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June 4, 1948
It took 15 innings to declare the Cleveland Indians the victor at Griffith Stadium against the Washington Senators in a game that started on Friday night and ended in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Three hours and 46 minutes after the game began, the Indians and Nats walked off of the field with a series split. The game was highlighted by an impressive display of durability by starting pitcher Bob Feller of the Indians and Mickey Haefner of the Nats.
Fans in attendance were treated to 23 half-innings of scoreless ball from the night’s starting duo.
The Cleveland Indians have not made any major waves in the free agent pool or on the trade market, but have made some minor additions to the depth of the roster heading into next season. They also claimed another offseason loss this past week, as Francisco Lindor came up short in the Rookie of the Year vote shared last Monday evening.
The moves and more wrap up last week in Indians baseball at Did The Tribe Win Last Night.
Generally, a good bullpen has strength in its left-handed options.
Last season, the Cleveland Indians dealt their most experienced southpaw, Marc Rzepczynski, to the San Diego Padres in a move at the deadline that helped the club in the outfield over the final two months of the season. The void in the ‘pen was noticeable, however, especially when the other primary lefty reliever, Nick Hagadone, succumbed to multiple injuries.
The Indians ended the season with two matchup guys on their relief staff who had spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Columbus. One of those guys was Giovanni Soto, a name Tribe fans may need to know.
June 3, 1948
Mother Nature won the day’s matchup between the Cleveland Indians and Washington Senators from Griffith Stadium in the nation’s capital on Thursday night.
Just prior to the 8:30 p.m. first pitch, a heavy rain fell and postponed the game between the two ball clubs. The Indians had taken batting and field practice, but at 8:15 p.m. the rain that had been expected fell and drenched those in attendance. A half-hour later, the game officially was postponed.
The rains did not, however, wash away the rumors swirling around the Cleveland organization.
June 3, 1948
Catcher Ray Murray, who had been travelling with the team because of the injury to reserve backstop Joe Tipton, has been added to the active roster to fill one of the spots on the team created by the trade.
Maybe the Astros knew in April that they were a team destined for the postseason for the first time since 2005. The Cleveland Indians did not treat them that way when the club went into Houston to open the 2015 season and nearly notched a no-hitter in the third game of the season.
On April 9th, the Indians sent Trevor Bauer to the mound for his first start of the season against Astros rookie Asher Wojciechowski, who was making his Major League debut. What might have been the least intriguing matchups of the series nearly turned out historic.
June 2, 1948
The impressive scoreless streak of Cleveland starter Bob Lemon ended at 28 innings and the Washington Senators started the Indians’ 14-game road trip through the East Coast on the wrong foot, handing them a 2-1 loss on Wednesday.
Lemon (7-3) was dealt a tough defeat on the night by the Nats, who had just five singles off of the Indians pitcher. He pitched another complete game, his eighth of the season.
Jesus Aguilar seems to be a perfect fit for the Cleveland Indians, as far as the team’s biggest needs go.
Aguilar is a first baseman, who has played third base in the past. Along with outfield, those two spots just happen to be positions the Tribe is currently in the market to fill.
Cleveland could also use a right-handed hitter with some pop in his bat. Aguilar would seem to fit that need as well, at least as far as his time in Triple-A Columbus would indicate over the last two seasons.
He was the scion of a baseball family. But being stuck behind another Rookie of the Year made him expendable.
So Sandy Alomar Jr. left San Diego for Cleveland. The trade jump-started the Indians’ dynasty of the 1990s, and Alomar bore early fruit, becoming the Indians’ first Rookie of the Year since Joe Charboneau a decade earlier. But unlike Super Joe, who flamed out quickly after his rookie of the year season, Alomar was a productive member of the Tribe for a decade – and remains part of the fabric of the team, 25 years later.
June 1, 1948
Over the course of any given season, a team will suffer through periods with some of its regular players on the bench in agony while recovering from injuries.
That time is now for the Tribe.
Three regulars in the Cleveland lineup have been notably absent during the course of the last few games.