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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | September 18, 2014

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Barnard Rose From Indians Secretary to AL President

September 16, 2014 |

Since the founding of the American League in 1901, Byron “Ban” Johnson had ruled with an iron fist.

The game in theory was run by a national commission of presidents of the National and American leagues, and another owner or … Read More

Two Out Hits Not Enough as Houston Shuts Down Tribe; Astros 3, Indians 1

September 15, 2014 |

Two out hits are the kind of thing a team needs to be successful, but not only two out hits.

That was the case for the Indians on Monday evening in Houston, as they managed to register just seven hits in the game, all with two outs. Collin McHugh scattered five hits over six and two-third innings to best the Indians Zach McAllister and give the Astros a 3-1 victory. McHugh allowed just an unearned run, while Jose Altuve drove in a two of Houston’s runs while scoring the final tally.

The Indians were able to take advantage of some poor defense by the Astros in the top of the first inning. Michael Bourn started the game with a ground ball to second base, but when Altuve threw to Marc Krauss, the throw bounced off Krauss’ glove. Krauss was charged an error and Bourn advanced to second base. Jose Ramirez bunted him to third base and after Michael Brantley struck out Carlos Santana singled to through the shift to right field to give the Indians an early 1-0 lead.

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Series Preview #48: Cleveland Indians (76-72) at Houston Astros (66-83)

September 15, 2014 |

The Cleveland Indians dropped a big opportunity over the weekend with a chance to gain significant ground in the divisional and Wild Card races when they were swept by the Detroit Tigers. If any of their playoff hopes are to remain, they will need a big series in the state where everything is bigger as they take on the Houston Astros in Texas for four straight at Minute Maid Park beginning Monday night.

The Indians (76-72) had an opportunity again against the Tigers and watched leads fade away in the late innings over the weekend. On Friday night, the Martinez combo of Victor and J.D. pummeled the Indians into submission, as the two combined for five of the seven Tigers runs in a 7-2 Tribe loss. Alex Avila took Bryan Shaw deep for a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on Saturday to give the Tigers a 5-4 win. Shaw was tagged again on Sunday, as Ian Kinsler’s two-run shot in the seventh put Detroit up for good in a 6-4 win.

The sweep at the paws of the Tigers put Detroit back in the driver’s seat in the American League Central and knocked the Indians six and a half games off the pace in the division. They trail the second AL Wild Card team, the Kansas City Royals, by five games with 14 to play.

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All the Indians Need is a 14-Game Winning Streak

September 15, 2014 |

The Indians are done.

It hurts to say it, but even the most eternal optimists have to come to grips with the fact that the Indians will not make their second straight trip to the postseason this October. After printing t-shirts in March stating that they had, “Unfinished Business,” the Indians dug themselves into a hole too deep to dig out of.

Cleveland’s chances to reach the postseason were probably still a stretch as they entered the three game series in Detroit this weekend, but after being swept by the Tigers, the chances look a little less than bleak. Cleveland needed to take at least two of three from Detroit to continue to make ground in the division and Wild Card race. Instead the Indians Bryan Shaw gave up leads late in two of three games to make the sweep all that more depressing. According to ESPN’s playoff odds, the Tribe is just a 2.1% chance to make it to October.

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Kinsler Homer Helps Sweep Tribe Out of Detroit; Tigers 6, Indians 4

September 14, 2014 |

Did the Tribe Win Last Night? Nope. After getting out to a 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth inning, poor Indians defense and a two-run homer by Detroit’s Ian Kinsler gave the Tigers a 6-4 victory. It was the second straight night that Shaw allowed a go-ahead, home run to the Tigers.

Detroit tacked on two more, necessary insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth in part when C.C. Lee threw a wild pitch during an intentional walk attempt. Trailing 6-3 going into the ninth the Indians battled back, plating a run and getting the go-ahead run to the plate, but Joe Nathan closed out the Tribe, completing a three-game sweep.

W: Coke (5-2) L: Shaw (5-5) Sv: Nathan (32)
HRs: J.D. Martinez (22), Kinsler (14)

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Lake County Loses Momentum as Kane County Sweeps Captains to Win Midwest League Championship; Cougars 7, Captains 2

September 14, 2014 |

The lights dimmed over Classic Park and the gates locked for the final time this season on Saturday evening, as the curtain also closed over the Captains’ 2014 season. The team exited the locker room after having been swept in three games by the Kane County Cougars in the Midwest League Championship series, suffering a 7-2 loss in the last game of the best-of-five series.
With the win, Kane County earned the title of Midwest League Champions for the second time in franchise history.

