The Indians may never win two games in a row again this season, but here we are dropping your daily news & notes with Brantley-esque consistency:
Yesterday's game: Cardinals 2, Indians 1
Trevor Bauer followed up Klubot's ridiculous performance with a gem of his own, throwing seven and a third shutout innings with 10 strikeouts. Too bad Scrabble gave up a two-run homer on the first batter he faced, and the Indians couldn't score more than one run. Par for the course.
- LGT recap (Andrew Kinsman)
- Cleveland.com recap (Zack Meisel)
- Indians.com recap (Jordan Bastian and August Fagerstrom)
Indians news & notes
Bauer follows Kluber's gameplan, posts 10 K's | Indians.com - Trevor Bauer was so good, he was breaking Cardinals' bats - by frustrating them so badly that they broke their own bats. Bauer says he followed the same game plan as Kluber in returning to form after struggling a bit in his last few outings.
Kluber, Perez starting to get on the same page | Indians.com - Roberto Perez and Corey Kluber are developing a hot bromance. Perez couldn't wait to rewatch Kluber's 18 K performance, and Kluber is getting more and more comfortable with the novice backstop.
Kluber rides the high strike into history | Fangraphs - A load of data and analysis - plus a really awesome GIF - dig deepr into Kluber's historic outing.
Brantley giving encore performance to last season's breakout | Did the Tribe Win Last Night? - Michael Brantley shocked the baseball world with an MVP-caliber performance in 2014. No rational person expected that to completely carry over to 2015, but he's been just as good if not better.
Lindor and the predictive nature of AAA performances | Burning River Baseball - Super 2 status may be the only thing holding Francisco Lindor down in AAA, but some folks are still wary of whether or not he'll be able to cut it offensively. BRB looks at some of the Tribe's best young hitters, and how they made the transition, to see what the future might hold for Lindor.
The quest to win two games: Meisel's musings | Cleveland.com - Apparently, Bob Feller and his wife Anne had the same cat for 16 years. Huh.
Tidbits from around MLB
- Vice - and Brandon Phillips - says baseball is boring, and kids in the future are never going to want to play it
- Speaking of boring, Jorge Posada said A-Rod shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame, but then texted him to apologize (Posada also liked to fart on umpires, apparently)
- Leak shows hideous pillbox hats planned for All-Star Game in Cincinnati
- Anthony Castrovince hates the "s" at the end of RBIs