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The 50-Man Interview
In 2017, Latinos represent over one in four players in MLB and have shaped America's pastime as much as it has shaped them. We asked prospects, starters and future Hall of Famers to share their stories and perspectives. What is it like to learn a new language, crack the game's code of unwritten rules and deal with political turmoil in the United States and back home? Here is their béisbol experience.
The search for love, comfort and identity far from home.
There's no replacement for home cooking.
The shock of that first monster check -- and the reality check that follows.
Changing MLB's code, one celebration at a time.
"I signed to play pro ball and I went to short season in Everett, Washington. I got there and my bat didn't make it. I had a guy there waiting for me, and I didn't know how to communicate, and I was like, 'What am I going to do now? My bat's not here and I can't speak English.' I called my mom, and she spoke with him." René Rivera, Mets, Puerto Rico
"When I came here at 17, I didn't even know how to say 'No. 1.' It was hard to go get something to eat, to understand play instructions. I listened to English all day long without actually understanding it. But there's no language on the field. It's just baseball, and that's something you understand." Óliver Pérez, Nationals, Mexico
"I went down to a gas station to buy a phone card for calling my family. I didn't know how to say 'phone card.' The lady asked me, 'How can I help you?' and I didn't know what to say. It was so hard. I went to the gas station alone because I didn't want anyone laughing at me. I waited until no one was left but myself and the cashier." Jeurys Familia, Mets, Dominican Republic
"One of the things that bothered me most was not being able to express myself when I wanted to say something. I had to live with my internal voice." Adrián Beltré, Rangers, Dominican Republic
"My first year, I played rookie [ball]. I laughed at stuff people said without really knowing what they meant." Elvis Andrus, Rangers, Venezuela
"In my first year, there was a player of Cuban descent who spoke Spanish and English well. I asked him if I could bring him one English word a day and he'd teach me how to use it in a sentence. I was never afraid that people would make fun of me when I said a wrong word." Adrián Beltré, Rangers, Dominican Republic
"I tried to learn a new word every day at the stadium, things like dirt, grass, screen, objects in the dugout, chewing gum. As a catcher, [language] is my main weapon, because if I couldn't communicate with pitchers, I wouldn't be able to do anything." Sandy León, Red Sox, Venezuela
"I always surrounded myself with the American players, and I think that's what helped me. Every time they said a word, I tried to get it in my head and say it and then ask what it meant. I did that word by word. I was never afraid to ask and say a word until I said it right. And even though some of them would make fun of me, they would help me afterwards." Hanley Ramírez, Red Sox, Dominican Republic
"Something that helped me a lot, and that many of my friends have criticized, was that I allotted time to be with Latinos and time to be with Americans. Because I knew that if I spent all my time with only Latinos, I wasn't going to learn." Danny Salazar, Indians, Dominican Republic
"When I came to the United States, I had a different mentality from the other ballplayers. My No. 1 goal was to take advantage of the opportunity to go to the United States and improve the things I could control, like learning the language. Because if you know two languages, it can open other doors for you. If you don't make it to the big leagues, it can help you work as a scout, a coach or open the door to another country." Miguel Montero, Cubs, Venezuela
For the Marlins' Marcell Ozuna, just asking a question was daunting.
"In Texas they began to teach me English with Rosetta Stone, but that did not work for me. I learn more by listening to people and having people help me. Even though people laughed at me, I didn't care. The trainer in Texas translated for me. One day he said to me, 'Hey, you can do it by yourself,' and then I started." Leonys Martín, Mariners system, Cuba
"Playing rookie ball, 70 percent of the team is Spanish-speaking and 30 percent is American. I felt I was the guy in the middle who had to order pizzas for them at night and be that guy who makes sure that Americans understand the Latin ballplayers and vice versa." Dellin Betances, Yankees, Dominican-American
"I had an American girlfriend [in Montana during rookie ball]. I used to have a roommate and he was Puerto Rican, born in the U.S., and he spoke both languages. I would ask him what to say to her, and he would tell me in English, and I would say it over the phone." Carlos González, Rockies, Venezuela
"I had a Canadian [girlfriend] for four years. When we started dating, I didn't understand her." Nelson Cruz, Mariners, Dominican Republic
"[My wife] knew a little Spanish and I knew a little English [when we met]. As our relationship got more formal, things got difficult for my family and her family. They did not understand each other." Jhonny Peralta, free agent, Dominican Republic
"I like watching Netflix series because many people have told me you can learn the language that way." Julio Urías, Dodgers, Mexico
"I like to see movies in English, and I put the subtitles in English too. At least if I don't understand what they are saying, I can read it and know what it is." Rougned Odor, Rangers, Venezuela
"In my first year in the majors, I had [an interpreter]. After that, I told [the media], 'I want to say what I feel.' They asked me if I felt comfortable, and I said yes. The first time speaking in English after a game, I got a little nervous. After that, I got used to having a lot of cameras around." Félix Hernández, Mariners, Venezuela
"The hardest thing for me is when the media uses big words. I don't understand the questions." Michael Pineda, Yankees, Dominican Republic
"Many times, American journalists didn't interview you since you didn't speak the language." Edwin Encarnación, Indians, Dominican Republic
"[They'll think you're] a dumb person [because you don't speak English]. 'Whatever we say, he can't understand it, so it won't make him feel bad." Marcell Ozuna, Marlins, Dominican Republic
"I remember once we were in the elevator at the All-Star Game and a woman was talking to Vladimir Guerrero in English. She said, 'Hey, you don't speak much English,' and Vlad said to her, 'I speak English with my bat.'" Albert Pujols, Angels, Dominican Republic
"I've been in a lot of meetings where managers have talked about something important and a lot of guys have no clue what is going on. Sometimes I go to them and say, 'Hey, you understand what they are talking about?' 'A little bit.' That little bit means they didn't understand everything. I try to explain it to them." Carlos Beltrán, Astros, Puerto Rico
"Kids now have a lot more opportunities to learn. There are more Latino players. We have interpreters now. Players get a lot of help in the minor leagues. Those are the things you didn't see before." Edwin Encarnación, Indians, Dominican Republic
There's no replacement for home cooking.
"I think the hardest part is getting used to the food and new seasonings." Nelson Cruz, Mariners, Dominican Republic
"It was difficult to get used to the American food, to not being able to find the Latin flavors, especially in these tiny towns where the minor league teams are." Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, Venezuela
"When you're in the Dominican at noon, you always have your rice, beans and beef. When you get here, there's nothing other than hot dogs and sandwiches. That's so tough. When I went back home, my mom didn't even recognize me because I had dropped, like, 15 pounds." Ubaldo Jiménez, Orioles, Dominican Republic
"You long for your typical food, your rice and beans and your chicken, because you grew up having it. I was eating sandwiches one day and sandwiches the next. I just couldn't." Santiago Casilla, Athletics, Dominican Republic
"I lived with several Latinos that did not speak English, so we adapted little by little. We started by ordering food at McDonald's or at Subway after the game. What helped me was pointing at a photo [of food], saying something as if I were murmuring, letting them answer me and saying 'yes.' But I didn't know what they were going to give me. Whatever came, I tried to eat it. I went hungry a lot because I've always hated pickles. A lot of times the food at McDonald's came with a lot of pickles, and when I ordered I'd grab the food, go to the hotel, sit down to eat and open it to find pickles. I'd immediately throw it in the trash." Adrián Beltré, Rangers, Dominican Republic
"I used to go to the same place, Denny's, because they had menus with pictures. I would point at what I wanted to eat. That was my spot. They had breakfast, they had lunch . whatever you want." Carlos González, Rockies, Venezuela
"When you wanted to eat something, you had to wait for someone who spoke English. I'd sit in my locker until someone came who could go out and eat with me." Hanley Ramírez, Red Sox, Dominican Republic
Because of MLB's code, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras remembers how he was warned against even simple gestures in the minors.
"At McDonald's, I said that I wanted to eat the same thing, without knowing what it was. Afterwards, I learned the words 'I want,' so I could say 'I want the same thing.'" Carlos Santana, Indians, Dominican Republic
"Sometimes we would eat at a buffet, and we preferred it because we just had to get up and serve our own food and didn't have to talk to anyone." Félix Hernández, Mariners, Venezuela
"It's no secret that after eating in restaurants for two weeks straight, food just does not taste the same. But then I simply had to expand my palate. I learned how to eat sushi, all kinds of food to have some variety, and that helped." Aledmys Díaz, Cardinals, Cuba
"Once, I checked into a hotel. Sandwiches here and sandwiches there. My kids were telling me: 'Daddy, I want to eat real food.' One day, we had rice and chicken for them. 'Daddy, this is real food.'" Santiago Casilla, Athletics, Dominican Republic
"During the season my favorite food is Chipotle. It's very easy, and I like the rice, chicken, guacamole, sour cream with a little bit of corn. I think it's the perfect food for me." Gleyber Torres, Yankees prospect, Venezuela
"I didn't go out to restaurants because I didn't know how to ask for food. That's why I started going to Chipotle each day -- being able to order in Spanish." Yoan Moncada, White Sox prospect, Cuba
"On road trips, teams gave us meal money, which was like $20. To help each other, let's say we were six or eight Latinos, we collected our money and we bought groceries collectively. We got chicken and rice. We had an electric skillet for rice, and we had a pan for the meat. It was forbidden to cook inside the hotel, so we had to avoid having the smoke from our cooking get to the smoke detectors. We cooked in there and we saved ourselves a ton of money. If each of us contributed $20, we did a good grocery shopping trip and it lasted for the four to eight days of the road trip." Edwin Encarnación, Indians, Dominican Republic
"Back in Arizona, Dominican players gathered ourselves in groups of four or five. We went for groceries together and one of us cooked, another one did the dishes. We took turns. When I played Single-A, I was with Nelson Cruz, who was playing with Oakland, and he was the cooking guy. He always made a pot of chicken thighs." Santiago Casilla, Athletics, Dominican Republic
"I brought a cookbook with me from the Dominican Republic. I had to get creative. When the season started, most of the guys and I went grocery shopping together, and then I cooked. I was on the phone with my mom: 'What do I have to do?' And she directed me on the phone." Danny Salazar, Indians, Dominican Republic
"Today, when Latinos go to Seattle, I bring food for them so they don't have to go through that [eating wings or McDonald's]. And we expect the same when we go to another ballpark." Nelson Cruz, Mariners, Dominican Republic
Changing MLB's code, one celebration at a time.
"Here, baseball is a big business. In Puerto Rico, baseball is more a place where fans go to the field to cheer, to go crazy; there's loud music." Carlos Beltrán, Astros, Puerto Rico
"The Caribbean baseball fan is louder. They yell what's on their minds. When I pitched there, it shocked me: The ballpark wasn't at full capacity, but they were so noisy, it sounded like the place was full." Jeanmar Gómez, Phillies, Venezuela
"What I miss the most about baseball in Cuba is the passion, that Caribbean passion. People are always cheering and messing with you. You don't see that here." Aroldis Chapman, Yankees, Cuba
"In Venezuela, since the season is so short, they expect you to be in shape from the start, to have four or five hits every day. Here, they give you time. They know that it's a long season. In Venezuela they know that you're in the big leagues, and they expect home runs every day." Elvis Andrus, Rangers, Venezuela
"Here, things are bigger. You have your own locker. In the Dominican, all the lockers are close together." Jeurys Familia, Mets, Dominican Republic
"There are many more perks here in the States, and that helps you to relax when you hit the field. In Venezuela, sometimes you have issues with running water or getting your meal." Yusmeiro Petit, Angels, Venezuela
"In our clubhouses, we play loud music from the moment we get there. We are dancing, playing, always enjoying ourselves. Here, it's a little bit more professional in the sense that there's more concentration." Gerardo Parra, Rockies, Venezuela
"We play music, we play games -- billiards, cards, chess. We are always out there in the clubhouse as Latinos." Manny Machado, Orioles, Dominican-American
"Because I am the one who chooses the music in the clubhouse, I have to put a little bit of everything on and keep everyone happy. Even country music." Hanley Ramírez, Red Sox, Dominican Republic
"[In the clubhouse] an American feels more comfortable with Americans than with Latinos; a Latino feels more comfortable with Latinos." Yadier Molina, Cardinals, Puerto Rico
"I talk to everyone, but most of the people I hang out with are Latin. We stick together." Manny Machado, Orioles, Dominican-American
"For the most part, I hang out with the Americans. But I sit with CarGo [Carlos González] on the plane, and the Latin guys sit next to me. They play Latin music. I know a lot of the Americans don't want to hear it, but I love it." Nolan Arenado, Rockies, American of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent
Why Red Sox catcher Sandy Leуn begged his mother to let him go home to Venezuela.
