A Look Back At The Week Ahead; August 19 to August 25

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

August 19

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

55

51

0

.519

Home

34

23

0

.596

Road

21

28

0

.429

Extra Innings

5

6

0

.455

Double Headers

6

1

4

-

Monday

3

8

0

.273

Tuesday

10

8

0

.556

Wednesday

7

9

0

.438

Thursday

7

4

0

.636

Friday

8

7

0

.533

Saturday

9

6

0

.600

Sunday

11

9

0

.550

Orioles/Browns

2

1

0

.667

Red Sox

6

6

0

.500

White Sox

5

4

0

.556

Tigers

2

5

0

.286

Royals

3

0

0

1.000

Angels

1

3

0

.250

Brewers

3

2

0

.600

Twins/Senators

12

9

0

.571

Yankees

5

5

0

.500

Athletics

9

11

0

.450

Mariners

3

1

0

.750

Rays

1

1

0

.500

Rangers

2

3

0

.400

Blue Jays

1

0

0

1.000

The longest streaks on this date are an eight game losing one from 1938 to 1945 and a six game winning streak from 1945 to 1951. Let's look at the 1-0 victory in 1950 at home against the White Sox. Early Wynn took the hill for the Indians and Ken Holcombe was the starter for the Sox. Wynn allowed a walk in the first, a single in the third, a double in the fifth and a single in the seventh while striking out five. Holcombe meanwhile scattered ten hits and two walks in his nine innings. His first real trouble was in the fifth when Bob Kennedy doubled. But he picked him off so when Ray Murray singled there was no damage. The Indians almost broke through in the seventh with a Kennedy single, a Wynn double and a Dale Mitchell walk, but Bobby Avila grounded out to end the threat. It was Luke Easter who saved the Tribe though, hitting a home run in the eighth.

August 20

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

49

50

1

.495

Home

30

23

1

.566

Road

19

27

0

.413

Extra Innings

6

2

0

.750

Double Headers

2

6

2

-

Monday

2

6

0

.250

Tuesday

9

7

1

.563

Wednesday

7

7

0

.500

Thursday

8

5

0

.615

Friday

6

8

0

.429

Saturday

9

6

0

.600

Sunday

8

11

0

.421

Orioles

2

0

0

1.000

Red Sox

11

5

0

.688

White Sox

5

5

0

.500

Tigers

1

5

0

.167

Royals

1

2

0

.333

Angels

1

2

0

.333

Brewers

1

3

0

.250

Twins/Senators

13

12

1

.520

Yankees

3

4

0

.429

Athletics

5

6

0

.455

Mariners

4

2

0

.667

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

1

3

0

.250

Blue Jays

0

1

0

.000

This is a day of streaks recently: four wins from 1980 to 1983; six losses from 1985 to 1990; four wins from 1992 to 1996; four losses from 2011 to 2004; four wins from 2005 to 2009; and the current three game losing streak started in 2010. In 1947 they swept a double header with two extra inning wins against the Senators. In the first game, Hal Peck hit a two run homer in the first of Marino Pieretti. The Senators got three in the seventh off Steve Gromek. But Joe Gordon tied it in the eighth with a solo shot. Lou Boudreau led off the twelfth with a double and Ken Keltner singled him home to give the Tribe a 4-3 victory. In the nightcap, Bob Lemon didn't get out of the third, giving up four runs. But Joe Gordon hit a bases clearing double in the third to make it 4-3. The Indians scored three more in the sixth on singles by Peck and Loudreau. But the winner from the first game, Ed Klieman, couldn't put out Bryan Stephens fire in the seventh and the Senators tied it up. The Indians won it in the tenth when pitcher Al Gettel tripled with one out. After Dale Mitchell was walked, George Metkovich scored pinch runner Eddie Bockman off Tom Ferrick to complete the doubleheader sweep 7-6.

