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What looked to be a promising start ended in a disappointing finish in Kansas City on Saturday night, as Cleveland squandered a five-run second inning by allowing seven unanswered runs in the middle frames as the Royals came away with a 7-5 come-from-behind victory over the Indians.
The Royals erupted off of Indians starter Zach McAllister, chipping away at the Cleveland lead over the third and fourth innings before taking the lead for good in the fifth.
The 2014 season will mark 20 years of baseball at Progressive (ie Jacobs) Field. It’s been a relatively short history (although with the stadium building boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Progressive Field is the 13th oldest facility in the majors). Did the Tribe Win Last Night has compiled a list of the 20 most memorable moments in the field’s history. We’ll count them down for 20 consecutive Saturdays.
3. The Clincher – Sept. 8, 1995
In 1994, the Indians were leading for the wild card and were within striking distance of the American League Central Division when a strike wiped out the season.
Friday night’s game between the Columbus Clippers and Norfolk Tide was circled on a lot of calendars. Justin Masterson was making his second rehab start and Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor made his Huntington Park debut after being promoted from Akron to Columbus on Monday. The Clippers took an early 1-0 lead but the Tide scored two in the fourth and three more in the seventh to defeat the Clippers 5-2.
After 1-2-3 first, Masterson returned to the mound in the second and quickly had Christian Walker in a 0-2 hole. But his next four pitches were balls and Walker found himself on first base. Walker would be left stranded at first as Masterson battled back to retire the next three Tide hitters. This was the start of a pattern that would later get the best of Masterson.
The Clippers struck first in the bottom half of the second. After back-to-back one-out singles by Carlos Moncreif and Matt Carson, Ryan Rohlinger roped a two-out single to left to score Moncreif and put the home team up 1-0.
Similar formula, same result.
After letting the first game of the four game series get away from them on Thursday night, due to poor defense and untimely hitting, the Indians again had another winnable game slide through their fingers. This …
The 1987 Cleveland Indians might be the biggest disappointment in Cleveland sports history. The Tribe was supposed to be a contender. They had finished the 1986 season at 84-78, which was the downtrodden franchise’s best record since 1968. The Indians drew 1.47 million people went to Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium that summer, the largest number that the Indians had drawn since the pennant race of 1959. Hopes were high, excitement was in the air and the Indians had something in Cleveland that they hadn’t had in decades…optimism.
It wasn’t just the city of Cleveland that had high hopes for the Tribe either. The popular national sports magazine, Sports Illustrated put Indian stars Joe Carter and Cory Snyder on the front cover of their baseball preview issue with the title, Indian Uprising. The subtitle of the article read “Believe it! Cleveland is the best team in the American League.” The famous magazine had picked the Cinderella Indians to finish first in the American League Eastern Division and to win the American League pennant.
“It’s like getting your first baseball card,” Carter said when asked what it was like to be asked to be on the cover of the magazine, “We didn’t know (if we felt we were the league favorite) and we didn’t care. I was happy because I was going to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated.”
The predictions were a national feel-good story. The Indians had been so bad for so long and they finally had a nucleus of good players. A large percentage of the country was rooting for the Indians to finally break the curse that had been placed on the city since the trade of Rocky Colavito.
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer has always had a lot of talent in his right arm. If not, he would not have been tabbed as the third overall selection in 2011 amateur draft by Arizona Diamondbacks.
Talent, alone, will only take you so far. In Bauer’s case, it took him all the way through Triple-A and into Major League Baseball in little more than a year from the date he was drafted. That is quite the accomplishment for any professional baseball player. However, it was when he arrived in a Diamondbacks uniform that it was learned he still had a lot of growing to do.
During the 2012 season it was said that Bauer, then all of 21-years-old, had a tendency to act like the kid he was. Teammates were not fond of the fact that he marched by the beat of his own drum, which included constantly shaking off his catchers pitch suggestions and a workout routine that was looked upon as unorthodox. The Diamondbacks felt they had a headstrong kid on their hands, who may never mature.
The low scoring affair in Minnesota followed the Tribe to Kansas City as they managed to score only one run in tonight’s contest. Defensive miscues and two misplaced pitches led to the Royals taking the first game in this four game series in walk-off fashion.
Everyone in Cleveland was keeping their mouth shut as Corey Kluber was throwing a gem against the Royals through six innings. He had a perfect game going into the seventh, which was eventually broken up by a single from Omar Infante. Danny Duffy was opposing Kluber tonight for Kansas City.
The Cleveland Indians will look to make up ground in the American League Central Division while trying to hold off the hard charging Kansas City Royals. The two teams will play a four-game set starting Thursday night from Kauffman Stadium.
Cleveland (51-50) could not ride a strong series against Detroit into the Twin Cities, as they dropped two of three to Minnesota at Target Field. After the Indians tied the game in the top of the eighth on Monday night, Bryan Shaw allowed the deciding response blast to Josh Willingham in the bottom of the frame to give the Twins a 4-3 win. The Indians offense erupted on Tuesday for eight runs, including four insurance runs in the ninth, in an 8-2 win. Their bats went silent on Wednesday, as they mustered five hits against a team of Twins relievers in a 3-1 loss.
Not giving in to their surroundings, two players on the Lake County Captains’ roster remain untouched by the uncharacteristically cool temperatures of Cleveland throughout the past two weeks of July.
In 1973, the New York Mets trailed the Chicago Cubs by nine and a half games in the National League East and rallied to win the division title on the next-to-last day of the season, Yogi Berra famously uttered the phrase, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”
He may as well have been talking about the 2014 Cleveland Indians.