gomes recorded his first career multi-home run game, and put an exclamation point on the Indians four-game sweep with his first career walk-off RBI. Eight of Gomes’ 16 hits on the season have been for extra bases, including four home runs, two doubles and two triples; 16 of his first 36 career hits have also been for extra bases including six doubles, two triples and eight home runs.
Ryan Raburn and Gomes belted back-to-back home runs off Hisashi Iwakuma in the bottom of the second, the fifth time the club has gone back-to-back thus far in the season.
–Text by Indians Communications staff; photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery
CLEVELAND INDIANS (15-10-2) at SEATTLE MARINERS (18-8)
LHP Scott Kazmir (0-0 0.00) vs. RHP Blake Beavan (1-0, 3.86)
TV: MLB Network Radio: WTAM/IRN
BROADCAST INFORMATION: This afternoons Indians/Mariners game can be seen live on MLB Network at 4:05pm ET…the broadcast will be available across the Indians Radio Network and on WTAM in the Cleveland market at 4:00PM ET…Indians.com will also carry the live webcast for paid MLB.TV subscribers.
CAMP BREAKDOWN: The Cleveland Indians currently have 40 players in major league camp, which includes 10 non-roster invitees; this consists of 19 pitchers (4 non-roster, 2 DL), 5 catchers (2 non-roster), 10 infielders (3 non-roster) and 6 outfielders (1 non-roster)…the Indians had a total of 64 players in major league camp for the start of Cactus League play; which included 24 non-roster invitees in addition to players on the 40-man roster.
FRIDAY’S RECAP: The Indians fell 7-5 to the Arizona Diamondbacks last night at Goodyear Ballpark, committing a pair of costly errors that led to 4 unearned runs…JUSTIN MASTERSON shouldered the loss despite fanning 7 batters and surrendering just a single earned run over 5.0 frames…JOE SMITH and RICH HILL also chipped in 1.0 scoreless inning each out of the ‘pen…MARK REYNOLDS had the offensive highlight of the night, drilling a mammoth 2-run homer in the 6th inning that cleared the left-field scoreboard – his 3rd in Cactus League play…MICHAEL BRANTLEY also continued his productive spring at the plate, collecting a 2-run single in the 3rd inning to complement the 3-run homer he hit on Thursday; Brantley is now batting .419 (13-31) with 9 RBI.
SWEEPLESS IN SEATTLE: The Indians will look to earn their first victory against the Mariners in Cactus League play since moving to Goodyear in 2009…the Tribe take their 0-6-2 record against the M’s to Peoria today, looking to avenge a 5-1 defeat on February 27 in Goodyear…the Wahoos are 205-162 all-time against the Mariners including a 4-4 mark last season in 3 series, which included a 2-game set and two 3-game sets…this season, Cleveland and Seattle will meet 7 times with 4 coming at Progressive Field (May17-20) and 3 at Safeco Field (July 22-24).
1 Ezequiel Carrera LF
4 Mike Aviles 3B
46 Cord Phelps 1B
25 Jason Giambi DH
83 Matt Carson RF
6 Lou Marson CA
84 Francisco Lindor SS
86 Jose Ramirez 2B
88 Tyler Naquin CF
26 Scott Kazmir LHP
55 Michael Saunders RF
3 Robert Andino SS
28 Raul Ibanez LF
17 Justin Smoak 1B
15 Kyle Seager 2B
63 Jesus Monter0 CA
33 Casper Wells CF
7 Kelly Shoppach DH
77 Brad Miller 3B
49 Blake Beaven RHP
Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was born in 1987 in Seattle, WA, where his father, Mickey Brantley, played outfield for the Mariners. This weekend, Michael spent time reflecting on his relationship with his father.
TV: When did you get your first glove and first bat?
MB: I don’t even remember. I know as soon as I came out, I had a ball and a glove just running around the house. My parents told me just how much I was wanting to throw the ball and play catch with my father.
TV: What was your best memory as a kid at the ballpark?
MB: Probably spilling the candy when my dad went in the shower. I always had to sit in the chair, and he would give me candy. I would stuff it in my pocket and take it out to my mom while he was in the shower.
TV: Who was your favorite player growing up? Favorite team?
MB: My favorite player was Ken Griffey Jr., and I liked the Seattle Mariners.
TV: How has a little boy’s experience with their dad at the ballpark changed over the past several years?
MB: We didn’t have all that technology, that’s for sure. Just coming to the clubhouse, everything was kind of the same, when it came to the candy and just hanging out with the players.
TV: Did you always want to be a professional baseball player?
