A Look Back At The Week Ahead; August 26 to September 1

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

August 26

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

56

46

2

.549

Home

34

21

1

.618

Road

22

25

1

.468

Extra Innings

4

4

0

.500

Double Headers

2

3

5

-

Monday

7

7

1

.500

Tuesday

4

8

1

.333

Wednesday

9

3

0

.750

Thursday

5

6

0

.455

Friday

10

7

0

.588

Saturday

8

8

0

.500

Sunday

13

7

0

.650

Orioles/Browns

3

1

0

.750

Red Sox

5

11

0

.313

White Sox

1

5

0

.167

Tigers

8

1

0

.889

Royals

4

0

0

1.000

Angels

1

3

0

.250

Brewers

3

2

0

.600

Twins/Senators

11

5

0

.688

Yankees

7

7

1

.500

Athletics

8

7

0

.533

Mariners

4

1

0

.800

Rangers/Senators

0

3

0

.000

Blue Jays

1

0

1

1.000

Last year's loss to the Yankees broke a seven game win streak. We loved playing the Twins version of the Senators, winning ten of thirteen matchups and also the Tigers, winning eight of nine. And six of those games occurred between 1995 and 2008. In 1996, we won 2-1 in Tiger Stadium. Charles Nagy outdueled Felipe Lira that day. The Indians broke through in the fourth on a walk to Jim Thome, who advanced to second on an Albert Belle grounder. Lira wild pitched Thome to third and then Manny Ramirez drove him home on a single to right. Nagy had only allowed two baserunners when Travis Fryman tied the game with a blast to right in the seventh. The Indians only managed one single after scoring in the fourth, but Thome hit a long drive to left with one out in the ninth. Nagy struck out the side in the bottom of ninth, with Curtis Pride, Mark Lewis and Fryman all swinging at the last pitch.

August 27

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

56

52

1

.519

Home

35

21

0

.625

Road

21

31

1

.404

Extra Innings

3

5

0

.375

Double Headers

2

6

6

-

Monday

6

6

0

.500

Tuesday

6

7

0

.462

Wednesday

11

8

0

.579

Thursday

6

5

1

.545

Friday

13

5

0

.722

Saturday

6

11

0

.353

Sunday

8

10

0

.444

Orioles/Browns

4

0

0

1.000

Red Sox

11

4

0

.733

White Sox

5

9

0

.357

Tigers

5

2

0

.714

Royals

3

1

0

.750

Angels

1

3

0

.250

Brewers

1

2

0

.333

Twins/Senators

11

9

1

.550

Yankees

6

12

0

.333

Athletics

6

2

0

.750

Mariners

2

4

0

.333

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Senators (Rangers)

0

1

0

.000

Blue Jays

0

3

0

.000

Last year's loss to the A's also broke a five game win streak. However, the overall record on this date looks decent, but there were two massive streaks, one on either side of the ledger. There was a nine game win streak from 1939 to 1948 and a fourteen game losing streak from 1960 to 1972. Ouch. They also love Fridays, 13-5, and the Red Sox 11-4 on this day. That long losing streak ended when they beat the Royals 12-8 in the first game of a doubleheader in 1974. The Royals opened things up with three in the first off Fritz Peterson. The Tribe got two back in the second off Steve Busby on a Dave Duncan double and a Frank Duffy single. Hal McRae had his second RBI double in as many innings and the Royals led 4-2. But Busby couldn't hold it. In the third, Tommy McCraw doubled in Oscar Gamble and then Joe Lis legged out an inside the park home run and after Rico Carty doubled in Rusty Torres in the fourth, the Tribe led 6-4. After the first two batters got on in the fourth, Peterson was relieved by Tom Hilgendorf. The Royals took the lead back and McRae's third straight double and a Cookie Rojas single. Busby lasted til the eighth when Duffy had his second RBI single of the day. In came Lindy McDaniel and Carty greeted him with a double of his own. The Indians got four insurance runs in the ninth when John Ellis cleared the bases with a triple and Duffy got his third RBI on a grounder. McRae finished his fantastic day (5-2-4-6) with a homer off Tom Buskey in the ninth.