The Captains, who finished the first half of their season with the worst record in the Midwest League, made a surprising turnaround in the latter half of 2014, sweeping both of their competitors in the first two playoff series to advance to the Midwest League Championships.
Unfortunately, their sweeping momentum came to an end as the Captains began to look a bit like the Captains of early in the season, as they reverted to sloppy defense and had their bats quieted by Kane County’s pitching staff.

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A Season of Missed Opportunities

September 14, 2014 |

After an exciting, but ultimately disappointing, end to the 2013 season that thrust the Cleveland Indians back into the playoffs for the first time since 2007, there were lofty expectations on the team heading into 2014.

The team that ripped off ten straight wins to wrap up an incredible month of September last year was nearly identical to the squad set to take the field this season, especially in the field. With Terry Francona at the helm and the expectation that the young team could play just as well, if not better, than they had a year ago in a division that looked very much up for grabs gave some hope to Tribe fans that last year was just a taste of what the Indians would be able to do on the field for several years to come.

Instead, plenty of things went wrong and it all started last offseason with the Indians’ unwillingness to add to the existing cast of characters.

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Avila, Homers Make Detroit Late Inning Victors; Tigers 5, Indians 4

September 13, 2014 |

One breath at a time.

With just over two weeks remaining in the season, the Cleveland Indians may not have much life remaining in their playoff hopes, and one of those final breaths may have been taken Saturday night. Alex Avila hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning off Bryan Shaw to give the Tigers a 5-4 victory, extending the Tigers’ lead in the division over the Indians to 5.5 games. With just 15 games remaining in the season, it may be too much for the Tribe to overcome.

Mike Aviles hit a go-ahead double in the fifth inning with two outs and Danny Salazar tossed five and two-third innings to put the Indians ahead. Salazar out-pitched youngster, Kyle Lobstein, in a duel of young starting pitchers to put the Indians in position to even the series and gain ground in the playoff race. However, Avila’s homer wrecked the plans that were laid for the first seven and a half innings.

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The Greatest Summer Ever: Sandy Alomar, Jr.

September 13, 2014 |

The ’95 Tribe won 100 games in a strike-shortened 144 game schedule, won their first Central Division title and made the playoffs and World Series for the first time since 1954.  Six players made the American League All-Star team, eight players batted .300 or better, and the pitching staff had the lowest ERA in the American League.  The players have been ranked from the most important to the Tribe’s success to the 26th.Today remembers #17 Sandy Alomar, Jr. and his play against the Detroit Tigers

December 6, 1989 will forever be one of the most important dates in Cleveland Indians history.  It was a date that started the change toward the best times that the franchise has ever seen.  Before this date, the Indians had been a terrible baseball franchise.  They were probably the worst franchise in the Major Leagues…maybe the worst in all of sports.  The Tribe was the poster child for the joke of Cleveland being known as “the mistake by the lake”.  They had not sniffed the postseason since 1954 and had barely contended in any summer since then.  The Indians were lousy.  Rotten.  Terrible.  Awful.  Losers.

In the late 80’s, the Indians had a group of players that were about as exciting as a colonoscopy.  Cory Snyder was a decent hitter with thunderous power and a ton of strikeouts, Brook Jacoby was an okay infielder with an okay bat and Doug Jones was a closer who couldn’t break a pane of glass with his fastball but was without question the team’s best pitcher.  There was really only one player on the Tribe that sparked any real excitement on the lakefront.  Joe Carter was an All-Star caliber player who had a 30-30 season in 1987 and was coming off a career high 35 homeruns in ’89.

The problem with Carter was that he was due to be a free agent following the 1990 season and was in prime position to cash in.  The money-strapped Indians did not have the funds to sign their best player, and even if they did, Carter would have certainly left for greener pastures anyways.

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Detroit Uses Big Seventh Inning to Secure Win in Series Opener; Tigers 7, Indians 2

September 12, 2014 |

It was a disappointing evening for #TribeTownInMoTown, as an early lead fell flat and the Indians fell to the Tigers in the first of a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers by a final score of 7-2.

Coming off their doubleheader sweep of the Minnesota Twins, their first traditional doubleheader sweep since September 29, 2010, the Indians met their division rival, the Detroit Tigers, at Comerica Park to begin a vital three-game series. David Price took the mound for Tigers, matched against Carlos Carrasco, riding a career-high four game winning streak heading into Friday night’s game. Read More