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Indians Indians Archive The Tribe Scribe: September 14 Edition
Written by Jonathan Knight

Jonathan Knight

Tribe ScribeANOTHER LOSER: During last week’s parade of defeats, the Indians have clinched their fifth consecutive non-winning season. It’s their longest stretch without a winning record since the seven-year string from 1987 to 1993.

RAGE DOES IT AGAIN: On Thursday night, Chris Perez matched his career-best save total of 36 from last year. He now has 95 over the past three seasons.

LONG TIME COMING: Matt LaPorta’s solo shot in the sixth inning on Thursday night was his first big-league homer since Aug. 18 of last season, ending a string of 30 straight homer-less games.

ALL-TIME TOTALS: The Indians’ all-time record against theTwins dropped to 376-359, while their mark against the Rangers fell to 193-237.

CENTRAL WOES: The Indians are 23-31 against AL Central, the only member with a losing record within the division.

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON: Friday night’s comeback victory in Minnesota marked the first time the Indians had won a game in which their opponent scored more than three runs since July 18. They then followed it up with another instance Thursday night in Texas. They now stand at 13-74 on the year when their opponent scores more than three runs.

ROAD WOES: The Tribe is now 28-47 on the road, collecting more road losses than any team in the American League.

NOT-SO-SWEET SIXTEEN: Picking up his 16th defeat Tuesday night in Texas, Ubaldo Jimenez has collected more losses in a single season than any Indians’ pitcher since Greg Swindell went 9-16 in 1991.

SUDDEN TURNAROUND: Indians’ batters hit no home runs in their first 21 innings of the Texas series, then three homers over the last four innings of the series.

FIVE FOR FIVE: The Indians have now strung together five separate losing streaks of at least five games this season - all since late June.

TWIN THIEVES: The Twins ran wild against the Tribe, collecting 10 stolen bases in their four games without getting caught stealing once. By contrast, the Indians notched two stolen bases and were caught once.

SCARY STARTERS: In the Minnesota series, Indians’ starting pitchers posted an abysmal 8.82 ERA.

HUFF TO THE RESCUE: By coming to the rescue in relief on Friday night, David Huff notched his first victory with the Indians since Aug. 29 of last season. It also marked the first win in relief of his career.

EVEN WHEN THEY SCORE...: Prior to Thursday night’s comeback win, the Indians had lost four of the last five games in which they scored five or more runs.

ZACH NOT ON THE ATTACK: In his last three starts before Thursday, Zach McAllister had only pitched a total of 12.1 innings, allowing 14 earned runs.

HUFFING AND PUFFING: After winning 11 games for the Tribe in 2009, David Huff has won only five over the last three years combined.

AVOIDING CLUTCH SITUATIONS: Incredibly, in Monday night’s game in Minnesota, the Indians did not record a single at-bat with a runner in scoring position. Carlos Santana notched a sacrifice fly with Shin-Soo Choo on third base to score a run in the sixth inning, but that was the only time a Cleveland baserunner advanced past first base.

TOUGH GOING: The Indians are now 1-7 in games started by Corey Kluber.

TWIN-CITY TROUBLES: After sweeping a two-game miniseries in Minnesota in mid-May, the Indians have lost 10 of their last 13 games to the Twins.

ANOTHER GOOSE-EGG: Saturday night marked the ninth time this season the Indians have been shut out. It’s the second time they’ve been blanked by the Twins, who only have six shutouts for the season.

A YEAR AGO: After 144 games in 2011, the Indians stood at 72-72, third place in the AL Central, 11 games behind Detroit.



The Indians are averaging exactly 4 runs per game and allowing 5.21.

Runs scored: 576 (13th in AL)

Batting average: .247 (9th in AL)

Slugging percentage: .380 (13th in AL)

On-base percentage: .319 (8th in AL)

OPS average: .698 (13th in AL)

Walks: 480 (2nd in AL)

Stolen bases: 96 (8th in AL)

Strikeouts: 940 (3rd-fewest in AL)

With runners in scoring position: .230 (275 for 1,195)


Runs allowed: 750 (last in AL)

Team ERA: 4.86 (last in AL)

Walks allowed: 481 (2nd-fewest in AL)

Strikeouts: 949 (2nd-fewest in AL)

Opponents with runners in scoring position: .286 (375 for 1,312)

Errors: 80 (5th-fewest in AL)



44-70, 5.27 ERA

(819.1 IP, 480 ER)



16-14, 40 saves, 7 blown saves, 3.94 ERA

(446 IP, 195 ER)