MB: I always wanted to be a basketball player growing up. Basketball was my first love, baseball was my second. [I played] point guard; I was the shortest guy on the court. I can shoot very well. I didn’t like driving because everyone was taller than me and attacked me.
TV: Did your dad ever coach you as a kid?
MB: He never officially coached one of my teams, but he gave me advice. He was more kind of quiet during the games, but once we got in the car, we talked about everything that went on in the game, whether it was good or bad. We talked every night on the way home on the car trip, and I learned so much.
TV: What position did you play in little league?
MB: I played shortstop — left-handed shortstop, and I pitched in little league. I was extremely competitive, not just to win, but I just wanted to do good. I didn’t care if we lost; as long as I did good, I was okay.
TV: What kind of advice would you give to little league coaches?
MB: Make sure [the kids] have fun. It’s not a business. It doesn’t really matter who wins as a kid. You see so much in little league now that it’s all about winning and losing. They’re kids — they’re 10 years old — let them have fun and enjoy baseball because it’s a fun sport.
TV: What has been your proudest moment playing in front of your dad?
MB: He actually came off the road when he was coaching with the New York Mets and got to see me throw. I was 12 years old. I shaved my head because he had a low haircut, and I threw a complete game and had like three or four hits. Having him there — he kind of surprised me — was awesome.
TV: Your dad has spent time as a major league hitting coach. Did he give you any advice during your 22-game hitting streak?
MB: We talk about every game, almost every at-bat each and every day. Every night or every morning, we just call to see how each other are doing, and we talk a little bit about baseball. That’s just something we’ve always shared, and I hope we continue to share it until I’m done.
TV: Is there any way you imitate your dad in the game today?
MB: Not really. He’s right-handed, I’m left-handed; he had high hands, I kind of have low hands. Everything’s a little different. He wore tight clothes, I wear baggy clothes. The game has changed. It’s just how hard he played. I always try to play as hard as he played. He always talks about giving it 110%, and I try to give it the same.
TV: What do you and your dad like to do together away from baseball?
MB: Me and my dad love to go fishing and golfing together. In the offseason, we get up at two or three in the morning and go out fishing. It’s just the best father-son time I could ever have. We also go on a camping trip for just two weeks, just me and him, and kind of get away from the world a little bit and have a good time father-son building.
TV: What is the best advice your dad has ever given you?
MB: To enjoy each and every day. Have fun playing baseball. Enjoy it like it was when you played as a kid. Always have fun.
-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor
CLEVELAND INDIANS (5-4) at SEATTLE MARINERS (6-6)
RHP Derek Lowe (2-0, 1.98) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (1-1, 3.44)
First Pitch: 10:10 p.m. (ET) at Safeco Field
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Radio: WMMS, Indians Radio Network
* The Indians have won a season-high 4 straight games to improve to 4-0 on the road this year, matching Texas for the longest winning streak on the road this season (Rangers are also 4-0 entering their game tonight at Fenway Park against the Red Sox)…Cleveland also won 4 straight road games to begin the 2011 campaign…on the current 4-game streak, the club is batting .333 (53-159) with 21 extra-base hits (11-2B, 2-3B, 8-HR) and a .989 OPS (.410/.579)…the Indians enter tonight’s game looking to start a season 5-0 on the road for the first time since 1998 when the club won its first 6 games away from Cleveland.
* With last night’s 7-run rally in the 5th, the Cleveland offense has now posted at least one inning of 5+ runs in 4 consecutive games, the first such streak of its kind for the Indians since a 4-game streak from May 27-30, 1921.
* The Indians have now plated 8-or-more runs in each of their first 4 road games to start the year, the longest such season-opening streak in franchise history and longest in the majors since the New York Yankees pulled the trick in 4 straight to start the 2003 campaign…according to Matt Benson of STATS LLC, the last team to score 8-or-more runs in each of its first 5 road games to start the year was the 1896 Pittsburgh Pirates (6 straight)…that’s not a typo-o, we have a chance to do something tonight that hasn’t been done since Henry Ford invented the Quadricycle (see: “The Horseless Carriage”).
* Cleveland has homered in 9 straight games to begin the 2012 season, the longest such streak in the majors since the Texas Rangers homered in each of their first 10 games in 2009…the Indians’ current 9-game streak is tied for the 2nd-longest streak in Cleveland franchise history dating back to at least 1918, trailing only a 14-gamer to open the 2002 season…no easy feat to keep a streak like that going here at spacious Safeco Field.
