Cleveland & Minnesota Close Out Their Seasons With Twins Series Win

carewSeptember 29: Minnesota 3, Cleveland 2

Rod Carew spanked an RBI triple in the fifth inning to drive in the winning run. Not too shabby.

                  R H BB
CLE 000 001 100 - 2 8  1
MN  020 010 00x - 3 5  2
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg     7.0  3  1  0  2  2  
G. Mogridge  7.0  2  2  0  1  2 

CLE 76-84, MN 87-73

September 30: Minnesota 2, Cleveland 0

Bert Blyleven got roughed up much of the year and ended up in the  bullpen for parts of the season. He was back in the rotation at the end of the year though, and saved his two best games for last. In his previous start, Bly gave up just one run in nine innings. He one-upped himself in this one and threw his first shutout.

Tris Speaker collected half of Cleveland’s six hits. Kirby Puckett swatted three hits for Minny.

                  R H BB
CLE 000 000 000 - 0 6  2
MN  010 000 01x - 2 8  2

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss      8.0  2  2  0  2  2  
B. Blyleven  9.0  0  0  0  2  5 

CLE 76-85, MN 88-73

October 1: Cleveland 5, Minnesota 3

Cleveland closed out a frustrating year with a win. Despite a good run differential (803-765) the team never put it all together to pile up some wins. The biggest bright spot was outfielder Joe Jackson, who clubbed a single and a triple in this game to tie Lou Gehrig for the league lead in hits at 211. Jackson finishes with a .345 batting average, far and away tops in the league.

John Romano capped off a four-run sixth for Cleveland with a two run dinger. Carlos Carrasco squeezed in six starts at the end of the year and finishes with a 2.17 ERA. Cleveland player-manager Lou Boudreau is understandably looking forward to seeing what Carrasco can accomplish over a full season.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 104 000 - 5 11  1
MN  100 020 000 - 3  9  2
HR: J. Romano (15)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Carrasco  7.0  3  3  0  1  9  
C. Pascual   5.2  5  5  1  1  5 

CLE 77-85, MN 88-74

 

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Tied For Last Going In, Jackson & Kluber Lead Cleveland to Wins Over Detroit

cobb-jacksonSeptember 25: Detroit 4, Cleveland 3

In his fifth and penultimate start of the year, Carlos Carrasco finally struggled a little bit. Two Tigers took him deep, and his team fell behind 0-4. Cleveland rallied in the top of the eighth for three runs, but the comeback effort fell short. Both teams managed just four hits each. Three of those for Cleveland came off the bat of Joe Jackson, now with a league-best average of .347 and league-best hit total of 208.

                  R H BB
CLE 000 000 030 - 3 4  8
DET 001 102 00x - 4 4  2

HR: C. Gehringer (9), N. Cash (18)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Carrasco   5.2  4  4  2  2  4  
H. Newhouser  7.1  3  2  0  6  2 

CLE 74-83, DET 75-82

September 26: Cleveland 6, Detroit 4

The hits were much more plentiful the next day. Ty Cobb led everyone with three knocks, and eight other players in the game collected two hits. Detroit errors by Cobb, George Uhle, and Alan Trammell were killers, helping Cleveland score three unearned runs.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 321 000 - 6 11  4
DET 000 110 002 - 4 13  2
HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski  8.2  4  4  0  2  0  
G. Uhle       4.2  5  3  0  0  1 

CLE 75-83, DET 75-83

September 27: Cleveland 5, Detroit 2

Corey Kluber was wicked in his final start of the year. He was one out away from a shutout with nobody on base in the bottom of the ninth, but then Miguel Cabrera singled and Norm Cash spoiled it with a homer. Kluber still completed the game. He issued nary a walk and struck out 12.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 000 320 - 5 11  5
DET 000 000 002 - 2  7  0

HR: L. Doby (14), N. Cash (19)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Kluber   9.0  2  2  1  0 12  
T. Bridges  6.2  3  1  0  5  2
 
CLE 76-83, DET 75-84

Oakland Secures Series in Cleveland

 

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Cochrane

September 22: Oakland 6, Cleveland 0

 

Mickey Cochrane smacked four singles and Tim Hudson was dirty in seven shutout innings. Rollie Fingers followed with two shutout frames.

                  R  H BB
OAK 001 311 000 - 6 10  8
CLE 000 000 000 - 0  5  2

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Hudson  7.0  0  0  0  1  3  
C. Kluber  3.2  4  4  0  3  2 

OAK 83-71, CLE 73-81

September 23: Cleveland 3, Oakland 1

Cleveland starter Vean Gregg gave up seven hits and four walks but somehow only gave up one run in a complete game win. It helped that he gave up no extra base hits.

Cleveland’s master hitters Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, and Joe Jackson were involved in all three Cleveland runs.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 010 000 - 1 7  4
CLE 100 002 00x - 3 6  1
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Bender   8.0  3  2  0  1  2  
V. Gregg    9.0  1  1  0  4  8 

OAK 83-72, CLE 74-81

September 24: Oakland 6, Cleveland 1

Addie Joss was dealing and Cleveland was clinging to a 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth. Joss got a couple of quick groundouts but Jackson made an error in left field that seemed to unravel the whole game for Cleveland. Joss never did find that third out. Rickey Henderson and Al Simmons both doubled, two more A’s singled, and another took a walk before Joss was finally pulled. Six unearned runs paraded around the bases.

