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Mark Reynolds, on Corey Kluber’s outing on Sunday
• All six of Cleveland’s runs on Saturday came with two outs. The Tribe entered Sunday with 145 two-out runs this season, tops in the American League.
• The Indians have gone 21 straight games without a save. [UNTIL SUNDAY!!!!] Prior to Joe Smith’s blown save on Saturday, Cleveland had gone 17 consecutive games without a save opportunity.
• With Swisher out of the lineup on Sunday, Mark Reynolds started at first base and John McDonald played third base in his first start since being acquired by Cleveland on June 10. Reynolds last started at first on May 21.
• The Tribe announced that it had signed two more Draft picks on Sunday: 22nd-round selection Ben Heller and 25th-round selection Cole Sulser. Both players are right-handed pitchers taken out of college. Heller attended Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois, while Sulser went to Dartmouth.
Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals, talking about Corey Kluber’s performance
The Father’s Day well-wishes rang out in the Indians clubhouse before Sunday’s game, and nobody was more enthusiastic about the holiday than Michael Bourn.
Everyone who came near Bourn was greeted with an energetic “Happy Father’s Day!” The Tribe center fielder said one of the things he enjoys most about being a dad is the way his 3-year-old son runs and jumps into his arms whenever they see each other.
“As a baseball player or any athlete, you don’t get to spend as much time as you would like with your kids,” said Bourn, who is expecting a daughter in early July. “It’s not easy being a father. You have to make a lot of sacrifices. [I] just want to make sure everybody knows to enjoy their day. It’s a day that you should enjoy, I think.”
Vinnie Pestano, on his recent issues coming out of the ‘pen
Which three pitchers lead the American League with two shutouts this season?
Bartolo Colon, Aaron Harang and Justin Masterson
Corey Kluber wasn’t going to allow the Nationals to score any runs, no matter how many times they put a man in scoring position before making an out.
Kluber escaped three hazardous jams during his eight scoreless innings on Sunday, leading the way to a 2-0 win over Washington that gives the Indians four victories in their past five games.
“He was so good all day,” Tribe manager Terry Francona said. “From pitch 1, he was aggressive with his fastball. I don’t think he even threw a changeup today. Even vs. left-handers, he just was in attack mode. That was really fun to watch. I wish we could have had about five [runs] just to give a little cushion, but that was really fun to watch.”
Kluber (5-4) allowed seven hits, but he did not issue a walk. He also racked up eight strikeouts, more than one of which came in a critical moment.
The right-hander entered Sunday’s start coming off an outing in Texas where he limited the Rangers to one run over eight innings, which went a long way in snapping Cleveland’s eight-game losing streak. On Sunday, he got his first career win at Progressive Field.
Talk about coming out of nowhere.
With a masterful effort in a victory over the Washington Nationalson Sunday, Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber continues to be a pleasant surprise for a Tribe rotation in desperate need of quality starting pitching. In his last five starts dating back to May 26, Kluberis 2-1 with a microscopic 1.79 earned run average.
Not too bad at all for a guy that was barely in the conversation to make the Indians’ rotation coming out of spring training.
After a posting a subpar 5.14 ERA in 12 starts at the end of the 2012 season, Kluber was a long shot to win the battle for the Tribe’s fifth starting spot over fellow pitchers Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, and Scott Kazmir. A 6.43 ERA in three spring training appearances eliminated Kluber from the competition and he was optioned to Class AAA Columbus on March 21.
Even after a so-so start to the season for the Clippers, Kluber was called up to the big league club on April 10 for what was supposed to be a spot start against the New York Yankees. A subsequent injury to Brett Myers, a desire by the Tribe to let Bauer get more experience in the minors, and a looming suspension for Carrasco earned Kluber a spot in the rotation almost by default.
A move that was based on immediate need now looks like a masterstroke for the Tribe.
Mike Aviles and his twin daughters #twindians #tribetown