A Look Back At The Week Ahead; April 22 to April 28

This is the baseball - J. Meric

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

April 22

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

45

42

1

.517

Home

25

22

0

.532

Road

20

20

1

.500

Extra Innings

3

1

1

.750

Double Headers

2

0

2

-

Monday

7

2

0

.778

Tuesday

3

11

0

.214

Wednesday

4

9

0

.308

Thursday

4

6

0

.400

Friday

8

4

0

.667

Saturday

6

5

1

.545

Sunday

13

5

0

.722

Orioles/Browns

13

8

1

.619

Red Sox

2

2

0

.500

White Sox

6

8

0

.429

Tigers

11

11

0

.500

Royals

4

2

0

.667

Angels

0

2

0

.000

Brewers

0

1

0

.000

Twins

2

0

0

1.000

Yankees

3

0

0

1.000

Athletics

0

5

0

.000

Mariners

1

1

0

.500

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers

1

1

0

.500

Blue Jays

1

1

0

.500

This is another date rife with streaks. On the losing side, there was an eight game losing streak from 1906 to 1915, and a five gamer from 1929 to 1933. On the winning side, there were four game win streaks from 1917 to 1921, 1935 to 1940 and 1981 to 1985 and five game winning streaks from 1947 to 1951 and 1988 to 1992. In 1978, the Tribe visited Fenway Park and scored five runs in the first, an RBI single from Buddy Bell, a run scored on a single by Andre Thornton and an Error by Rick Burleson, a two run double by Larvell Blanks and a Rick Manning groundout. In the third, Bell was driven in by a Thornton triple to center. In the seventh, Thornton homered to make it 7-1. And after six runs scored in the eighth, Thornton hit a double to center to complete his cycle. This was only the sixth cycle ever in Tribe history.

April 23

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

49

39

0

.557

Home

28

18

0

.609

Road

21

21

0

.500

Extra Innings

3

2

0

.600

Double Headers

1

2

1

-

Monday

3

3

0

.50

Tuesday

6

4

0

.600

Wednesday

9

3

0

.750

Thursday

10

3

0

.769

Friday

6

7

0

.462

Saturday

8

8

0

.500

Sunday

7

11

0

.389

Orioles/Browns

15

5

0

.750

Red Sox

4

1

0

.800

White Sox

10

6

0

.625

Tigers

8

12

0

.400

Royals

1

4

0

.200

Angels

1

2

0

.333

Brewers

1

0

0

1.000

Twins

2

1

0

.667

Yankees

0

3

0

.000

Athletics

4

2

0

.667

Mariners

1

1

0

.500

Rangers

2

0

0

1.000

Blue Jays

0

2

0

.000

Other than a five game losing streak to start the 20th century (1902-1906), this date has been pretty decent to the Tribe. In fact from 1911 to 1966, they went a stellar 30-14. Oakland knocked the Indians off in 2011 and the Twins did the same last year. We'll highlight the 10-2 victory over the Twins in 1988 in the Metrodome. John Farrell pitched a complete game to start the season 3-0, allowing eight hits, one walk and two strikeouts. The Tribe jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first on a three run homer by Joe Carter and a solo shot by Brook Jacoby off of Steve Carlton. Carter had another double in the fifth and finished his three hit night with another three run shot off Joe Niekro to finish with 6 RBI in the game.

April 24

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

48

45

0

.516

Home

22

21

0

.512

Road

26

24

0

.520

Extra Innings

3

1

0

.750

Double Headers

1

1

0

-

Monday

6

4

0

.600

Tuesday

6

6

0

.500

Wednesday

7

9

0

.438

Thursday

6

6

0

.500

Friday

10

3

0

.769

Saturday

8

8

0

.500

Sunday

5

9

0

.357

Orioles/Browns

12

4

0

.750

Red Sox

1

2

0

.333

White Sox

10

9

0

.526

Tigers

9

9

0

.500

Royals

3

3

0

.500

Angels

2

1

0

.667

Brewers

1

1

0

.500

Twins

2

3

0

.400

Yankees

1

6

0

.143

Athletics

4

4

0

.500

Mariners

1

2

0

.333

Rangers

1

0

0

1.000

Blue Jays

1

1

0

.500

Like April 22, this date is another one with some serious streaks on both sides of the ledger. There was a six game losing streak from 1971 to 1977 with three losses to the A's and two to the Yankees. There were two five gamers from 1988 to 1992 and 2002 to 2005. On the positive side, the Tribe had a seven game win streak from 1942 to 1953 and a nine gamer from 1958 to 1968. One of those nine wins was a 7-0 shutout of the Kansas City Athletics in 1960 at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. Gary Bell scattered six hits and two walks, striking out nine and finishing with a Game Score of 82. The Indians scored five in the first off of Don Larsen on a Walt Bond ground out, a Russ Nixon sacrifice fly and a three run blast by Woodie Held. Vic Power had another run scoring single in the sixth off Johnny Kucks and Held hit another homer in the eighth off of Kucks as well.

