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

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

July 15

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

37

70

0

.346

Home

17

25

0

.405

Road

20

45

0

.308

Extra Innings

2

4

0

.333

Double Headers

3

6

6

-

Monday

4

7

0

.364

Tuesday

2

10

0

.167

Wednesday

5

8

0

.385

Thursday

10

7

0

.588

Friday

3

14

0

.176

Saturday

7

9

0

.438

Sunday

6

15

0

.286

Orioles/Browns

2

4

0

.333

Red Sox

5

12

0

.294

White Sox

2

2

0

.500

Royals

1

3

0

.250

Angels

1

4

0

.200

Brewers

0

1

0

.000

Twins/Senators

6

10

0

.375

Yankees

6

19

0

.240

Athletics

9

7

0

.563

Mariners

0

4

0

.000

Rangers

3

2

0

.600

Blue Jays

0

1

0

.000

Pirates

2

0

0

1.000

Astros

0

1

0

.000

Without looking it up, this must be the worst day on the calendar. Only two games over the .333 mark. They have a losing mark at home, a less than one third mark on the road and only one day of the week on the positive side. Even if they went on a huge winning streak, the earliest they could get to .500 would be 2045. Most of the damage occurred during the dark days of the franchise. From 1961 to 1983 the Tribe went 3-20, including a ten game streak from 1973 to 1983. But even removing that poor stretch leaves the record at 34-50; pathetic. The bright spots have been few and far between as there have been a mere seven winning streaks, one four-gamer, three three-gamers and three two-gamers. And three of those streaks were because of doubleheader sweeps. Which brings us to the brightest spot in history, the home doubleheader sweep of the Senators in 1934 by identical scores of 10-8. In the opener, Willis Hudlin took on Monte Weaver. The Tribe got two in the first, the Senators tied in the third, with the Tribe retaking the lead in the third again, 4-2. The Senators tied in the fifth, but again the Tribe pushed two more across to take a 6-4 lead. The Tribe broke it open in the sixth, scoring four off of Bobby Burke and Bob Kline. But Hudlin couldn't hold the 10-4 lead, not recording an out in the seventh. Ralph Winegarner stopped the bleeding at one run, but gave up two of his own in eh eighth. Lloyd Brown put out his fire that inning and allowed one more in the ninth to get the save in the 10-8 game. The five Senator pitchers allowed 17 hits, including homers to Earl Averill and Hal Trosky. The Tribe trio only allowed 11 hits , with Heinie Manush doing the most damage (a double and homer), but issued eight walks. In the second game, Monte Pearson allowed a single tally in the first, but the Indians blasted Tommy Thomas for six runs, ending his day without a single out, with Jack Russell entering the fray. But Perason couldn't hold that five run lead; he gave up two in the third and five in the sixth, letting the Senators take an 8-6 lead. But like the first game, in the bottom half, the Tribe tied the game with two of their own, and retook the lead with two more in the sixth. This made Belve Bean the winner in relief, but Brown had to come in and record a strikeout of his only batter to get the save in both games. This was another game with a ton of baserunners. The Senators, had ten hits and walked eleven times, with Fred Schulte sporting a 3-2-2-1 with 3 BBs and Joe Cronin a 5-1-2-4 line. The Indians, led by Odell Hale's 5-2-3-6 with two 2Bs and a HR, pounded out 16 hits and had eight walks of their own.

July 16

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

54

59

0

.478

Home

22

25

0

.468

Road

32

34

0

.485

Extra Innings

5

9

0

.357

Double Headers

0

6

7

-

Monday

8

8

0

.500

Tuesday

4

10

0

.286

Wednesday

8

8

0

.500

Thursday

9

7

0

.563

Friday

8

7

0

.533

Saturday

10

8

0

.556

Sunday

7

11

0

.389

Orioles/Browns

1

5

0

.167

Red Sox

9

7

0

.563

White Sox

2

4

0

.333

Tigers

1

0

0

1.000

Royals

4

2

0

.667

Angels

3

4

0

.429

Brewers

1

0

0

1.000

Twins/Senators

11

8

0

.579

Yankees

9

15

0

.375

Athletics

7

8

0

.467

Mariners

4

0

0

1.000

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

1

3

0

.250

Pirates

0

1

0

.000

Astros

0

2

0

.000

This date is much closer to .500, but there have been two extended losing streaks, a six gamer from 1927 to 1930 and an eight gamer from 1939 to 1944. And to think they are that close to .500 considering they have never swept a doubleheader in thirteen tries. The most recent blowout was the 18-6 win in Seattle in 2004. But the game I'd rather look at is the 17-9 home victory over the Yankees in 1925. Sad Sam Jones took the mound for the Yanks, but allowed two in the first, two in the second and another in the third, before Alex Ferguson took over. Joe Shaute had a 5-1 lead heading to the fourth, but the Yankees got three back, closing the tally to 5-4. Interestingly enough, Miller Huggins allowed Ferguson to stay in the game after giving up six of his own in the fourth, because he lasted until the seventh when the Tribe put up another four spot. With the big lead, Shaute ended up with a very unimpressive complete game win, sixteen hits, nine runs, eight earned, with Joe Dugan the biggest culprit, 5-1-2-3 with a triple. Lou Gehrig also had a triple an Babe Ruth missed this game. Tris Speaker and Joe Sewell led the 20 hit attack with four each.

