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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | December 5, 2021

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Scott Atchison

Money Makes the Indians’ World Go Round in Building 2015 Roster

October 8, 2014 |

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.

There are things in Cleveland sports that are synonymous with each team, whether they try to shake it or not.

The Cleveland Browns and quarterback play will always be a discussion point as will the Cleveland Cavaliers and their relationship with Lebron James. In both situations, the drama has taken many twists and turns, but each have been topics for nearly 15 years on the Cleveland airwaves.

For the Cleveland Indians, it’s always about payroll and spending.

Organizations and owners are always defined by certain actions or statements, and Paul and Larry Dolan will forever be linked to their comments about spending money when the time is right. The direct quote, and when it was specifically said, are tough to find anymore, but the comment has lasted a generation.

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Tribe Lets Victory Slip Away Late; Twins 5, Indians 4

September 20, 2014 |

Friday night the Indians snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

After coming back from an early deficit, Trevor Bauer gave the Indians six solid innings against the Twins Phil Hughes, but the bullpen could not hold the lead and Jose Ramirez bobbled a potential double play in the ninth inning. The late inning miscues resulted in blowing a 4-2 lead and losing 5-4 in 10 innings. The loss likely eliminates the Tribe from any chance at postseason play.

Ramirez’s miscue was a tough play, and not ruled an error, but it was a play that could have been made. With two on and one out, the double play would have ended the game and given the Indians the win.

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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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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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Young Team Giving Good Reasons to Watch Amid Fading Postseason Hopes

September 12, 2014 | | One Comment

The Indians entered this week with postseason hopes still a reality. Then the team suffered back-to-back defeats at home that were disappointing on multiple levels.

A 12-3 trouncing at the hands of baseball’s best team, the Angels, followed by a 4-3 loss to one of the game’s worst in the Twins put the Tribe’s postseason hopes on life support. The Tigers or Royals will have to begin losing serious steam while the Indians get on a roll that they have not been on all season in order to see October baseball at this point. Read More

How the Indians Clawed Their Way Into A Meaningful September

September 4, 2014 | | One Comment

Unfinished business.

It’s the with which the Indians opened the season after coming off 92 wins in 2013 and appearing in a one-game playoff contest in the Wild Card spot during last year’s playoff series. As fans know, they lost that game, and entered into an offseason dedicated to coming back even better in 2014.

The Indians tried as this season began, they really did. They won their first two games, and the home opener, but quickly appeared to be a mediocre team after losing key pieces of their playoff roster during the offseason. Read More

Martinez Blast in 9th Gives Win Away for Tribe; Tigers 4, Indians 2

September 2, 2014 | | One Comment

So close, but so far away.

After working around trouble all evening, the Cleveland Indians were just two outs away from evening the series with the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday evening behind another fine start from Carlos Carrasco. Instead, J.D. Martinez’s three-run homer off Cody Allen in the top of the ninth saw the Tribe’s near victory disappear in trade for a 4-2 loss at Progressive Field.

The disappointing and devastating loss drops the Indians 5.5 games behind first place Kansas City, who defeated the Texas Rangers this evening. Detroit remains just a half game behind the Royals.

Facing the most potent lineup since his return to the starting rotation, Carrasco battled the vaunted Tigers and worked in and out of jams all evening. It’s the kind of start that he may have floundered in a season ago, but now suddenly thrives in. Carrasco struck out 10 Tigers, getting out of tight spots that could have been scoring opportunities all night.

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Hustle and Pitching Outlasts Miscues for Extra-Inning Win; Indians 3, Royals 2

August 30, 2014 |

Fingernails are no longer needed in this season. After Saturday evening, they’re all gone.

In a nail-biter affair, where runs were a premium but opportunity was abound it appeared the Kansas City Royals were going to steal a win in the bottom of the eighth when the Cleveland Indians played poor defense to allow an unearned run to force extra innings. But it was the hustle of Jose Ramirez—one of the error makers in the eighth—that created an 11th inning rally and gave the Indians a 3-2 win at Kauffman Stadium.

