On Friday night, Blake Wood pitched his typical uninspiring, meaningless inning of relief. But this time he accomplished the rare feat of walking the bases loaded, and then walking in a run. Many Indians relievers have walked in a run before, but it’s rare for them do so without any help from the offense. Wood became the first Indians reliever to toss an inning or less in relief, while managing to walk the bases loaded and walk in a run without allowing a single hit in the inning since Jesse Orosco in 1990 against the Angels. In the 8th inning of that game, Orosco walked Donnie Hill, Dave Winfield, Brian Downing and then Jack Howell.
In the second game of the Indians doubleheader against the Padres, Elliot Johnson started the game from the leadoff spot in the order. And because he’s Elliot Johnson, I think there’s good reason to guess that will be his only start as the Tribe’s leadoff hitter. If so, he becomes the 11th player in the Progressive Field era to make just a single appearance as the Tribe’s leadoff hitter. Here’s the rest of the crew…
|2||Elliot Johnson||2014||1||Ind. Games||4||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||3|
|3||Vinny Rottino||2012||1||Ind. Games||4||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|4||Orlando Cabrera||2011||1||Ind. Games||4||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|5||Anderson Hernandez||2010||1||Ind. Games||5||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|6||Joe Inglett||2006||1||Ind. Games||6||4||3||1||0||0||1||2||0|
|7||Hector Luna||2006||1||Ind. Games||4||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|8||Brandon Phillips||2003||1||Ind. Games||5||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|9||Bill Selby||2000||1||Ind. Games||6||6||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|10||Bruce Aven||1997||1||Ind. Games||4||4||2||1||0||0||2||0||1|
|11||Damian Jackson||1996||1||Ind. Games||5||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||2|
David Murphy drove in 10 RBI through the Indians first 12 games this year. It’s not an uncommon feat, but it is a nice start for a newcomer. Murphy joins Mark Reynolds, Mark DeRosa, Matt Lawton and Juan Gonzalez as the only new Indians to reach double-digit RBI through the team’s first 12 games since 1990.
Over the past 10 seasons, the Indians have allowed six walk-off home runs to the White Sox, twice as many as the next team on the list (the Tigers have three). Alexei Ramirez, Alex Rios, A.J. Pierzinski (twice), Juan Uribe and Joe Crede have been the villains.
Corey Kluber left Sunday’s game in line for the loss, but he struck out six and didn’t walk a batter for the second straight game. Kluber joins CC Sabathia (three times), Greg Swindell (twice) and Orel Hershiser as the only Indians pitchers with at least six K’s and zero walks in consecutive starts dating back to 1980.
Michael Brantley has hit safely in all seven road games this year. The last Indian to start a season off with a longer road hitting streak as Asdrubal Cabrera in 2010. Over the past 100 seasons, the Indians longest road hit streak to kick off a season belongs to Johnny Temple, 29 games in 1961.