By A.J. Atkinson
“Swung on and belted to deep right-center field. Awwaaay back! Gone!”
Every Cleveland sports fan knows who I’m talking about: Cleveland Indians’ radio broadcaster Tom Hamilton. Selected by the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame Award in 2009, few homerun calls are as famous as this Cleveland legend’s. Right after hearing the crack of the bat come over the radio airwaves, Tom Hamilton’s booming voice takes over as he begins his famous homerun call.
For Tom Hamilton, however, he finds his popularity comical, saying it’s the doctors, scientists and people like his son playing baseball an hours drive south of Cleveland, who make a true difference in this world.
By Sean Tuttle
Jeremie Tice, age 25, was first drafted in the 2006 amateur draft by the Florida Marlins in the 38th round, but decided to go back to college. In 2008, the Cleveland Indians drafted Tice in the the sixth round of the amateur draft out of the College of Charleston.
In the five seasons Tice has been in the Tribe organization, he has seen action at third base, first base and in the outfield. This year he has spent the majority of his time operating as the Carolina Mudcats designated hitter.
In 171 plate appearances this season, Tice has 45 hits, 16 doubles, and has accounted for 29 runs. He is first in the Carolina League in RBI’s with 45, first in slugging (.639), tied for second in extra base hits with 27, and first in home runs with 11. He has drawn 17 walks as compared to 35 strikeouts. His current batting average holds at .306 through 43 games.
By Craig Gifford
All streaks eventually come to an end in baseball. For the Indians, their five-game winning streak against the Tigers and two-game streak, overall, came to crashing halt Thursday afternoon. The dropped a 7-5 game to their AL Central Division rival.
Cleveland starter Derek Lowe had his team in a 4-0 hole after one inning. It was too much to overcome as the Tribe fell to 30-26 and a game behind first-place Chicago, who will play this evening.
Lowe wasn’t actually hit hard in the Tigers’ four-run first, but Detroit’s hitters were finding any hold in the infield possible.
“Derek had alot ground balls in the first inning,” said Cleveland manager Manny Acta. “Sometimes, they go at people and sometimes they go through the infield. (The Tigers) had a good approach, going the other way with the ball.”
By Mike Brandyberry
Jeanmar Gomez struggled to survive five innings against the Tiger offense, but the Tribe used long balls from Michael Brantley and Casey Kotchman to spur Cleveland past the Motor City Kitties, 9-6. Gomez was in control until a four-run Tiger outburst chased him from the game after five innings. The bullpen locked down the final four innings to give the Tribe their fifth win against Detroit this season.
The Tribe will go for the sweep this afternoon when Derek Lowe (7-3, 3.06 ERA) takes the mound. Lowe has not faced the Tigers since 2008, but is 6-2, with a 2.34 ERA lifetime against the Tigers. He leads all of Major League Baseball with ground balls induced.
By Evan Matsumoto
When somebody calls, you answer. That’s exactly what Cleveland and Detroit did for nine innings as the Indians improved to 30-25 Wednesday night.
Cleveland’s 9-6 win was Jeanmar Gomez’s fourth win of the season, improving his record to 4-4 on the season, and left the Tribe one game out of first place in the A.L. Central.
Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 14 games after sending Max Scherzer’s first pitch to him out of the yard into the right field seats, scoring Shin-Soo Choo and a healthy Carlos Santana.
“It feels good. You want to make sure you swing at quality stirkes,” Brantley said after the game. “I was looking for a fastball early and I got it and I put a good swing on it.”
Gomez, with the help of Johnny Damon’s homerun stealing glove and Asdrubal Cabrera’s bare hand in the second, took a perfect game into the third inning before giving up a solo home run to Don Kelly in the bottom of the inning to give the Tigers their first run of the game.
By Mike Brandyberry
After an eight day layoff, Ubaldo Jimenez looked like the pitcher the Indians traded for eleven months ago and the Tribe hit three triples to defeat the Detroit Tigers, 4-2. The victory was huge for the psyche of Jimenez, a team struggling against left-handed pitching and embarking on a key nine game road trip.
Jimenez pitched six and two-third innings last night and only walked one. The Indians felt pushing his start back a couple days would give him extra time to work on mechanical issues. The work proved valuable, as he had much better control, only walking one hitter.
