CLEVELAND INDIANS (24-26) vs. SEATTLE MARINERS (24-26)
Sunday, May 31, 2015 · Safeco Field
|First Pitch: 1:10 pm||Time of Game: 4:36||Temp: 63º/W at 5 mph||Attendance: 32,112|
WP: Zach McAllister (1-2, 3.38) LP: Dominic Leone (0-4, 7.71)
SV: Austin Adams (1)
- Mariners are 4-4 in extra-inning games this season, including going 1-2 at Safeco Field…lead the Majors in most extra-innings games this season…set season-high in both innings (12) and time of game (4:36).
- Nelson Cruz hit safely in 23 of 28 games with 12 multi-hit games in May, batting .346 (37×107) with 18 runs scored, 4 doubles, 8 home runs, 16 RBI, 10 walks and 1 hit by pitch.
o Marks his highest batting average in the month of May in his career (previous: .339/39×129 in 20014 w/BAL)…batting .278 (196×704) in 185 career games in May.
o Cruz recorded his 26th extra-base hit with a double in the 4th inning…3rd in the American League in XBH behind Brian Dozier (28) and Josh Donaldson (29).
- Logan Morrison extended his hitting streak to season-high 8 games dating back to May 24, batting .345 (10×29) with 1 run scored, 1 double and 4 walks…he previously had a hit streak of 7 games from April 29-May 5.
- Kyle Seager was intentionally walked in the bottom of the 4th inning…marked the 3rd time this season to be intentionally walked (2nd on team behind Nelson Cruz-4) and 8th time in his career.
- Dustin Ackley recorded the Mariners 6th bunt hit of the season…2 of 6 bunt hits have come in this series (also: Seth SmithThursday).
- Seth Smith extended his hitting streak to a season-high 8 games (5/24-c), batting .300 (9×30) with 5 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 3 RBI and 4 walks.
- Charlie Furbush has held opponents scoreless in 20 of 21 games this season, including not allowing a run in his last 8.1 innings (13 G)…during this stretch he has limited opponents to a .074 average (2×27) with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts.
o Furbush allowed a single Michael Brantley in the 6th inning with 1 out, snapping a string of 24 consecutive at-bats without allowing a hit (3 BB)…was the first hit Furbush had allowed since a lead of single by Leonys Martin April 27 at TEX.
o Furbush has stranded all 13 inherited batters this season.
- J.A. Happ made the 150th start of his MLB career and 3rd against Cleveland.
o Happ is 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA (8 ER, 31.1 IP) in 5 Safeco Field starts this year…Is 1-0 with a 5.33 ERA in 5 road stats.
o Dating back to 7/22/14, Happ is 6-3 with a 2.40 ERA (21 ER, 78.2 IP) over his last 12 home starts.
- Cleveland are 1-2 this season in extra-inning games.
- The Indians finished the month of May with a 17-12 record, including going 10-3 over their last 13 games…the 5th consecutive season with a winning record in the May (2011-15).
- The Indians are 8-5 vs. the AL West in 2015 and have gone 50-29 against the AL West since 2013, the best record by an AL team against that division.
- Cleveland has gone 5-9-2 through the club’s first 16 series of the 2015 season, including going 4-1-0 over the last 5 series…the Indians are 3-2 in 4-game series this season.
- The Indians recorded a season-high 18 hits…most hits in a game since collecting 18 hits on June 9, 2014 at TEX.
- The Indians left a season-high 17 players on base…the most the team has left on base since stranding 20 batters on Sept. 20, 2012 vs. KC (7-6 loss in 14 innings).
- Jason Kipnis hit safely in 25 of 29 games in May with 16 multi-hit contests…during this stretch he hit .429 (51×119) with 30 runs scored, 15 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs, 17 RBI, 16 walks, 3 stolen bases and 5 hit by pitches.
o During this 29 game stretch, Kipnis raised his season average from .218 to .340.
o Kipnis’ 51 hits in May are the most ever in the month of May by an Indians player dating back to 1914, surpassing Bobby Avila in 1954 (.398/47×118).
o Also the most hits in a single month by a Cleveland Indian since Roberto Alomar collected 54 hits in Sept./Oct. of 2000.
- Jason Kipnis is the first MLB player to collect 50+ hits and score 30+ runs in a single month since Philadelphia’s Jimmy Rollins (52 H/32 R) in Sept./Oct. of 2005 and the first in the American League since New York’s Derek Jeter (50 H/30 R) in Sept./Oct. of 1998.
o Kipnis is the 8th different Indians player (9x) since 1914 to collect 50+ hits and score 30+ runs in a single calendar month and first since Jeff Heath (58 H/31 R) in August 1936.
- Brandon Moss set a season-high and tied his career-high with 4 hits (5x, last: 8/12/14 at KC w/OAK)…4 of his 5 4-hit games have come on the road.
- Ryan Raburn his hit 3rd home run of the season with a solo blast to lead off the 6th inning (last: 5/26 vs. TEX).
- David Murphy is 6-for-16 with 1 double, 2 home runs and 4 RBI as a pinch-hitter this season…his 6 pinch hits currently lead the American League (T3rd in the Majors).
- Michael Bourn has hit safely in 10 of 14 games vs. the Mariners with 6 multi-hit contests, batting .327 (18×55) with 8 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 home runs, 8 RBI, 3 walks, 2 stolen bases and 1 hit by pitch.
INDIANS MANAGER TERRY FRANCONA:
On the performance of Cleveland’s bullpen:
“That was impressive. Anytime you’re on the road, you’re always one pitch away. Shaw gave us two, that helps keep everyone else stay in line. That was huge.”
On finally breaking through in the 12th inning:
“There was a lot of frustration during the game but we kept at it. I was glad that when we got one, we got more. They had big guys coming up if anyone got on base and to give Austin [Adams] some breathing room was great.