A Look Back At The Week Ahead; April 15 to April 21

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

A look back at how the Tribe has fared historically on each calendar day for the upcoming week.

April 15

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

30

33

0

.476

Home

14

18

0

.438

Road

16

15

0

.516

Extra Innings

5

3

0

.625

Double Headers

-

-

-

-

Monday

3

0

0

1.000

Tuesday

4

8

0

.333

Wednesday

3

7

0

.300

Thursday

3

6

0

.333

Friday

6

4

0

.600

Saturday

7

4

0

.636

Sunday

4

4

0

.500

Orioles/Browns

9

2

0

.818

Red Sox

3

3

0

.500

Angels

1

0

0

1.000

White Sox

2

6

0

.250

Tigers

10

7

0

.588

Athletics

0

2

0

.000

Royals

2

2

0

.500

Brewers

1

2

0

.333

Twins

0

2

0

.000

Yankees

0

2

0

.000

Mariners

0

2

0

.000

Rangers/Senators

2

3

0

.400

Tax day was very profitable to Cleveland in the beginning, ripping off six straight wins from 1905 to 1913. But from 1971 to 2005, the Tribe was terrible, 6-19. We are currently on a 4 game winning streak though since 2009. There is no game scheduled in 2013 on this date. The highlighted game on this date is a 1-0 victory in 1991 in 13 innings at Fenway Park. One of the few wins by that 57 win 1991 squad, Charles Nagy dueled Matt Young of the Red Sox all game. Nagy gave up four hits and five walks in 8.1 innings while Young allowed two hits and six walks in nine, but neither team could get a run across. The Red Sox had a chance in the fifth, but after a walk to Jack Clark and a double by Ellis Burks, Nagy induced a ground ball by Mike Marshall to Jeff Manto, who threw to Joel Skinner to get Clark at the plate. A Carlos Quintana fly out and a grounder to Tony Pena ended the threat. Steve Olin relieved Nagy in the ninth and retired all 11 batters he faced to get the victory as Doug Jones got the save. The winning run was a Brook Jacoby homer to deep left off of Dennis Lamp.

April 16

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

36

32

0

.529

Home

17

12

0

.586

Road

19

20

0

.487

Extra Innings

5

2

0

.714

Double Headers

0

0

1

-

Monday

4

0

0

1.000

Tuesday

10

3

0

.769

Wednesday

3

7

0

.300

Thursday

5

5

0

.500

Friday

4

4

0

.500

Saturday

4

9

0

.308

Sunday

6

4

0

.600

Orioles/Browns

10

5

0

.667

Red Sox

2

2

0

.500

White Sox

7

6

0

.538

Tigers

7

10

0

.412

Athletics

0

1

0

.000

Royals

1

4

0

.200

Brewers

2

1

0

.667

Twins

2

1

0

.667

Yankees

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

3

2

0

.600

Blue Jays

1

0

0

1.000

As good as the 15th started, this date started out just as poorly, losing the first five games from 1904 to 1911. The Indians did have a five game winning streak from 1961 to 1968 and are currently on a three game win streak. The highlighted game for this date should be obvious to most Indians fans, the only Opening Day no-hitter in 1940 by Bob Feller. It was a 1-0 victory at Comiskey Park. The no-hitter wasn't without drama as Feller did walk five and struck out eight. The only run in the game came in the fourth as Jeff Heath singled and scored on a triple by catcher Rollie Hemsley. Eddie Smith of the White Sox was pretty good that day as well, only allowing six hits.

