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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | April 27, 2015

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Victor Takes Advantage of House in Bad Spot; Tigers 4, Indians 1

April 25, 2015 |

Did the Tribe Win Last Night? Nope. After the Indians tallied 13 runs on Friday night, Trevor Bauer ate something that made them just as contagious for him. After trying to give it a go, he had to be scratched prior to game time and T.J. House was a last minute replacement.

House struggled early, allowing a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning and another in the third. The soft-tossing, left-hander only survived three innings despite having not pitched since last Sunday. The Tribe’s bullpen only allowed one run over the final five innings, but Alfredo Simon shut the Indians’ offense down. After banging out 15 hits on Friday evening, Simon allowed just six over 6.2 innings and the Tigers snapped their four game losing streak, beating the Tribe 4-1.

WP: Simon (4-0)       LP: House (0-3)         SV: Soria (6)

Key Inning: Bottom of the first inning. With short notice and preparation, House took the mound against a Tigers lineup that knocked him around the park 13 days ago. He allowed two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but it could have been much worse. Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: Catching Up With Omar Vizquel

April 25, 2015 | 3

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today we catch up with former shortstop Omar Vizquel.

There certainly is a special connection between Omar Vizquel and the Cleveland Indians fans.

Not since Rocky Colavito in the 1950’s and 60’s have Tribe fans gravitated toward one player in the way that they did to Vizquel during his tenure in Cleveland that ran from 1994-2004.  The slick-fielding, always smiling shortstop had an amazing, special connection with the Cleveland faithful.  The connection is still strong even nearly a decade after Vizquel was traded away from the franchise that he gave so much to for over a decade.

“I feel really strange,” Vizquel said of his warm, heartfelt receptions he still gets in Northeastern Ohio.  “I stopped playing in Cleveland in 2004.  To this day, fans still treat me very, very special.  It’s almost like just yesterday that I left the team.  It’s great, I have a Twitter account on my phone and almost all of the people that follow me are from Cleveland. It’s crazy. Everything they want to talk about is from the 90s.” Read More

Offense V. Defense – Which is Posing a Bigger Problem?

April 25, 2015 |

The Indians have started the season as a big question mark.

The team, which was projected by Sports Illustrated to win the whole thing come this fall, has gotten off to a less-than-stellar start this season. It’s early, so there’s nothing to say that the team should be written off yet. They’ve gotten off to slow starts the past few seasons, and have turned it around as the weather gets warmer. They were 11-13 in April in 2013 and finished that season 92-70, and last year’s squad, which has a number of similar faces to this year’s roster, went 10-17 in April before ending the season at 85-77. Just because their record after Wednesday’s game in Chicago is 5-9 doesn’t mean they’re completely out of contention. Read More

Moss Gathers Career Night as Tribe’s Offense Rolls; Indians 13, Tigers 1

April 24, 2015 |

Did the Tribe Win Last Night? Yes! After days of doubt and ridicule, the Indians offense arrived to the 2015 season when many would have least expected it, giving the Tribe a 13-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. Brandon Moss had a career-high, seven runs driven in to help the Tribe offense ignite.

Shane Greene had allowed just one earned run over 23 innings in his first three starts for the Tigers this season, but the Indians put eight runs on the young right-hander as he was unable to record an out in the top of the fifth inning. Greene allowed nine hits and two walks in his four frames. Cleveland banged out a season-high 15 hits in the game.

It was all the offense Danny Salazar would need to record his second win of the season. Salazar wasn’t dominant early, often going deep in counts, possibly relying on his fastball too much and scattering hits, but he was able to get the key strikeout when he needed it to keep the Tigers tame. As the game progressed, he used his change-up more and was able to maintain his fastball consistently at 96-97 m.p.h. to control the Detroit offense. It may be the beginning of Salazar settling into the Tribe’s rotation, once and for all.

