A Look Back At The Week Ahead; July 1 to July 7

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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

July 1

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

60

47

1

.561

Home

34

24

0

.586

Road

26

23

1

.531

Extra Innings

4

3

0

.571

Double Headers

3

2

6

-

Monday

8

6

0

.571

Tuesday

10

7

0

.588

Wednesday

4

11

1

.267

Thursday

10

8

0

.833

Friday

7

4

0

.636

Saturday

8

8

0

.500

Sunday

13

9

0

.591

Orioles/Browns/Brewers

18

4

1

.818

Red Sox

1

1

0

.500

White Sox

10

9

0

.526

Tigers

11

10

0

.524

Royals

0

4

0

.000

Angels

2

1

0

.667

Brewers

3

1

0

.750

Twins/Senators

5

4

0

.556

Yankees

2

5

0

.286

Athletics

1

4

0

.200

Mariners

0

1

0

.000

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

2

2

0

.500

Blue Jays

1

1

0

.500

Reds

2

0

0

1.000

Astros

1

0

0

1.000

We start off the month with a decent day. The thirteen on the positive side is mainly from beating up on the Orioles and Browns. The Indians were 12-3-1 against the Browns and are 5-1 against the Orioles with the lone loss in 1970. The game of the day is Bob Feller's third no-hitter against the Tigers in 1951. After setting the Tigers on three grounders, the Indians opened with a single by Dale Mitchell, a single by Avila, sending Mitchell to third and an RBI groundout by Luke Easter off of Bob Cain. Feller stayed perfect until the fourth, when an Avila error allowed Johnnny Lipon to reach first. He stole second and advanced on Feller's own error. George Kell drove him in with a sacrifice fly and the game was tied. Vic Wertz also received a walk that inning but was stranded at first. He allowed two other walks, one to Johnny Groth in the fifth and to pitcher Cain in the eighth. In the bottom half, after an Avila groundout, Chapman hit a triple to right, and after Milt Nielsen pinch ran for him, Luke Easter drove him in with a single. Feller finished his no hitter two flyballs and a strikeout of Wertz to end the game. He only struck out five and ended with a GameScore of 87.

July 2

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

54

58

0

.482

Home

29

31

0

.483

Road

25

27

0

.481

Extra Innings

7

2

0

.778

Double Headers

4

2

6

-

Monday

7

8

0

.467

Tuesday

8

8

0

.500

Wednesday

4

11

0

.267

Thursday

9

5

0

.643

Friday

8

7

0

.533

Saturday

7

9

0

.438

Sunday

11

10

0

.524

Orioles/Browns/Brewers

14

8

0

.636

Red Sox

1

2

0

.333

White Sox

8

4

0

.667

Tigers

8

20

0

.286

Royals

2

5

0

.286

Angels

2

2

0

.500

Brewers

2

1

0

.667

Twins/Senators

6

2

0

.750

Yankees

2

7

0

.222

Athletics

3

3

0

.500

Mariners

1

0

0

1.000

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Senators (Rangers)

0

2

0

.000

Blue Jays

1

1

0

.500

Reds

3

0

0

1.000

Astros

0

1

0

.000

The Indians really do not like playing the Tigers on this date as the 8-20 record shows. This year's opponent, the Royals have fared well, winning five of seven matchups, with the only victories in 1996 and 2001. The notable game on this date is the 10-9 victory versus the Orioles in 1970 when Tony Horton hit for the cycle. In the first Horton doubled to center, but didn't factor in the three run homer by Ray Fosse. Sam McDowell wild pitched a run home in the bottom half, 3-1 Tribe. The Orioles scored four off of McDowell in the third on a three run triple by Brooks Robinson and a Davey Johnson single. In the fourth, Horton tripled to right and Ted Uhlaender doubled him home and the Oriole lead was now 5-4. Horton fouled out to first in the fifth and Frank Robinson hit a solo shot to extend the Oriole lead. Eddie Leon returned the favor off Jim Hardin in the sixth and the Tribe was back within one. In the seventh, Horton tied up the game on a single to left. The Indians regained the lead in the eighth on a Vada Pinson fielder's choice and a Fosse fly ball. Horton led off the ninth and took Pete Richert deep to complete his cycle. Jack Heidemann tacked on one more insurance run with another fly ball. This was needed because Dean Chance tried his best to give it up when Boog Powell hit a three run shot, but he retired the next three in order, Paul Blair, Brooks and Johnson.

