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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | December 8, 2021

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Did The Tribe Win Last Night Podcast #3, November 25, 2012

November 25, 2012 |

This Sunday Erik Pinkerman and Ronnie Tellalian discusss some recent minor moves made by the Indians, the decision making process and offseason strategy by the front office and guys who were not on the 2012 Opening Day roster, but will … Read More

Lillibridge Versatility May No Longer Fit in Cleveland

November 3, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. Today, we examine a player who is out of minor league options, meaning they must be on the 25-man roster. This concludes our player breakdown of the 2012 season.

When the Indians acquired Brent Lillibridge on July 24 this season, he was supposed to fill a specific role during the Tribe’s second half. However, as the season turned Lillibridge’s intended role evaporated, and now, possibly his place with the Indians will too.

Lillibridge spent the first half of the season splitting time between the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox. On June 24, he and Zack Stewart were traded from Chicago to Boston for Kevin Youkilis—a player the Indians were rumored to have interest in. When Lillibridge struggled to find a role in Boston, hitting only .125 in 10 games with the Red Sox, they were happy to jettison him to Cleveland just a month later.

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Missing Fans and Missing Offense Makes For a Quiet Defeat; Athletics 3, Indians 0

August 27, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Twelve hours of rain in Cleveland on Monday chased all the fans away from Progressive Field. It seemed to wash away the Indian offense, too.

Roberto Hernandez (0-3) did not survive the third inning with an injured ankle, and possibly a damaged psyche while Brett Anderson (2-0) carved the Tribe up. Anderson allowed only two hits over seven innings, despite only one of the hits being earned without the help of an umpire. All of the excitement was in front of an announced attendance of 13,018–many of those must have been in the bathroom most of the night because the television camera failed to capture the robust announced crowd. A single tally in each of the first three innings was all the offense Oakland needed for a 3-0 victory.

Oakland took the early lead in the top of the first inning when after Hernandez had retired an out, Stephen Drew singled to right field. Yoenis Cespedes battled Hernandez in a 13-pitch at bats, including eight straight foul balls, before hitting a laser off the left field wall for a double. The ball was hit so hard Drew could only advance to third base. However, Seth Smith hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield deep enough to score Drew and give the Athletics a 1-0 lead.

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Masterson Six-Shutout Innings Starts West Coast Swing Right; Indians 6, Angels 2

August 14, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

It would be tough to blame Indians’ fans for going to bed early after a pathetic performance Sunday afternoon. If they hit the sack dreaming of well pitched games and timely hitting by the Tribe, hopefully they set the DVR.

Dreams do come true.

Justin Masterson pitched his second straight ace-like effort, pitching seven strong innings and benefitted from three double plays to defeat C.J. Wilson and the Los Angeles Angels, 6-2 on Monday evening. The win against a southpaw is only their 14th win of the season and comes just a day after the Red Sox Jon Lester embarrassed the Tribe, striking out 12 in six innings.

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Game #115: Boston Red Sox (56-60) at Cleveland Indians (54-61)

August 12, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Last night the Indians used offense from the newly acquired Brent Lillibridge and a squeeze bunt from Lou Marson to post a 5-2 victory. Zach McAllister threw eight solid innings and Chris Perez locked down his 31st save to stifle the Red Sox for the second time in three games.

This afternoon the Indians will look to take three of four games in the series from Boston. The Red Sox are trying to fool themselves into believing they are still in playoff contention, but at six games back in the wild card, a loss today could be the final nail in the coffin to their playoff hopes. They already have three teams to pass to reach the top of the wild card standings.

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Lillibridge and McAllister Push Tribe Past Boston; Indians 5, Red Sox 2

August 11, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Old friends sometimes become enemies and tonight was a great example when Brent Lillibridge and the Indians defeated the Red Sox, 5-2. Lillibridge was 3-for-4, with two runs batted in and a home run. He was a former Red Sox only a couple weeks ago.

The win gives the Indians their third win in four games since the end of their 11-game losing streak. Zach McAllister pitched eight innings, allowing only three hits and two runs while striking out four on 100 pitches.

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Game #97: Detroit Tigers (52-44) at Cleveland Indians (48-48)

July 24, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Monday evening the Indians used seven and one-third innings from Justin Masterson and a two-run home run from Shin-Soo Choo to snap their four game losing streak and defeat the Baltimore Orioles, 3-1. The Indians avoided being swept by the O’s with the win and climbed back to the .500 mark.

The victory on Monday helped the Indians gain a half game on both the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers, as they were both idle. Cleveland is now four games in back of the streaking Tigers, who have won eight of their ten games since the All-Star break. To make the Indians’ plight worse, the Tigers traded for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante yesterday from the Miami Marlins. Detroit has finally become hot and is clearly trying to push for the playoffs.

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