July 17

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

56

57

0

.496

Home

19

26

0

.422

Road

37

31

0

.544

Extra Innings

3

2

0

.600

Double Headers

4

6

4

-

Monday

7

6

0

.538

Tuesday

10

4

0

.714

Wednesday

5

13

0

.278

Thursday

7

9

0

.438

Friday

8

7

0

.533

Saturday

10

9

0

.526

Sunday

9

9

0

.500

Orioles/Browns

0

3

0

.000

Red Sox

13

8

0

.619

White Sox

1

4

0

.200

Tigers

4

0

0

1.000

Royals

3

5

0

.375

Angels

4

6

0

.400

Brewers

1

0

0

1.000

Twins/Senators

6

11

0

.353

Yankees

9

13

0

.409

Athletics

9

3

0

.750

Mariners

3

1

0

.750

Rays

0

1

0

.000

Rangers/Senators

1

1

0

.500

Pirates

0

1

0

.000

Astros

2

0

0

1.000

Oh so close to reaching the .500 mark here, a win this year evens up the tally. There are even matching six game streaks: 1929 to 1934 (win) and 1960-1964 (loss). There was even a four game losing streak in consecutive years to the Yankees from 1939 to 1942 sans a doubleheader. There was a 15-2 victory over the Tigers in the second half of a doubleheader in 1966 in Tiger Stadium. Joe Sparma began the game by retiring five of the first six batters with Pedro Gonzalez getting caught stealing. But he exited in the third after a two run bomb by Boddy Booker and a three run shot by Chuck Hinton. Dave Wickersham entered and Rocky Colavito greeted him with another homer, making the score 6-0. That was the first of three solo shots Wickersham allowed, Max Alvis connected in the fourth and Leon Wagner tagged him in the fifth. Fred Gladding relieved and gave up a two run double to Chico Salmon in the fifth as well, and voila, a 10-0 lead. Orlando Pena followed Gladding and Hinton and Colavito had another back-to-back solo-fest, extending the lead to 12-0. Meanwhile, John O'Donaghue was cruising for the Tribe until Jim Northrup broke up the shutout with his own solo shot in the seventh. The Indians completed the scoring fest by scoring three on the fifth Tiger hurler, Johnny Podres, in the ninth. In all, the Tribe hit seven homers this day.

July 18

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

49

57

1

.462

Home

19

26

0

.422

Road

30

31

1

.492

Extra Innings

6

2

1

.750

Double Headers

3

3

4

-

Monday

7

7

0

.500

Tuesday

9

7

0

.563

Wednesday

8

8

1

.500

Thursday

4

8

0

.333

Friday

6

11

0

.353

Saturday

5

8

0

.385

Sunday

10

8

0

.556

Orioles/Browns

3

0

0

1.000

Red Sox

7

10

0

.412

White Sox

2

4

0

.333

Tigers

1

1

0

.500

Royals

4

3

0

.571

Angels

6

3

0

.667

Twins/Senators

14

13

0

.519

Yankees

5

9

0

.357

Athletics

5

9

1

.357

Mariners

0

3

0

.000

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers

0

1

0

.000

Astros

1

1

0

.500

The record on this date is also deceiving. There was only one winning streak greater than four, a six gamer from 1946 to 1950. But there have been multiple losing streaks: a five gamer from 1904 to 1908, a six gamer from 1913 to 1917 and a seven gamer from 1987 to 1992. The random selection for this year is a 2-1 over the California Angels in 1993. This pitching duel featured Mark Langston for the Halos and Albie Lopez for the Indians. Lopez was doing pretty well, scattering five hits and two walks in 7.1 innings, while striking out seven. He also induced four double plays with the sixth inning being his closest call. Ron Tingley led off with a double. Luis Polonia had a bunt single and stole second, second and third, no out. Lopez struck out Chad Curtis and Tim Salmon hit a fly ball to Wayne Kirby, who threw out Tingley at home. Langston cruised a well, pitching a complete game with only three hits, one walk and four strikeouts. Unfortunately, all three hits came in the third inning. After Gary Disarcina dropped Alvaro Espinosa's pop-up, Felix Fermin and Junior Ortiz both singled to load the bases. Kenny Lofton lined out to Polonia, scoring Espinosa and Wayne Kirby singled in Fermin. Carlo Martinez ended the inning with a 5-4-3 double play. Derek Lilliquist and Jeremy Hernandez completed the eighth inning. Salmon hit a solo shot off Hernandez in the ninth and after he walked Chili Davis, Eric Plunk relieved. After a sacrifice bunt, a wild pitch and a walk to Damina Easley, the angels had first and third with one out, down 2-1. Jerry Dipoto promptly walked JT Snow to load the bases. Dipoto notched his first save by having Disarcina end the game on a 6-3 double play grounder.

