Making his second career Major League appearance, Cleveland reliever Paul Shuey becomes just the tenth pitcher in American League history to strike out four batters in one inning, doing so against the Detroit Tigers in a 9-3 Indians victory.
Indians shortstop Joe Sewell, in his fourth season in the Majors, strikes out twice in one game for the first time in his 352-game career. Making this even more significant is that the future Hall of Famer will have a multiple strikeout game just one more time in his 14-year MLB career.
Five years ago this week, a struggling Corey Kluber took the mound still in search of his first win after winning the American League’s Cy Young Award for his outstanding efforts the previous season. He got that monkey off of his back in historic fashion in a game for the ages. We at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look back on his historic accomplishment in this week’s archives dive, going back to this story originally published November 24, 2015, by Bob Toth. – BT
In the defense of his first American League Cy Young Award, Corey Kluber looked a shell of his former self to begin the 2015 season.
It certainly was not entirely his fault. Through his first seven games, the Indians had been held winless in each outing and he took the loss in five of those games. While his 5.04 ERA in that stretch gave him a deserving chunk of the blame, the 18 runs of offense provided by his Cleveland teammates were enough to say that the losing skid was a united team effort.
Kluber took the mound on May 13th with a little something to prove to himself, to his teammates and fans, and to the rest of game of baseball. And prove it did he ever with a Herculean effort.
Second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera finds his way into the record books as he completes the third unassisted triple play in Cleveland Indians history in a 3-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in the second game of a doubleheader.
Indians pitcher Steve Dunning hits his first Major League home run, a second inning grand slam, but his efforts on the mound will not match his success at the plate. Despite blowing a 5-0 lead, Cleveland still wins over the Oakland Athletics by a 7-5 final.
When thinking of incredible, insurmountable comebacks in the history of Major League Baseball, many fans (and especially Tribe fans) will look to August 5 of 2001, when the 61-48 Indians rallied back from two separate twelve-run deficits to shock the 80-30 Seattle Mariners with a stunning 15-14 extra inning walk-off win at Jacobs Field.
The unbelievable end results were heightened by the fact that both teams were very much in the playoff race and were destined to meet again in October, when the Mariners knocked off the Indians in five games in the American League Division Series after winning a Major League record 116 games (a record which still stands today).
Prior to that Herculean effort against the Mariners, the Indians’ largest home comeback at their gem at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario came on May 7, 1999, when the team used an 18-run barrage over its final three innings at the plate to stun the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 20-11. They accomplished it without Hall of Famer Jim Thome in the lineup, nor Hall worthy (in some eyes) Omar Vizquel, who was out of the lineup nursing a sore quad that had pestered him since mid-April.
With baseball rumored to be inching closer and closer to a proposed return, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue to wait out the grueling absence of sports across the country by looking back at the past. Today’s trip down memory lane, published by Vince Guerrieri on November 18, 2015, looks back at what could have been for Indians hurler Herb Score. – BT
A policeman in Lake Worth, Florida, alerted Slapnicka – the man who discovered Bob Feller – about the fireballing southpaw. He was signed to a contract at the age of 19 – with a $60,000 bonus. While the Indians won 111 games and the American League pennant in 1954, Score was mowing down batters at Triple-A Indianapolis on the way to being named the minor league player of the year, with a record of 22-5 and 350 strikeouts.
And big things were expected of him even when he went to his first Indians spring training in 1955. He was tabbed by the Sporting News – the “Bible of Baseball” – as a Rookie of the Year candidate. And he delivered on that prediction, going 16-10 and leading the league with 245 strikeouts – the most by a rookie in 44 years, and a rookie record that stood until Dwight Gooden shattered it in 1984. Indians manager Al Lopez named Score to that year’s American League All-Star team.