A Look Back At The Week Ahead; July 29 to August 4

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

July 29

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

54

60

0

.474

Home

29

32

0

.475

Road

25

28

0

.472

Extra Innings

4

6

0

.400

Double Headers

6

5

7

-

Monday

2

9

0

.182

Tuesday

12

7

0

.632

Wednesday

8

8

0

.500

Thursday

4

9

0

.308

Friday

10

7

0

.588

Saturday

7

11

0

.389

Sunday

11

9

0

.550

Orioles/Browns

9

7

0

.563

Red Sox

11

8

0

.579

White Sox

3

1

0

.750

Tigers

3

4

0

.429

Royals

0

1

0

.000

Angels

1

6

0

.143

Brewers

2

0

0

1.000

Twins/Senators

13

11

0

.542

Yankees/Orioles

5

12

0

.294

Athletics

4

5

0

.444

Mariners

3

2

0

.600

Senators (Rangers)

0

2

0

.000

Blue Jays

0

1

0

.000

The Tribe has not won since 2005 on this date. This date is another heavy doubleheader day with eighteen to date. This includes games in 1904, 1905, 1909, 1913, 1914 1919 and 1922. Back in the early days, a lot of rainouts were made up at this juncture. There was a seven game losing streak from 1905 to 1911, but also a twenty game winning streak from 1922 to 1942. That streak included a 24-6 shellacking of the Yankees in 1928 in League Park. George Pipgras didn't record in an out in the first and by the time Wilcy Moore got the third out, the Tribe was up 8-1. Moore himself didn't get out of the second as the Indians put up a nine spot on he, Myles Thomas and Hank Johnson. Johnson survived until the sixth when he was tagged for six more. Staked to leads of 8-1 and 17-1, Tribe pitcher Joe Shaute did not need to be perfect and he obliged, scattering 15 hits and giving up six runs in the complete game win. Of the 27 hits the Tribe pounded out, there were only two doubles and one triple. That leaved 24 singles. Every starter got a hit, scored a run and had an RBI. The best of those was Carl Lind (6-3-4-5), Johnny Hodapp (7-4-5-4) and Luke Sewell (6-3-5-3).

July 30

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

54

51

0

.514

Home

32

29

0

.525

Road

22

22

0

.500

Extra Innings

6

5

0

.545

Double Headers

3

2

4

-

Monday

5

3

0

.625

Tuesday

9

8

0

.529

Wednesday

7

8

0

.467

Thursday

9

5

0

.643

Friday

10

6

0

.625

Saturday

7

10

0

.412

Sunday

7

11

0

.389

Orioles/Browns

8

3

0

.727

Red Sox

13

7

0

.650

White Sox

2

3

0

.400

Tigers

0

4

0

.000

Royals

2

2

0

.500

Angels

0

5

0

.000

Brewers

4

0

0

1.000

Twins/Senators

6

7

0

.462

Yankees

6

9

0

.400

Athletics

9

5

0

.643

Mariners

3

2

0

.600

Senators (Rangers)

1

1

0

.500

Blue Jays

0

3

0

.000

The longest streak on this date was eight games, which occurred from 1920 to 1926 and included four wins against Boston, our most common opponent. Two of those wins were in the 1923 doubleheader sweep in Fenway with a 2-0 shutout in the nightcap. Stan Covelski scattered seven hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out two. Chick Fewster of the Red Sox got three of the hits. The Tribe score their two runs in the top of the first on a Charlie Jamieson single, a Tris Speaker double and a Riggs Stephenson single.