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Tribe Time Now: Minor League Report #1: Down on the Farm

April 24, 2015 |

In this first edition of the Tribe Time Now: Minor League Report, Danny Madden (@danny_Madden) and Laurel Wilder (@LaurelWilder) of Did The Tribe Win Last Night? join host Kevin Gall (@kgall216) of Burning River Baseball to discuss the state of … Read More

Series Preview #6: Cleveland Indians (5-9) at Detroit Tigers (11-5)

April 24, 2015 |

The weather returned to chilly in northeast Ohio and the Cleveland bats remained the same as the Indians continue to look lost at the plate. But, if there is a time to catch the Detroit Tigers reeling, now is as good of a time as any for the Cleveland Indians. The Indians head into Comerica Park this weekend for a three-game series to conclude their ten-game road trip, while the Tigers are just 3-4 on their current ten-game homestand.

The going has been tough for the Indians, but the tough have yet to get going as they continued to struggle through a long hitting drought and issues from the bullpen. They lost their fifth straight series opener on Monday night, dropping a heartbreaking 4-3 final after Cody Allen blew a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth, spoiling another stellar outing from Trevor Bauer. After falling in an early 1-0 hole, the Indians fought back with six runs, including a pair of solo homers, on the way to a 6-2 win on Tuesday. The Indians were blanked on Wednesday, 6-0, as Corey Kluber was outlasted by Jeff Samardzija.

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Will Cavs Steal Spotlight From or Take Bullet For Indians?

April 24, 2015 |

Now that the Cavaliers are back in the playoffs for the first time in five years, the majority of Cleveland’s sports focus will be on LeBron James & Company over the next few weeks (and/or months).

Of course, the Indians are used to being ignored. But the Cavs taking over center stage may not be a bad thing for the Tribe right now. Considering how anemic the Indians have looked thus far, it might actually be beneficial to have Cleveland turn its attention elsewhere while the Indians try to get their act together.

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Pro Ball No Intimidation for Justus Sheffield

April 23, 2015 |

A year ago, Justus Sheffield was a senior in high school, getting ready to turn the page toward his life beyond high school. Baseball was in his family (although him being the nephew of Gary Sheffield is a myth, his dad still played baseball in college and his mom played softball). He had played football and basketball in high school but decided baseball was going to be the sport for him to pursue in college. He was going to follow his brother, Jordan, and play baseball at Vanderbilt University for Tim Corbin, a two-time SEC Coach of the Year. He had just been the first baseball player from Tennessee to be named the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Things were looking pretty good for Sheffield.

Then, on Thursday, June 5, he got drafted.

“[The draft process] was easy,” Sheffield said. “I had watched my brother go through it a year before so I wasn’t too nervous. But, on draft day, you still get those butterflies.

“In the college selection process, you basically get to pick where you want to play. In drafting, you have no idea where you’re going to end up; it’s just whatever team wants you the most.” Read More

Indians Need Back of Pen to Step Back to Forefront

April 23, 2015 |

Last year if a game got into the latter stage with scored tied or the Indians ahead, Tribe fans felt pretty good about the situation.  With Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen slamming the door in the final innings, opposing teams simply were rarely scoring late, back-breaking runs.

The duo has not been as dynamic in the early stages of this season. Allen already has blown a save and lost two games. He has had a pair of outings in which he gave up four runs. He had not given up that many tallies in an appearance before this year. He surrendered a quartet of scores on April 11 against the Tigers, a game that was 5-5 when he entered in the ninth. Most recently, this past Monday, he turned a 3-0 Indians lead against the White Sox into a 4-3 loss. After striking out the first batter in the ninth of the save situation before allowing the next seven batters to reach base. His ERA over his first six outings, covering five innings, is a dismal 14.40, with three saves in four chances.

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Tribe Time Now #11: R-E-L-A-X. RELAX.

April 22, 2015 |

Did The Tribe Win Last Night is honored to join the More Than a Fan Network in their Tribe Time Now podcasts this season. DTTWLN.com will be represented along with Indians Baseball Insider, Burning River Baseball and It’s Pronounced Lajaway … Read More