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July 27, 2014 – Indians Take Advantage of Egregious TOOTBLAN, Defeat Twins

One of the best developments to come from sports blogging and sports Twitter has been the invention of increasingly specific and weird statistics. In 2008, Tony Jewell coined the term TOOTBLAN in his now defunct Cubs blog Wrigleyville23. Short for Thrown Out On the Basepaths Like a Nincompoop.

More precisely “In short, it is any out a runner makes on the basepaths while attempting to take an extra base – whether advancing from second to third on a ground out (with no runner on first); attempting to stretch a single into a double, a double into a triple, and so on; or getting thrown out while advancing on a flyball. It also applies to base runners who are picked off or who are doubled out on a line drive.”

Jewell was using this measure to feed further statistical analysis that adjusted on-base percentage to account for errors on the basepaths. However, in the intervening years, it has become popularized as a hashtag for the sort of videos that would make Sportscenter’s “Not Top 10.”

Danny Salazar started for the Tribe against Yohan Pino of the Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis. Pino retired the first three Indians he faced, but began to get in trouble in the top of the second. Carlos Santana led off the inning with a line drive down the right field line. Then Pino hit Lonnie Chisenhall with his 0-2 pitch. Nick Swisher poked a hit into center to load the bases. After a Yan Gomes strikeout, David Murphy drove a line drive into right scoring Santana and Chisenhall. A Mike Aviles sacrifice fly put the Tribe up 3-0. 

The Twins challenged Salazar in the bottom of the fourth. With runners at the corners, Sam Fuld drove in Oswaldo Arcia with a grounder to first, but Salazar struck out Brian Dozier to quell the threat. 

In the bottom of the seventh, Dozier scored the Twins only other run with a line drive home run that cleared the wall near the left foul pole. After a Trevor Plouffe strikeout, Kendrys Morales stepped in against Indians reliever Scott Atchison. 

Morales blooped a single near the left field line. He made a wide turn at first and dug for second as Indians cup-of-coffee outfielder Chris Dickerson fielded the ball on one hop, wheeled and threw to second. The throw was a bit low, sending Jason Kipnis sprawling into the dirt. However, Morales slide brought him about four feet short of the base. He popped up and attempted to hopscotch over and around Kipnis’ tag, but Kip managed to tag his cleat. Morales confidently called himself safe, but umpire Brian O’Nora did not agree. 

The TOOTBLAN ended the Inning, and the Indians four hit, four run ninth inning iced the game, along with a non-save ninth inning appearance by Carlos Carrasco. 

Baseball Reference Box Score

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Game 26

May 14, 1961 – Indians Give Up 13 Hits, Win 1-0

The 1961 Indians were in the midst of a winning month. Hopes were high as the team would spend 15 days in first place in the American League in early June, and then collapse after the All-Star break to finish 30 ½ games out.

Muni Stadium – 1960s

This Sunday afternoon contest from 1961 features one of the most unlikely box scores ever recorded. The two teams combined for twenty-three hits, and the final score was 1-0.

In the bottom of the second, the Indians threatened when Johnny Temple and Jim Piersall led off the inning with consecutive singles. Tito Francona (father of current Indians manager Terry Francona) grounded to third and the Orioles forced Temple out at third. Chuck Essigien popped out to center field, and the Orioles’ Billy Hoeft walked Vic Power to load the bases. Catcher John Romano flew out to right to end the inning.

This kind of frustration would be the order of the day. The Indians stranded runners in scoring position in the second, fifth, sixth, eighth, tenth, and twelfth innings.

Across the diamond, the Orioles faced similar frustration. Jim Perry pitched the first eight innings of the game for the Tribe, scattering nine hits and only one walk. Frank Funk pitched the final seven innings of the game, issuing four hits and no walks.

The Orioles staff of Hoeft, Hoyt Wilhelm, and Jack Fisher combined to give up ten hits and nine walks.

With both offenses refusing to score, the game could only end on a mistake. In the bottom of the 15th, John Romano drew a walk to lead off the inning. Jack Fisher struckout Woodie Held. Bubba Phillips singled to right field, bringing Romano to second. Bob Hale (who had spent most of his career with the Orioles) was brought in to pinch hit for Funk.

Hale grounded to the Jerry Adair , the Orioles shortstop. Adair got the force out at second, but botched the throw to first to complete the double play. This allowed to Romano to score on the walk off error.  

In all the Orioles left 11 men on base, while the Indians stranded 18. Even for an extra innings game, this game is outstanding for its futility.

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