This spring the DTTWLN staff and Longfellow Middle School in Lorain City Schools teamed up for an essay contest. Middle schoolers were challenged to write an essay explaining why they are the Biggest Cleveland Indians fans in their school. …
The Indians waltzed into Detroit, Ubaldo Jimenez found his 2010 form for the night, and the Indians beat Detroit for the fourth consecutive time in 2012, 4-2.
The Tigers wasted no time capitalizing on Jimenez’s recent inconsistencies in the bottom of the first inning. Quintin Berry, Detroit’s leadoff hitter, was hit in the foot by a Jimenez pitch. Jimenez struck out Matt Young. Then, with Miguel Cabrera batting, Berry stole second. He could have easily ended up at third as the throw from Lou Marson went into center field, but Jason Kipnis did an excellent job of decoying Berry by getting him to think the ball was in Kipnis’ glove. Cabrera then laced a double into the left field corner that scoredBerry. That was all Detroit could muster, though, as Jimenez got Prince Fielder to foul out and Delmon Young to ground out to short.
By Mike Brandyberry
Each game is just one of 162. It’s still early. There is a long way to go. There is no reason to panic.
Insert any cliché you would like, but after the Tribe has dropped four of their last six games they take to the road to match up with the Detroit Tigers to start a pivotal nine-game, three city road trip that could be very important in regards to their summer plans. The Tribe is now two and one-half games out of first place and three and one-half games ahead of Detroit in the standings. A poor showing in Detroit could slide the Indians closer to third and be the spark necessary to light the Tigers’ fire.
Tonight is just one game of 162, but it’s the first game of a key road trip against three contenders in the Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds.
Today is the 38th anniversary of the infamous 10-cent beer night at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Here’s an excerpt from “Ohio Sports Trivia,” by J. Alexander Poulton and Did the Tribe Win Last Night staff writer Vince Guerrieri.
Under the ownership of Bill Veeck in the 1940s, the Indians were known for some excellent promotions.
Veeck largely invented the concept of people coming out to the ballpark for events other than baseball, be they a mock funeral for the pennant, like he did in Cleveland in 1949, sending a midget up to bat, like he did when he owned the St. Louis Browns (and he feared this event would be on his tombstone) or a scoreboard that shot off fireworks, like he had at Comiskey Park when he owned the White Sox.
By Mike Brandyberry
It hasn’t taken long for Jason Kipnis to shed the label of prospect and earn a different name inside the Indians organization. Beside his work at the plate, including a grand slam in Friday’s 7-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, the one-time top prospect in the Tribe organization is now “a dirtbag.”
“Being called that in the baseball world is a good thing,” Kipnis said. “It’s not a bad name to have at all. It’s about getting that uniform dirty, and it’s something that I’ve always had in the game. It’s a mentality I have and the way I like to play the game. I play hard, I get dirty, headfirst slide, stuff like that. It’s the way I was taught to play the game and I enjoy it.”
That mentality caught Indians Manager Manny Acta’s eye earlier this year. Acta called Kipnis a dirtbag after a game early in the season, and label stuck. The way Kipnis plays the game made him one of the Indians hottest players in May and one of the best on the team.
After a slow start in April, Kipnis picked up his game, hitting .295 with five home runs and 18 RBI during the month of May. His breakout month catapulted him to the top of the Tribe’s offensive statistics. With Travis Hafner’s and Carlos Santana’s injuries of late, Kipnis has assumed a larger role in the Indians’ offense, but he does not let that pressure affect his play.
By Ryan Hohman
Minnesota Twins starter Scott Diamond pitched 7 innings without giving up an earned run or walk to lift the Twins over the Cleveland Indians 6-3 on Sunday afternoon in a game where calls and bounces both seemed to go Minnesota’s way.
The Twins had base runners early and often against Tribe starter Justin Masterson. Denard Span walked and stole second to start the game. Joe Mauer wasted no time bringing Span around to score with a single to right field. Shin-Soo Choo fielded Mauer’s ball quickly but his relay throw missed the cut-off man allowing Mauer to turn for second base. Lou Marson gathered Choo’s throw and fired a strike to second, but Asdrubal Cabrera missed the tag on Mauer. This was the first of many bang-bang plays that would go the Twins way over the course of the afternoon.