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This week in 1995: Tribe scores a lot against Twins and White Sox

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With the long west coast trip in the books, the Tribe returns home to take on the two worst teams in the AL Central, the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox. Also, some more pitching splits.

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After a losing week on the west coast, the Tribe earned an off day on Monday before opening a short home stand to take on the bottom feeders in the AL Central, the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox. Also, we look at the home/road and starter/reliever pitching splits.

August 1-3, 1995

  • August 1: Twins 6, Indians 5
  • August 2: Twins 6, Indians 12
  • August 3: Twins 4, Indians 6

In the opener, Dennis Martinez gave up a quick one in the first, but Omar Vizquel singled in Kenny Lofton and a two run shot by Albert Belle made it 3-1 Tribe. Both Martinez and Twins starter Scott Klingenbeck settled down until the fifth. Back to back RBI doubles by Eddie Murray and Jim Thome pushed the lead to 5-1. But the Twins struck back for two more in the sixth, cutting the lead in half. Eric Plunk couldn't hold the lead in seventh as Rich Becker doubled in a pair. In the ninth, Julian Tavarez gave up a solo bomb to Chuck Knoblauch. The Tribe got two on in the bottom of the ninth via walk, but both were stranded.

The middle game did not start well either. Chad Ogea gave up one in the first and three in the second on a homer by Scott Stahoviak. But Jose Parra was hit hard in the second too. A solo shot by Belle, an RBI single by Sandy Alomar, a Lofton triple that scored a pair and then Omar brought in Lofton to make it 5-4 Tribe. The Tins got one right back in third and Mike Hargrove pulled Ogea in favor of Mark Clark. Lofton second triple of the game broke the tie in the fourth. And in the fifth after Greg Harris walked the bases loaded, Paul Sorrento crushed one to deep right for a grand slam. The Twins picked up another in the eighth, but Belle homered again with a man aboard to make it 12-6.

Kirby Puckett opened the scoring with an RBI single off Ken Hill, but Carlos Baerga hit a solo shot off Brad Radke to tie it in the first. It stayed knotted at one until Pat Meares connected on a two run shot in the fifth. The Tribe chased Radke in the sixth as Baerga doubled in Omar, a Thome ground ball scored Baerga, Manny Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly and Sorrento doubled in Thome. The Twins struck right back with a solo shot by Pedro Munoz off Plunk to make it a one run game. Thome got an insurance run in the eighth with his 21st homer and Jose Mesa got his 30th save.

August 4-6, 1995

  • August 4: White Sox 3, Indians 13
  • August 5: White Sox 7, Indians 11
  • August 6: White Sox 5, Indians 1

The Indians got to Jason Bere early, scoring three in the first on an RBI double by Eddie Murray and Thome singling in a pair. The teams traded runs on a passed ball and an errant Alomar throw on a Lance Johnson steal. Manny ended it in the third with a grand slam, while Sorrento went back to back with Manny to make it 9-1. Thome doubled in Baerga in the fourth and Tim Raines homered in the fifth to make it 10-2. Vizquel, Muuray and Manny each had RBI singles in the fifth of Rod Bolton to push it to 13-2. Mike Devereaux homered in the sixth off Charles Nagy to end the scoring in the game.

The bats stayed hot against Alex Fernandez on Saturday, with Belle and Murray going back to back to open a quick 3-0 lead. The Sox got one off Orel Hershiser in the second, and Frank Thomas took him deep in the fourth to cut it to 3-2. Baerga doubled in Lofton in the fourth and in the fifth, Sorrento has a solo shot and Lofton homered with Alomar on to make it 7-2. Thomas and Devereaux both drove in a run in the sixth, but Baerga deposited one over the fence off Atlee Hammaker in the bottom half. Lance Johnson crushed one off Tavarez in the sixth and it was now 8-6. A poor Thome throw in the eighth sliced it to one run, but the bats finished off the Sox in the bottom half. Belle hit his second homer (the team's sixth on the night), while Manny doubled in Thome and Tony Pena singled in Manny. Mesa pitched the minimum in the ninth although he did give up a single.

After all of the fireworks the two games prior, the Sunday finale was a bit of a snoozer. It was scoreless until the fourth when four singles plated two runs for the Sox off Dennis Martinez. Pena doubled in Alvaro Espinosa off Dave Righetti in the fifth to make it 2-1. And it stayed like that until the ninth, when the Sox got three more on two hits and two walks.

Pitching: Home/Road; Starter/Reliever Splits Review

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

BAbip

WHIP

K/9

Home - CLE

242

301

369

669

272

1.20

6.2

Road - CLE

268

339

428

767

302

1.43

6.7

Home - League Average

264

335

418

753

291

1.41

6.1

Road - League Average

277

354

436

790

305

1.53

6.0

Starter - CLE

265

325

418

743

290

1.35

5.6

Reliever - CLE

233

308

355

663

280

1.24

8.1

Starter - League Average

274

343

435

778

298

1.47

5.8

Reliever - League Average

263

346

412

758

296

1.47

6.7

The Indians truly had a home-field advantage in 1995, a difference of .084 in OPS and 0.21 in WHIP, but they were very good on the road too, with a .023 edge in OPS and 0.10 edge in WHIP, as compared to the league as a whole. Splitting that into starter versus reliever shows just how dominant the bullpen was, almost a full .100 OPS difference and 0.23 in WHIP. The starters were no slouches though, .035 ahead of the league in OPS, and 0.12 ahead in WHIP.

Summary

The Indians bounced back from their off week in a big way. They went 4-2 while scoring 48 runs on 79 hits and 14 home runs. They picked up another 1.5 games in the already decided AL Central and now led the Angels by seven games for the best record in the AL. Next week, they head back on the road to face both the Boston Red sox and New York Yankees.

Standings

W

L

Pct

GB

RS

RA

Pythag

Cleveland Indians

63

28

692

-

531

384

644

Milwaukee Brewers

45

47

489

18.5

481

452

528

Kansas City Royals

44

46

489

18.5

380

414

461

Chicago White Sox

40

51

440

23.0

474

515

462

Minnesota Twins

32

60

348

31.5

425

576

364