August 28

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

51

45

0

.531

Home

30

23

0

.566

Road

21

22

0

.488

Extra Innings

5

5

0

.500

Double Headers

2

4

6

-

Monday

5

4

0

.556

Tuesday

7

6

0

.538

Wednesday

10

8

0

.556

Thursday

5

5

0

.500

Friday

5

9

0

.357

Saturday

10

7

0

.588

Sunday

9

6

0

.600

Orioles/Browns

1

3

0

.250

Red Sox

9

10

0

.474

White Sox

5

7

0

.417

Tigers

4

2

0

.667

Royals

3

1

0

.750

Angels

1

1

0

.500

Brewers

1

0

0

1.000

Twins/Senators

11

8

0

.579

Yankees

4

5

0

.444

Athletics

4

6

0

.400

Mariners

3

0

0

1.000

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

1

1

0

.500

Blue Jays

3

1

0

.750

There were two five game winning streaks on this date, from 1901 to 1907 and 1973 to 1981. But the best stretch might have been from 1930 to 1932 when the beat the White Sox 10-5, the Browns 13-1 and the Red Sox 10-1 in consecutive years. In 1976, they beat the Twins 4-3 in seventeen innings. Lyman Bostock opened the scoring with a two run single off Pat Dobson in the first inning. The Tribe got one back in the fourth off Bill Singer on an RBI single by Rico Carty. Larry Hisle had an RBI grounder in the seventh and the Twins were up 3-1. Singer gave up singles to Duane Kuiper and Larvell Blanks to start the ninth, and Tom Burgmeier walked Ron Pruitt to load the bases. Bill Campbell gave up an RBI single to Carty and Boog Powell tied the game on a sacrifice fly to left. Campbell would pitch five scoreless innings after that. Dave LaRoche, Jim Kern and Tom Buskey pitched 9.2 scorelss relief innings, walking five, allowing five hits but striking out eleven. The Indians threatened in the fifteenth against Tom Johnson and Vic Albury, but Jim Hughes rebuffed them. He wasn't as lucky in the seventeenth when George Hendrick led off with a triple. Hughes retired Buddy Bell on a short flyball and a Tommy Smith grounder, but when facing Ray Fosse, he uncorked a wild pitch, ending the game.

August 29

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

57

50

0

.533

Home

31

30

0

.508

Road

26

20

0

.565

Extra Innings

4

3

0

.571

Double Headers

6

2

4

-

Monday

9

4

0

.692

Tuesday

8

10

0

.444

Wednesday

9

6

0

.600

Thursday

2

7

0

.222

Friday

8

6

0

.571

Saturday

11

8

0

.579

Sunday

10

9

0

.526

Orioles/Browns

7

3

0

.700

Red Sox

10

6

0

.625

White Sox

7

8

0

.467

Tigers

3

1

0

.750

Royals

0

3

0

.000

Angels

2

0

0

1.000

Brewers

1

1

0

.500

Twins/Senators

10

12

0

.455

Yankees

5

3

0

.625

Athletics

4

10

0

.286

Mariners

3

1

0

.750

Rays

0

1

0

.000

Rangers/Senators

2

0

0

1.000

Blue Jays

2

1

0

.667

Cubs

1

0

0

1.000

The longest win streak on this date was six games from 1952 to 1957. The game we have to look at was the 9-2 home win over the White Sox in 1977. Cleveland native Steve Stone was on the hill for the White Sox. He struck out Paul Dade to start the game, but on a 1-0 pitch to the next batter, it left the yard, a no-doubter by about five rows into the right field bleachers in municipal Stadium. Now why is this significant you ask? Because this would be the only home run in Duane Kuiper's lengthy career. Before that at bat he hadn't homered in 1,381 tries, and after that at bat, would go homerless for his next 1,997. Stone obviously didn't have his best stuff that day as Bruce Bochte also homered in the first and Andre Thornton legged out an inside the parker also in the first.

August 30

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

50

46

1

.521

Home

27

22

0

.551

Road

23

23

1

.489

Extra Innings

7

4

0

.636

Double Headers

3

4

4

-

Monday

6

2

0

.750

Tuesday

6

6

0

.500

Wednesday

7

8

0

.467

Thursday

5

7

1

.417

Friday

9

4

0

.692

Saturday

7

7

0

.500

Sunday

10

12

0

.455

Orioles/Browns

5

6

0

.455

Red Sox

6

7

0

.462

White Sox

9

7

1

.563

Tigers

6

4

0

.600

Royals

1

0

0

1.000

Angels

2

2

0

.500

Brewers

0

2

0

.000

Senators (Twins)

6

2

0

.750

Yankees

3

5

0

.375

Athletics

5

7

0

.417

Mariners

2

1

0

.667

Rangers/Senators

3

1

0

.750

Blue Jays

2

1

0

.667

Cubs

0

1

0

.000

There were three different six game streaks on this date, one winning, 1953 to 1958, and two losing, 1931 to 1936 and 1982 to 1987. In 1981, we had a home victory, 17-11 over the Mariners. Len Barker didn't get out of the third, four singles and a walk, and by the time Mike Stanton finally got things under control, the Mariners led 5-1. The Indians netted two more in the fourth off Jerry Gleaton on a Chris Bando single and a double play ball by Dave Rosello. The teams traded runs in the fifth, a two run homer by Jerry Simpson and a sacrifice fly by Alan Bannister. Dennis Lewallyn relieved Stanton in the sixth, but he allowed both inherited runners to score and gave up one of his own in the seventh and the Mariners led 10-4. The Tribe cut the lead off Jerry Gleaton and Dick Drago in the seventh, a pair of RBI grounders by Mike Hargrove and Von Hayes and a RBI single by Bando. Simpson picked up another run off Sid Monge in the eight and the Mariners led 11-7. In a foreshadowing manner, the eighth would be the Mariners undoing. Four different pitchers (Drago, Shane Rawley, Bob Galasso and Bryan Clark) could not stop the bleeding. Duane Kuiper had a pinch hit double to lead off the inning. Pat Kelly also had a pinch hit double, Miguel Dilone singled, Jorge Orta doubled and Hargrove walked to load the bases. Bo Diaz pinch hit for Hayes and singled in two. Toby Harrah was intentionally walked. Chris Bando made the first out, but it scored a run anyways. After another intentional walk, this time to Rick Manning, Kuiper hit another double, scoring two. An error by Bruce Bochte and two more runs scored. Dilone made it second and third with a single, taken an extra base on the throw to third and Orta completed the scoring on another grounder. They scored ten runs that inning off seven hits and two errors, final score 17-11.