April 17

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

36

40

0

.474

Home

16

18

0

.471

Road

20

22

0

.476

Extra Innings

1

7

0

.125

Double Headers

0

0

3

-

Monday

3

2

0

.600

Tuesday

8

6

0

.571

Wednesday

2

6

0

.250

Thursday

6

7

0

.600

Friday

6

6

0

.500

Saturday

3

11

0

.214

Sunday

8

5

0

.615

Orioles/Browns

8

7

0

.533

Red Sox

5

2

0

.714

White Sox

8

9

0

.471

Tigers

5

9

0

.357

Athletics

3

0

0

1.000

Royals

0

4

0

.000

Brewers

1

1

0

.500

Twins

2

3

0

.400

Yankees

2

2

0

.500

Mariners

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

1

2

0

.333

Blue Jays

0

1

0

.000

Something has to give here as the Indians are 5-2 against the Red Sox, but only 2-6 on Wednesdays. This date includes a seven game losing streak from 1909 to 1920. In 1978, the Tribe won a game 6-0 against the Rangers in Municipal Stadium. The win was protested by the Rangers but denied. Rick Waits threw a complete game allowing just two hits both by future Tribesman Mike Hargrove and Toby Harrah. He also had only two walks and three strikeouts. The six runs all came in the sixth. Larvell Blanks doubled home Paul Dade, Buddy Bell singled him in and Ron Pruitt hit a grand slam to score Bell, Thornton, and Ted Cox.

April 18

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

42

35

0

.545

Home

20

12

0

.625

Road

22

23

0

.489

Extra Innings

3

1

0

.750

Double Headers

0

0

1

-

Monday

6

2

0

.750

Tuesday

2

6

0

.250

Wednesday

6

7

0

.462

Thursday

4

4

0

.500

Friday

6

7

0

.462

Saturday

9

4

0

.692

Sunday

9

5

0

.643

Orioles/Browns

8

6

0

.571

Red Sox

1

2

0

.333

White Sox

7

5

0

.583

Tigers

12

10

0

.545

Royals

4

1

0

.800

Brewers

1

3

0

.250

Twins

2

1

0

.667

Yankees

1

3

0

.250

Athletics

2

1

0

.667

Mariners

0

1

0

.000

Rangers/Senators

3

2

0

.600

Blue Jays

1

0

0

1.000

This best stretch on this date was from 1918 to 1932, when the Indians went 12-1. The Tribe has won four of the last five on this date, including the 4-1 loss in Seattle last year. There are a couple of choices for this date as best win, a 17-2 shellacking of the Browns in 1922 and a 15-1 pasting of the Orioles in 2006. But after getting whitewashed by the Yankees, 14-0 in 1992, the Tribe finally got their revenge in 2009, a 22-4 pummeling in the Bronx. The Tribe plated 14 runs in the second inning alone, tagging Chien-Ming Wang and Anthony Claggett. The inning reads like a lottery windfall: Hafner single, Peralta single, Choo homer, Garko pop out, Francisco double, Droobs single (Francisco scores), Sizemore double, DeRosa double (Droobs and Sizemore score), DeRosa to third on a wild pitch, Victor single (DeRosa scores), Claggett relieves Wang, Hafner double, Peralta double (Victor and Hafner score), Choo walk, Garko single, Francisco strikeout, Droobs grand slam, Sizemore homer, and DeRosa ended the inning with a strikeout. DeRosa and Victor added homers in the fifth off Edwar Ramirez with DeRosa's scoring three, and Hafner had the last homer off Jose Veras in the seventh.

