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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | April 22, 2019

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Posts By Craig Gifford

Kipnis and Jimenez Lead Tribe In Rout; Indians 10, Tigers 3

August 11, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Two new Indians earned their feathers Wednesday night. One a rookie and the other a veteran. Either way, it spelled a 10-3 victory for the Indians over the Tigers, drawing the Tribe to within two games of front-running Detroit in the American League Central Division.

First-year second baseman Jason Kipnis, had his best game as a pro, leading the offense with five hits. His evening included his sixth home run and three RBI (11 on the year). Ubaldo Jimenez, whom the Indians received in a trade with the Rockies around the time of Kipnis’ call up, had a huge start. The ace allowed just three runs in eight innings. More importantly, he saved a weary bullpen that was stretched to the limit in pitching 12 innings of the Tribe’s marathon Tuesday night win.

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Offensive Help On The Way For Tribe

August 10, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

The Major League Baseball trade deadline came and went last month without the Indians acquiring a middle-of-the-order bat that is sorely needed if they hope to run down the Detroit Tigers and win the American League Central Division crown. Never fear, however, next week the Tribe will get that bat in its lineup without giving anything up.

It was announced Tuesday night that Shin-Soo Choo, currently on a minor league rehab assignment with the Lake County Captains, is expected to be available by sometime next week. That is welcome news. Ever since Choo injured his thumb on a hit by pitch on June 24, the Indians have scrambled to replace the right fielder’s production in the line up and the outfield.

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Ellsbury Does It Again; Red Sox 4, Indians 3

August 4, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Jacoby Ellsbury is fast becoming a thorn in the Indians side.

On Tuesday night, Ellsbury delivered in the ninth inning with a game-winning single for the Red Sox. On Wednesday night, he again broke the hearts of the Tribe faithful, hammering a solo home run in the final frame. The first long ball allowed all season by reliever Joe Smith led to a Boston 4-3 victory Wednesday evening at Fenway Park. Worse, it dropped the Indians to .500 (54-54) and four game behind the Detroit Tigers, who again defeated the Texas Rangers.

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The Men Behind The Dish

August 3, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

The success of the Cleveland Indians pitching staff has been well documented due to they way they have performed this season. The bullpen is among the best in baseball. The starting staff has been above average. Youngsters such as Josh Tomlin, Justin Masterson, Vinnie Pestano and Joe Smith are having breakout seasons.  The work of pitching coach, Tim Belcher, can be credited with a lot of the staff’s succuess.

More importantly, and what gets overlooked at times, is the consistency of the men behind the plate. With nearly every other position on the diamond going through some sort of flux this year, due to either injury or minor league call ups, Carlos Santana and back up Lou Marson have been the only two signal callers Tribe pitchers have thrown to all season.

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Disappointing Defeat; Royals 5, Indians 3

August 1, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

What loomed as a key homestand just a little over a week ago ended Sunday in defeat, much like the majority of the stretch.

The Indians fell to 52-51, 2.5 games behind the Tigers in the Central Division, with a 5-3 defeat at the hands fo the Kansas Royals Sunday. The loss ended a homestand of promise at a disappointing 2-6. Both wins came in the Tribe’s last at bat, meaning Cleveland was very lucky to even come away with a win over the eight games in front of a Progressive Field crowd.

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What Fukudome Brings To The Tribe

July 29, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

If nothing else, the Cleveland Indians are at least buyers at this year’s trade deadline and making moves to try and make some noise in the American League Central Division THIS year rather than a couple years from now.

After watching their team trade away All-Stars and solid veterans in exchange for promising prospects the last thee years, Tribe fans saw how the other half live Thursday morning ….. well, sort of.

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One Big Mistake, Bats Stay Silent; White Sox 3, Indians 0

July 23, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Carlos Carrasco would probably love to have his fifth inning pitch to Chicago White Sox slugger Carlos Quentin back.

It was with one out that Quentin sent a 2-1 Carrasco pitch over the left field wall for a three-run home run. That was all the White Sox needed as starter Gavin Floyd silenced the Indians’ bats, giving Chicago 3-0 victory over the Tribe at Progressive Field Friday night.

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Asdrubal Cabrera: This Generation’s Omar

July 21, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

When it comes to shortstops, Cleveland Indians fans have been lucky over the last couple decades.

Between Omar Vizquel from the mid 90s to early 2000s and Asdrubal Cabrera now, Tribe followers have witnessed two of the best at their position. Even Jhonny Peralta, the guy in between then and now, was, at the least, a very good hitting shortstop for several seasons.

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The End of Grady Sizemore?

July 20, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Grady Sizemore‘s third trip the disabled list this season may well signal the end of an era for the Cleveland Indians. Frankly, it may be time for the Tribe to start thinking about life without its one time star center fielder.

From 2005-2009, Sizemore was one of the top players on the team. He was arguably the best center fielder in the game during that stretch and one of the top handful of players in the American League. When Sizemore was at his peak, he was one of the best to ever wear the Wahoo red, white and blue.

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Bullpen Mafia: Burying Games All Season

July 19, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Filthy, dominating, unhittable, down-right scary.

Those are all words that can be used to describe this season’s Cleveland Indians relief pitching corps – or as those players like to refer to themselves, “The Bullpen Mafia.”

While the starting rotation could be described as decent and the battling lineup, perhaps iffy, it’s the bullpen that has the Indians contending this year in the American League Central Division.

Even after a shaky weekend in Baltimore, the first bad stretch all season for the group, one has to be confident when one of those arms enters a game.

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Bullpen Lets One Get Away; Orioles 6, Indians 5

July 17, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Usually the strength of the Cleveland Indians, the bullpen let the team down Saturday night in a 6-5 loss at Baltimore. Rafael Perez and Frank Hermann combined to allow three runs in an eighth inning that proved to be the Tribe’s undoing. The loss dropped the Indians to 49-43.

Starter Carlos Carrasco, entering the game off two bad starts, was effective for seven innings. He struck out six and walked two batters. When he left the game, the Indians led 3-2. That’s when things got hairy.

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Don’t Give Away The Farm In Deadline Deals

July 15, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

The second half of July provides some of the most exciting off-field moments in Major League Baseball. That is thanks to the July 31 trading deadline.

In the last several years, it has been hard for Indians fans to get too excited, however. Struggling to field a winner the last three seasons, the Tribe has spent those deadlines with an eye on the future. They traded off superstars like C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee for unproven, promising prospects to build for the coming years.

Much to the surprise of many, that future the Indians had been looking to appears to be now. The surprising Indians entered the second half of the season in battle with the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League Central Division. It appears this year, the team could be making a deal or two for the present.

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