"In the minors, I was always among the top prospects, and to be honest with you, when you're a top prospect, you're treated differently. I did see [racism] with some of my teammates who weren't so highly ranked. You did notice that. I felt pretty bad about it, since I knew they didn't mess with me just because I was a high-ranked prospect." Edwin Encarnación, Indians, Dominican Republic
"Maybe it's true that if the Latino and the American are doing the same job, they're going to give the job to the American. That's how it was when I was in the minors. Sometimes I'd talk to the boys in the minors and explain that this is a way to force yourself to do better." Adrián Beltré, Rangers, Dominican Republic
"When a Latin player comes up to the major leagues, he has to work twice as hard because he comes from another country. You have to work harder every day because this business belongs to [the Americans]." Marcell Ozuna, Marlins, Dominican Republic
"As a Latino, sometimes you hold back for fear that you can say something not right that can put an end to your career." Sandy León, Red Sox, Venezuela
"Sometimes I would get to the stadium at 7 a.m., and there was a sheet that spelled out where you had to be and where you had to go at a certain time, and that was something I had never done. That's one thing that shocked me a lot when I got here." Aledmys Díaz, Cardinals, Cuba
"For me, the most difficult thing was when you arrive at the clubhouse as a rookie. Here, the culture is different between rookies and veterans, and this was one of the things that struck me. There were times when I did things one way and [the veterans] saw it a different way. One small thing became a big mess. Sometimes I felt a bit offended because I did things one way and they saw it a different way. That will hurt your feelings." Leonys Martín, Mariners system, Cuba
"[When I first got to the majors] I felt isolated. That is why I try my best to help every rookie from having that feeling. I always said to myself that when I have a position of power and I can impose order, I will allow the rookies to feel welcome and make them feel at home." Nelson Cruz, Mariners, Dominican Republic
"We are not understood. We have to adapt. There are things we are not used to doing in our countries. When you keep doing things wrong, people get tired; I even got tired myself. There should not be so many rules. You just have to do your job and let people have fun, which is what I was doing in 2013. They've wanted to change so many things about me that I feel so off. I don't feel like the player I was in 2013." Yasiel Puig, Dodgers, Cuba
"Maybe for guys from Cuba and the Dominican Republic, there's a larger difference because they put more flair into the way they play, and they come to the United States and people don't really like that. You see a lot of issues with guys like [Yoenis] Céspedes or [Yasiel] Puig, when they're celebrating. However, that's the only way they know, and I get it. Everyone comes from different situations, so you have to be open-minded. You've got to understand why they do that kind of stuff. You can't just judge people because of the way they play." Carlos González, Rockies, Venezuela
"It's one thing to celebrate, another to not respect the opponent. I think there are many ways to celebrate and express your emotions without disrespecting the opposite team or baseball or a culture that isn't accustomed to that. Today you see many things you didn't see before thanks to social media. Before, they celebrated the same way and immediately received a message from a veteran telling you not to do it so much and that one has to earn that, to earn enough respect to celebrate without offending anyone. But today it's another baseball. People have to understand we're living in another era. Today there are many young players who want to stand out and to celebrate." Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, Venezuela
"Respect [your opponents] so that they respect you. But passion should not be confused with a lack of respect." Miguel Montero, Cubs, Venezuela
The search for love, comfort and identity far from home.
"When a child is born, the first thing Dad wants is for him to be a baseball player. He buys him his ball and his bat. We live baseball." Nelson Cruz, Mariners, Dominican Republic
"The first gift I received was a baseball bat. Baseball is in the blood of our family." Carlos Beltrán, Astros, Puerto Rico
"We grew up around baseball. That's what my dad did. That's what my brother and my cousin did. There were so many players in the big leagues back then from Puerto Rico. Just watching them, it made me want to be on TV. That way my family could watch me back in Puerto Rico." Francisco Lindor, Indians, Puerto Rico
"My mom took me to the baseball field when I was 4 years old. One day, I started crying and said, 'No, I don't want to play this sport.' A few days later, I saw my mom crying and I said, 'What happened?' 'I want you to play baseball.'" Carlos Carrasco, Indians, Venezuela
"My brother, who was a pitching coach, [taught me how to pitch]. He played in the minors but did not make it to the big leagues. We played every day on the porch of the house. We shattered all my mom's glass windows. We always listened to her scolding us, but we kept on playing." Félix Hernández, Mariners, Venezuela
"My grandfather is huge in Puerto Rico. His name is Ángel Luís 'Güi' Báez. Lots of people come up to me and instead of calling me Javier Báez, they say, 'Hey, are you Güi Báez's grandson?' They don't know me, but they know my grandfather." Javier Báez, Cubs, Puerto Rico
"I defected when I was 16. Here, if you play hard and you do the right thing, you have an opportunity to show your talent. In Cuba, if you play hard and you do the right thing, you're not going anywhere. If the Cuban government doesn't like the way you act or the way you think, it doesn't matter how much talent you have. That's why a lot of us made those tough decisions to defect and leave our friends and families behind. We want to follow a dream. America gives us that dream." Brayan Peña, Royals system, Cuba
"Latin players are used to being around their mom, their dad, their family. Then you come to the States and you're alone. Now you have to grow up, be a man and take care of yourself." René Rivera, Mets, Puerto Rico
"I called my mom every day. I would talk to her about everything -- how it was around here, how we worked. It was really hard. But my mom just said to me, 'Son, you decided to be a baseball player.'" Félix Hernández, Mariners, Venezuela
"I knew that if I would have to go back home, I would return with nothing but a nickel in my hand. I was a poor kid who was fortunate that my mom and my dad raised me the right way. I thought it was perfect that I had the chance to go play in Missoula, Montana." Carlos González, Rockies, Venezuela
"I went almost two years without seeing my family. Sometimes I talked to [them] and they cried. You have to fight twice as hard -- fight to succeed for you, for your family and fight mentally because you miss your family and you want them close. Sometimes it takes you out of the game." Adeiny Hechavarría, Marlins, Cuba
"It's hard when you want to share with [your family] those moments you've dreamt about your whole life." Francisco Lindor, Indians, Puerto Rico
Red Sox catcher Sandy Leуn describes how Venezuelan prospects as young as 12 want to flee the country.
"We'd go to the gas station to get phone cards to call our family, and we would all call from one cellphone. I had to borrow it because at the time I had no cellphone. I would ask, 'Can you let me call my mom and dad?'" Marcell Ozuna, Marlins, Dominican Republic
"It's tough for me to spend a whole year without being able to look at my loved ones. Two years ago, I had the chance to bring my parents to the States so they could see me play. They were so happy." José Álvarez, Angels, Venezuela
"I remember the first time my mom had the opportunity to come over here. It was in 2006, when I was invited to the Futures Game in Pittsburgh. That was a great experience, since my mom knows I follow Roberto Clemente's life. I had the chance to play for the first time in a big league field at PNC Park. She took a picture at the ballpark next to the Clemente statue, and she has it at home." Carlos González, Rockies, Venezuela
"I called my dad every morning when I got in the car to go to the stadium. When he died [in 2009], I was in spring training. I went to Venezuela for a week. I came back to continue spring training, and when I started up the car, my eyes fogged up and I had to pull over on the side of the road because I couldn't see. I grabbed the phone to call him and said to myself, 'Who am I going to call? He's not there.'" Miguel Montero, Cubs, Venezuela
"I know a lot of guys from Venezuela who missed their families so much they couldn't play well, so they got released." Carlos González, Rockies, Venezuela
"It's tough to have the life of a baseball player. I feel lonely without [my family]. Previously, my oldest son started the school year in the States and ended it in the Dominican. I didn't want to do it that way this year since he would have to separate himself from his teachers and friends. I don't think it's healthy for him. So I better sacrifice myself so they can be normal kids." Carlos Gómez, Rangers, Dominican Republic
"I have my son at a bilingual school so he doesn't have to experience what I've been through. That's one thing I'm quite concerned about. It's why I work so hard." Edwin Encarnación, Indians, Dominican Republic
"[My children] were born here, so in our house we speak in English a lot, but I was a bit scared to put my oldest one, who was born in the Dominican Republic, in school here. But he's the one who speaks English the best." Hanley Ramírez, Red Sox, Dominican Republic
"When the kids are with my wife, they speak in Spanish. When they are with me, especially when we are playing, we sometimes speak in Spanish, sometimes in English, and Spanglish. We have a lot of variety. When we go to Venezuela, my girl speaks only in Spanish because she says, 'Daddy, here they speak Spanish.'" Félix Hernández, Mariners, Venezuela
"I look for the best in American culture and the best in our culture. I like Latino culture because we are very warm. That's what I want my kids to be. I don't want them to leave the house at 18." Miguel Montero, Cubs, Venezuela
The shock of that first monster check -- and the reality check that follows.
"[Starting out] I had no money. None. But it was my own fault. I spent it on a pair of shoes, $60. I thought we had food in the fridge that they were going to give us. But when we arrived, there was no food. So I spent three days hungry, and I remember that I called my mom. She sent me money because I told her we were all hungry. And she started to cry. She told me, 'Come back to Venezuela. You don't need to go through this.' And my dad grabbed the phone from her and told her, 'Let him become a man. You want to be a ballplayer, then stay there. So put on your pants and go play ball, because this is what you wanted to do.' I never called them again." Miguel Montero, Cubs, Venezuela
"I had to adapt to a totally different system [here]. I didn't speak English, I didn't understand the culture. Everything was brand-new for me. I never used a cellphone. I never had a bank account. I never used a bank card. My first time I used my check card, I took $100 out of my checking account and I saw the receipt and I'm like, 'Why are they charging me $2.50 if I only took $100? Why is this machine stealing money from me?' After that, it took me awhile to trust the ATM machines." Brayan Peña, Royals system, Cuba
"We didn't have transportation to hit the gym early, so we had to get a cab. But we couldn't always pay for it, so we would have to go walking or on a bike. Renting an apartment was also hard. You come here and you have no credit history. We were six people living in one apartment because that's what we could afford." Miguel Montero, Cubs, Venezuela
"I had a teammate named Ernesto Manzanillo, and he went with me to open the bank account because every time you took a person, they gave you $25. I didn't know that. He took me, and from then on he'd take each one of us -- 'Let's go open an account.'" Marcell Ozuna, Marlins, Dominican Republic
"The first adjustment is figuring out what to do with your signing bonus. You have to be aware you have that money, and you have to spend it on the right things. For me, the first thing was buying a house for me and my family. I always had that dream to get my own house." Aledmys Díaz, Cardinals, Cuba
"My first investment was buying a new home for my mother." René Rivera, Mets, Puerto Rico
"My first large investment was purchasing a house for my mom." Ubaldo Jiménez, Orioles, Dominican Republic
"If you look at all players, especially Dominicans, when they get to the MLB and they get a good bonus, the first thing they do is secure a house for their moms. We Dominicans believe in this. Mom ate bones; now she has to eat dough." Carlos Santana, Indians, Dominican Republic
"First, we fixed my old man's house, for the whole family. I also bought a car that we all used, a Ford Explorer. My dad was a truck driver, so I also helped him set up a truck business for people to work for him. I got a good bonus, so I also bought some earrings." Félix Hernández, Mariners, Venezuela
"I was in Double-A, and I will never forget. My bonus was $5 million. My first purchase was with my dad. We spent $500 between the two of us at Men's Wearhouse. And my dad came to me and said, 'Hey, slow it down. We have already spent $500.'" Leonys Martín, Mariners system, Cuba
"I learned to play the guitar two years ago. It's something I have liked ever since I was a small kid. But I couldn't learn in the Dominican Republic because we couldn't afford it." Danny Salazar, Indians, Dominican Republic
"I bought a white Camaro when I signed. I've always loved white cars." Rougned Odor, Rangers, Venezuela
"I've always been a little stingy with money. I like to know everything that's going on with it because I am the one that works for it." Hanley Ramírez, Red Sox, Dominican Republic
"I'm never going to say 'I like this car' and buy it. First I look at the price, and then I try to find 10 similar cars to compare and find the cheapest, including in different states. For example, I am in Cleveland, but I bought my truck in Arizona. I have another car that I also bought in Arizona. It wasn't a new car with zero miles. I have a Corvette and I bought it with 2,000 miles. It still smells new, and I bought it for $10,000 less." Danny Salazar, Indians, Dominican Republic
"Buying toys in order to give them away in my hometown, I think that's one of the largest investments I've made -- giving presents to those people who needed them most. The best reward is seeing them smile. To look at a kid smiling, that's an investment for me." Gerardo Parra, Rockies, Venezuela
The issues closest to home.
"In Venezuela, baseball is a source of joy for the country right now because of all that is happening [politically]. I worry because my whole family is in Venezuela. I can't bring all of them here. [When I'm home] I have a bodyguard. That's the only way I can go out. It really hurts me to see the country in that situation, people who have nothing to eat or who eat only once a day." Félix Hernández, Mariners, Venezuela
"If I can make enough money, I can help all the family out. I have cousins from Cuba who live here now. I have second cousins back in Cuba. I can help pay for college for people in my family." Eric Hosmer, Royals, Cuban-American
"Hopefully in the near future, the Cuban government will realize that a player wanting to come here is not a matter of politics. They have to realize that one has to be able to choose where you want to play and where you want to live. There is a Cuban saying: 'There is no evil that will last a hundred years.' And I hope it does not last much longer." Aledmys Díaz, Cardinals, Cuba
Albert Pujols shared that despite all of the money he's made and the contracts that surrounded him, he remains as humble as ever.
