Today in Tribe History: September 15, 2002
Bob Toth | On 15, Sep 2015
2002 – Starting pitcher Cliff Lee makes his Major League debut, allowing just one run on two hits in five and one-third innings, but he earns the tough-luck loss as the Indians are shut out by the Minnesota Twins, 5-0.
Lee put the first two batters he faced on base with a walk and a single, but a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play helped him escape the inning. He then retired eight straight and 13 of 14. In the sixth, a one-out single, aided by Lee’s balk and a stolen base, would come around to score on a sacrifice fly from Matt LeCroy against reliever David Riske. The Cleveland bullpen arm allowed another two runs in the seventh on a Denny Hocking single and Jerrod Riggan gave up two on a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch.
The Indians managed just three hits combined off of starter Kyle Lohse, reliever Johan Santana, and closer Eddie Guardado. Coco Crisp and Jim Thome each had singles off of Lohse, while Ellis Burks doubled off of Guardado. Brandon Phillips reached on a walk against Santana.
The third place Indians dropped their second straight to fall to 20 ½ games behind first place Minnesota.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1901 – The Cleveland Blues are on the wrong side of history as they are victims of the most lopsided defeat in American League history, 21-0, to the Detroit Tigers in just seven and a half innings. That record would stand alone until 1939 and would later be replaced by the Indians in a more positive light, when they defeated the New York Yankees, 22-0, at Yankee Stadium in 2004.
1936 – After four and one-third innings of no-hit ball, Cleveland’s Johnny Allen departs the game with a back injury. The Indians will win the game, giving Allen 20 victories this season.
1962 – Sam McDowell strikes out seven over six scoreless innings, but leaves in the seventh after he breaks two ribs while pitching.
1974 – Gaylord Perry earns win number 20 of the season in a complete game, five-hit shutout over the Baltimore Orioles, 1-0. He will lose three of his final four starts to finish 21-13. He will be the last Indians pitcher this century to win 20 games in a season.
2013 – Nick Swisher homers from each side of the plate and the Indians’ 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox pulls them within a half-game of Texas and Tampa for an American League Wild Card spot.