August 21

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

53

53

0

.500

Home

32

22

0

.593

Road

21

31

0

.404

Extra Innings

3

2

0

.600

Double Headers

3

5

5

-

Monday

5

3

0

.625

Tuesday

8

8

0

.500

Wednesday

10

11

0

.476

Thursday

5

9

0

.357

Friday

12

4

0

.750

Saturday

5

10

0

.333

Sunday

8

8

0

.500

Orioles/Browns

7

0

0

1.000

Red Sox

7

13

0

.350

White Sox

4

5

0

.444

Tigers

2

6

0

.250

Royals

4

1

0

.800

Angels

1

2

0

.333

Brewers

0

1

0

.000

Twins/Senators

10

7

0

.588

Yankees

5

4

0

.556

Athletics

8

7

0

.533

Mariners

1

4

0

.200

Rangers/Senators

1

3

0

.250

Blue Jays

3

0

0

1.000

This day is the most symmetrical one on the docket. The Tribe's overall record is perfectly even at 53 and 53. And the Pythag is exactly even as well, 487 to 487. And that is even with an eight game losing streak from 1960 to 1967. In 1934 there was a wild 12-11 win over the Athletics in Shibe Park. After the Tribe got three in the second off Al Benton, the A's scored four in the third, one in the fifth and two in the sixth off Oral Hildebrand, taking a 7-3 lead. Belve Bean pitched a scoreless seventh, but the A's tagged him for four runs in the eighth and the Indians trailed 11-3 headed to the top of the ninth. But the impossible happened, the Tribe scored nine in the ninth to take a 12-11 lead. Willis Hudlin came in and pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save of the year. The odd stat in this game is that the Tribe scored all those runs on nine singles and eleven walks. There wasn't an extra base hit or sacrifice hit or fly in the game.

August 22

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

61

50

0

.550

Home

30

21

0

.588

Road

31

29

0

.517

Extra Innings

10

5

0

.667

Double Headers

3

2

3

-

Monday

3

9

0

.250

Tuesday

9

7

0

.563

Wednesday

10

8

0

.556

Thursday

3

10

0

.231

Friday

13

4

0

.765

Saturday

12

5

0

.706

Sunday

11

7

0

.611

Orioles/Browns

4

1

0

.800

Red Sox

8

11

0

.421

White Sox

2

6

0

.250

Tigers

2

3

0

.400

Royals

2

2

0

.500

Angels

4

2

0

.667

Brewers/Pilots

2

3

0

.400

Twins/Senators

9

7

0

.563

Yankees

10

4

0

.714

Athletics

7

7

0

.500

Mariners

4

3

0

.571

Rays

2

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

4

0

0

1.000

Blue Jays

1

1

0

.500

As the team was losing eight in a row on the 21st in the 60s, they were somehow able to string a nine game winning streak from 1962 to 1970 to offset it. In 1979, the Indians trounced the Angels 13-3 with Dan Spillner throwing a complete game, only allowing five hits and one walk while striking out six. The only runs he gave up were via the long ball, a solo shot by Rick Miller in the third and a two run shot by Willie Aikens after a Duane Kuiper error in the ninth. The Indians chased Nolan Ryan in the fourth after five hits and six walks. After Ralph Botting relieved Ryan, he was greeted by a Rick Manning single, Bobby Bonds single, Toby Harrah double, a wild pitch, Cliff Johnson sacrifice fly and a Andre Thornton double, and the score was now 9-1. Bonds double two more home and Harrah singled him in the seventh to complete the scoring.

August 23

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

54

45

0

.545

Home

31

21

0

.596

Road

23

24

0

.489

Extra Innings

6

4

0

.600

Double Headers

3

1

4

-

Monday

4

7

0

.364

Tuesday

6

9

0

.400

Wednesday

9

4

0

.692

Thursday

5

7

0

.417

Friday

7

9

0

.438

Saturday

9

6

0

.600

Sunday

14

3

0

.824

Orioles/Browns

5

0

0

1.000

Red Sox

9

14

0

.391

White Sox

3

2

0

.600

Tigers

2

2

0

.500

Royals

3

1

0

.750

Angels

3

3

0

.500

Brewers/Pilots

3

2

0

.600

Twins/Senators

3

2

0

.600

Yankees

6

9

0

.400

Athletics

7

6

0

.538

Mariners

4

2

0

.667

Rays

2

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

2

1

0

.667

Blue Jays

2

1

0

.667

Even with last year's loss to the Mariners, the Tribe has won ten of their past twelve on this date with the only other loss to the Yankees in 2004. They are also an incredible 14-3 on Sundays on this date. One of the wilder games was the 15-13 win in 10 innings against the Royals in 2006. Travis Hafner hit a homer in the first off Jorge De La Rosa, but Paul Byrd gave it back and then some in the bottom of the first. The Royals sent fifteen batters up, scoring ten runs, nine of Byrd (only 3 earned though). Aaron Boone and Grady Sizemore went back to back in the third, cutting it to 10-3. De La Rosa didn't get out of the fourth with Hector Luna with an RBI single and Sizemore and Jason Michaels scoring one each off Todd Wellmeyer to cut it to 10-6. Luna doubled in another in the fifth and Michaels doubled in two in the sixth, and the deficit was now one. The former Faust Carmona let the Royals score three in the sixth, bumping their lead to 13-9. Joe Nelson came in to close out the game in the ninth and after a strikeout, things looked bleak. But Hafner walked, Victor Martinez doubled him home, Ryan Garko did the same. Jhonny Peralta stuck out, but Luna doubled yet again and the lead was cut to one. Ambiorix Burgos came in and Shin-Soo Choo smacked a triple to right tying the game. After Rafael Betancourt retired the Royals in order in the ninth, the Tribe won it in the tenth on singles by Ryan Garko and Luna off Andy Sisco. Tom Mastny ended up with the save, striking out the last two after a leadoff single. Luna finished with a 6-2-4-4 line and every hitter had an extra base hit (7 2Bs, 1 3B, 3 HRs) with Luna the only one with two extra base knocks.