"You see all this about Latinos and immigration. You are hopeful things improve and the whole issue gets forgotten. We all aspire to have a better life. We all have dreams. That's the reason Latinos came into this country. I hope we don't have those dreams taken away from us." Aroldis Chapman, Yankees, Cuba
"[Immigration] is an important topic that's talked about in the clubhouses, in homes, in the streets. I hope that, like all politicians who never go through with what they say on their campaign, [President Donald Trump] doesn't go through with it [his threats to deport undocumented immigrants]. I feel the fears of a lot of people. That does affect me, not what one person says, but what so many suffer, especially if they are Latinos." Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, Venezuela
"It's hard to stay in a world in which you have to do many things in order to reside legally." Yusmeiro Petit, Angels, Venezuela
"It was very important [to me to become a U.S. resident]. You don't become one just because you want to. Every Latino player becoming a U.S. resident is creating a new job post for another Latino player. That work visa that used to be yours will now be given to another." Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, Venezuela
"I grew up in the Dominican, but I already feel like I live two lives because I have spent as many years in the States as I have lived there. I came to the States when I was 16, and I'm 36 now. I have a life here and a life in the Dominican." Santiago Casilla, Athletics, Dominican Republic
"You feel proud of being able to come from a country where you had nothing and then come here and be able to make your dreams come true." Robinson Canó, Mariners, Dominican Republic
"I always say I am Dominican. I told my parents if I had the chance to play [in the World Baseball Classic], I would play for Dominican Republic. It is something that I owe them." Dellin Betances, Yankees, Dominican-American
"When I play, I'm representing the Dominican because that's where my parents are from. I grew up in the U.S., but I matured as a baseball player in the Dominican. I want to retire there. That is where I want to be. It's home." Alex Reyes, Cardinals, Dominican-American
"People come here and get used to so many things, but their ways, their swag, everything they are, doesn't disappear. You never forget where you came from." Nelson Cruz, Mariners, Dominican Republic
Cleveland Indians 2017: DMan ranks Games 1-162 (thru 145)
Gallery: Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers, September 12, 2017
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Each Major League Baseball regular-season game is 1/162nd of the puzzle (assuming every game is played). Within those equal pieces, though, are varying degrees of quality and/or significance.
One victory can be more impressive than another, based on numerous factors that include strength of opponent and its starting pitcher; how the game unfolded; and who made certain types of plays. Division victories obviously carry more weight, especially with an unbalanced schedule.
The same is applied to losses. Some sting more than others, especially if a lead disappeared. Run differential is not necessarily an indicator of grade of defeat. And a well-played loss against a formidable opponent can be more noteworthy than a sloppy victory against a bad opponent.
For the defending AL champion Indians' 2017 season, I will rank regular-season games 1-162 according to quality/significance. It is a subjective analysis that relies on eyes as opposed to set formulae. The ranking of a particular game can change later in the season based on how the opponent has played. I also will take into account Tribe manager Terry Francona's assessment of his team's performance on that day.
Note: The Indians will ride a 20-game winning streak into Sept. 13 vs. Detroit.
(Top line of games comprising The Streak are in bold)
- Improved to 40-35 overall. Reclaimed lead in AL Central by 1/2 game over the Minnesota Twins, who lost in Boston.
- Improved to 4-0 against defending AL West Division champion Rangers (38-38).
- Won opener of four-game series. Snapped three-game losing streak; have not lost four in a row since the summer of 2015.
- Trailed, 4-0, after 1/2-inning; 7-1 after 1 1/2 innings; and 9-2 after 3 1/2.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco 3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 3 BB, 7K.
- Scored one in the fourth inning, four in the fifth, five in the sixth and three in the seventh.
- Batted 19-for-41 with five doubles and seven walks. Every position player notched at least one hit, including eight with multiple hits. Five players had multiple RBI.
- Rangers LHP Cole Hamels 4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 4 BB, K.
- Rangers hit four homers but managed two hits (singles) after 9-2 lead.
- Manager Terry Francona exited in-game because of illness. Replaced by bench coach Brad Mills.
- Swept three-game series against the defending AL West champion on the road. Other than that, not much happened for the Tribe.
- Swept series despite zero "quality starts'' -- 6+ IP, 3- ER -- from top three in rotation (Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar).
- Won a game started by an upper-level opposing pitcher, LHP Cole Hamels (6 IP, 4 R).
- Scored five in the ninth inning to turn 6-4 deficit into 9-6 lead. 3B Yandy Diaz led off against closer RHP Sam Dyson and grounded 2-2 fastball up middle for a single (was down in count, 1-2). CF Tyler Naquin displaying exceptional barrel awareness, went with a changeup and chopped it into left field for a single. After CA Yan Gomes flied out, No. 9 batter RF Abraham Almonte spit on a tantalizing 3-2 changeup and walked. DH Carlos Santana walked in four pitches to make it 6-5. SS Francisco Lindor blasted a 1-1 fastball deep to right for his first career grand slam -- the Indians' first slam since September 2015.
- Lindor 3-for-4 with two homers, one walk, career-high five RBI, three runs and one steal. He more than atoned for a mental mistake in the field.
- 2B Jose Ramirez with two-out, two-run single off Hamels in the fourth to tie the score, 2-2.
- Avoided what would have been a four-game losing streak, including postseason. (Lost Games 5-7 of 2016 World Series.) Never lost more than three in a row during entire 2016 season.
- Ruined Rangers' season/home opener.
- Rallied from 5-1 deficit after three innings. Scored two in the fourth, one in the seventh, one in the eighth and three in the ninth. The three in the ninth were against closer RHP Sam Dyson.
- Won a game started by a top-level opposing pitcher, RHP Yu Darvish (6.1 IP, 4 R; ND).
- Overcame subpar start by RHP Corey Kluber (6 IP, 5 R). Credit Kluber for bowing his neck after the third and putting up three zeroes.
- Seven Indians had at one hit, five had at least one run, and five had at least one RBI.
- 1B Edwin Encarnacion and 2B Jose Ramirez homered. Encarnacion finished 2-for-5 with one homer and one lineout in his Indians debut.
- No. 9 batter RF Abraham Almonte 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs, one RBI and game-high 26 pitches seen.
- LF Michael Brantley, who played just 11 games last season because of a right-shoulder issue, returned to lineup and swung OK (1-for-5, RBI single).
- 3B Yandy Diaz notched first MLB hit, a double to right-center off Darvish.
- Closer RHP Cody Allen struck out Joey Gallo swinging to open the ninth, then allowed a triple to Elvis Andrus. Allen struck out Jurickson Profar swinging and Carlos Gomez swinging.
- Swept three-game series against team that entered with MLB's best record (now 29-15).
- Went 6-0 in state of Texas.
- CA Yan Gomes 2-for-3, homer, HBP, five RBI, two runs. Continues to sizzle in May.
- Improved to 4-1 against Houston this season.
- RHP Mike Clevinger 7 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 K. Did not allow a hit until seventh inning (Jose Altuve single).
- LHP Andrew Miller IP, 2 K and closer RHP Cody Allen IP, H.
- RF Lonnie Chisenhall 2-for-4, homer, two runs, RBI. Scored on 2B Jason Kipnis single in second inning and hit mammoth homer to center off RHP Mike Fiers in fourth. "Quietly'' has homered in two straight games and four of six.
- DH Carlos Santana doubled to drive in LF Michael Brantley in eighth.
- Defeated team with MLB's best record.
- Improved to 21-19 overall, 13-9 on road.
- Homers by DH Edwin Encarnacion (two-run in fourth inning), 2B Jason Kipnis (solo in fifth) and RF Lonnie Chisenhall (solo in sixth). Encarnacion's, off RHP Charlie Morton, tied the score, 2-2.
- RHP Trevor Bauer 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R.
- Bullpen: Zero hits allowed.
- 20th consecutive victory. Tied 2002 Oakland Athletics for longest winning streak in history of American League. Indians and Athletics are tied for third-longest streak in MLB since 1900.
- RHP Corey Kluber 9 IP, 5 H, 8 K.
- SS Francisco Lindor 1-for-3, leadoff homer, walk.
- 1B Carlos Santana 1-for-3, double, walk, run scored on wild pitch.
- Exceptional team defense.
No. 8: Game 144, Sept. 11 vs. Detroit (W, 11-0)
- 19th straight victory (I don't care about the caliber of competition when it comes to a franchise-record winning streak. It is why this and the next five games are ranked so high.)
- Sixth shutout during The Streak.
- Improved to 88-56 overall.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco 6 IP, 7 H, BB, 9 K (4-0 during The Streak)
- SS Francisco 2-for-4, three-run triple, four RBI, two runs.
- 2B Jose Ramirez two-run homer.
No. 9: Game 143, Sept. 10 vs. Baltimore (W, 3-2)
- 18th straight victory.
- ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.
- RHP Trevor Bauer 6 1/3 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 K (4-0 during The Streak).
- SS Francisco Lindor 2-for-4, double, solo homer, RBI, two runs.
- CA Roberto Perez 1-for-2, solo homer, walk.
- OF Bradley Zimmer fractured left hand on dive into first base.
No. 10: Game 142, Sept. 9 vs. Baltimore (W, 4-2)
- 17th straight victory.
- RHP Josh Tomlin 5 IP, 2 R.
- SS Francisco Lindor homered.
- 1B Carlos Santana 2-for-3, double, RBI, run, walk.
No. 11: Game 141, Sept. 8 vs. Baltimore (W, 5-0)
- 16th straight victory.
- RHP Mike Clevinger 6 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K.
- DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-for-4, three-run homer in first inning.
- SS Francisco Lindor 2-for-3, double, run walk.
- 3B Yandy Diaz 2-for-3, double, two runs.
- 1B Carlos Santana 2-for-3, double, RBI, walk.
- Set franchise record with 15th straight victory.
- RHP Corey Kluber 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 13 K.
- Scored four in first inning, one in second and two in the third; led, 7-2, after three.
- DH Edwin Encarnacion, SS Francisco Lindor, 2B Erik Gonzalez and LF Greg Allen homered. Lindor also tripled.
- Tied franchise record with 14th straight victory.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco 9 IP, 3 H, ER, 9 K.
- 1B Carlos Santana 3-for-4, homer, two RBI, two runs, walk.
No. 14: Game 131, Aug. 30 @ N.Y. Yankees (W, 2-1/G1 of DH)
- Did numerous little things to scratch out road victory against playoff contender.
- RHP Trevor Bauer over Yankees LHP Jaime Garcia.
No. 15: Game 130, Aug. 28 @ N.Y. Yankees (W, 6-2)
- RHP Corey Kluber (8 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 7 K) ho-hum over Yankees RHP Luis Severino.
- 2B Jose Ramirez 2-for-3, homer, two RBI, two runs, walk.
No. 16: Game 132, Aug. 30 @ N.Y. Yankees (W, 9-4/G2 of DH)
- Swept doubleheader and three-game series.
- Seventh straight victory. Improved to 76-56, with firm in control of AL Central.
- LHP Ryan Merritt (5 1/3 IP, R) over Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery.
- 1B Edwin Encarnacion, CA Yan Gomes and SS Francisco Lindor homered (No. 25).
- Pounded Red Sox LHP Chris Sale (3 IP, 7 R, 6 ER).
- Sale gave up combined 14 runs -- 13 earned -- in eight innings of two starts against Indians this season.
- DH Yandy Diaz 4-for-4, walk, two doubles, triple, two RBI, four runs.
- SS Francisco Lindor 3-for-5, homer, two RBI.
- 3B Giovanny Urshela 2-for-5, four RBI, run.
- CA Roberto Perez 3-for-4, walk, double, two RBI.
- Improved to 60-50. Led AL Central by 4.0 games over Kansas City.
- Scored four times after runner on first and two outs in ninth inning.
- RF Austin Jackson RBI single to tie score, 1-1. Rockies CF Charlie Blackmon dived in shallow right-center and narrowly missed catch. (After 0-2 count on swinging strikes, Jackson went: foul, ball, ball, foul, foul, hit.
- CA Yan Gomes walkoff three-run homer on next pitch from Rockies closer RHP Greg Holland.
- RHP Corey Kluber CG, 3 H, R, 11 K.
- Blackmon homered on second pitch of game.
- LF Michael Brantley exited early (ankle).
No. 19: Game 68, June 19 @ Baltimore (W, 12-0)
- Sixth straight victory, the most recent five on the road. Won opener of four-game series.
- Delicious blend of power pitching (Corey Kluber CG, 3 H, 11 K) and relentless offense (17 hits) overwhelmed a quality AL East opponent.