July 31

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

58

49

0

.542

Home

36

20

0

.643

Road

22

29

0

.431

Extra Innings

7

3

0

.700

Double Headers

6

0

8

-

Monday

4

7

0

.364

Tuesday

11

8

0

.579

Wednesday

10

6

0

.625

Thursday

10

2

0

.833

Friday

7

8

0

.467

Saturday

9

9

0

.500

Sunday

7

9

0

.438

Orioles/Browns

5

6

0

.455

Red Sox

15

6

0

.714

White Sox

4

3

0

.571

Tigers

8

3

0

.727

Royals

2

4

0

.333

Angels

4

0

0

1.000

Brewers

3

3

0

.500

Twins/Senators

4

5

0

.444

Yankees

4

6

0

.400

Athletics

5

10

0

.333

Mariners

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers

0

1

0

.000

Blue Jays

3

2

0

.600

The Tribe has not lost a single doubleheader on this date, winning six and splitting eight. We'll take a peek at the 2-0 win in the opening game of the 1976 doubleheader in Milwaukee. Bill Travers faced big Jim Bibby in this matchup. The scoreless tie was broken in the fourth after Buddy Bell walked and stole second. After another walk to Ron Pruitt, light hitting Frank Duffy plated Bell with a single to left and Pruitt getting thrown out at third to end the inning. Travers pitched well until the eighth. Rick Manning led of with a base knock, and Larvell Blanks sacrificed him to second. With Frank Robinson up to bat, Travers uncorked two wild pitches to score Manning. Meanwhile, Bibby was cruising through the Brewer lineup, walking one and only four hits through eight. But in the ninth, after retiring George Scott on a flyball, Don Money and Mike Hegan both singled. Jim Kern came in and Robin Yount lined out to right and Bernie Carbo grounded out to end the game.

August 1

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

52

56

0

.481

Home

27

30

0

.474

Road

25

26

0

.490

Extra Innings

2

6

0

.250

Double Headers

3

2

6

-

Monday

5

6

0

.455

Tuesday

7

8

0

.467

Wednesday

8

10

0

.444

Thursday

5

7

0

.417

Friday

9

8

0

.529

Saturday

6

9

0

.400

Sunday

12

8

0

.600

Orioles/Browns

2

5

0

.286

Red Sox

13

7

0

.650

White Sox

2

4

0

.333

Tigers

3

3

0

.500

Royals

3

3

0

.500

Angels

0

2

0

.000

Brewers

2

2

0

.500

Twins/Senators

8

7

0

.533

Yankees

10

9

0

.526

Athletics

5

8

0

.385

Mariners

0

1

0

.000

Rays

0

1

0

.000

Rangers

1

2

0

.333

Blue Jays

3

2

0

.600

The longest streak on this date was seven games, which happened from 1952 to 1958. We'll review the 5-1 home victory against the Yankees in 1956 in honor of the streak. After a one, two, three top of the first, the Tribe netted two runs on a Vic Wertz RBI single and a Sam Mele sacrifice fly off of Tommy Byrne. Luckily leaving guys on second and third that inning didn't come back to haunt them. That is because in the second, Al Smith doubled in two and Vic Wertz has an RBI groundout. Staked to a 5-0 lead, Bob Lemon went to work. He allowed his first baserunner in the fourth, a Mickey Mantle walk. His only real danger was the fifth. Hank Bauer hit a solo shot and then Andy Carey and Joe Coleman had back to back singles. But the Yankees wouldn't score and went down fairly meekly the rest of the game.

