The Tribe has a chance at some history on Sunday. The team has never swept a four-game series in Detroit. The closest they came was winning five games, including four straight, in a very rare six-game series in 1943
Corey Kluber recorded his fifth 10-K game of the season on Saturday afternoon against the Tigers and the seventh of his career. In the DH era (since 1973), Kluber’s seven 10-K games rank fifth among Indians pitchers behind only CC Sabathia (16), Bartolo Colon (14), Dennis Eckersley (13) and Len Barker (9).
On Friday, Michael Brantley collected four hits – his second four-hit game against the Tigers this season. He’s the fourth Indian in the last 10 years to have multiple four-hit games against the same opponent. Nick Swisher did it against the Astros last season, Shin-Soo Choo against the Royals in 2010 and Grady Sizemore against the Royals in 2008. The last to do it against the Tigers was Jody Gerut in 2004.
On July 12, rookie Austin Adams became the first Indians pitcher to allow three or more runs while recording one or fewer outs in his MLB debut since Sean DePaula in 1999 (four runs, one out). In the last 100 years, only three others accomplished the feat: Tom Kramer in 1991 (three runs, zero outs), Gene Bearden in 1947 (three runs, one out) and Doc Hamann in 1924 (six runs, zero outs).
On July 13, the Indians turned their first 7-3 double play since April 2, 2006, also against the White Sox. Mike Aviles caught the ball off the bat of Gordon Beckham in left field and threw to Carlos Santana at first to double up Connor Gillaspie. In 2006, it was Scott Podsednik flying out to Jason Michaels in left, who threw to Eduardo Perez at first base to double up Brian Anderson.
In his final start before the All-Star Break, Trevor Bauer tossed the game of his brief major league career. He became the first Indians pitcher under age 24 with 10 K and zero runs allowed since Sabathia in 2001. Prior to Sabathia, the most recent pitchers to accomplish the feat were Albie Lopez in 1994 and Eckersley in 1977.