- 3B Jose "XBH'' Ramirez 3-for-6 with two doubles, one triple, two runs.
- DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-for-4, RBI, two walks, four runs.
No. 20: Game 63, June 15 vs. LA Dodgers (W, 12-5)
- Won first game of season against an NL West opponent (1-7).
- Scored three in first inning and two in second off LHP Rich Hill for 5-0 lead. Had four multi-run innings.
- Every position player except RF Austin Jackson finished with at least one hit. Homers by DH Edwin Encarnacion, PH-RF Lonnie Chisenhall and 2B Erik Gonzalez (first career). Chisenhall entered as pinch-hitter for Jackson and homered; went 2-for-3 with five RBI. EE 3-for-3, walk, RBI, four runs.
- 3B Jose Ramirez 3-for-5, two RBI, two runs.
- Indians without Jason Kipnis (neck) and Michael Brantley (baby).
- Game started in 9 a.m. hour on West Coast.
- Rallied with one run in eighth inning and one in ninth. Walkoff occurred when Red Sox 1B Brock Holt threw wildly past third on sacrifice bunt by Roberto Perez. Brandon Guyer scored.
- Bullpen outstanding (4 2/3 IP, H).
- CA Roberto Perez three-run homer.
- LHP Andrew Miller and 1B Carlos Santana exited because of injury.
- RHP Trevor Bauer (6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 11 K) solid against AL East's best team.
- Offense knocked around Red Sox RHP Doug Fister (4 1/3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K).
- DH Edwin Encarnacion 2-for-4, walk, two homers, four RBI.
No. 23: Game 129, Aug. 27 vs. Kansas City (W, 12-0)
- Improved to 73-56, first place by 6.5 games over Minnesota in AL Central.
- At close of MLB business Aug. 27, Indians owned second-best winning percentage in American League at .566 (Houston 79-51, .608.)
- Swept three-game series; outscored wild-card-contending Royals, 20-0.
- Won three straight games by shutout for first time since 1956.
- Led, 12-0, after two innings.
- RHP Carlos "Cookie'' Carrasco 7 IP, 6 H, 8 K.
- SS Francisco "Mr. Smile'' Lindor 2-for-3, two-run homer (24). Five homers in past eight games.
No. 24: Game 11, April 15 vs. Detroit (W, 13-6)
- Snapped three-game losing streak overall and evened three-game series.
- 2B Jose Ramirez 4-for-4 with one walk, two homers, six RBI and three runs. Hit three-run homers off RHP Justin Verlander (first inning, two outs) and RHP Anibal Sanchez (eighth inning, one out). First career two-homer game and a career-high in RBI. Reached base safely in seven straight plate appearances dating to April 14 (six hits). Is 9-for-13 in past three games.
- DH Carlos Santana 3-for-6 with one double, one homer, four RBI and one run. Hit two-run homer off Verlander in second. Owns eight career homers off Verlander.
- CF Lonnie Chisenhall 3-for-5 with homer, two RBI and three runs. Hit two-run homer off Verlander in third.
- SS Francisco Lindor 3-for-5, two runs.
- 1B Edwin Encarnacion 1-for-4 with one walk and one run. More importantly, he made two superb defensive plays to deny Victor Martinez hits in the sixth inning (sharp grounder) and seventh (liner).
- Verlander's line: 4 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 9 ER, BB, 4 K. In his first two starts of season, he gave up a combined two earned runs in 13 1/3 IP (1-0).
No. 25: Game 21, April 27 vs. Houston (W, 4-3)
- Won final two of three-game series. Entering second game of series, Astros owned most victories in American League (14).
- SS Francisco Lindor hit two-out, two-run homer in eighth inning to give Tribe 4-3 lead. Blast to center came off nasty reliever RHP Chris Devenski, who left 2-0 changeup up just enough.
- RHP Corey Kluber 7 IP, 3 R, 10 K.
- CA Yan Gomes 1-for-1, two walks, run. Erased 2-of-2 runners attempting to steal, including Jose Altuve for first out of ninth inning.
- RF Abraham Almonte made excellent catch for final out of first inning. Almonte denied Yuli Gurriel with bases loaded.
No. 26: Game 7, April 11 vs. Chicago White Sox (W, 2-1/10 inn.)
- Walkoff in home opener snapped season's losing streak at three games. Incredibly, Indians have not dropped four in a row since July 23-28, 2015.
- LF Michael Brantley 1-for-3 with two walks and GW hit. Doubled to drive in SS Francisco Lindor from first base with two outs in 10th. Lindor was off with the pitch as Brantley shot a 3-2 fastball (98 mph) from RHP Tommy Kahnle into left-field corner.
- Overcame brutal offensive performance overall. Went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, including 1B Edwin Encarnacion's GIDP 5-4-3 with bases loaded and one out in sixth and eighth innings. Had zero hits in any count with two strikes until Brantley's double. Finished 5-for-31 overall but did manage to walk seven times.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco terrific (7 IP, 4 H, R, 7 K). White Sox 3B Todd Frazier ran into a 3-1 fastball veering in and homered to lead off the fifth. No shame in giving up a solo homer to Frazier.
- Four relievers combined to allow one double and one single, with zero walks, in three innings. The double, by Matt Davidson off LHP Andrew Miller in the eighth, could have been a flyout if RF Abraham Almonte played it better at the wall.
- 3B Yandy Diaz 1-for-4 and made game-saving defensive play. With White Sox on second and third and one out in the eighth, Diaz dived to his left to grab Tyler Saladino's low liner off Miller. The next batter, Tim Anderson, struck out in four pitches. Diaz credited Tribe third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh, from the dugout, moving him back a couple of feet before the decisive pitch to Saladino.
- Lindor 1-for-2 with homer, two walks, two runs, RBI. Homered in first inning off RHP James Shields (2-1 hanging changeup).
- Plate umpire Will Little's zone left something to be desired. Floating edges affected both clubs, but he made the correct close calls in the Brantley 10th-inning AB.
- Cliched a road series against a defending division champion.
- Played superb defense, led by RF Brandon Guyer (catch, assist at second base) and 2B Jose Ramirez (catch).
- 1B Carlos Santana led off game with homer -- an oppo taco -- off LHP Martin Perez. Santana 2-for-4 with two RBI, one walk and one run.
- No. 9 batter CF Austin Jackson 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run in Indians debut.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco (5 2/3 IP, 2 R) pitched reasonably well. He gave up a mammoth two-run homer to LHH Joey Gallo in the second but didn't let the start get away from him.
- Closer RHP Cody Allen gave up back-to-back doubles to open the ninth inning, then struck out Rougned Ordor swinging through a 2-2 fastball, Jurickson Profar looking at a 2-2 curve and Joey Gallo swinging through a 2-2 fastball.
- LF Michael Brantley 2-for-4, including two-out RBI single off LHP Dario Alvarez in the seventh to make it 4-2.
- CA Yan Gomes 0-for-3 with one walk and one run and game-high 28 pitches seen. Battled back from 0-2 count to walk and score in two-run second inning. Called excellent game, on balance, for Carrasco and four relievers. Framed several pitches that proved huge, including strike three against Profar in ninth.
No. 28: Game 128, Aug. 26 vs. Kansas City (W, 4-0)
- Victory achieved despite having been hitless for 5 1/3 innings against Royals RHP Jason Hammel (16 up, 16 down).
- RHP Mike Clevinger 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 9 K.
- CF Bradley Zimmer 2-for-3, run, steal; ridiculous catch. Single in sixth inning gave Cleveland its first runner.
- CA Roberto Perez two-run homer.
- SS Francisco Lindor 1-for-3, walk.
- Won fifth straight -- all on road.
- RHP Danny Salazar excellent (7 IP, 3 H, R, ER, 10 K).
- Homers by 1B Carlos Santana (twice), 2B Jason Kipnis, DH Edwin Encarnacion and LF Austin Jackson.
- Twins RHP Bartolo Colon so-so (5 IP, 3 R).
- Game 1 of doubleheader.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco over Twins RHP Kyle Gibson.
- CA Yan Gomes 3-for-3, walk, HBP, three-run homer.
No. 31: Game 127, Aug. 25 vs. Kansas City (W, 4-0)
- Game ranked high primarily because of LHP Ryan Merritt (6 2/3 IP, 7 H). Royals are offensively challenged, no question, but Merritt's 6 2/3 scoreless rate as a surprise.
- SS Francisco Lindor 2-for-4, two-run homer.
- CA Yan Gomes and 3B Giovanny Urshela combined 4-for-8, RBI, three runs.
No. 32: Game 120, Aug. 18 @ Kansas City (W, 10-1)
- Opener of three-game series.
- RHP Corey Kluber dominant before exiting because of right ankle sprain.
- Offense rocked Royals RHP Ian Kennedy.
- RF Jay Bruce 3-for-5, two homers, three runs, five RBI.
No. 33: Game 121, Aug. 19 @ Kansas City (W, 5-0)
- RHP Trevor Bauer (61/3 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K).
- Superb defense.
- Royals LHP Jason Vargas not good (4 2/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 7 K).
No. 34: Game 20, April 26 vs. Houston (W, 7-6)
- Snapped two-game losing streak. Improved to 11-9 this season, including 3-5 at home.
- Defeated team that entered as AL leader in victories. Astros slipped to 14-7.
- LF Michael Brantley 2-for-4, double, three RBI, run.
- SS Francisco Lindor 1-for-3, walk, double, two runs.
- 1B Carlos Santana 2-for-4, walk, double, two RBI, two runs.
- RHP Trevor Bauer 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 8 K.
- Closer RHP Cody Allen 1 1/3 IP, 2 K. Notched 14th four-out save since 2014 -- most in majors.
- Indians benefitted from Astros lineup without injured 2B Jose Altuve and RF George Springer.
- Led, 2-0, after two innings and 4-0 after three.
- RHP Trevor Bauer 7 IP, 7 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 7 K.
- LF Michael Brantley 2-for-4, RBI, two runs.
- 3B Giovanny Urshela terrific defensive play against former Indians prospect OF Clint Frazier saved at least one run.
- Improved to 36-31 with fifth straight victory. Outscored opponents, 40-13, during streak.
- Swept four-game series. Went from two games behind first-place Twins in AL Central to two games in front. Played entire series without LF Michael Brantley (paternity leave).
- DH Edwin Encarnacion 3-for-4, two homers, five RBI.
- 3B Jose Ramirez 3-for-4, walk, two doubles, two runs.
- RHP Trevor Bauer 7 IP, 2 R.
- Good in all phases in winning opener of four-game series.
- Improved to 33-31 and pulled within 1.0 G of first-place Twins (34-30) in AL Central.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco 6 1/3 IP, 4 H, R, 3 BB, 7 K. One-hitter into sixth. Twenty-one called strikes.
- DH Edwin Encarnacion three-run homer in third inning made it 4-0.
- 3B Jose Ramirez stayed hot (3-for-4, two runs.)
- CA Yan Gomes 2-for-4, three RBI, run.
- RF Lonnie Chisenhall 2-for-4, two RBI.
- Remained undefeated at Target Field (5-0).
- Led, 3-0, after one-half inning.
- 3B Jose Ramirez 3-for-5, two homers, four RBI. Became ninth player in franchise history to homer from both sides of plate in same game.
- CF Bradley Zimmer 2-for-4, walk, four RBI, steal. Two two-out hits drove in runs.
- 2B Jason Kipnis 3-for-5, two doubles, run; superb defense.
- No. 9 batter SS Erik Gonzalez 3-for-4, walk, two runs.
- DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-for-2, three walks, two runs.
- Bullpen 5 IP, H.
- Winning streak at Minnesota reached seven (dating to last season). Won third straight over Twins in series and grabbed first place alone in the AL Central.
- No. 8 batter RF Lonnie Chisenhall 2-for-4, two homers, four RBI. He is 6-for-12 with three homers and 11 RBI in his past four games.
- 3B Jose Ramirez 2-for-5, double.
- CF Austin Jackson solo homer, two runs.
- SS Francisco Lindor 2-for-5, homer.
- RHP Corey Kluber 9 IP, 3 H, R, ER, BB, 11 K. Has struck out at least eight in 12 straight starts.
- Yankees RHP Sonny Gray 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Debut with club.
- Playoff-contending Yankees committed three errors in first inning as Tribe scored twice.
- Yankees without rested Aaron Judge, Todd Frazier and Matt Holliday.
- Won series against wild-card contender, 3-1.
- RHP Corey Kluber capped monster June with 8 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 12 K. Fourth straight start, and fifth of six, with 10+ K.
- LF Michael Brantley 2-for-2, two doubles, two walks, run.
- PH-RF Lonnie Chisenhall 1-for-2, two RBI.
- RHP Trevor Bauer superb (6 1/3 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 3 K. Moved pitches around all parts of the zone well enough, with late wrinkles, that high strikeout total wasn't necessary in order to be effective. Out-pitched Rangers RHP Yu Darvish (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER).