August 24

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

54

49

0

.524

Home

33

20

0

.623

Road

21

29

0

.420

Extra Innings

4

4

0

.500

Double Headers

4

1

6

-

Monday

5

2

0

.714

Tuesday

6

10

0

.375

Wednesday

9

8

0

.529

Thursday

9

7

0

.563

Friday

4

9

0

.308

Saturday

9

7

0

.563

Sunday

12

6

0

.667

Orioles/Browns

2

1

0

.667

Red Sox

15

11

0

.577

White Sox

2

1

0

.667

Tigers

1

1

0

.500

Royals

3

3

0

.500

Angels

2

2

0

.500

Brewers/Pilots

3

2

0

.600

Senators (Twins)

5

5

0

.500

Yankees

4

10

0

.286

Athletics

11

9

0

.550

Mariners

2

2

0

.500

Rays

1

1

0

.500

Rangers/Senators

3

0

0

1.000

Blue Jays

0

1

0

.000

The longest streak on this date is a six game losing one from 1993 to 2001, with three in a row to Oakland. The Indians are a nice 12-6 on Sundays though. There were a couple of lengthy games on this date as well, including the 2-0 win in 1935 against the Philadelphia A's in fifteen innings. Willis Hudlin was a stud in this game, pitching the complete game, only giving up eight hits and one walk while striking out six and having a GameScore of 106. The hitters on the other hand just couldn't get the big hit off George Turbeville, who also tossed a complete game. Because in their 14.2 innings, they had nine hits and thirteen walks. They only left ten on base because the A's turned six double plays and they were caught stealing four time by catcher Paul Richards. The game ended on a two run homer by Earl Averill.

August 25

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

55

58

0

.487

Home

32

25

0

.561

Road

23

33

0

.411

Extra Innings

6

5

0

.545

Double Headers

5

7

5

-

Monday

7

4

0

.636

Tuesday

7

9

0

.438

Wednesday

10

9

0

.526

Thursday

4

9

0

.308

Friday

10

7

0

.588

Saturday

9

9

0

.500

Sunday

8

11

0

.421

Orioles

2

1

0

.667

Red Sox

9

15

0

.375

White Sox

4

5

0

.444

Tigers

3

0

0

1.000

Royals

1

2

0

.333

Angels

3

1

0

.750

Brewers

3

3

0

.500

Twins/Senators

7

8

0

.467

Yankees

9

13

0

.409

Athletics

11

5

0

.688

Mariners

1

3

0

.250

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

1

1

0

.500

Blue Jays

0

1

0

.000

The most interesting streak on this date isn't about wins or losses, but rather the forty-four year stretch were they did not break 10 runs scored from 1948 to 1989. The spell was broken by the 1990 squad, beating Baltimore 11-5 on the road. The scoreless deadlock was broken in the third when Jerry Browne, Chris James and Brook Jacoby all had RBI singles off Pete Harnisch. Sergio Valdez couldn't hang on the lead in bottom half, although all four run that scored were unearned because of a Browne error. Sandy Alomar homered and so did Browne in the fourth, redeeming himself, with the score now 6-4. A leadoff double by Billy Ripken ended Sergio's night and Ripken scored after two fly balls given up by Efrain Valdez. The Tribe picked up two more in the fifth on Alomar Alex Cole singles. Efrain opened the fifth with a leadoff single and a walk, forcing John McNamara to call upon Steve Olin. He induced two ground balls and the inning was over. The Indians got three more in the seventh, this tim off Jose Bautista, with Browne singling in one, Cole scoring on a wild pitch and Carlo Baerga doubling in one. Olin gave up two singles in the sixth, but got another double play to end the threat. He dodged two baserunners in the seventh and pitched a perfect final two frames. He threw 63 pitches in his five innings, three hits, one walk and five strikeouts.

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