As we get ready to start the second half of the season, we take a look back and the Indians' highs and lows of the first half.
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The Indians got off to a dreadful start this year, opening the season with one of the worst Aprils in franchise history. They ended the month with a 7-14 record, in last place in the AL Central, 7.5 games out of 1st place and 7 games out of 2nd. The offense was awful, the bullpen was putrid and we all ran out of adjectives to describe just how bad the defense was.
Return Of The Klubot
After struggling through his previous four starts, Corey Kluber returned to his Cy Young form on May 13. The 'Klubot' carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, striking out a career-high 18 batters along the way. Oh, and he didn't issue a single walk.
Lindor Finally Freed
On June 14, Cleveland's top prospect Francisco Lindor made his major-league debut. Fans had been clamoring for the young shortstop's promotion for the better part of the past two seasons, so his highly-anticipated call-up was an exciting time for the team and the fan base. His first MLB hit was a bit of an adventure, too.
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Blanked In Baltimore, Twice
On June 28, the Indians hit what might be considered the lowest point of the first half, as they were swept in a double header in Baltimore. Not only was it the first time the team had lost both games of a double header in 40 years, but they were shut out in both. To add insult to injury, they lost one of the games at the hands of former Indian Ubaldo Jimenez.
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A Wonderful Walkoff
On June 21, the Indians got their first walk-off victory of the year, thanks to an amazing MLB debut by starter Cody Anderson. The rookie pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, which ended in exciting walk-off fashion on a sacrafice fly by David Murphy in the ninth.
Carrasco's Near No-Hitter
Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 1. He was perfect through 6 1/3 innings against the Rays, allowing his first base runner on a walk by Joey Butler. He continued to carry the no-hitter through the ninth, then with two outs and an 0-2 count, Butler ripped a single just over a leaping Jason Kipnis' head to break up the no-no. Carrasco took it in stride however, as he smiled, clapped and pointed at the second baseman in appreciation of his effort. The Indians went on to win the game, 8-1.