August 31

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

49

54

1

.476

Home

20

29

1

.408

Road

29

25

0

.537

Extra Innings

8

4

0

.667

Double Headers

0

3

9

-

Monday

5

6

0

.455

Tuesday

11

7

0

.611

Wednesday

7

8

0

.467

Thursday

6

5

0

.545

Friday

6

8

0

.429

Saturday

6

10

1

.375

Sunday

8

10

0

.444

Orioles/Browns

8

5

0

.615

Red Sox

2

4

0

.333

White Sox

11

14

1

.440

Tigers

8

6

0

.571

Royals

0

1

0

.000

Angels

3

1

0

.750

Brewers

1

2

0

.333

Twins/Senators

2

3

0

.400

Yankees

3

6

0

.333

Athletics

7

5

0

.583

Mariners

0

1

0

.000

Rangers/Senators

1

5

0

.167

Blue Jays

2

1

0

.667

Cubs

1

0

0

1.000

This day started off with a bang, 16-4 over the Senators, but went downhill quickly, losing the next seven through 1906. There was a really nice stretch from 1917 to 1946 when they won sixteen of twenty-one. The Tribe lost 5-4 in 22 innings to the Twins in 1993, but the highlight of this day also featured a 22, the 22-0 spanking of the hated Yankees in 2004. Travis Hafner started things off with a three run triple in the first against Javier Vazquez. Three more in the second on an Omar Vizquel single, a Matt Lawton single and a Victor Martinez sacrifice fly. They got three more in third, this time off Tanyon Sturtze on a Coco Crisp single and a two run double by Vizquel. After a 1-2-3 fourth, they plated six more in the fifth off Sturtze and CJ Nitkowski: Ronnie Belliard with a RBI double, Crisp with a two run shot, a bases loaded walk to Casey Blake and a two run single by Ben Broussard. Vizquel had another RBI double in the sixth. In the meantime, Jake Westbrook was cruising. In seven strong innings, five hits, no walks and five strikeouts. Jeremy Guthrie pitched the final two frames, just giving up one walk. But the scoring by the Indians wasn't nearly done. In the ninth against Esteban Loiza, Jody Gerut and Martinez each hit three run shots.

September 1

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

59

45

0

.567

Home

21

16

0

.568

Road

38

29

0

.567

Extra Innings

2

9

0

.182

Double Headers

6

1

4

-

Monday

17

7

0

.708

Tuesday

6

6

0

.500

Wednesday

7

6

0

.538

Thursday

6

4

0

.600

Friday

6

7

0

.462

Saturday

9

7

0

.563

Sunday

8

8

0

.500

Orioles/Browns

14

5

0

.737

Red Sox

4

5

0

.444

White Sox

16

11

0

.593

Tigers

7

8

0

.467

Angels

2

3

0

.400

Brewers

1

0

0

1.000

Twins/Senators

4

3

0

.571

Yankees

1

4

0

.200

Athletics

4

3

0

.571

Rangers/Senators

5

1

0

.833

Blue Jays

0

2

0

.000

Pirates

1

0

0

1.000

This day has some unusual quirks to it. That overall good record is because of 38-29 road record, not the normal home field advantage. They have also only won twice in eleven tries in extras, but have only been swept once in eleven doubleheaders. Also they are 17-7 on Mondays which has oddly the most games of the week, probably because of makeup dates. The last extra inning win came in 1973 at the Tigers, 5-4 in eleven. The game was scoreless until the third when Tom Ragland triples and scored on a Buddy Bell flyball. Frank Duffy doubled in two runs in the fourth off Woodie Fryman and the score was 3-0. The Tigers finally got to Tom Timmermann in the fourth on a Willie Horton homer and a Norm Cash double. Duffy homered in the sixth to make the score 4-2. Tom Hilgendorf couldn't hold the lead, not all of his doing. After a walk and a Chris Chambliss error on a bunt, the Tigers had runners on second and third, no out. Aurelio Rodriguez plated one on a grounder and they tied it up on a squeeze by Eddie Brinkman. Duffy broke the tie in the eleventh on a single, scoring Dave Duncan who reached on a Brinkman error. Hilgendorf was in sixth inning of work, so after a one out walk, Ken Sanders retired the last two to get his eleventh save of the year.

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