July 19

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

61

52

1

.540

Home

26

24

1

.520

Road

35

28

0

.556

Extra Innings

6

5

0

.545

Double Headers

4

3

10

-

Monday

11

7

0

.611

Tuesday

9

9

0

.500

Wednesday

14

3

0

.824

Thursday

8

5

0

.615

Friday

5

8

1

.385

Saturday

7

10

0

.412

Sunday

7

10

0

.412

Orioles

1

1

0

.500

Red Sox

18

10

0

.643

White Sox

2

5

0

.286

Tigers

0

1

0

.000

Royals

4

3

0

.571

Angels

4

3

0

.571

Twins/Senators

12

11

1

.522

Yankees

8

9

0

.471

Athletics

8

6

0

.571

Mariners

1

1

0

.500

Rays

0

1

0

.000

Rangers

3

0

0

1.000

Astros

0

1

0

.000

And we finally reach a day this week with an over .500 record. And that is mainly because of the ten game win streak from 1941 to 1952. One of the highlight games on this day is the first unassisted triple play in 1909. Neal Ball of the Naps did this in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox. But as there isn't an available box score from that day, we also have the Dick Bosman no-hitter against the Oakland A's in 1974 to discuss. This home game started off with very little action as Bosman set down the first nine down in order and Dave Hamilton was perfect until Tommy McCraw led off the third with a single and Joe Lis homered him home. Hamilton was bounced in the fourth after Buddy Bell doubled in John Ellis. He would be charged with one more when Bell scored on a McCraw grounder from Blue Moon Odom. Odom was almost perfect himself in his 3.2 innings, one walk and one single who was erased on a double play. Bosman would have had a perfect game except for his own error on a throw to first in the fourth inning. He finished with no hits, no walks and only four strikeouts, but fifteen groundouts and eight flyouts.

July 20

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

55

53

1

.509

Home

25

24

0

.510

Road

30

29

1

.508

Extra Innings

7

4

1

.636

Double Headers

2

3

9

-

Monday

6

4

0

.600

Tuesday

7

7

1

.500

Wednesday

5

9

0

.357

Thursday

13

2

0

.867

Friday

4

11

0

.267

Saturday

12

9

0

.571

Sunday

8

11

0

.421

Orioles

0

3

0

.000

Red Sox

12

3

1

.800

White Sox

2

3

0

.400

Tigers

1

2

0

.333

Royals

3

5

0

.375

Angels

3

2

0

.600

Twins/Senators

11

11

0

.500

Yankees

8

11

0

.421

Athletics

11

12

0

.478

Mariners

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers

2

1

0

.667

Astros

1

0

0

1.000

The oddity on this day has to be the 13-2 record on Thursdays. There was also four consecutive extra-inning games: beating the Philadelphia Athletics 3-2 in 1950 (11) and 1-0 in 1951 (10), losing to the Red Sox 8-7 in 1952 (12) and the 5-5 tie with the Red Sox in 1954 (16). In that 1951 game, Mike Garcia dueled Sam Zoldak. Zoldak got out of second and third jam in the third when Bobby Avila grounded out, a guy at third base in the fourth and a first and second in the seventh. Garcia only had one jam, a first and third two outs in the sixth, but struck out Gus Zernial. The Tribe broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the tenth on a Garcia single, a Dale Mitchell forceout and a double by Bobby Avila. Zoldak scattered eight hits, walked two and struck out two while Garcia only gave up four runs, one walk and seven strikeouts.

July 21

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

49

58

2

.458

Home

25

24

1

.510

Road

24

34

1

.414

Extra Innings

5

4

0

.556

Double Headers

4

4

7

-

Monday

6

5

0

.545

Tuesday

8

9

0

.471

Wednesday

7

10

1

.412

Thursday

5

6

0

.455

Friday

7

9

0

.438

Saturday

6

11

0

.353

Sunday

10

8

1

.556

Orioles

4

1

0

.800

Red Sox

9

9

1

.500

White Sox

3

6

0

.333

Tigers

1

2

0

.333

Royals

1

3

0

.250

Angels

4

2

0

.667

Brewers

0

1

0

.000

Twins/Senators

5

10

0

.333

Yankees

7

11

0

.389

Athletics

13

10

1

.565

Mariners

1

1

0

.500

Rangers

0

1

0

.000

Blue Jays

1

1

0

.500

This date had a seven game winning streak from 1935 to 1940. Random selection here will be the 8-2 win over the White Sox in 1972. The Indians took a 2-0 lead on RBI singles by Del Unser and Jack Brohamer off Tom Bradley in the third. Brohamer drove in two more on a double in the fourth and Tommy McCraw ended Bradley's day with a two RBI single. The Tribe extended the lead to 8-0 in the eighth on another RBI single by McGraw and a RBI single by Chris Chambliss off Vicente Romo. Dick Tidrow allowed five baserunners in the first four innings, but retired thirteen in a row until the White Sox broke threw for two runs in the bottom of the ninth on three hits and a Ray Fosse error.

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