- 3B Jose Ramirez and CF Bradley Zimmer each with sparkling defensive play to assist Bauer.
- LF Michael Brantley 2-for-4, two RBI. 2B Jason Kipnis 2-for-3, walk, two runs.
- Snapped two-game losing streak to begin series.
- Won road game started by opposition LHP (Matthew Boyd).
- RHP Carlos Carrasco 6 IP, 2 R. Did not feel well before start.
- LHP Andrew Miller 2 IP, H, 4 K.
- Closer RHP Cody Allen IP, 2 BB, 2 K (7-of-7 saves).
- 3B Jose Ramirez two-run triple off Boyd in fourth inning (0-1 fastball to right-center). 2B Jason Kipnis hit next pitch to center for sacrifice fly and 3-0 lead.
- Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera 1-for-4, K (Miller, called). Thrown out attempting to advance from second to third on Victor Martinez's groundout to short in fourth (first two outs of half).
- RF Brandon Guyer two plus-defensive plays.
- CA Yan Gomes 2-for-3, walk; excellent game-calling and pitch-blocking
- Improved to 51-45 overall with three-game sweep of bad Blue Jays (44-54).
- RHP Corey Kluber 7 2/3 IP, 5 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 14 K.
- LF Michael Brantley 2-for-4, homer, three RBI.
- SS Francisco Lindor 3-for-4, RBI, run.
- RF Brandon Guyer three-run double off LHP J.A. Happ in four-run first inning.
No. 45: Game 95, July 22 vs. Toronto (W, 2-1/10 INN)
- Improved to 50-45 overall, 23-24 at home.
- SS Francisco Lindor led off 10th with homer. First career WO homer.
- RHP Danny Salazar 7 IP, H, 8 K; 86 P. One of the most efficient/effective starts of his career.
- LF Michael Brantley 2-for-3, double, walk; assist.
- Improved to 38-32 overall, 6-1 on eight-game trip that ended June 22.
- Orioles slipped to 35-36, including losses in 10 of 14. They allowed five-plus runs for 18th straight game.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco 6 IP, 7 H, 10 K.
- LHP Andrew Miller 2 IP, 3 K. He inherited bases loaded, none out in seventh inning and did not allow anybody to score. Indians remained in front, 3-0.
- 3B Jose Ramirez 2-for-5 -- ninth straight game with multiple hits.
- SS Francisco Lindor 2-for-5, homer, three RBI.
- Wrapped trip at 7-1.
- Finished with 13 hits, including 3-for-8 with RISP. Ninth straight game with 10+ hits; ninth straight with 5+ runs; and 12th straight with 2+ hits with RISP.
- RHP Mike Clevinger 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K. He somehow limited Orioles to two runs through two innings (score tied, 2-2).
- CF-LF Austin Jackson 3-for-5, triple, three RBI, run.
- Improved to 44-37, first place by 3.0 games in AL Central at end of day.
- Won road series against a team that has struggled but can be dangerous.
- RHP Mike Clevinger 6 IP, R. Overcame early control issues.
- 3B Jose Ramirez 3-for-4, two homers, four RBI, four runs. Homered from both sides of plate for second time this season.
- Tigers RHP Justin Verlander 3 1/3 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 0 K.
- Tigers scored six in ninth inning.
- Salvaged split of doubleheader thanks largely to RHP Carlos Carrasco (7 IP, R) and 3B Jose Ramirez (two-run homer capped four-run seventh inning for 4-1 lead). Carrasco used nasty breaking pitches on outer half for important strikes and/or outs.
- CF Bradley Zimmer diving catch in deep left-center to deny Mikie Mahtook an extra-base hit in ninth inning.
No. 50: Game 94, July 21 vs. Toronto (W, 13-3)
- Trailed, 3-1, after 4 1/2 innings.
- DH Edwin Encarnacion 3-for-4, homer, double, four RBI.
- RF Abraham Almonte triple, homer.
No. 51: Game 50, May 30 vs. Athletics (W, 9-4)
- Third straight victory (outscored opposition, 24-8).
- Rallied from 3-0 deficit after 3 1/2 innings. Scored four in the fourth and three in the fifth. Numerous quality plate appearances.
- Roughed up Athletics RHP Sonny Gray (4 2/3 IP, 9H, 7 R).
- RHP Trevor Bauer 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, BB, 14 K. Highest strikeout total for AL starter this season. Struck out the side four times.
- RHP Bryan Shaw, LHP Andrew Miller and RHP Nick Goody combined for 5 K, giving staff a franchise-record-tying 19 for nine-inning game.
- LF Michael Brantley 2-for-4, RBI, run. Extended hitting streak to 14. Threw out runner at plate for final out of fourth to keep Tribe's deficit at 3-0.
- Won opener of three-game series to improve to 46-39 overall, 20-23 at home.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco 7 IP, 9 H, 2 R, BB, 11 K. Won fifth straight decision to improve to 10-3 with 3.44 ERA. Vast majority of strikeouts resulted from sliders. Struck out side in nine pitches in fifth inning.
- Former Indian and Tigers DH Victor Martinez notched career hit No. 2,000.
- 2B Jason Kipnis 2-for-3, two doubles, two walks, three runs.
- SS Francisco Lindor 3-for-5, triple, three RBI, two runs.
- LF Michael Brantley 2-for-4, double, four RBI, run.
- CF Bradley Zimmer 3-for-5, homer, two runs.
- Won final two of three-game series.
- RHP Mike Clevinger and four relievers combined on one-hitter. Clevinger allowed the hit -- a double by Royals CA Salvador Perez in fourth inning -- over 5 2/3 IP.
- Tribe pitchers' combined line: 9 IP, H, 6 BB, 11 K
- 1B Carlos Santana 3-for-4, RBI single in fifth inning.
- CA Yan Gomes 1-for-4, double, run.
- Indians scored once in eighth inning to tie score, 1-1.
- With none on and two outs in ninth inning, DH Carlos Santana and SS Francisco Lindor hit back-to-back homers off Royals closer RHP Kelvin Herrera to make it 3-1.
- RHP Josh Tomlin 7 IP, 3 H, R.
No. 55: Game 98, July 25 vs. Los Angeles Angels (W, 11-7/11 INN)
- Won fifth straight, all at home. Improved to 53-45 overall.
- Led, 7-0, after two innings.
- DH Edwin Encarnacion walkoff grand slam off RHP Bud Norris with none out in 11th. Finished 2-for-4 with GS, double, two walks.
- CF Bradley Zimmer 3-for-5, grand slam, walk, two steals; run-saving catch.
- LF Michael Brantley 1-for-5, walk, two runs; runs-saving catch.
- Angels DH Albert Pujols 0-for-6, including 0-for-3 with RISP.
No. 56: Game 15, April 20 @ Minnesota (W, 6-2)
- Swept three-game series (was scheduled to be four).
- First-pitch temperature: 41 degrees.
- Won game started by sizzling Twins RHP Ervin Santana (6 IP, 4 H, R, ER in ND; 113 P). Santana entered at 3-0, 0.41 ERA, in three starts.
- 1B Carlos Santana 3-for-5, two doubles, two RBI, run.
- RF Abraham Almonte 2-for-5, double, run.
- RHP Trevor Bauer plenty good enough (6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K in victory; 110 pitches).
- Bauer and E. Santana dealt with a tight, and otherwise interesting, zone from umpire Alan Porter.
- 2B Jose Ramirez 0-for-3, two walks, RBI, run, stolen base, outstanding defensive play.
No. 57: Game 48, May 28 vs. Kansas City (W, 10-1)
- Snapped three-game losing streak -- all at home.
- Pounded LHP Danny Duffy (4 IP, 9 H, 6 R).
- 2B Jason Kipnis 4-for-4, double, homer, walk, two RBI, two runs.
- OF Austin Jackson 2-for-3, double, three RBI, run.
- RHP Josh Tomlin 9 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 K.
- Clinched series against Tigers, who already are in check-cashing mode.
- Led, 1-0, after seven innings.
- RHP Mike Clevinger 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K.
- LHP Andrew Miller 2 IP, 2 K.
- 1B Carlos Santana 2-for-3, two doubles, walk, RBI, run.
- LF Michael Brantley two-out RBI double in fifth inning.
- Tigers RHP Justin Verlander 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, R, 4 BB, 6 K.
- 2B Jason Kipnis exited game (right hamstring).
No. 59: Game 36, May 14 vs. Minnesota (W, 8-3)
- Avoided three-game sweep and fourth straight loss overall. Improved to 19-17.
- Scored one in first inning, three in second and four in third. Roughed up LHP Hector Santiago, who had been on a roll. Santiago 2 2/3 IP, 7 H, 6 R.
- 2B Jason Kipnis, batting leadoff for first time this season, 4-for-5 with two homers, four RBI and two runs.
- CF Lonnie Chisenhall 2-for-2, two walks, homer, two RBI, two runs.
- RHP Trevor Bauer 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 7 K.
No. 60: Game 99, July 26 vs. L.A. Angels (W, 10-4)
- Seven-run eighth inning expanded lead to 10-2.
- CF Bradley Zimmer 2-for-4, double, homer, walk, two runs.
No. 61: Game 100, July 27 vs. L.A. Angels (W, 2-1)
- Swept three-game series to extend overall winning streak to season-best seven (all at home).
- Improved to 55-45, first place in AL Central by 2.0 G over Kansas City.
- Won despite five hits, 1-for-5 with RISP.
- SS Francisco Lindor go-ahead RBI single with two outs in seventh inning.
- RHP Trevor Bauer 8 IP, R. Retired three straight to strand runners at second and third in seventh with score 1-1.
No. 62: Game 55, June 4 @ Kansas City (W, 8-0)
- Excellent bounce-back after embarrassment of June 3.
- Led, 4-0, after two innings and 6-0 after four.
- Rain delay of 1 hour, 48 minutes in bottom of second ended RHP Trevor Bauer's start (1 2/3 IP, 2 H, BB).
- Leadoff batter 2B Jason Kipnis 1-for-2, homer, walk, two RBI, two runs.
- No. 2 batter LF Daniel Robertson 2-for-5, three RBI.
- CA Roberto Perez 1-for-3, walk, two RBI, run.
No. 63: Game 14, April 18 @ Minnesota (W, 11-4)
- Won first two of four-game series.
- 2B Jose Ramirez and DH Edwin Encarnacion homered.
- Indians pounded RHP Phil Hughes.
- RHP Josh Tomlin QS (6 IP, 3 ER).
No. 64: Game 134, Sept. 1 @ Detroit (W, 10-0/G2 of DH)
- This and next three games are ranked low on the significance list because the Tigers have become a sorry excuse for an MLB team.
- Swept second road DH in three days (@ New York).
- RHP Mike Clevinger 6 IP, 3 H.
- CA Roberto Perez 2-for-5, homer, three RBI.
No. 65: Game 133, Sept. 1 @ Detroit (W, 3-2/G1 of DH)
- Tigers DH Miggy Cabrera lined to short off RHP Joe Smith with bases loaded to end game.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco 7 IP, R.
- 1B Edwin Encarnacion homered.
- Swept four-game series, stretched overall winning streak to 11.
- Improved to 80-56.
- 2B Jose Ramirez 5-for-5, two homers, three doubles, three RBI, three runs.
- RHP Josh Tomlin returns, wins (5 2/3 IP, R).
- SS Francisco Lindor 26th homer.
- Corey Kluber 8 IP, R. Regardless of what Bostonians might say, he has surged ahead of Red Sox LHP Chris Sale as the AL Cy Young Award front-runner.
- Scored four in first inning.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco 7 IP, 3 H, 7 K. Continued terrific start to season (4-2, 1.86 ERA).
- No. 9 batter CA Yan Gomes 2-for-3, three-run homer, walk. Homered off LHP Aaron Loup with two outs in eighth inning to make it 6-0. Golfed Loup's shin-high pitch to left. Oh, by the way: Called excellent game for Carrasco.
- Injury-depleted Blue Jays lineup finished 4-for-29 against Carrasco and two relievers. Went 0-for-1 with RISP and left two on base.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco 8 IP, 2 H. No-hitter for 6 2/3. Carrasco 4-0 with 1.11 ERA career at Tropicana Field.
- DH Edwin Encarnacion homered.
- RHP Mike Clevinger 7 IP, 4 H, BB, 9K.
- RF Jay Bruce 2-for-4, two RBI.
- 13th straight victory.
- Bullpen 8 1/3 scoreless innings bailed out RHP Danny Salazar.
- 1B Carlos Santana 2-for-3, run, walk.
- LF Austin Jackson, 2B Jose Ramirez and CA Yan Gomes homered.
- 12th straight victory.
- RHP Trevor Bauer (6 1/3, 2 R, BB, 9 K) over White Sox RHP James Shields.
- 1B Carlos Santana and 2B Jose Ramirez homered.
