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The 86-75 Cleveland Indians punch their ticket to the World Series for the second straight season as they knock off the American League Wild Card 98-64 Baltimore Orioles, 1-0, in eleven innings at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The game was a tale of two uniquely different pitching performances from the starting pitchers on each side. Cleveland’s Charles Nagy threw seven and one-third scoreless innings, striking out four but giving up three walks and nine base hits. A pair of double play balls helped him escape damage. Baltimore’s Mike Mussina was brilliant over eight innings, striking out ten Tribesmen while walking a pair and giving up just one hit – a double to David Justice to lead off the fifth inning after retiring the first 12 hitters in order.
The Cleveland Indians use six runs over the first three innings pace to roll to a 7-0 win over the Seattle Mariners in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. The win tied the series at two wins each as the teams trade off wins.
The dangerous Tribe lineup was powered at the top today, as Kenny Lofton started the bottom of the first with a single. Prior to an Omar Vizquel walk, he stole second and moved to third on an errant throw from the catcher. Carlos Baerga knocked in Lofton with a grounder to second before Eddie Murray’s two-run blast off of Andy Benes gave the Indians a 3-0 lead.
The Cleveland Indians bullpen is a work in progress and will always be a machine of moving and interchangeable parts as long as Terry Francona resides within the Tribe dugout. As the game of baseball has evolved, bullpens have become much more specialized and utilized. Francona is one of those in the game who firmly believes in the need for a deep bullpen, consistently using a 13-man pitching staff while keeping a steady flow of bullpen traffic heading back and forth between Cleveland and Columbus to keep his arms fresh.
That said, Francona also has his workhorses and Cody Allen has become one of Tito’s most talented and reliable arms on the staff.
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Offseason coverage officially began after the final game recap of the season, a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.
After trailing 2-1 in their best-of-nine series with the Brooklyn Dodgers (Robins), the Cleveland Indians win their fourth straight game and clinch the 1920 World Series with a 3-0 victory at Dunn Field in Cleveland.
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April 21, 1948
The last few months have been eventful for long-time big leaguer Hank Greenberg.
The Cleveland Indians spent the majority of the spring trying to determine what capacity Hammering Hank would serve with the ball club. He entered Spring Training as a potential candidate to fill one of the vacancies on the roster. As the spring progressed, the need for him to play the field appeared to be less and less the focus of the team.
With a new title and a new emphasis on working at the higher levels of the organization, has the playing career of the legendary Greenberg come to an end?
To look at what Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco did on the mound independent of any prior season in his professional career, it would be pretty safe to say he had a really quality year for the Indians.
For those who endured his ups and downs and his eventual banishment to the bullpen in the time from his acquisition from the Philadelphia Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade through the early weeks of the 2014 season, that quality season becomes a beautiful piece of art.
Outside of Cleveland, Carrasco likely does not get the credit for the pitcher he has turned in to. Indians fans know his growth and cannot help but to be encouraged about his prospects for the future while anchoring the Cleveland starting rotation.
Did the Tribe Win Last Night’s Bob Toth (@THEBobToth) joined Stephanie Liscio (@stephanieliscio) of It’s Pronounced Lajaway, Joe Coblitz (@BRBBlog) of Burning River Baseball, and Jim Pete (@jimpeteEHC) of Everybody Hates Cleveland to talk about the Indians 2015 season, and what’s to come in 2016. Why was this club so disappointing, and is optimism warranted for 2016?