The late-inning back and forth erased quality starts from Trevor Bauer and James Shields in the decisions of the contest. Each battled in the low-scoring affair, Shields controlling the Indians bats, while Bauer skirted around trouble all evening. Kansas City stranded 15 men on base in the game and were just 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position.

The win, combined with Detroit’s doubleheader split in Chicago today, has tightened the race in the American League Central Division. Kansas City and Detroit now are tied atop the division lead and the Indians are now just 3.5 games back.

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Tribe Bullpen as Strong as Ever

August 29, 2014 |

In 2011 and 2012 the Cleveland Indians had a bullpen that was good enough to develop a nickname. The 2014 Tribe bullpen does not have any special monikers but may well be better than those pens that were the backbone of struggling baseball teams.

After a 2013 season of bullpen question marks and implosions, the Indians are enjoying a fantastic relief season this year. The pen is again arguably the strongest and deepest part of the club, this time a club that will go into September with playoff aspirations still alive.

Cleveland’s relief corps of 2011 and ’12 called themselves the Bullpen Mafia. Both seasons saw five relievers put up strong numbers. Those groups were headed by closer Chris Perez and setup men Vinnie Pestano and Joe Smith. For two seasons, that trio was as good as any late-game group in the game. In 2011, Tony Sipp and Rafael Perez put up good numbers to complement the group. In 2012, it was Frank Herrmann and Esmil Rogers. Read More

Walters’ Bomb Gives Tribe Win Late in Chicago; Indians 8, White Sox 6

August 27, 2014 |

The Indians seem to be finding a formula for success in the last quarter of the season, whether it’s enough to finish their business will remain to be seen.

Tuesday evening the Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 8-6 in 10 innings when Zach Walters lofted a two-run homer to break the tie. Both T.J. House and Jose Quintana did not survive long in the game, but the Tribe’s bullpen stymied the White Sox until the scrappy Indians offense could muster enough runs to seal the victory. The win moves Cleveland to 67-63 on the season, their high water mark on the 2014 campaign.

The Indians took control of the game right away in the first inning when Michael Bourn hit a ground rule double to left field to start the game. Jose Ramirez bunted him to third base and Michael Brantley was hit-by-pitch before Carlos Santana doubled to left field to plate Bourn and move Brantley to third base. Jason Kipnis grounded out to second base, scoring Brantley and moving Santana to third base before Mike Aviles dumped in a flare to right field to make it 3-0 before the White Sox got to the plate.

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Gomes, Holt and Bullpen Overcome Early Deficit; Indians 7, Twins 5

August 19, 2014 |

As a thunderstorm swept through northeast Ohio, cable and satellite dishes may have made Tuesday night’s Indians’ game even harder to believe.

Because if your satellite cut out after Trevor Bauer allowed five runs in the first inning to Minnesota in the first six hitters, it may have been quite a surprise to find out the Tribe chipped away against Kyle Gibson to come back and win 7-5 to take the first game of the series in Minnesota. After falling behind early, Cleveland used three hits from Yan Gomes and a clutch, pinch-hit double from Tyler Holt to score in four different innings for the comeback win.

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Series Preview #40: Cleveland Indians (62-61) at Minnesota Twins (55-68)

August 19, 2014 |

In dire need of an extended winning streak to remain relevant in the playoff picture, the Cleveland Indians head to the Land of 10,000 Lakes for a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins this week.

The Indians (62-61) pushed back over the .500 mark again this past weekend with three more strong starting pitching performances to make up for a general lack of offensive punch. With two wins over the AL East leading Baltimore Orioles, the club kept within six and a half games of the AL Central leading Kansas City Royals and four and a half in back in the AL Wild Card.

Cleveland won a 2-1 final on Friday night in eleven innings on a walk-off home run from Mike Aviles. The Tribe backed another solid effort from Carlos Carrasco on Saturday with a pair of home runs in a 6-0 win. The Indians bullpen allowed four runs on Sunday, with two charged to starter Danny Salazar, in a 4-1 loss in the season finale between the two teams on Sunday.

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