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

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Scott Atchison

Gausman Stifles Tribe Bats in Finale; Orioles 4, Indians 1

August 17, 2014 |

It’s a matchup the Orioles and the Indians could be seeing for the next decade.

In a matchup of young, starting pitchers trying to find their way at the big league level, Danny Salazar and Kevin Gausman matched up in an early pitcher’s duel. Neither pitcher was as sharp as they would like, but each gave solid efforts. It was Gausman, however, who only allowed a pair of hits to Cleveland and that helped pace the Orioles past the Tribe 4-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Gausman didn’t have an easy afternoon, despite allowing just two hits. He had to work around baserunners, courtesy of the four free passes he allowed. Salazar was much more accurate, the stronger Baltimore offense just found ways to get base hits. For most of the afternoon Salazar was able to work out of the jam until his effort—and the Tribe bullpen—fell apart in the sixth inning. The loss was another chance to make ground in the Wild Card race, but instead they lose ground in the divisional race.

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Aviles’ Walk-Off Clips Birds In 11 Innings; Indians 2, Orioles 1

August 15, 2014 |

Everybody wants to be like Mike. Mike Aviles, that is.

The Cleveland Indians (61-60) utility man and founder of the “Goon Squad” smacked an 11th-inning, walk-off home run on Friday night to lead his team to a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles (69-51).

Aviles’ blast was the icing on another dominate pitching performance from Corey Kluber. The Tribe ace struck out 10 Orioles while scattering five hits and allowing just one run in seven and two-thirds innings.

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Carrasco Comes Up in Big Spot for Tribe; Indians 4, Yankees 1

August 10, 2014 |

It’s been a while, it’s been quite a while, actually.

But for the first time in over three years, Carlos Carrasco strode to the mound as a starting pitcher and won a game for the Cleveland Indians. After a season lost to Tommy John surgery and two season’s of failed starting attempts and a move to the bullpen, Carrasco looked his best when expectations may have been their lowest. With a rotation in shambles, the Indians turned back to Carrasco for what could be his last shot as a starter in the big leagues and he out-pitched the Yankees Hiroki Kuroda on Sunday afternoon, resulting in a 4-1 win for the Indians.

Carrasco’s surprising gem, combined with some small ball on Sunday gave the Indians a win in the three-game, weekend series against the Yankees. Jason Kipnis was the catalyst offensively, getting on base three time, and Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley helped get him over and in. Kipnis scored three of the Indians’ four runs.

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Kluber Shines on New York Stage, Sets Down Yanks; Indians 3, Yankees 0

August 9, 2014 |

When Corey Kluber pitches, everything is a little better.

It seems the Indians walk a little taller and with a little more confidence as their 2014 ace takes the mound. Saturday afternoon, the sun shined bright, the Indians defense played well and the offense did enough to aid Kluber—who pitched a tough six inning effort against the veteran saavy New York Yankees.

Kluber and three hits from Jose Ramirez—including his first big league home run—was enough to help the Indians win 3-0 over the Yankees on national television. The win snaps a four-game losing streak for the Indians, dating back to Kluber’s last start five days ago.

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Santana Swats and Salazar Survives to Even Series; Indians 8, Twins 2

July 22, 2014 |

Carlos Santana fell a triple shy of the cycle and Danny Salazar pitched five innings to get the win in his return as the Cleveland Indians pounded the Minnesota Twins 8-2 Tuesday night at Target Field.

It was Salazar’s first appearance since he was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on May 16. Former Indians prospect Yohan Pino took the mound for the Twins.

Carlos Santana (4 hits, 2 RBI) led off the second inning with a double that just missed clearing the right field wall by a foot. Pino hit Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher (3 hits) singled to load the bases for Yan Gomes (2 hits, RBI). Pino painted a fastball on the outside corner to strike out Gomes, but David Murphy followed with a two-run single to give the Tribe an early 2-0 lead. Mike Aviles brought Swisher home with a sac fly to center to make it 3-0.

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Two Dickerson Homers, Santana Double Lead Tribe to Sweep; Indians 5, Tigers 2

July 19, 2014 |

Chris Dickerson wowed Indians fans with a pair of home runs Saturday night, but it was Carlos Santana who saved the day, hitting a three-run double in the top of the ninth that ultimately provided the margin of victory in a 5-2 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader.

The win gave the Indians the sweep of the doubleheader. It’s their third win in a row since the All-Star break, all against the American League Central-leading Tigers.

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Indians Bullpen Without Clear Roles, Just Getting Outs

June 16, 2014 |

The new-age statisticians have to love how Indians manager Terry Francona is slowly moving toward using his bullpen.