Masterson 14-16 (17 quality starts)

Jimenez 11-18 (12 quality starts)

Lowe 9-12 (13 quality starts)

McAllister 9-10 (9 quality starts)

Tomlin 8-8 (7 quality starts)

Gomez 8-8 (4 quality starts)

Kluber 1-7 (3 quality starts)

Seddon 0-2 (1 quality start)

Hernandez 0-3 (0 quality starts)






White Script “Indians”: 17-18

Blue Script “Indians”: 19-24

Gray Block “Cleveland”: 15-27

Creamy white home alternate: 9-15



Chief Wahoo Cap: 35-42

Block C Blue Cap: 15-27

Block C Red Cap: 8-15

Red, White & Blue Block C Red Cap: 1-0

Silver Chief Wahoo Cap: 1-0



Sunday: 6-17

Monday: 9-7

Tuesday: 9-12

Wednesday: 8-14

Thursday: 10-7

Friday: 10-12

Saturday: 8-15


ATTENDANCE WATCH: The Indians are averaging 20,539 fans per home game - 12th in the AL



The Twins outscored the Indians, 24-16. Each team committed an error and each team scored an unearned run.


Overall Hitting

Cleveland 27 for 128 (.211), 18 walks, 1 HBP, 3 SF (.307 on-base percentage)

Minnesota 36 for 130 (.277), 12 walks, 3 HBP, 3 SF (.345 on-base percentage)


With Runners in Scoring Position

Cleveland 6 for 27 (.222), 26 left on base

Minnesota 10 for 40 (.250), 25 left on base


Extra-Base Hits

Cleveland 8 (3 HR)

Minnesota 11 (3 HR)


Stolen Bases

Cleveland 2 (1 caught stealing)

Minnesota 10


Overall Pitching

Cleveland 33.2 IP, 36 H, 12 BB, 24 SO, 23 ER, 6.15 ERA

Minnesota 36 IP, 27 H, 18 BB, 19 SO, 15 ER, 3.75 ERA


Starting Pitchers

Cleveland 0-2; 16.1 IP, 20 H, 8 BB, 11 SO, 16 ER, 8.82 ERA

Minnesota 2-0; 21 IP, 18 H, 12 BB, 12 SO, 10 ER, 4.29 ERA


Relief Pitchers

Cleveland 1-1, 1 save; 17.1 IP, 16 H, 4 BB, 13 SO, 7 ER, 3.64 ERA 

Minnesota 1 save; 15 IP, 9 H, 6 BB, 7 SO, 5 ER, 3.00 ERA



The Rangers outscored the Indians, 15-11. The Indians committed six errors and six of the Rangers’ runs were unearned.


Overall Hitting

Cleveland 27 for 101 (.267), 8 walks, 1 HBP, 1 SF (.324 on-base percentage)

Texas 30 for 102 (.294), 9 walks, 2 SF (.345 on-base percentage)


With Runners in Scoring Position

Cleveland 4 for 26 (.154), 22 left on base 

Texas 7 for 31 (.226), 24 left on base


Extra-Base Hits

Cleveland 4 (3 HR)

Texas 12 (3 HR)


Stolen Bases

Cleveland 1 (1 caught stealing)

Texas 3 (1 caught stealing)


Overall Pitching

Cleveland 25 IP, 30 H, 9 BB, 20 SO, 9 ER, 3.24 ERA

Texas 27 IP, 27 H, 8 BB, 28 SO, 11 ER, 3.67 ERA


Starting Pitchers

Cleveland 0-2; 15 IP, 18 H, 5 BB, 11 SO, 8 ER, 4.80 ERA

Texas 2-0; 19.2 IP, 19 H, 5 BB, 21 SO, 6 ER, 2.75 ERA


Relief Pitchers

Cleveland 1-0, 1 save; 10 IP, 13 H, 4 BB, 5 SO, 1 ER, 0.90 ERA 

Texas 0-1, 2 saves, 1 blown save; 7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 7 SO, 5 ER, 6.14 ERA



Detroit Tigers [75-67]detroit tigers_logo

(Friday 7:05 p.m.; Saturday 4:05 p.m.; Sunday 3:05 p.m.)

Last year: Tigers won season series, 12-6

This year: Indians lead season series, 9-6


Minnesota Twins [60-84]twins logo

(Tuesday 7:05 p.m.; Wednesday 7:05 p.m.; Thursday 12:05 p.m.)

Last year: Indians won season series, 11-7

This year: Twins lead season series, 10-5


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