July 3

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

62

41

0

.602

Home

40

24

0

.625

Road

22

17

0

.564

Extra Innings

8

2

0

.800

Double Headers

3

2

2

-

Monday

8

3

0

.727

Tuesday

10

5

0

.667

Wednesday

8

8

0

.500

Thursday

6

3

0

.667

Friday

6

8

0

.429

Saturday

10

8

0

.556

Sunday

8

6

0

.700

Orioles/Browns

10

7

0

.588

Red Sox

1

4

0

.200

White Sox

8

8

0

.500

Tigers

16

11

0

.593

Royals

6

0

0

1.000

Angels

2

2

0

.500

Brewers

2

0

0

1.000

Twins/Senators

5

1

0

.833

Yankees

4

4

0

.500

Athletics

5

0

0

1.000

Mariners

1

1

0

.500

Rangers/Senators

2

1

0

.667

Reds

0

2

0

.000

The Fourth of July Eve is another day the Tribe loves to play. Either that or the opponents all want to leave to go buy some fireworks. There was an eight game winning streak from 1953 to 1960 and a nine gamer from 1992 to 2001. The Tribe is currently 6-0 versus the Royals on this date. That includes a 15-3 demolition in 1984. The Indians opened the scoring with four in the first on five singles and a Carmelo Castillo triple off Buddy Black. They repeated that success in the second, four runs and six hits, with a Brett Butler triple and Julio Franco double opening the inning. Meanwhile, Bert Blyleven was cruising, the only blemishes being a George Brett walk in the first and a UL Washington walk in the fourth. Steve Balboni ended the no hit/shutout with a leadoff solo shot in the fifth. Brett plated another in the sixth on a fly ball and Balboni took Blyleven deep again in the seventh. The Indians completed their scoring with a two run bomb by Andre Thornton and a two run double by Brook Jacoby in the sixth, and a Chris Bando two run homer and Julio Franco RBI single in the ninth. Blyleven retired the last nine after Balboni's second homer to finish the complete game.

July 4

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

88

73

2

.547

Home

60

41

0

.594

Road

28

32

0

.467

Extra Innings

9

8

1

.529

Double Headers

21

6

27

-

Monday

17

9

0

.654

Tuesday

13

10

0

.565

Wednesday

16

9

0

.640

Thursday

13

13

0

.500

Friday

15

10

1

.600

Saturday

10

12

1

.455

Sunday

4

10

0

.286

Orioles/Browns

14

7

0

.667

Red Sox

3

2

0

.600

White Sox

16

18

0

.471

Tigers

37

23

2

.617

Royals

2

3

0

.400

Angels

1

1

0

.500

Brewers

1

2

0

.333

Twins/Senators

2

4

0

.333

Yankees

6

7

0

.462

Athletics

4

2

0

.667

Mariners

0

1

0

.000

Rangers/Senators

1

2

0

.333

Blue Jays

1

0

0

1.000

Reds

0

1

0

.000

Welcome to the second most popular doubleheader date. And although the overall record shows a modest plus fifteen, the Tribe has an amazing 21-6-27 record in those doubleheaders. Of those 54 doubleheaders, an astounding 28 have been against the Tigers. There is a thirteen game win streak from 1916 to 1923 with five of those games breaking double digits and five doubleheader sweeps. There was a ten game losing streak from 1934 to 1940, including four doubleheader losses, three by the Tigers. There was also a nine game losing streak from 1976 to 1985 that didn't feature a single doubleheader. Usually I'd highlight the 19-1 thrashing of the Yankees in 2006, but I can't pass up the 1952 doubleheader sweep of those Tigers, 11-0 and 10-1. Early Wynn pitched the shutout in the opener, allowing only two hits and "scattering" six walks. Even with those eight baserunners, nobody got to third base inducing two inning ending double plays. The Tribe banged out 14 hits, with Jim Fridley leading off the game with a homer, a Merl Combs solo shot in the second and a Harry Simpson solo shot in the seventh. Jim Hegan had an RBI triple and everything else was based off run scoring singles. Bob Lemon pitched a complete game in the nightcap, giving up five hits, four walks and striking out three. The lone run came in the first on a single, hit by pitch, a walk and a sacrifice fly. The Tribe offense was a Larry Doby homer in the second, an RBI triple by Al Rosen in the fourth, a grand slam by Joe Tipton in the sixth, and three run scoring singles in the seventh, with six of the runs charged to Virgil Trucks.