And while bullpen-by-committees have normally not been successful in Major League Baseball over the last 25 years, the Indians have made their bullpen work well for the last five weeks. Since John Axford was removed of the closer’s role on May 9, the Indians have been labeled a bullpen-by-committee. It’s probably not the truest sense of a committee, but the traditional roles—where pitchers have an assigned late inning role or specific inning to pitch—has gone by the wayside, too. Their bullpen has turned into a bit of a hybrid, between traditional roles and new-age sabremetrics thinking.

The four relievers securing wins for the Tribe have been so strong they need a nickname. But then again, guys without much of a defined role are hard to give a moniker.

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Chisenhall’s Texas-Sized Night Crushes Rangers; Indians 17, Rangers 7

June 9, 2014 |

They say everything is bigger in Texas, but even Texas couldn’t handle Lonnie Chisenhall on Monday night.

Chisenhall was 5-for-5, with three home runs, a double, a single and nine runs batted in, helping the Tribe rout the Texas Rangers 17-7. Chisenhall’s nine RBIs tie a team record, originally established by Chris James against the Oakland Athletics in 1991. The five hits added 20 points to Chisenhall’s batting average, leaving it at .385 at the end of the evening.

Cleveland needed more of Chisenhall’s offense than it would like to admit as both teams did not receive quality starts from their pitchers. Rookies T.J. House for the Indians and Nick Martinez for the Rangers both struggled to keep the opponent’s offense in control early. The Tribe’s bullpen was able to curtail the Rangers offense long enough for Chisenhall to do the necessary damage. The win gave the Indians a series victory in the four game set at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

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Bourn Walkoff Races Indians to Sweep; Indians 6, Rockies 4

June 1, 2014 |

It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Well, unless you hit the walkoff home run, then it’s a sprint too.

After slow starts to their season, Michael Bourn and Josh Tomlin have come alive to try and keep the Indians in the American League Central Division race the last few weeks. Sunday, Bourn hit a walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Indians a 6-4 victory and three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

Bourn started the season injured, then in a slump, but has hit in his last 14 of 15 games and now is batting .348 with runners in scoring position. His second home run of the year and walkoff sprint around the bases was set up by another strong start from Tomlin. Tomlin received his first no-decision of the year, but pitched the Tribe into the sixth inning after a slow start in the second and third innings.

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Bauer and Chisenhall Come of Age, Leading Tribe Past Rox; Indians 7, Rockies 6

May 31, 2014 |

Every diamond needs a little polishing.

Lonnie Chisenhall and Trevor Bauer have been expected to emerge as leaders of the Tribe for some time now, but have struggled in opportunities. Neither struggled Saturday afternoon as they helped lead the Indians to a 7-6 win over the Colorado Rockies at Progressive Field. Chisenhall, who has bounced from Triple-A and the big leagues since June 2011, went 2-for-3 with a home run and three driven in on the afternoon.

Bauer, the big name in a three-team trade in December 2012, has been expected to become a front-of-the-rotation pitcher for Cleveland. He had his third quality start in four outings this year and outdueled lefty, Franklin Morales. Bauer’s command and control continue to thrive at the big league level in 2014, while Chisenhall’s offense has come alive after three seasons of sputter.

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Chicago Breaks Tie in Ninth for Sweep: White Sox 3, Indians 2

May 28, 2014 |

Fielding lapses and an anemic offensive output undid the Indians yet again, as the White Sox pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to win 3-2 for the three-game sweep Wednesday night. The Indians have now lost four in a row.

Bryan Shaw came on to pitch in the bottom of the ninth for the Tribe, and got Tyler Flowers to ground to Mike Aviles at third. But Aviles threw a two-bouncer to first, and Flowers was safe. It was the first error of the game for the Indians, but their 54th in as many games this season. Leury Garcia came on to pinch run, and stole second. Jason Kipnis, making his return in front of his hometown crowd after a stint on the disabled list, backed up shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, keeping an errant throw by catcher Yan Gomes from going into the outfield.

Garcia took third on a sacrifice fly by Marcus Semien, and scored when Sierra hit a ball into right, tagging Shaw with the loss.

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Tribe Out-Hits O’s and Their Own Poor Defense; Indians 8, Orioles 7

May 22, 2014 |

The Cleveland Indians should see if they can get credit for two wins on Thursday night.

The Tribe defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 8-7 in 13 innings—winning their second straight extra inning affair—but they worked much harder than they necessarily needed to. Defensive miscues and a poorly played fly ball kept the Orioles in the game.

What could have been an easy victory for Cleveland, instead forced Tribe starter Justin Masterson to work harder than necessary and the bullpen behind him. Masterson pitched on three days rest after Wednesday’s extra inning contest. Tonight, the bullpen pitched another seven and one-third innings of relief, allowing just one earned run. The bullpen likely remains over-worked and in need or rest, but Cleveland tied their season high, four game winning streak.

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