Last night’s come-from-behind win over Seattle was certainly exciting, but the Indians Baseball Information Department did some more digging today and figured out that it was also a pretty noteworthy victory. The Indians trailed 8-1 through 4 innings before rallying to win 9-8, as the boys posted 7 runs in the 5th and finally pushed across the go-ahead in the 7th. It was our largest comeback victory since an 11-10 win on May 25, 2009 vs. Tampa Bay when the Indians entered the bottom of the 4th facing a 10-0 deficit at Progressive Field. According to additional research courtesy of Aaron Charlton of STATS LLC, last night’s victory also marked just the sixth comeback win of 7-or-more runs ON THE ROAD for Cleveland since 1918, first since Aug. 23, 2006 at Kansas City:
COMEBACK WINS OF 7+ RUNS FOR CLEVELAND ON THE ROAD SINCE 1918
We bring you those 6 games:
July 24, 1935 at Washington…won 13-8 after facing a 7-run deficit (7-0) in the top of the 6th
June 2, 1954 at New York-AL…won 8-7 in 10 innings after facing a 7-run deficit (7-0) in the top of the 3rd
April 18, 1955 at Kansas City-AL…won 11-9 after facing an 8-run deficit (8-0) in the top of the 5th
Oct. 1, 1960 at Chicago-AL…won 9-8 after facing a 7-run deficit (8-1) in the top of the 6th
Aug. 23, 2006 at Kansas City…won 15-13 in 10 innings after facing a 9-run deficit (10-1) in the top of the 3rd
April 17, 2012 at Seattle…won 9-8 after facing a 7-run deficit (8-1) in the top of the 5th
CLEVELAND INDIANS (4-4) at SEATTLE MARINERS (6-5)
RHP Justin Masterson (0-1, 2.77) vs. RHP Kevin Millwood (0-0, 1.50)
First Pitch: 10:10 p.m. (ET) at Safeco Field
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Radio: WMMS, Indians Radio Network
Series Preview: The Indians are 201-158 (.560) all-time against the Seattle Mariners (1977-2012), good for the 3rd-highest winning percentage all-time among teams with at least 20 games played vs. Seattle behind Boston (.576, 215-158) and Oakland (.570, 294-222)…the Indians held a slight 5-4 edge in the 2011 series, but have lost 3 straight and 4 of the last 5 against the Mariners…the two clubs did not meet in Cactus League play this spring due to Seattle’s trip to Japan.
* Cleveland carries a .604 all-time winning percentage at Safeco Field entering this week’s series, going 32-21 since this venue originally opened in July of 1999…that .604 mark is the highest winning percentage by any visiting team with at least 10 games played here at Safeco…the Indians 32 wins are 6th-most all-time at Safeco, but trail only New York-AL (36-25) among non-AL West teams.
* The Indians have 15 total home runs thru 8 games this season, T2nd-most in the A.L. and the majors with St. Louis (10 games) and Texas (10 games), trailing only Baltimore, who has hit 18 home runs thru 10 games.
* The Indians’ 15 home runs are T2nd-most in club history through Cleveland’s first 8 games in a given season, most since swatting 15 thru the first 8 games of 1995…entering tonight, the club record for most home runs thru the first 9 games of a season is 18, accomplished in both 1959 and 1997.
Good evening everyone, the Indians announced several roster moves today that we wanted to make sure were on your radar. We recalled LHP NICK HAGADONE from Triple-A Columbus to take the place of INF ASDRUBAL CABRERA, who was placed on MLB’s Bereavement List following the passing of an immediate family member. Nick, a Seattle resident and product of the University of Washington (worth noting ahead of tonight’s game against the Mariners), has made 4 scoreless relief appearances for the Clippers, holding opponents 2-for-16 (.125) over 5.1 innings of work so far this season. Cleveland also announced that free agent OF JOHNNY DAMON has been signed to a minor league contract. Johnny is currently at the club’s spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona preparing to begin baseball activities.
A few noteworthy items from Johnny’s career:
* Owns a 17-year career Major League batting average of .286 (2723-9529) with 1643 runs scored, 516 doubles, 107 triples, 231 home runs and 1120 RBI in 2,426 games with six teams since debuting with the Kansas City Royals in 1995. He has also stolen 404 bases in 507 attempts (80%) and owns a career on-base pct. of .353.
* Currently ranks 3rd among active players in runs scored, 4th in base hits and 5th in doubles.
* Is a two-time All-Star (2002 & 2005) and has finished in the top 20 in the AL MVP voting 4 times (2000, 2004-2006).
* Has reached the MLB playoffs in 8 different seasons and is currently tied for the 7th-most postseason plate appearances (279) among all active players.