Barry Zito was splendid on the mound in a complete game.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 000 060 - 6 7  2
CLE 001 000 000 - 1 7  3

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito    9.0  1  1  0  3  6  
A. Joss    7.2  6  0  0  2  2 

OAK 84-72, CLE 74-82

Cleveland Beats Kansas City in Final Inter-Division Series of the Regular Season

belle1CHI-420x215September 18: Cleveland 5, Kansas City 2

Addie Joss and Jose Rosado had a scoreless duel going through six innings. Rosado’s remaining innings for the season are getting short though, so the KC bullpen took over. The Naps jumped on Jeff Montgomery and Joakim Soria for the first runs of the game in the eighth inning. Albert Belle blasted a Soria offering to the Kauffman Stadium fountains for a three-run dinger.

                  R H BB
CLE 000 000 041 - 5 8  5
KC  000 000 011 - 2 8  2
HR: A. Belle (11)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss     9.0  2  2  0  2  3  
J. Rosado   6.1  0  0  0  2  5 

CLE 72-79, KC 80-71

September 19: Kansas City 2, Cleveland 1

The next day’s starters were similarly sublime. In the bottom of the second, Danny Tartabull doubled ahead of an Jose Offerman single to score the only earned run of the game. In the top of the third, a John Mayberry error helped Cleveland score their lone run during Kevin Appier’s complete game.

Carlos Carrasco was still battling in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at one. Willie Aikens led off the frame with a fly to center that Tris Speaker bungled, and the slow-footed Aikens huffed into second base on the error. After a Danny Tartabull strikeout, Hal McRae singled Aikens over to third, and Offerman singled in the walk-off winner.

                  R H BB
CLE 001 000 000 - 1 8  3
KC  010 000 001 - 2 8  0
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Carrasco  8.1  2  1  0  0  7  
K. Appier    9.0  1  0  0  3  7 

CLE 72-80, KC 81-71

September 20: Cleveland 6, Kansas City 0

Bret Saberhagen has been the Royals’ best starter this season, but he didn’t get the memo about the great starts pitchers were supposed to make in this series. Belle launched another dinger, and Joe Jackson took a walk and smacked three singles as the Cleveland offense overwhelmed KC pitching. Stan Coveleski dominated the KC bats for a shutout.

Every game is crucial for KC since they’re in a dog fight with Seattle for the division title. Dropping two of three to Cleveland brought KC’s record down to 81-72 as they await the results of the 79-71 Mariners’ series against Texas.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 202 101 - 6 15  1
KC  000 000 000 - 0  4  2
HR: A. Belle (12)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski   9.0  0  0  0  2  3  
B. Saberhagen  5.2  4  4  1  1  0 

CLE 73-80, KC 81-72

Houston Beats Cleveland in Battle of Last Placers

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Cruz

September 15: Houston 5, Cleveland 3

 

Jim Thome mashed a tater in the first inning and Cleveland starter Stan Coveleski was looking good with a 3-2 lead going into the seventh. But Jose Cruz started the inning with a triple, and Coveleski handed out walks to Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman to load the bases with no outs. After whiffing Carlos Correa, Coveleski saw his lead vanish on a bases-loaded walk to Craig Biggio. Out came Coveleski and in came Rafael Betancourt, who allowed two inherited runners to score.

Nolan Ryan was excellent for 8.2 innings except against Thome, who walked twice and doubled in addition to his dinger. With dangerous lefties Joe Jackson and Jim Thome coming up with one on and two outs, Astros skipper Bill Virdon pulled Ryan in favor of lefty Billy Wagner. Wagner walked Jackson, bringing Thome to the plate representing the go-ahead run, but there was no joy in Cleveville. The mighty Thome did strike out.

                  R  H BB
HOU 011 000 300 - 5 11  6
CLE 200 001 000 - 3  6  7
HR: J. Thome (32)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan       8.2  3  3  1  6  9  
S. Coveleski  6.1  5  5  0  4  8 

HOU 62-86, CLE 70-78

September 16: Houston 5, Cleveland 4 (10 innings)

The Naps built up a 4-0 lead on homers by Manny Ramirez and Al Rosen, but the ‘Stros stormed back late to tie it up and send it to extras. In the top of the 10th, Cruz led off with a single, and walks from Moises Alou and Lance Berkman pushed him to third. A Carlos Correa grounder drove Cruz home for the winning run.

                    R  H BB
HOU 000 002 020 1 - 5 10  4
CLE 003 100 000 0 - 4 11  4
HR: J. Bagwell (29), M. Ramirez (18), A. Rosen (14)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Oswalt   7.0  4  4  2  3  5  
C. Kluber   7.1  4  4  1  1  4 

HOU 63-86, CLE 70-79

September 17: Cleveland 5, Houston 3

Cleveland salvaged the finale in part by by slugging two doubles and a home run against Mike Scott in the second inning. On the mound, Vean Gregg laid down six shutout innings before wavering the in the seventh. Johnny Allen and Bob Feller closed out the win for Cleveland with no trouble.