No. 73: Game 17, April 22 @ White Sox (W, 7-0)
- Fifth straight victory -- all on road.
- Improved to 10-7 overall, first place in AL Central.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco 8 IP, 3 H, BB, 8 K.
- RHP Zach McAllister IP, 2 K.
- DH Edwin Encarnacion 2-for-5 with two-run homer.
- LF Michael Brantley 2-for-5 with two-run homer.
- 3B Jose Ramirez 1-for-5, homer, superb defense.
- Excellent defense, especially by Ramirez, CA Yan Gomes and 1B Carlos Santana.
- Four steals.
- Won final three of four-game series against wild-card contender. Improved to 63-52 overall.
- LF Austin Jackson homered leading off eighth inning for 4-3 lead. Second run allowed by reliever RHP Tommy Hunter in past 21 appearances.
- Rays continued to struggle offensively. Team finished 2-7 on homestand; shut out five times and scored 11 total runs.
- RHP Corey Kluber 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. Kluber struck out 8+ in his 14th straight start.
No. 75: Game 23, April 29 vs. Seattle (W, 4-3)
- Improved to 13-10. Clinched first winning April in five seasons under manager Terry Francona.
- Trailed, 3-0, after one-half inning.
- RHP Danny Salazar 6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R.
- 3B Jose Ramirez two-run double, CF Lonnie Chisenhall two-run single in first inning.
No. 76: Game 37, May 15 vs. Tampa Bay (W, 8-7)
- Won second straight game. Improved to 20-17 -- fourth in American League to 20 victories.
- Scored eight for second game in a row after scoring a combined one run in previous two games.
- Defeated Tampa Bay for 11th time in past 12 games.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco (3 2/3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 BB) exited because of left-pectoral tightness.
- Led, 5-1, after one inning.
- Two-out homers from CF Lonnie Chisenhall (three-run in first inning) and SS Francisco Lindor (solo in eighth).
No. 77: Game 24, April 30 vs. Seattle (W, 12-4)
- Won final two of three-game series. Finished April at 14-10.
- Scored eight in third inning for 9-1 advantage. Six runs came after Seattle RF Ben Gamel lost RF Abraham Almonte's two-out, deep fly in the sun. The ball landed on the track for an RBI triple.
- SS Francisco Lindor and LF Michael Brantley homered.
- 3B Jose Ramirez 1-for-4 with walk, run. He tagged and scored from third on pop to Seattle 2B Robinson Cano in shallow right.
No. 78: Game 13, April 17 @ Minnesota (W, 3-1)
- Won opener of scheduled four-game series and seven-game trip.
- RHP Danny Salazar 6 IP, R. Escaped early trouble.
- LF Michael Brantley walk, homer, two RBI, run.
- DH Edwin Encarnacion RBI single -- second RBI of season.
- SS Francisco Lindor made superb defensive play with bases loaded and two outs in first inning. Went 1-for-5 with double, run.
- 1B Carlos Santana made two plus-defensive plays.
No. 79: Game 16, April 21 @ White Sox (W, 3-0)
- Fourth straight victory.
- Won game started by typically difficult White Sox LHP Jose Quintana.
- RHP Corey Kluber fourth career shutout, 11th career CG (3 H, 9 K). Consistently got ahead and worked over White Sox. Tremendous late movement from his slider, cutter and two-seam fastball. Had his best cutter in a long time.
- RF Brandon Guyer two-run homer.
- 2B Jason Kipnis season's debut. Batted sixth (0-for-3, walk, run).
- CF Austin Jackson double, run.
- LF Michael Brantley 2-for-4.
- Excellent defense, especially by 1B Carlos Santana and RF Lonnie Chisenhall (assist, throw to second base).
No. 80: Game 58, June 9 vs. White Sox (W, 7-3)
- DH Edwin Encarnacion 3-for-4, homer, two RBI, two runs. Slowly but surely, EE is warming. The average is up to .240, with 11 homers and 24 RBI, but it's much more than that: He is swinging at better pitches and producing more quality plate appearances.
- RHP Corey Kluber 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8K.
- CF Bradley Zimmer 0-for-3 with walk, RBI, good defense.
- 3B Jose Ramirez 2-for-4, run.
- RF Lonnie Chisenhall 2-for-4, run, RBI.
- CA Yan Gomes 1-for-2, two walks, two RBI.
No. 81: Game 60, June 11 vs. White Sox (W, 4-2)
- DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-for-3, double, walk, run. Probably should have had homer to left but umpires ruled foul.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco 5 1/3 IP, 2 R.
- LHP Andrew Miller 1 2/3 IP, 3 K; ERA down to 0.29.
- No. 9 batter 2B Erik Gonzalez 2-for-3, double, RBI, run. Made excellent defensive play to open game.
- Did what they are supposed to do at home against bad opponent.
- Improved to 26-23 overall, 10-13 at home. Athletics fell to 22-28 overall, 7-18 on road.
- Solo homers by RF Austin Jackson, 1B Carlos Santana and DH Edwin Encarnacion.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco quality start (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB, 7 K).
- Won series, 3-1.
- Improved to 28-24; Athletics slipped to 23-30.
- RHP Corey Kluber returned from DL and was superb (6 IP, 2 H, B, 10 K). Kluber and three relievers combined for one walk and 17 strikeouts.
- Capitalized on Oakland's terrible defense for five unearned runs.
- No. 9 batter 2B Erik Gonzalez 3-for-4, two runs.
No. 84: Game 84, July 6 vs. San Diego (W, 11-2)
- Salvaged finale of three-game series.
- RHP Josh Tomlin 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 6 K.
- 3B Jose Ramirez 3-for-5, homer, three RBI.
- 1B Edwin Encarnacion 4-for-5, double, homer, two RBI, four runs.
No. 85: Game 97, July 24 vs. Cincinnati (W, 6-2)
- Did what they are supposed to do against terrible team at home.
- RHP Josh Tomlin 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 6 K.
- 1B Carlos Santana 2-for-3, walk, two solo homers (seventh and eighth innings), three runs.
- CF Bradley Zimmer 2-for-3, two RBI, run.
No. 86: Game 91, July 17 @ San Francisco (W, 5-3)
- Snapped four-game slide overall, albeit against a terrible team.
- RHP Josh Tomlin 7 1/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 K; 79 P.
- Rallied from 3-1 deficit after three innings. Benefitted from careless throwing error by Giants LHP Matt Moore in fifth (scored twice in inning).
- Entertaining game, but one the Indians almost lost to inferior opponent.
- Led, 7-3. Reds tied it with four in seventh inning.
- Winning run scored on wild pitch in eighth.
No. 88: Game 101, July 28 @ White Sox (W, 9-3)
- Eighth straight victory.
- RHP Danny Salazar and INF Jose Ramirez helped the Tribe cruise.
No. 89: Game 102, July 29 @ White Sox (W, 5-4)
- Ninth straight victory.
- RHP Corey Kluber gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings, Ramirez went 0-for-5 and the offense left 14 runners on base -- and the Indians still won. How do we know when the Indians are unconscious? After the first two batters were out in the top of the ninth, the Indians used a walk (Carlos Santana), bloop single to opposite field (Austin Jackson), hit by 0-0 pitch (Yan Gomes) and hit by 1-2 pitch (Brandon Guyer) to pull ahead, 5-4. Santana finished 1-for-1 with four walks and two runs.
No. 90: Game 19, April 25 vs. Houston (L, 4-2)
- Lost opener of six-game homestand; fell to 2-5 at home this season.
- RHP Josh Tomlin solid (6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 6 K). Gave up all runs in fifth inning. Made 35th straight start with two or fewer walks.
- CF Austin Jackson and LF Michael Brantley homered.
- Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel superb (9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; 117 pitches). Threw 65 pitches through six innings. Improved to 4-0 with 1.22 ERA.
- Astros turned three double plays and were sharp defensively. CF Josh Reddick robbed Tribe 2B Jason Kipnis of solo homer leading off fifth inning.
- Astros improved to 14-6.
- Held to three hits by Red Sox LHP Drew Pomeranz and three relievers.
- RHP Corey Kluber 7 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB, 12 K.
- Swept in three-game series after sweeping three-game series at Texas.
- Some might say that the Indians experienced a letdown after the Texas series, or that they were tired after a long spring training and season-opening six-game trip. I say: Perhaps to the first, yes to the second. But those smell like excuses given what transpired. The focus should be what the Diamondbacks did, which was take the play to the Indians in basically every phase.
- RHP Corey Kluber (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R/2 ER) gave the Indians their first quality start of the season. He battled through apparent back discomfort. However, Tribe bats managed one double, six singles and zero earned runs against LHP Patrick Corbin (6 IP, 4 H) and three relievers.
- Leadoff batter RF Carlos Santana went 0-for-5, including 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position. The Tribe finished 1-for-10 with RISP. With runners on second and third and one out in the fifth, Santana took a defensive swing at Corbin's 2-0 fastball (93 mph) above the belt and grounded routinely toward second. It turned into a 4-6-3 double play. With one run in, runners on second and third and one out in the eighth, Santana was jammed by RHP Archie Bradley's 1-2 fastball (97) and popped to second (shortstop side). SS Francisco Lindor grounded to second to end the threat.
No. 93: Game No. 108, Aug. 5 vs. Yankees (L, 2-1)
- RHP Danny Salazar 7 IP, 4 H, R, ER, 3 BB, 12 K. Checked plenty of boxes in bid to become solid option for Cleveland after Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco.
- 1B Carlos Santana homer.
- LF Michael Brantley 2-for-4.
- Offense pressured Yankees closer LHP Aroldis Chapman in ninth inning. Chapman's defense bailed him out.
No. 94: Game No. 109, Aug. 6 vs. Yankees (L, 8-1)
- Yankees salvaged split of four-game series by winning last two.
- Tip the cap to Yankees RHP Luis Severino (6 2/3 IP, 2 H, R, ER, BB, 9 K). Hard-throwing Severino showed why he is one of MLB's best -- at age 23, to boot.
- This was not an 8-1 game. RF Abraham Almonte's failure to make running catch in sixth inning led to four runs. Yankees led, 5-1, after 5 1/2.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco 5 2/3 IP, 5 R.
- LF Michael Brantley homer.
- Yankees slugger Aaron Judge three-run homer off RHP Mike Clevinger in seventh.
- Three-game winning streak snapped (now: 27-24).
- Sometimes, the other guys are just better. The Athletics, thanks to LHP Sean Manaea and SS Chad Pinder, deserve credit for winning much more than the Indians should get blamed for losing.
- Manaea was no-fluke dominant (7 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 9 K) against an offense that was locked in the previous three games. The only "mistake'' was a homer by Tribe SS Francisco Lindor in the fourth to tie the score, 1-1. Lindor kept the hands backs and displayed good plate coverage in sending the pitch deep to left. Manaea's release-point deception and late action of his various pitches led to relatively few good swings against him.
- Pinder 3-for-3 with a solo homer off RHP Mike Clevinger in the third inning and a two-run shot off Clevinger in the fifth. Both came off breaking pitches that stayed up a tad too long.
- LF Michael Brantley 0-for-4; hitting streak snapped at 14. But he did have an assist for the second straight game.
No. 96: Game 62, June 14 vs. LA Dodgers (L, 6-4)
- Score tied, 2-2, through seven innings.
- Dodgers PH Kike Hernandez homered to right off LHP Andrew Miller with one out in eighth. Miller eventually charged with four runs (all earned) in two-thirds of an inning as Dodgers took 6-2 lead. ERA ballooned from 0.55 to 1.60.
- RHP Corey Kluber 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB, 10 K; 1,000th career strikeout in 148th game.
No. 97: Game 61, June 13 vs. L.A. Dodgers (L, 7-5)
- Lost opener of three-game series. Dropped to 31-30 overall, 14-16 at home, 1-8 in interleague.
- Dodgers (40-25) won fifth straight.
- Score tied, 2-2, through seven innings. Dodgers scored two in eighth and three in ninth. Indians scored three in ninth.
- Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Quality start in 12 of 14 outings this season (9-2, 2.23 ERA overall).
- Dodgers rookie 1B Cody Bellinger 3-for-4, two homers, double, walk, four RBI, two runs. Homer off LHP Andrew Miller leading off eighth gave Dodgers a 3-2 lead. Bellinger 17 homers, and 26 extra-base hits, in 45 games.
- Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig two-run homer in second inning off RHP Trevor Bauer (5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K).
- No. 9 batter RF Daniel Robertson 2-for-4, double, three-run homer, three RBI, two runs.
- 2B Jason Kipnis 2-for-5, two doubles off Kershaw.
- CA Roberto Perez solo homer off Kershaw to tie score, 2-2, in fifth.
- Manager Terry Francona exited in ninth inning because of illness.
No. 98: Game 103, July 30 @ White Sox (L, 3-1)
- Winning streak snapped at nine. At end of day: 57-46, first place in AL Central by 2.0 G over Kansas City.
