By Craig Gifford
For six innings Tuesday night it appeared the Indians had everthing cooking. It seemed they would come away with a doubleheader sweep against the White Sox and get back above .500. After six innings, the Tribe led 4-3, just hours after taking the first game at Progressive Field. Then, the top of the seventh happened. The Sox scored a pair, the Indians stopped scoring and Chicago worked its way to a split of the twinbill, knocking off the Indians 5-4 in the evening tilt.
The Indians used three home runs and a solid pitching performance from Fausto Carmona to take the first game of a day, night doubleheader, by a score of 4-3. The win gets the Indians back to the .500 mark with just ten games remaining.
Jason Kipnis reached on a bunt single down the third base line in the bottom of the first inning before Travis Hafner homered to right field, giving the Indians an early 2-0 lead. It was Hafner’s 12th home run of the season. It was the first home run of the season for the Tribe against Gavin Floyd, but the first of more to come.
By Matt Van Wormer
All series at Progressive Field between the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians should be sponsored by the United States Post Office. Because in recent years, the two teams have played through rain, sleet and snow.
Monday’s game, a make up from a May 15 rainout, was played through a steady drizzle until it picked up and shortened the game to only seven innings. The Mariners were able to hit the Indians and David Huff with a hurricane of hits in the third inning, pacing their way to a 12-6 victory over the Tribe.
By Matt Van Wormer
After a successful weekend against the Minnesota Twins, the Indians start their final home stand of the year a day earlier than expected to make up a game with the Seattle Mariners that was washed out back in May.
The Cleveland Indians only needed one big inning to post six runs and steal a victory from the Minnesota Twins, winning the contest 6-5. The Indians earned all six runs in the top of the seventh inning.
The Indians found themselves down 3-0 after six innings, however, Justin Masterson had only allowed an earned run. Two errors by Jason Donald, another by Jason Kipnis and Lou Marson left the Tribe trailing.
By Matt Van Wormer
The Indians will look to sweep the Twins on their home turf and get back to the .500 mark in the process. Last night, the Tribe drubbed Minnesota by banging out 14 hits which resulted in eight runs in the first two innings. It was more than enough as Jeanmar Gomez pitched 6.2 innings and gave up just seven hits and two runs to improve to 4-2 on his short time with the Tribe.
This afternoon, Justin Masterson (11-10, 3.20, 1.25 WHIP) takes his third crack at earning his 12th win against former Tribe pitcher Carl Pavano (8-12, 4.50, 1.40 WHIP). Masterson struggled in his last start, going just five innings and giving up six runs including three Home Runs.
By Vince Guerrieri
On Sept. 18, 1954, 57 years ago today, the Indians clinched the American League pennant on the way to making league history.
The Tribe was taking on the Tigers at what was then called Briggs Stadium in Detroit. The Tigers got out to a 1-0 lead after Indians starter Early Wynn gave up a sacrifice fly to Ray Boone, scoring Harvey Kuenn in the bottom of the third inning.
The Indians struck early and often to take the second game of a three game series with the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, by a score of 10-4. The Tribe erupted for eight runs in the first two innings. Asdrubal Cabrera didn’t look tired at all, as he was four for five on the day.
Travis Hafner singled home both Jason Kipnis and Cabrera in the first inning to give the Indians an early 2-0 lead. However, the Tribe would break open the game in the second inning, spurred by a Kipnis triple and Carlos Santana home run. The Indians hung six runs on the Twins in the second inning, extending their lead to 8-0.
Jason Kipnis was named to both the Triple-A and the Minor League All-Star teams by Baseball America on Friday. Kipnis, who also was selected to play in the Futures Game at the Major League All-Star Game, helped pace the Columbus Clippers until he was called up to the Indians in late July.
Kipnis, named the starting second baseman on the Triple-A All-Star team, hit .280 with 12 home runs and 55 runs batted in before his promotion. Zach McAllister was also named to the Triple-A team. McAllister was 12-3, with a 3.32 ERA in 155 innings pitched at Columbus. McAllister has made two spot starts for the Indians this season but has struggled in each.