Thursday’s win over the Red Sox was all kinds of awesome. Not only do they send the Red Sox to their worst winless start since 1945, but they do so in 1-0 fashion on an Asdrubal Cabrera suicide squeeze. How can you beat that?!
Here are some fun notes on the day:
- The Indians were the first team to successfully execute a squeeze in a 0-0 game in the 8th inning or later since Aug. 26, 2000, when Jerry Hairston of the Orioles laid down a squeeze to score former Indian Trinidad Hubbard from 3rd. They would go on to win 2-0 over the Devil Rays.
- They’re also the first team to win 1-0 on a squeeze play in their last at-bat since the Seattle Mariners on May 19, 1983 against the Angels. Jamie Allen laid down a bunt, scoring Julio Cruz from 3rd. I did some searching on Google to verify that it was a squeeze and was able to find the AP story. Pretty cool stuff.
- And here’s one you’re not going to believe. The last Indian to lay down a squeeze in a 0-0 game? Albert Belle. In the 1st inning on July 9, 1994 against the Twins, Belle laid down a squeeze to score Kenny Lofton. The Tribe would go on to win 4-3. Here’s the AP article on that game.