August 2

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

58

47

1

.552

Home

30

23

1

.566

Road

28

24

0

.538

Extra Innings

2

4

1

.333

Double Headers

7

1

5

-

Monday

5

3

0

.625

Tuesday

7

8

0

.467

Wednesday

12

6

0

.667

Thursday

5

9

0

.357

Friday

6

8

0

.429

Saturday

10

7

0

.588

Sunday

13

6

1

.684

Orioles/Browns/Brewers

11

5

0

.688

Red Sox

8

6

0

.571

White Sox

4

3

0

.571

Tigers

3

5

0

.375

Royals

2

2

0

.500

Angels

0

1

0

.000

Brewers

3

0

0

1.000

Twins/Senators

9

1

0

.900

Yankees

8

11

1

.421

Athletics

6

9

0

.400

Mariners

0

1

0

.000

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers

3

1

0

.750

Blue Jays

0

2

0

.000

The Twins/Senators are the favorite target here, winning nine of ten against them with the only loss back in 1960. There was a four game winning streak against the St. Louis Browns from 1930 to 1933 that included three double digit scores, 12-4, 11-9 and 16-8. Let's review that 16-8 win in 1933 at Sportsman Park. The Browns opened the scoring with four off Wes Ferrell in the first. The Tribe regained the lead with five off George Blaeholder in the third. And by the sixth, the Tribe led 8-4. But Farrell couldn't keep the lead, allowing two each in the sixth and eighth to tie the game 8-8. Rollie Stiles came out for the ninth and promptly gave up eight runs to the Indians, giving Sarge Connally a win in relief. Ferrell did hit a solo homer that game, but Odell Hale was the hitting star, 5-3-3-6) with two home runs.

August 3

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

51

58

0

.468

Home

29

25

0

.537

Road

22

33

0

.400

Extra Innings

2

4

0

.333

Double Headers

1

7

6

-

Monday

6

4

0

.600

Tuesday

9

9

0

.500

Wednesday

7

8

0

.467

Thursday

8

6

0

.571

Friday

7

9

0

.438

Saturday

8

8

0

.500

Sunday

6

14

0

.300

Orioles/Browns/Brewers

7

5

0

.583

Red Sox

9

12

0

.429

White Sox

0

3

0

.000

Tigers

3

6

0

.333

Royals

1

1

0

.500

Angels

0

1

0

.000

Brewers

2

1

0

.667

Twins/Senators

8

3

0

.727

Yankees

9

11

0

.450

Athletics

9

8

0

.529

Mariners

0

2

0

.000

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

2

4

0

.333

Blue Jays

0

1

0

.000

The Tribe is absolutely dreadful on Sundays on this date, 6-14. Random selection today is the 3-1 home win against the Royals in 1991. Greg Swindell outdueled Mark Gubicza this day. Swindell blinked first. A Brian McRae double and I am not sure how he hid it, but George Brett scored McRae from second on a sacrifice fly to deep left-center. The Indians tied in the third on a Jeff Manto walk and a Felix Fermin double. Flash Gordon relieved Gubicza for the seventh and Alex Cole greeted him with a single, stole second and moved to third on a Glenallen Hill grounder. He scored on a Tim Spehr passed ball. Fermin walked, moved up on a Carlos Baerga single, and scored on a Mark Whiten single. Swindell retired six of the next seven batters to finish the game.

August 4

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

51

54

0

.486

Home

30

23

0

.566

Road

21

21

0

.404

Extra Innings

2

4

0

.333

Double Headers

2

4

5

-

Monday

8

1

0

.889

Tuesday

5

8

0

.385

Wednesday

7

8

0

.467

Thursday

11

5

0

.688

Friday

7

8

0

.467

Saturday

5

11

0

.313

Sunday

8

13

0

.381

Orioles/Browns

5

5

0

.500

Red Sox

8

8

0

.500

White Sox

1

2

0

.333

Tigers

7

8

0

.467

Royals

0

1

0

.000

Angels

1

1

0

.500

Brewers

1

2

0

.333

Twins/Senators

7

8

0

.467

Yankees

11

12

0

.478

Athletics

4

4

0

.500

Mariners

1

1

0

.500

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

2

2

0

.500

Blue Jays

2

0

0

1.000

Welcome to another high scoring day in Tribe history. They have broken 10 runs sixteen times on this date. The most recent one of those was a 14-5 win on the road versus the Blue Jays in 2004. Travis Hafner started the game with a two run shot in the first off Josh Towers. The lead ballooned to 7-0 in the fifth on a Hafner RBI double, Victor Martinex RBI single, Casey Blake RBI double, Jody Gerut sacrifice fly and a John McDonald RBI single. Hafner hit another two run shot in the sixth. Jake Westbrook had a 9-1 lead in the sixth, but after a Dave Berg three run homer, the score was 9-5. The game was put out of reach in the top of the ninth. Jody Gerut doubled home Ron Belliard, and Hafner netted his sixth RBI on a sacrifice fly. Tim Laker completed the scoring with a three run blast off Kevin Frederick. David Riske pitched the seventh and eighth, with Matt Miller mopping up in the ninth.

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