April 19

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

33

40

0

.452

Home

15

15

0

.500

Road

18

25

0

.419

Extra Innings

2

2

0

.500

Double Headers

1

0

0

-

Monday

3

3

0

.500

Tuesday

5

11

0

.313

Wednesday

2

7

0

.222

Thursday

8

4

0

.667

Friday

5

4

0

.556

Saturday

7

5

0

.583

Sunday

3

6

0

.333

Orioles/Browns

6

9

0

.400

Red Sox

3

4

0

.429

White Sox

6

4

0

.600

Tigers

10

8

0

.556

Royals

0

2

0

.000

Brewers

1

2

0

.333

Twins

1

2

0

.333

Yankees

3

3

0

.500

Athletics

1

3

0

.250

Mariners

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers

0

1

0

.000

Blue Jays

1

2

0

.333

Last year's win in Seattle, broke a nine game losing streak on this date from 2002 to 2011. There was another seven game losing streak from 1955 to 1963. This year, the Tribe will be playing in Houston on this date. As there were never any interleague games this earlier previously, they have never faced them yet on this date. The game pulled from the archives for this date is a 5-4 win in 13 innings at Fenway Park in 1971. Alan Foster started for the Tribe and survived 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks. But Foster still had the lead when he was pulled as the good guys had managed three runs off Mike Nagy on just four hits and two walks, the big blow being a three-run homer by former Boston hero Hawk Harrelson. Chuck Machamehl relieved Foster, but gave up the tying run in the eighth. Vince Colbert pitched a scoreless tenth and Steve Mingori made it through the eleventh and twelfth innings. This allowed Roy Foster to hit a two run homer off Spaceman Lee in the top of the thirteenth. Mingori promptly loaded the bases in the bottom half, but Ray Lamb struck out Gary Peters, got a run-scoring force out from Luis Aparicio and retired George Scott on a fly ball to save the game.

April 20

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

46

38

0

.542

Home

24

16

0

.600

Road

22

22

0

.500

Extra Innings

2

4

0

.333

Double Headers

4

0

0

-

Monday

6

3

0

.667

Tuesday

8

5

0

.615

Wednesday

7

7

0

.500

Thursday

4

5

0

.444

Friday

8

5

0

.615

Saturday

4

9

0

.308

Sunday

9

4

0

.692

Orioles/Browns

7

4

0

.636

Red Sox

2

7

0

.222

White Sox

6

4

0

.600

Tigers

17

11

0

.607

Royals

2

2

0

.500

Angels

0

2

0

.000

Brewers

2

0

0

1.000

Twins

0

4

0

.000

Yankees

2

1

0

.667

Athletics

4

0

0

1.000

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers

3

0

0

1.000

Blue Jays

0

3

0

.000

While the Indians do have a good winning percentage on this date, that is mainly because they started off so hot on this date, going 28-13 from 1907 to 1958. They currently are on a two game winning streak with victories over the Athletics in 2012 and the Royals in 2011. It is also pretty crazy that the schedule makers have had the Indians and Tigers face off 28 times on this date. The highlighted game on this date has to be the no-hitter tossed by Addie Joss in 1910. This was Joss' second career no-hitter, but also his second against the White Sox. This game was thrown in Chicago (at either White Sox Park or South Side Park III) and was a tight duel between Joss and Doc White. Joss only walked two while White walked one and allowed six hits in his complete game. The only Naps run scored was by left fielder Art Kruger, most likely on a double by second baseman Terry Turner in the sixth inning. It was a very quick game, finishing in just 1 hour and 40 minutes.

April 21

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

41

37

0

.526

Home

25

13

0

.658

Road

16

24

0

.400

Extra Innings

2

3

0

.222

Double Headers

0

0

1

-

Monday

4

3

0

.571

Tuesday

10

4

0

.714

Wednesday

6

4

0

.600

Thursday

4

4

0

.500

Friday

7

5

0

.583

Saturday

5

9

0

.357

Sunday

5

8

0

.385

Orioles/Browns

11

7

0

.611

Red Sox

2

4

0

.333

White Sox

5

1

0

.833

Tigers

10

13

0

.435

Royals

4

1

0

.800

Angels

1

3

0

.250

Brewers

0

1

0

.000

Twins

1

2

0

.333

Yankees

2

1

0

.667

Athletics

4

1

0

.800

Rays

0

1

0

.000

Rangers

0

1

0

.000

Blue Jays

1

1

0

.500

The best stretch on this date was an 11-2 run from 1984 to 2001. This came fairly close on the heels of a nine game losing streak from 1969 to 1980. There have been two double digit wins against the Tigers on this date, 12-2 in 1926 and 14-1 in 1959. That 1959 game took place at Briggs Field on a Tuesday. The Tribe opened the game with a five spot in the top of the first, the damage being a three run homer by Minnie Minoso and a two run shot from George Strickland. Cal McLish pitched a complete game, scattering six hits and two walks while striking out six and doubling in two runs of his own in the five run seventh. Vic Power also had a three run shot that inning, while Minoso hit a second one in the sixth with one on. That left Minoso with a 5 for 6 day and 6 RBI.

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