April 25

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

44

44

1

.500

Home

23

23

0

.500

Road

21

21

1

.500

Extra Innings

5

0

0

1.000

Double Headers

0

0

1

-

Monday

4

3

0

.571

Tuesday

6

6

0

.500

Wednesday

7

6

1

.538

Thursday

5

6

0

.455

Friday

9

6

0

.600

Saturday

6

8

0

.429

Sunday

7

9

0

.438

Orioles/Browns

8

6

0

.571

Red Sox

0

3

0

.000

White Sox

10

10

0

.500

Tigers

13

7

1

.650

Royals

0

3

0

.000

Angels

1

2

0

.333

Brewers

1

0

0

1.000

Twins

1

3

0

.250

Yankees

3

1

0

.750

Athletics

5

3

0

.625

Mariners

0

1

0

.000

Rangers/Senators

1

4

0

.200

Blue Jays

1

1

0

.500

Since 1998, the Tribe is a woeful 3-10 with the last victory at home versus the Yankees in 2008. There was a seven game win streak from 1948 to 1958 and a six gamer foo, 1937 to 1943, including four straight over the White Sox from 1939 to 1942. The 1942 win was a 5-4 squeaker in Comiskey (I). Al Milnar allowed three runs in the second and another in the fourth on a triple by Myril Hoag. In the top of the sixth, Milnar was pinch hit for and the Indians scored their first run off Johnny Humphries. They tied the game in the seventh off Buck Ross, probably a combination of a Les Fleming hit and a Lou Boudreau triple or a Ray Mack single. They finished the comeback off Ross in the ninth, giving Chubby Dean the win in relief.

April 26

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

53

36

0

.544

Home

31

16

0

.660

Road

22

20

0

.524

Extra Innings

5

3

0

.625

Double Headers

1

1

2

-

Monday

3

5

0

.375

Tuesday

11

0

0

1.000

Wednesday

5

8

0

.385

Thursday

9

5

0

.643

Friday

6

6

0

.500

Saturday

10

6

0

.625

Sunday

9

6

0

.600

Orioles/Browns

8

5

0

.615

Red Sox

1

0

0

1.000

White Sox

9

10

0

.474

Tigers

12

6

0

.667

Royals

1

2

0

.333

Angels

3

3

0

.500

Brewers

1

2

0

.333

Twins/Senators

4

0

0

1.000

Yankees

2

1

0

.667

Athletics

3

2

0

.600

Mariners

2

1

0

.667

Rangers/Senators

5

4

0

.556

Blue Jays

2

0

0

1.000

The best streak on this date was a ten gamer from 1925 to 1938, including four of those over the Tigers. In 1936, the St. Louis Browns were in town, with Oral Hildebrand facing Sugar Cain. The Indians got two in the second with Cain getting pinch hit for in the top of the third, cutting the lead to 2-1. The Browns tied it up in the fourth, but the Indians got four in the bottom half off of Jack Knott to go up 6-2. The Browns got two more off Hildebrand in the fifth, but the Tribe got one more off of Knott to go up 7-4. The seesaw affair continued when Hildebrand allowed two more in the top of the sixth to narrow the score to 7-6. Lloyd Brown struggles over the next two and a third, with Johnny Allen relieving in the eighth. He put out the fire in the eighth, but allowed the game tying run in the ninth. From then on, it was a pile of zeroes for both teams, until the Tribe scored an unearned run off of Jim Walkup in the sixteenth inning. Walkup threw 7.2 innings, only allowing three hits while Allen threw 8.2 and only allowed two hits and two walks. The two teams combined for 25 hits, 21 singles and four doubles, two on each team. The hitting stars for the home team were shortstop Bill Knickerbocker, who went 3-8 with 2 RBI and one of the doubles and catcher Billy Sullivan who went 4-7.