July 5

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

46

64

1

.418

Home

28

25

1

.528

Road

18

39

0

.316

Extra Innings

3

3

0

.500

Double Headers

3

3

9

-

Monday

10

14

0

.417

Tuesday

5

7

0

.417

Wednesday

6

8

0

.429

Thursday

6

8

0

.400

Friday

6

6

0

.500

Saturday

8

7

1

.533

Sunday

5

13

0

.278

Browns/Brewers

5

4

0

.556

Red Sox

1

2

0

.333

White Sox

14

22

1

.389

Tigers

8

15

0

.348

Royals

3

0

0

1.000

Angels

2

1

0

.667

Brewers

0

1

0

.000

Twins/Senators

1

2

0

.333

Yankees

4

6

0

.400

Athletics

4

7

0

.364

Mariners

0

1

0

.000

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

2

3

0

.400

Blue Jays

1

0

0

1.000

And as is typical, the day after a fantastic record, this day blows, a .418 percentage, although the Pythag is a more respectable .483. The White Sox have our number on this date, including a nasty 17-0 home thumping in 1987. The Tribe's best win against the White Sox was a 16-4 win in 1921. The White Sox scored single runs in the first and second and two more in the sixth off of Allan Sothoron. Sothoron actually struggles in this game, allowing 13 hits in his complete game win, but of the 13, only one was of the extra base variety, a double by Ernie Johnson. The Indians feasted on Dominic Mulrenan in the first three innings, six run on six hits and four walks. Lum Davenport relieved and was even worse. The Tribe scored six in the fourth alone and three in the sixth and one more in the seventh. But five of those 10 runs were off of three costly errors by the White Sox. The Tribe netted three triples by Bill Wambsganss, George Burns and Sothoron and a double by Elmer Smith. Burns had a crazy 1-2-1-4 line after replacing Doc Johnston.

July 6

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

53

45

0

.541

Home

39

21

0

.650

Road

14

24

0

.368

Extra Innings

3

3

0

.500

Double Headers

5

1

4

-

Monday

8

1

0

.889

Tuesday

7

7

0

.500

Wednesday

5

4

0

.556

Thursday

5

10

0

.333

Friday

11

5

0

.688

Saturday

6

10

0

.375

Sunday

11

8

0

.579

Orioles/Browns/Brewers

5

2

0

.714

Red Sox

4

4

0

.500

White Sox

11

18

0

.379

Tigers

3

4

0

.429

Royals

3

0

0

1.000

Angels

3

1

0

.750

Brewers

1

0

0

1.000

Twins/Senators

5

2

0

.714

Yankees

3

7

0

.300

Athletics

8

3

0

.727

Mariners

1

0

0

1.000

Rays

0

1

0

.000

Rangers/Senators

5

1

0

.833

Blue Jays

0

2

0

.000

Cardinals

1

0

0

1.000

The quirky stat of this date has to be the 8-1 record on Mondays. The longest winning streak is only four games which has happened five times. And the Tribe has lost six of the past seven, with the only victory against the Yankees, 5-3 in 2011 at home. The Tribe got two in the first off Phil Hughes on a Travis Hafner single and a wild throw by Russell Martin after a Carlos Santana strikeout. Lonnie Chisenhall crushed one to deep right center off Boone Logan in the seventh and the Tribe led 3-0. Segio Mitre relieved in the eighth and walked Austin Kearns, Michael Brantley singled, and walked Hafner to load the bases. Santana drew a bases loaded walk and Grady Sizemore hit a sacrifice fly, extending the lead to 5-0. Meanwhile, Masterson was pitching a gem. After eight innings, the Yankees had netted three hits and two walks while striking out six times. But after 112 pitches, Vinnie Pestano came out for the ninth. He promptly let Alex Rodriguez single, Robinson Cano single and Nick Swisher double. Chris Perez same in and got two groundouts by Jorge Poada and Martin, but both scored runs. But with the score now 5-3 and nobody on base, Perez struck out Brett Gardner to save the game.

July 7

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

46

45

0

.505

Home

30

17

0

.638

Road

16

28

0

.364

Extra Innings

3

3

0

.500

Double Headers

4

1

7

-

Monday

1

5

0

.167

Tuesday

5

3

0

.625

Wednesday

7

6

0

.538

Thursday

6

6

0

.500

Friday

7

8

0

.467

Saturday

10

7

0

.588

Sunday

10

10

0

.500

Orioles/Browns/Brewers

4

4

0

.500

Red Sox

7

5

0

.583

White Sox

13

9

0

.591

Tigers

2

2

0

.500

Royals

1

1

0

.500

Angels

4

4

0

.500

Brewers

0

1

0

.000

Twins/Senators

3

2

0

.600

Yankees

1

4

0

.200

Athletics

3

7

0

.300

Mariners

1

1

0

.500

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

3

4

0

.429

Blue Jays

2

0

0

1.000

Reds

0

1

0

.000

Cardinals

1

0

0

1.000

While the overall record is decent here, the Tribe is 30-17 at home and just as bad on the road, 16-28. There has only been one winning streak of four games (1965-1968) and only one losing streak of four as well (1956-1960). The highlight is definitely the first game of the 1923 doubleheader against the Red Sox when they won 27-3. They scored in every inning of the game and after five innings, the score was a lopsided 11-2 score. But they scored 13 in the sixth to make it ridiculous. To appreciate the wackiness of this game, look at the Tribe's final hitting line. In 44 AB, they had 24 hits, 14 walks, which scored 27 runs on 25 RBI and the lone strikeout was by Dewey Metivier, the reliever brought in to mop up in the final three innings, which resulted in a save. Also, of the 27 runs, only nine were earned as the Red Sox committed four errors. Of those 24 hits, only seven went for extra bases, three Riggs Stephenson doubles, two Rube Lutzke doubles, a Charlie Jamieson triple and a Frank Brower triple. And no this was not at Fenway, it was at Dunn Field. Stephenson was 5-2-3-5 and Lutzke was 5-3-4-6.

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