clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

This week in 1995: Tribe at Baltimore, returns home for Milwaukee

New, 2 comments

The Tribe had just concluded a long five game series at Yankee Stadium. This week they complete the road trip in Baltimore and then come home for four games with the Milwaukee Brewers. Plus, a review of the pitching against the AL West.

Charles Nagy loved pitching against the AL West in 1995
Charles Nagy loved pitching against the AL West in 1995
Al Bello/Getty Images

The Indians' road trip concludes this week with a stop in Baltimore before heading home to face the Brewers for four games.  Also, we review how Tribe pitchers fared against the AL West.

August 14-16, 1995

August 14: Indians 9, Orioles 6

August 15: Indians 3, Orioles 8

August 16: Indians 7, Orioles 5

Ken Hill had made two mediocre starts after the trade, and he was looking to put that past him against Jamie Moyer. Cal Ripken singled in a pair in the first and then Rafael Palmeiro hit a two run shot to open a quick 4-0 lead. Manny Ramirez got two back in the fourth with a bomb of his own and then Alvaro Espinosa tied it in the fifth with his own two run shot. Omar Vizquel chased Moyer with an RBI double as well. But Hill couldn't keep the lead, solo home runs by Bobby Bonilla and Chris Hoiles in the fifth and sixth got the Orioles up 6-5. Vizquel scored the tying run in the seventh when Albert Belle hit into a double play. In the ninth, Kenny Lofton singled and stole second off Armando Benitez. After Omar popped out, Carlos Baerga was given a free pass. Belle also popped out but many hit a single to left to break the knot. Jesse Orosco came in to face Paul Sorrento, who promptly doubled in two more. Jose Mesa pitched a perfect ninth.

The next night, Belle scored Lofton on a single in the first off Scott Erickson. But Charles Nagy had one of his worst starts on the season. He gave up six runs on three singles, two walks and three doubles before manager Mike Hargrove called for Chad Ogea. Ogea was actually very effective. He did give up solo shots to Palmeiro and Harold Baines, but only three other hits over his 7.1 innings. Manny drove in one in the seventh and Espinosa did the same in the eighth, but no comeback was in order this evening.

Belle again got things started in the first in the rubber match with an RBI single. Lofton plated two with a triple off Kevin Brown in the fourth. Orel Hershiser was cruising along until the fifth when Hoiles, Bret Barberie and Curtis Goodwin all had RBI to tie the game. The Tribe broke it open in the seventh. Lofton tripled again and scored on a wild pitch as Omar walked. A single by Baerga made it first and second. After Belle moved Omar over on a fly ball, Orosco retired Eddie Murray on a pop up. But his wild pitch plated Omar and then he walked Jim Thome. Benitez came in and Manny tagged his second pitch to deep left to make it 8-3. Alan Embree surviced a scare in the seventh, but Hoiles hit a two run shot off him in the eighth to make it 8-5. Eric Plunk finished that inning and Mesa again had a perfect ninth.

August 17-20, 1995

August 17: Brewers 7, Indians 3

August 18: Brewers 5, Indians 7

August 19: Brewers 3, Indians 4

August 20: Brewers 5, Indians 8

With a long trip in the books, the Tribe arrived home for a short four game homestand with the Brewers. Dave Nilsson took Dennis Martinez to open the second and Jose Valentin hit a three run bomb to make it a quick 4-0 Brewer lead. The Tribe offense couldn't get anything going off Jamie McAndrew until the fifth when Tony Pena doubled in Manny. But John Jaha got that right back with a solo shot. The Brew Crew added two more off Julian Tavarez in the eighth. Murray and Manny both drove in a run in the ninth, but could get no closer.

The Brewers exploded for five runs in the second off Mark Clark on Friday night. Most of the damage was exacerbated by a Thome error and five other hits. Murray doubled in Belle and Manny scored Murray with a single in the bottom half to make it 5-2. Belle hit a solo shot off Ricky Bones in the fourth while Sorrento and Sandy Alomar also added in RBI to tie the game. In the fifth, Omar bunted his way on and between an errant outfield throw and a poor pickoff attempt by Bones, he scored. Baerga added an insurance run in the seventh. Jim Poole, Plunk and Mesa allowed a baserunner each over the last three frames but no runs.

A Baerga RBI single and a two run double by Belle in the first gave Hill a quick 3-0 lead on Saturday. Jaha homered in the second to narrow it by one and Kevin Seitzer got it within one with a single. B.J. Surhoff led off the eighth with a bomb off Paul Assenmacher and the game was tied. In the bottom of the ninth, Murray crushed one to right off Bill Wegman for a walk-off.

Nagy loaded the bases in the first but got out of it after a sacrifice fly scored Seitzer but Surhoff was cut down at third by Lofton. Belle crushed another over the fence for a 2-1 lead, but Pat Listach tied it with a single in the next frame. Manny went deep, but Joe Oliver singled in two and the Brewers had a 4-3 lead. Another Thome miscue gave the Brewers another score in the seventh. Starter Steve Sparks came back out for the eight and that was a bad idea. Baerga tripled and belle was safe on a fielder's choice. Murray struck out but Thome walked to load the bases. Manny's fly wasn't deep enough, but Sorrento tied it with a double. Rob Dibble came in and was greeted with a two RBI single by Wayne Kirby. Omar added one more with another single. Mesa didn't have a clean ninth, but was able to get his 37th save.

Pitching: AL West Splits Review

G

ERA

IP

HR

WHIP

K/9

Charles Nagy

8

4.01

51.2

5

1.41

7.3

Dennis Martinez

5

2.65

34.0

4

0.94

5.8

Orel Hershiser

6

5.85

32.1

7

1.39

4.7

Chad Ogea

4

4.81

24.1

3

1.32

4.4

Julian Tavarez

12

2.86

22.0

2

1.23

5.3

Eric Plunk

14

0.48

18.2

0

0.75

9.2

Mark Clark

4

9.33

18.1

6

2.13

6.4

Jose Mesa

12

0.69

13.0

1

1.31

11.8

Albie Lopez

4

2.45

11.0

2

1.18

10.6

Jim Poole

5

6.30

10.0

3

1.60

9.0

Paul Assenmacher

10

2.25

8.0

1

1.00

10.1

Jason Grimsley

3

1.17

7.2

0

1.70

9.4

Ken Hill

1

3.00

6.0

0

1.67

6.0

Alan Embree

5

1.59

5.2

0

1.41

8.0

Bud Black

2

12.72

5.2

1

2.12

6.4

Dennis Cook

1

21.60

1.2

1

3.00

0.0

Paul Shuey

1

6.75

1.1

0

3.00

6.8

Total

30

4.11

271.1

36

1.36

6.9

Nagy went 5-0 in his eight starts, Dennis AMrtinez was 3-1 in his five starts and Orel Hershiser 3-2 in his six starts. Mesa had 10 saves in his 12 appearances and Plunk also got one. The circle of trust for Hargrove (Mesa, Tavarez, Plunk) gave up 10 earned runs in 53.2 innings.

Summary

A superb 5-2 week got the Indians a massive 37 games over 0.500. They extended their huge division lead, again. They also now led the Angels by six for the best record in the AL. Next week they head north of the border for three games and then come back home to take on the lowly Tigers.

Standings

W

L

Pct

GB

RS

RA

Pythag

Cleveland Indians

71

34

676

-

602

459

622

Milwaukee Brewers

52

53

495

19.0

558

520

532

Kansas City Royals

50

53

485

20.0

436

473

463

Chicago White Sox

44

60

423

26.5

554

600

464

Minnesota Twins

38

66

365

32.5

485

638

377