April 27

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

44

40

1

.524

Home

21

18

1

.538

Road

23

22

0

.511

Extra Innings

7

5

0

.583

Double Headers

0

0

0

-

Monday

3

3

0

.50

Tuesday

7

5

0

.583

Wednesday

7

6

0

.538

Thursday

4

7

1

.364

Friday

11

2

0

.846

Saturday

8

8

0

.500

Sunday

4

9

0

.308

Orioles/Browns

7

5

0

.583

Red Sox

1

1

0

.500

White Sox

9

8

1

.529

Tigers

11

7

0

.611

Royals

1

1

0

.500

Angels

4

1

0

.800

Brewers

0

1

0

.000

Twins/Senators

6

2

0

.750

Yankees

1

3

0

.250

Athletics

1

1

0

.500

Mariners

1

2

0

.333

Rangers

2

6

0

.250

Blue Jays

0

2

0

.000

Sadly April 27 does not fall on a Friday this season as we are 11-2 on that day of the week. Also, the Tribe is currently riding a three game win streak for this date with wins over the Angels in 2010 and 2012 and the Royals in 2011. During the Tigers magical 35-5 start in 1984, one of those five losses was an 8-4 outing in 19 innings at Tiger Stadium. Rick Sutcliffe dueled Juan Berenguer in that game. The Tigers got three in the first and the Tribe scored one in first and two in the second, to knot it at three apiece. From that point on, both teams were at the mercy of both staffs. Berenguer made it to the eighth, giving way to closer Willie Hernandez. In the tenth, the Tribe played small ball against Hernandez, Brett Butler single, Tony Bernazard sacrifice and a walk to Franco. Aurelio Lopez relieved and struck out Thornton, but wild pitched the runners to second and third, and then walked Pat Tabler to load the bases and Ron Hassey to give the Tribe a 4-3 lead. Sutcliffe came back out for the bottom half of the tenth and allowed a leadoff double to Lou Whitaker. Ernie Camacho was summoned and Alan Trammell singled Whitaker to third. Mike Jeffcoat came in and induced a double play, but the tying run scored anyways. George Frazier was the fourth Indians pitcher and closed out the inning. The Tribe got two walks in the eleventh, but both Otis Nixon and Butler were gunned down at second. And from that eleventh inning through the eighteenth, the Indians had five baserunners (three walks, one intentional walk and a single) while the Tigers had just two (a single and walk in the fifteenth). In the top of the nineteenth, George Vukovich singled and Otis Nixon sacrificed him to second, but was safe on pitcher Glenn Abbott's error. Butler also laid down a sacrifice, and again Abbott had an error. Bernazard hit a sacrifice fly to right, but Kirk Gibson dropped the ball, allowing Vukovich to score and leaving the bases loaded. Franco hit into a force at home and Thornton struckout, finishing his 0-9 night. Mike Hargrove hit a bases clearing double to put the Indian up 8-4 and Luis Aponte finished off his second inning of work to get the win.

April 28

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

48

44

0

.522

Home

25

17

0

.595

Road

23

27

0

.460

Extra Innings

5

1

0

.833

Double Headers

0

1

2

-

Monday

3

4

0

.429

Tuesday

9

4

0

.692

Wednesday

9

5

0

.643

Thursday

6

5

0

.545

Friday

8

7

0

.533

Saturday

6

9

0

.400

Sunday

7

10

0

.412

Orioles/Browns

6

9

0

.400

Red Sox

2

0

0

1.000

White Sox

10

8

0

.556

Tigers

10

10

0

.500

Royals

1

2

0

.333

Angels

3

3

0

.500

Twins

6

1

0

.857

Yankees

0

4

0

.000

Athletics

3

2

0

.600

Mariners

1

2

0

.333

Rangers/Senators

4

3

0

.571

Blue Jays

2

0

0

1.000

The longest streak on this date was five games, which happened twice, from 1940 to 1944 and from 1996 to 2001. Of the 20 games against the Tigers on this date, nine of them occurred between 1940 and 1957, with only one doubleheader in 1957. This included five straight against them from 1944 to 1950, The largest margin of victory was 14 runs from the 1996 juggernaut, beating the Blue Jays 17-3. But as we have highlighted that squad before, we'll take a peek at the 18-5 win over the rival Tigers in 1921. George Uhle threw a complete game, allowing five runs (two earned) while scattering 11 hits and two walks while fanning just one. The Indians shared the wealth on Detroit pitchers Dutch Leonard and Bert Cole, scoring nine runs on each of them in four innings. Every hitter had at least one hit and scored at least one run. Left fielder Joe Evans, third baseman Larry Gardner, shortstop Joe Sewell, second baseman Riggs Stephenson and Uhle all had three hits, while right fielder Smokey Joe Wood went 4-6 with four RBI. The hitting star though was Uhle himself, who went 3-5 with six RBI and a homer.

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