- White Sox 1B Matt Davidson hit two-run homer off RHP Bryan Shaw with one out in ninth inning.
- I thought about ranking this game near the bottom because the Indians should have won against a rebuilding outfit. However, RHP Josh Tomlin exited after four no-hit innings because of left-hamstring tightness. The Indians were leading, 1-0. It is entirely possible that the Indians would have won, 1-0, if Tomlin stayed healthy -- even granting one or two hits to the White Sox.
- White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, R, 2 BB, 9 K. Lowered ERA to 5.23.
- Lost first game of doubleheader.
- RHP Josh Tomlin 4 2/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K. Allowed back-to-back homers to J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera in third inning.
- RHP Bryan Shaw 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB. Runs allowed in seventh inning as Tigers took 7-4 lead.
- DH Carlos Santana 2-for-4, two-run homer.
- CF Bradley Zimmer diving catch in right-center to deny Mikie Mahtook an RBI extra-base hit in second inning.
- Former Indian Mark Reynolds 2-for-4, two homers, five RBI. MLB-leading 51 RBI.
- RHP Mike Clevinger 4 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 6 K.
- Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela 6 1/3 IP, 3 R; three-run double.
- Swept in two-game set. Finished trip at 1-4.
- RHP Trevor Bauer ineffective.
No. 102: Game 22, April 28 vs. Seattle (L, 3-1)
- Lost opener of three-game series. Slipped to 12-10.
- 3B Jose Ramirez homered -- one of four Cleveland hits.
- Indians batters walked twice and struck out 14 times.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco 8 IP, 3 R.
- CA Yan Gomes erased Jarrod Dyson attempting steal.
- Seattle homers by Robinson Cano (two-run) and Ben Gamel (solo).
- Lost second straight to Diamondbacks, who led majors in runs (45) through six games (5-1).
- Led, 1-0, after four innings. Score tied, 1-1, after five. Diamondbacks scored four in the sixth and six in the eighth. The eighth-inning eruption came against LHP Boone Logan (one batter, one pitch, one hit, one run) and RHP Shawn Armstrong (IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 R). Armstrong made game look worse than it was for Cleveland.
- RHP Trevor Bauer (5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 4 R) dueled Arizona RHP Zack Greinke (6 2/3 IP, 5 H, R) for five innings before faltering in sixth. Tribe rotation 0-for-5 in quality starts.
- SS Francisco Lindor (2-for-4, run) and 2B Jose Ramirez (2-for-4, RBI) only Indians with multiple hits.
No. 104: Game 12, April 16 vs. Detroit (L, 4-1)
- Lost series, 2-1. Have dropped seven of nine games overall.
- Will begin MLB Week 3 in last place in AL Central (5-7). Tigers will be in first (8-4).
- RHP Carlos Carrasco 6 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 ER.
- Bats: 8-of-31 with one double and two walks.
- DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-for-4, two strikeouts; one double, one homer and one RBI in 12 games this season.
- Tigers LHP Matthew Boyd 6 IP, ER.
- Tigers CA Alex Avila two-run homer in second inning.
No. 105: Game 34, May 12 vs. Minnesota (L, 1-0)
- Twins 3B Miguel Sano homered with two outs in first inning (No. 10).
- Twins RHP Ervin Santana 7 IP, 2 H, 5 BB.
- Twins improved to 18-14, first place in AL Central.
- RHP Josh Tomlin 8 IP, 6 H, BB.
- LF Michael Brantley 2-for-3 with walk. Brantley's teammates 1-for-26 with four walks.
- Indians slipped to 18-16.
No. 106: Game 8, April 12 vs. White Sox (L, 2-1)
- Lost second of three-game series after winning opener.
- Have scored three, two, two, two and one in past five games (1-4).
- White Sox LHP Derek Holland allowed one hit (SS Francisco Lindor double) in six innings. Holland walked four and struck out four and threw 101 pitches. As he typically does against and in Cleveland, mixed and matched with fastball/breaking pitch/changeup combination. Consistently kept ball out of middle of plate and was not afraid to work inside. Benefitted from select outside pitches being called strikes by plate umpire Jeff Kellogg and by correctly positioned fielders catching a handful of hard-hit balls. On balance, though, Holland earned what he got.
- Lindor 2-for-4, two doubles. Rest of Tribe lineup: 1-for-26.
- Combined 8-for-61, including 0-for-18 with RISP, with 11 walks in first two games of series.
- DH Edwin Encarnacion 0-for-2 with walk; .172 average with one RBI this season. Struck out with runner on third and one out in eighth inning. The next batter, 2B Jose Ramirez, grounded out as score remained 2-1.
- RHP Danny Salazar good enough to win (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 11 K).
- White Sox (3-4) had one RBI hit: two-run single in second inning by 3B Matt Davidson, who was subbing for Todd Frazier (flu-like symptoms).
- First loss of season (3-1).
- Led, 3-0, after three innings thanks to homer by SS Francisco Lindor in first, two-run single by RF Carlos Santana in second and RHP Josh Tomlin's pitching.
- Tomlin gave up two runs in the fourth. He and Dan Otero allowed five runs in the fifth -- all with two outs. Arizona 1B Paul Goldschmidt had a two-run double as the first of four straight RBI hits.
- Held to a total of two hits in final seven innings by RHP Shelby Miller and two relievers.
- Lindor 1-for-5; three homers in two games.
- Santana 1-for-5 with two RBI; one-plus hit, one-plus RBI in four straight games.
- CF Tyler Naquin 2-for-3, walk, run.
- Arizona improved to 4-1.
No. 108: Game 10, April 14 vs. Tigers (L, 7-6)
- Third straight loss; 1-6 since sweeping three-game series at Texas to open season.
- Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera three-run homer and CA Alex Avila two-run shot off RHP Trevor Bauer (5 IP, 8 H, 6 R).
- Tigers led, 7-1, entering bottom of ninth inning.
- PH Lonnie Chisenhall two-out grand slam off RHP Francisco Rodriguez in five-run ninth. CF Austin Jackson followed with strikeout swinging.
- RHP Corey Kluber (3 IP, 5 R) exited because of lower-back stiffness.
- Detroit RHP Justin Verlander 7 IP, 2 R.
- Lost first of four-game series. Slipped to 1-3 against Detroit.
- RHP Trevor Bauer 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 BB, 3 K. After the game, Bauer owned the bad performance in front of reporters at Comerica Park, saying he wasn't able to put the ball where he wanted. Tigers successful against his fastball.
- Detroit LHP Daniel Norris (6 IP, 5 H, R, 4 BB, 8 K) beat Indians for second time. Indians' struggles against LHP starters continued.
- Indians finished with six singles and one double.
No. 111: Game 35, May 13 vs. Minnesota (L, 4-1)
- Lost second straight to begin three-game series. Lost third straight overall.
- Twins RHP Jose Berrios, in season's debut in majors after being recalled from Class AAA, allowed one run on two hits in 7 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four. He notched 13 outs in the air. He earned the results with stellar three-pitch mix -- fastball, breaking pitch, changeup.
- In three starts against Cleveland last year, Berrios combined 11 earned runs allowed in 12 2/3 innings.
- LF Michael Brantley 2-for-4. Brantley's teammates 1-for-26 with one walk.
- Indians' run scored on wild pitch in third inning. Led, 1-0.
- RHP Mike Clevinger 4 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 5 BB, 5 K.
- Twins 1B Joe Mauer bunt single -- Twins' first hit -- part of three-run fourth.
- Twins RF Max Kepler with laser homer to right off reliever RHP Dan Otero in sixth.
- Indians deprived of first and second, one out in ninth inning because plate umpire CB Bucknor made terrible third-strike call on Edwin Encarnacion in 3-2 count. It was the second "out.'' 2B Jason Kipnis lined to right to end game.
- CA Yan Gomes twice caught Twins 2B Brian Dozier attempting to steal second.
No. 112: Game 38, May 16 vs. Tampa Bay (L, 6-4)
- Slipped to 20-18 overall, 8-9 at home.
- Rays snapped six-game losing streak against Indians dating to last season.
- Rays hit five homers, including four solos off RHP Danny Salazar (5+ IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 9 K). They struck out 16 times.
- DH Edwin Encarnacion 2-for-4, homer.
- CA Yan Gomes 2-for-4.
No. 113: Game 39, May 17 vs. Tampa Bay (L, 7-4)
- Lost final two of three-games series against sub-.500 team. Fell to 8-10 at home.
- RHP Josh Tomlin 2 1/3 IP, 7 H, 6 R.
- Rays hit three homers and finished series with franchise-record 10.
- Lost opener of three-game series.
- RHP Trevor Bauer 6 IP, 4 R; 125 pitches. Allowed two-run homer to lefty Ryan Goins and two-run single to lefty Justin Smoak, the latter off a good pitch.
- Bauer faced a lineup that was missing injured 3B Josh Donaldson, SS Troy Tulowitzki and CA Russell Martin.
- 3B Jose Ramirez robbed of a two-run hit in sixth inning by Toronto CF Kevin Pillar, who dived to make catch on track. Sometimes, you need to tip the cap to the other guy who makes one of MLB's defensive plays of the year.
No. 115: Game 43, May 22 @ Cincinnati (L, 5-1)
- Lost to below-average team in opener of Ohio Cup.
- RHP Josh Tomlin 6 1/3 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER.
- 1B Edwin Encarnacion 1-for-4, 3 K. He and teammates spent too much time griping about plate umpire Will Little's zone. Little was not exactly consistent, but Tribe batters allowed him to get into their heads.
- 2B Jason Kipnis homer off Cincinnati RHP Scott Feldman (6 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, 9 K).
No. 116: Game 18, April 23 @ White Sox (L, 6-2)
- Uneven and otherwise sloppy performance. It happens to good teams, too, in the course of a 162-game season.
- Five-game winning streak snapped. Finished trip to Minnesota and Chicago at 5-1.
- Committed three errors and went 0-for-9 with RISP.
- RHP Danny Salazar 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER. Streak of Tribe starts of 6+ IP, 3- ER ended at six.
- Salazar threw 35 pitches in first inning and Indians trailed, 3-0. Throughout start, his fastball control/command was spotty and his changeup was below average.
- White Sox LHP Derek Holland (6 IP, 3 H, R) handled Indians for second time this season and continued his career success against the franchise. Faced lineup without LF Michael Brantley and 2B Jason Kipnis, who had scheduled days off. Kipnis pinch-hit in ninth and walked.
- SS Francisco Lindor (2-for-4) homered off Holland in fourth.
No. 117: Game 53, June 2 @ Kansas City (L, 4-0)
- Lost opener of three-game series to fall to 28-25.
- Royals LHP Jason Vargas seven-hit CG.
- Offense was 7-for-30 with one double, one walk, four GIDPs.
- LF Michael Brantley 3-for-4.
No. 118: Game 74, June 25 vs. Minnesota (L, 4-0)
- Swept by Twins in three-game series in Cleveland for first time since June 1991.
- Outscored, 13-2, in series. Held scoreless in 25 of 27 innings. Never held a lead.
- Twins went from 2 1/2 behind first-place Indians to 1/2-game ahead.
No. 119: Game 9, April 13 vs. White Sox (L, 10-4)
- Lost second straight game to a rebuilding team and lost series, 2-1. Fell to 4-5 overall.
- Wasted 12 hits, including two homers (LF Michael Brantley, CA Yan Gomes).
- Trailed, 1-0, one pitch into game (Tim Anderson homer off RHP Josh Tomlin's 87-mph fastball).
- Trailed, 5-1, after one inning and 7-1 after 1 1/2 innings. Tomlin allowed seven runs on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings. White Sox finished with 15 hits.
- Brantley 2-for-5 with double, homer.
- 3B Yandy Diaz failed to finish two potential double plays -- one each in first and second innings. White Sox scored a total of six after those mistakes. Nonetheless, Tomlin wasn't missing bats.
- UTL Michael Martinez gave up one hit in scoreless ninth.
No. 120: Game 28, May 5 @ Kansas City (L, 3-1)
- Lost to last-place Royals, who improved to 10-18.
- Royals had lost eight in a row to Indians dating to last season.
- Batted 4-for-30 against RHP Jason Hammel and three relievers.
- DH Edwin Encarnacion homer, double.
- 2B Jason Kipnis 2-for-3.
- Royals 1B Eric Hosmer 3-for-4 with double, two-run homer.
- ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.
- RHP Corey Kluber 5 IP, 3 H, R, 3 BB, 8 K; 101 P. Fastball control/command a tad off, plus Tigers put up assortment of quality PAs that ran up count. Streak of starts with 7+ IP, 1- ER, 10+ K ended at four.
- 3B Jose Ramirez 2-for-3, two-run homer, walk, two RBI.
- Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, K.
- Tigers Nos. 8-9 batters, Alex Presley and Jose Iglesias, combined 5-for-7 with walk, three RBI, run.
