By Matt Van Wormer
By Ryan Hohman
Fausto Carmona had perhaps his strongest outing of the season on Wednesday night, scattering four hits over 8 and 1/3 innings, to lead the Cleveland Indians over the Chicago White Sox 4-1 in game two of a crucial division series.
In the bottom half of the second, Alexi Ramirez took Carmona deep over the left field wall for his 13th home run of the season, knotting the game up at one apiece.
From that point forward, Fausto was lights out, retiring 22 of the next 27 batters he faced.
Last night’s 14-inning marathon in Chicago brought back memories of last Tuesday’s equally long marathon at Progressive Field with the Detroit Tigers. Friend and reader of DTTWLN, Cody Gunselman, was at the game and was nice enough to give us his first hand account of his evening.
By Cody Gunselman
When I left my house and ventured down I-71 on Tuesday evening, I expected to be attending an ordinary, yet pivotal game between the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. While the game still obviously proved to be the most pivotal game of the season to that point, little did I know it would turn into a 14 inning, rain filled debacle between the two frontrunners of the AL Central.
By Mike Brandyberry
You either win or lose most baseball games, but Tuesday evening the Indians may very well have finished third in the contest. The Tribe was beaten by both the Chicago White Sox and the umpires during the contest. The White Sox were able to hold off the Tribe 8-7 in 14 innings, the umpires seemed to control the game more handily.
The Indians did themselves no favors, however. After an out was recorded, Asdrubal Cabrera booted a very routine ground ball by Alejandro de Aza. Paul Konerko followed with a base hit to left, but De Aza was able to take third base when Brantley bobbled the ball. Ubaldo Jimenez was able to work out of the inning, allowing only an unearned run.
Today’s piece on Ray Chapman is an excerpt from, “Ohio Sports Trivia,” by DTTWLN writer, Vince Guerrieri and J. Alexander Poulton. Books can be purchased through Lone Pine Publishing, or clicking on the link of the book cover in the story.
By Vince Guerrieri
On August 16, 1920, 71 years ago today, the Cleveland Indians’ Ray Chapman became the only player in the history of Major League Baseball to die as a result of an injury on the field.
By Matt Van Wormer
The Indians won a rain shortened series against the Minnesota Twins this past weekend and looked poised to take advantage of some great pitching by David Huff before the skies opened up and dumped over three inches of rain on Progressive Field. The Indians showed some signs of life, both on Friday and Saturday, banging out 12 and 10 hits respectively but scoring just three runs in each contest. The bullpen pitched lights out and the starters did their thing too. Now, it’s on to another Central Division foe on the South Side of Chicago. The White Sox have clawed their way back to .500 and think they have just as much right to the Central Division Crown. They will not go down without a fight.
By Craig Gifford
When Omar Vizquel was essentially let go from the Cleveland Indians following the 2004 season, the thought many fans had was that the great shortstop would be back in a matter of two or three years – serving in a management role following retirement as an active ball player. No one could have imagined Vizquel, then 37 would play into his mid-40s and still be playing against the Tribe seven years later.
It was a difficult decision for then Indians general manager Mark Shapiro, but he ended up letting the popular Vizquel walk away as a free agent in the winter of 2004. The Tribe was in the middle of a rebuilding period, following great success through the late 1990s. Cleveland also had a young, up-an-coming shortstop prospect in Jhonny Peralta who was ready to break out as one of the top hitters at his position. Although Vizquel wanted to stay and the fans wanted him to play out his career in the Wahoo red, white and blue, the Tribe cut ties with Little O and went for the youth movement.
By Matt Van Wormer
While the Cleveland Indians are battling for a spot in the 2011 playoffs, there is a team just two hours south of the parent club that are looking to repeat as International League and Triple-A National Champions. The Columbus Clippers (77-45) are, once again, tearing up the International League and hold a 12.5 game lead over the Indianapolis Indians. They have eight more wins than any other team in the league with just three weeks left before the Playoffs start.
The Clippers are in just their third season as a Cleveland Indians affiliate, serving the Washington Nationals, New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates in years past. Buffalo used to be home to the Indians’ highest minor league team but moving the team to Columbus just made sense. Not only is Columbus closer to Cleveland, it also gives the Indians another fan base within the state as they root for the players that hope to, one day, make it to the Big League ballclub.
Compiled by Jason Kaminski
Cleveland releases an aging, and struggling, Cy Young. He returns to Boston and signs with the National League’s Rustlers, where he will finish the season with a 4-5 record. Denton True “Cy” Young calls it quits that offseason after compiling some of the …
By Mike Brandyberry
When it rained for 40 days and 40 nights, Noah collected the animals two by two. Manny Acta will have to rally his troops to endure a stretch a little longer Noah’s.
The Indians gained a half game in the standings Sunday afternoon even though they were rained out against the Minnesota Twins. The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-5 in Baltimore, cutting the Tigers lead over the Tribe to just two and a half games.