                  R  H BB
HOU 000 000 300 - 3  7  5
CLE 030 020 00x - 5 11  4
HR: H. Trosky (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Scott   4.1  5  5  1  3  2  
V. Gregg   6.2  3  3  0  5  2 

HOU 63-87, CLE 71-79

 

Cleveland Raps 43 Hits, Takes Series in the Bronx

September 12: New York 6, Cleveland 3

The Naps piled up 14 hits, including four apiece from Nap Lajoie and Joe Jackson, but only managed to plate three runs. Meanwhile, the Yanks only got six hits, but they added on nine walks on their way to six runs. Vean Gregg had his most disastrous start of the year that featured just one out recorded, four walks issued, and five runs against. Johnny Allen came in and reeled off seven innings without giving up an earned run, but it was too late.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 110 100 - 3 14  2
NY  500 000 01x - 6  6  9
HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg      0.1  5  5  0  5  0  
F. Hernandez  7.0  3  3  0  1  3 

CLE 68-77, NY 76-69

LajoieNapSeptember 13: Cleveland 10, New York 2

The Naps were even more hitterish the next day. Jackson had a second straight four-hit game, and Lajoie one-upped him with five safeties. Addie Joss was wicked sharp on the mound, giving up no walks and two runs to the best offense around.

                   R  H BB
CLE 002 201 050 - 10 19  3
NY  000 001 100 -  2  9  0

HR: A. Belle (10), M. Mantle (28)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss     9.0  2  1  1  0  3  
H. Pennock  6.0  5  5  1  2  2 

CLE 69-77, NY 76-70

September 14: Cleveland 5, New York 1

Cleveland could “only” manage 10 hits in the finale, and that was plenty on top of their seven walks. They bunched up seven of their hits between the sixth and seventh innings. Lajoie only smacked two hits in this one, bringing his total for the series to 11. He raised his wOBA by ten points (to .366), a pretty mean feat this late in the season.

Carlos Carrasco made his third start in the Rhubarb. He’s found the going pretty easy so far. In his debut, he gave up two in 6.2 innings, then threw a complete game shutout, and authored another complete game in this one while yielding just one run on four hits and a walk.

In the always exciting race to avoid last place, the win kept Cleveland out of the cellar by a game.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 012 200 - 5 10  7
NY  010 000 000 - 1  4  1

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Carrasco  9.0  1  1  0  1 11  
W. Hoyt      6.1  5  4  0  3  2 

CLE 70-77, NY 76-71

Baltimore Wins Series in Cleveland

September 9: Baltimore 1, Cleveland 0 (11 innings)

Starters Jack Powell and Carlos Carrasco kept the game scoreless with adroit hurling. Powell threw 7.2 innings before giving way to Zach Britton after the bases were loaded with Naps in the eighth. Britton induced a ground-out from Larry Doby to end the threat. Britton and Gregg Olson finished off the long shutout for the birds.

Carrasco hung nine zeroes on the scoreboard before being replaced by Doug Jones. Jones Threw a scoreless 10th, but in the 11th gave up a George Sisler double and a Manny Machado RBI single.

                     R H BB
BAL 000 000 000 01 - 1 8  2
CLE 000 000 000 00 - 0 5  2
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell    7.2  0  0  0  2  0  
C. Carrasco  9.0  0  0  0  2  6 

BAL 75-67, CLE 67-75

September 10: Cleveland 5, Baltimore 0

Stan Coveleski dominated the Baltimore batters for eight innings, and the Cleveland offense exploded in the bottom of the eighth with a walk and five singles to hand Coveleski a 5-0 lead as he took the hill in the top of the ninth to try to finish off the shutout. Instead, the first three Orioles in the ninth loaded the bases with nobody out. Out came Coveleski in favor of Johnny Allen, who Houdinied out of the jam with a strikeout and a double-play.

Cleveland back-up infielder Terry Turner was 4-for-4 from the ninth spot in the order

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 000 000 - 0  7  3
CLE 000 010 04x - 5 14  1

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Howell     7.0  3  3  0  0  1  
S. Coveleski  8.0  0  0  0  3  2 

BAL 75-68, CLE 68-75

LeftyStewartGoudeycardSeptember 11: Baltimore 6, Cleveland 1

A stretch of great starts came to an abrupt end for Corey Kluber, who couldn’t hit his spots in a short outing. He walked six in just 3.1 innings, and when he did find the zone, he got punished with taters by Frank Robinson and Manny Machado.

Recent Baltimore addition Lefty Stewart had another impressive showing and boasts a 1.84 ERA after four starts.

                  R H BB
BAL 300 300 000 - 6 7  8
CLE 000 100 000 - 1 5  3

HR: F. Robinson (27), M. Machado (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Stewart  9.0  1  1  0  3  1  
C. Kluber   3.1  6  6  2  6  5 

BAL 76-68, CLE 68-76