No. 122: Game 59, June 10 vs. White Sox (L, 5-3)
- RHP Josh Tomlin 2 2/3 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER. Gave up some soft contact, but White Sox still were comfortable against him. They led, 4-0, after two innings -- and it could have been more if not for bad running and the Tribe's defense.
- White Sox LHP David Holmberg 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R for his first victory since July 30, 2015.
- White Sox' top four in order (Tim Anderson, Melky Cabrera, Jose Abreu, Avisail Garcia) combined 10-for-18 with two RBI and three runs.
- DH Edwin Encarnacion 2-for-4, homer, two RBI.
- 1B Carlos Santana 1-for-4, homer.
- LF Michael Brantley 1-for-4, double, run; two assists, error.
- SS Francisco Lindor continued to struggle. He was 0-for-3 with walk. He probably would not admit this, but he appears to be pressing. He batted .245 in May and is 5-for-32 with one walk in his first eight June games.
- Finished with three hits -- one night after 19 hits in 15-9 victory over Rangers.
- RHP Mike Clevinger 6 IP, R.
- RHP Cody Allen IP, R (Adrian Beltre solo homer with two outs in ninth inning.)
No. 124: Game 111, Aug. 9 vs. Colorado (L, 3-2/12 INN)
- Rockies scored once in ninth inning to tie score, 2-2.
- Rockies CF Charlie Blackmon homered off RHP Zach McAllister in 12th.
- RHP Trevor Bauer 7 IP, 7 H, R, ER, 9 K.
No. 125: Game 119, Aug. 17 @ Minnesota (L, 4-2)
- Second game of DH.
- Twins RHP Aaron Slegers stellar in MLB debut (6 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.)
- Twins RF Max Kepler homered off reliever RHP Mike Clevinger in seventh inning to make it 3-2.
No. 126: Game 122, Aug. 20 @ Kansas City (L, 7-4)
- Trip ended with a dud, but it was highly successful (8-3).
- Slipped to 68-54 but led AL Central by 5.0 games over Minnesota and 6.5 over Kansas City.
- Royals salvaged finale of three-game series.
- RHP Danny Salazar struggled (4 2/3 IP, 12 H, 6 R). Royals have had his number this season.
- SS Francisco Lindor two-run homer.
No. 127: Game 47, May 27 vs. Kansas City (L, 5-2)
- Indians fell to 24-23 overall, 8-13 at home. As the record indicates, something is missing with this club -- beyond the obvious wobbly starting pitching and lack of clutch hitting. Perhaps the Indians have not adjusted to the free-agent loss of outfielder Rajai Davis, whose speed helped them finish 94-67 and win the AL Central in 2016. The Indians have not made opposing pitchers nervous on the bases the way they routinely did last year.
- For the second straight game, SS Francisco Lindor's failure to make a play proved costly. On Friday, he mishandled a chopper in Kansas City's decisive two-run eighth. On Saturday, he appeared to be fooled by the trajectory/velocity of Alcides Escobar's liner, which flew closely over his head for a two-run double and 4-2 Kansas City lead.
No. 128: Game 73, June 24 vs. Minnesota (L, 4-2)
- Slipped to 39-34 overall, 15-19 at home.
- Wasted terrific performance by RHP Corey Kluber (7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 13 K).
- Offense 8-for-33 with five walks; 0-for-7 with RISP; nine LOB.
- 3B Jose Ramirez solo homer.
- Twins (38-34 overall, 22-9 on road) won despite regulars Miguel Sano, Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler not starting.
- Twins 2B Brian Dozier go-ahead solo homer in eighth inning (off Cody Allen) and Twins LF Chris Gimenez solo homer in ninth (off Zach McAllister).
No. 129: Game 72, June 23 vs. Minnesota (L, 5-0)
- Lost opener of homestand after 7-1 trip to Minnesota (4-0) and Baltimore (3-1).
- Offense combined 4-for-33 with five walks; 0-for-8 with RISP; nine LOB in first four innings, 11 overall.
- RHP Trevor Bauer 6 2/3 IP, 8H, 5 R, 4 ER, BB, 4 K. Pitched in some tough luck but also made mistakes.
- 3B Jose Ramirez did not start (rest). Pinch-hit groundout ended game, snapped hitting streak at 10 games.
- Twins scored four in second inning to lead, 4-0. SS Jorge Polanco two-run homer.
- Twins LHP Adalberto Mejia 5 IP, 2 H, 5 BB, 4 K.
No. 130: Game 112, Aug. 10 @ Tampa Bay (L, 4-1)
- Lost opener of four-game series. Slipped to 60-52 overall.
- Rays LF Corey Dickerson three-run homer off reliever RHP Nick Goody with two outs in eighth inning made it 4-1.
- Lost to one of MLB's worst teams as interleague struggles continued (2-10).
- Fourth time shut out at home.
- Batters 5-for-31 with three walks and 11 strikeouts. Went 0-for-10 with RISP.
- RHP Corey Kluber 8 IP, 5 H, R, BB, 10 K. Run was because of shaky defense. Franchise-record fifth straight start with 10+ strikeouts.
- MGR Terry Francona out (medical reasons).
No. 132: Game 83, July 5 vs. San Diego (L, 6-2)
- Lost second straight to one of MLB's worst teams. Padres improved to 36-48 overall, 14-26 on road.
- Fell to 44-39 overall, 18-23 at home.
- Scored just two runs despite having gone 14-for-38, including 4-for-15 with RISP. However: zero walks.
- RHP Trevor Bauer not good (5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) against lineup that is not exactly scary.
- MGR Terry Francona out (medical reasons).
- RHP Carlos Carrasco 6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 10 K.
- Athletics RHP Sonny Gray 6 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K. Gray and three relievers combined to hold Indians to 4-for-32 with one double and one walk.
- Athletics CF Rajai Davis and 1B Yonder Alonso homered off Carrasco in fifth.
- Swept in three-game series by last-place club (AL West). First series post-All-Star break. Slipped to 47-43 overall.
- Lost final game before All-Star break, which meant franchise's first four-game losing streak since July 2015.
- RHP Trevor Bauer 2/3 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (43 P). Exited with two runners on base; RHP Dan Otero stranded them.
- Athletics led, 4-0, after one inning and 5-0 after three innings.
- Athletics LHP Sean Manaea 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K.
- Tribe with leadoff doubles in sixth, seventh and eighth innings -- and zero runs.
- Led, 3-2, entering bottom of eighth inning.
- Athletics 3B Matt Chapman 3-for-3 with two solo homers and double -- all off Tribe RHP Corey Kluber. Second homer led off eighth and tied score, 3-3.
- Athletics LF Khris Davis 2-for-4, walkoff two-run homer off RHP Bryan Shaw.
- Kluber 7 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 12 K.
No. 136: Game 69, June 20 @ Baltimore (L, 6-5)
- Six-game winning streak snapped.
- Losses will happen, but this one stung because Indians led, 2-0, through one-half inning and 5-2 through 3 1/2.
- SS Francisco Lindor picked off second base with another runner on base and DH Edwin Encarnacion batting in first inning. Encarnacion homered; he finished 2-for-4 with walk, two RBI.
- RHP Josh Tomlin 4 2/3 IP, 8 H, 5 R.
- 3B Jose Ramirez 2-for-4, walk, run.
- CA Yan Gomes flied to track in right with two runners on for final out of game.
- Orioles 3B Manny Machado 4-for-4, two homers, double, four RBI, three runs.
- Lost opener of three-game series.
- Handled by a pitcher, Red Sox RHP Doug Fister, who had been awful this season. Fister (7 2/3 IP, 2 R) lowered ERA to 6.27.
- RHP Mike Clevinger 3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K.
- Red Sox RHP Doug Fister one-hitter -- a homer by SS Francisco Lindor leading off first inning.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco not good (6 2/3 IP, 8 H, 6 R).
No. 139: Game 92, July 18 @ San Francisco (L, 2-1/10 INN)
- Lost to terrible team (Giants now 36-59).
- Should have won, 1-0, in regulation. RF Brandon Guyer's drop of Eduardo Nunez's fly in sixth inning helped Giants tie score.
- Nunez walkoff single with none out.
- Wasted excellent performance by RHP Mike Clevinger (6 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K).
- Offense 7-for-34 with two walks. Guyer RBI triple in third.
No. 140: Game 45, May 24 vs. Cincinnati (L, 4-3)
- Slipped to 24-21.
- Led, 3-2, entering ninth inning. With Reds on first and third and two outs, Zack Cozart sent a sinking liner to left that barely eluded diving Michael Brantley, whose right shoulder bore some of it. As Brantley searched for the ball nearby, the runner from first, speedy Billy Hamilton, scored to give the Reds a 4-3 lead.
- In the bottom of the ninth, Brantley grounded to second with runners on first and third and two outs.
- Indians forced to stew over loss because finale of two-game series washed out May 25.
- Lost series, 2-1, to opponent that is struggling (now 13-21). Finished trip at 4-5. Overall record: 18-15.
- Led, 2-0, after one-half inning and 7-3 after 2 1/2 innings.
- Lost to watered-down Blue Jays, who were missing injured SS Troy Tulowitzki, 3B Josh Donaldson and CA Russell Martin.
- RHP Danny Salazar 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Salazar gave up three-run homer to DH Jose Bautista in first inning (3-2 fastball over plate at thighs).
- Former Indian Ezequiel Carrera two-out, two-run homer off RHP Dan Otero tied score, 7-7, in fourth (1-0 fastball over plate). Carrera 3-for-5, two RBI, three runs.
- Ryan Goins two-out single off RHP Cody Allen with bases loaded in ninth. Goins 3-for-4, walk, two RBI.
- Allen should have been out of inning with no damage, but plate umpire Vic Carapazza missed the call on 1-2 curve to lefty Justin Smoak. Allen eventually walked Smoak and then Steve Pearce before lefty Goins lined a first-pitch fastball inside the right-field line.
- Indians solved LHP Francisco Liriano (2+ IP, 5 H, 7 R, 3 BB).
- 2B Jason Kipnis 2-for-5, three RBI, run. RF-LF Brandon Guyer 2-for-4, three RBI.
No. 142: Game 46, May 26 vs. Kansas City (L, 6-4)
- Lost second straight and third of four. Slipped to 24-22 overall, 8-12 at home.
- Lost to AL Central's last-place club. Royals improved to 20-27 overall, 8-16 on road.
- Led, 4-0, after three innings against a starter, RHP Ian Kennedy, who entered at 0-4 with a 4.06 ERA.
- RHP Mike Clevinger 5+ IP, 8 H, 4 R, BB, 6 K.
- Former Indian Brandon Moss hit two-out, three-run homer in fourth to pull Royals within 4-3. LHH Moss pounced on a changeup down and in (supposed to be down and away).
- Royals scored twice in eighth to take 6-4 lead. SS Francisco Lindor's fielding error factored into the uprising. RHH Jorge Bonifacio hit two-run double off LHP Andrew Miller (0-2 hanging slider).
No. 143: Game 54, June 3 @ Kansas City (L, 12-5)
- Lost second in a row to last-place club.
- Led, 3-0, after 4 1/2 innings with RHP Carlos Carrasco cruising. Royals scored six in fifth to knock out Carrasco, then scored five in seventh for 11-3 lead.
- Position players finished with three errors and zero walks.
- Lineup controlled by Royals RHP Jason Hammel (6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R). Hammel improved to 2-6 with 5.93 ERA. Both victories are against Tribe.
No. 144: Game 93, July 19 @ San Francisco (L, 5-4)
- Slipped to 48-45, first place in AL Central by 1/2-game over Minnesota.
- Lost series, 2-1, to terrible team (Giants now 37-59).
- Went 1-5 on trip to last-place Oakland (AL West) and San Francisco (NL West).
- Led, 4-2, entering bottom of the eighth inning.
- Giants' three-run eighth made possible by 1B Carlos Santana fielding error on routine grounder.
- Giants PH Buster Posey -- the one player the Indians could not put in position to beat them -- hit two-run double to left off RHP Bryan Shaw to make it 5-4. Posey batted with runners on first and third and two outs. The next batter, Gorkys Hernandez, struck out.
- Lost third straight overall, including first two of three-game series.
- Scored seven off Red Sox LHP Chris Sale (in five innings) and two off Red Sox closer RHP Craig Kimbrel (in one inning) -- and still lost.
- Led, 10-9, entering bottom of ninth inning. With two outs and a runner on first, closer RHP Cody Allen struck out Mitch Moreland swinging, but the wild pitch enabled Moreland to reach first base. With Christian Vazquez batting, another wild pitch pushed the runners to second and third. Vazquez hit a 3-1 fastball over the wall in center for walkoff homer.
- Red Sox Nos. 8-9 batters, Moreland and Vazquez, combined 5-for-10 with two three-run homers and six runs.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco failed to get out of second inning after being given 5-0 lead. Allowed five runs on six hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings.
- CF Austin Jackson stole homer from Hanley Ramirez with absolutely amazing catch at/over center-field wall in fifth inning.
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