September 2, 2014

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Indians Notes: Michael Brantley’s hitting streaks stopped after 0-for-4

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley watches his ball after hitting a game-winning solo home run off Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Al Alburquerque on May 19. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Cleveland Indians’ Michael Brantley watches his ball after hitting a game-winning solo home run off Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Al Alburquerque on May 19. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley’s home hitting streak came to an end at 19 games Saturday. He’ll have to settle for the franchise record at Jacobs/Progressive Field.

Brantley went 0-for-4 in a 7-6 win over the Rockies, with his best chance for a hit coming on a line out to second baseman DJ LeMahieu in the fifth inning.

The 19-game home hitting streak was the longest by a Cleveland player since Julio Franco hit safely in 19 games in 1984 at Municipal Stadium. Miguel Dilone hit safely in 27 straight games at home in 1980, with Hal Trosky owning the franchise-record 30-game home hitting streak in 1936.

The previous record at Jacobs/Progressive Field (1994-present) was 18 games, held by Kenny Lofton (1996) and Roberto Alomar (2000).

Brantley, who leads the Indians in virtually every offensive category, also saw his overall hitting streak halted at 15 games. It was the longest active streak in the majors and the longest by a Cleveland player since Jason Kipnis hit safely in 16 straight games last year.

Raburn’s woes

Right about now, the Indians are probably regretting signing outfielder Ryan Raburn to a two-year contract last year worth $4.85 million.

Raburn, who was a surprising success story last year when he hit .272 with 16 home runs and 55 RBIs in 86 games, is batting just .210 with a homer and 12 RBIs in 36 games. He started at designated hitter Saturday, going hitless with one strikeout in four at-bats.

Celebrity list

“Johnny Football” is coming to Tribe Town.

The Indians announced that Johnny Manziel and fellow Browns first-round draft choice Justin Gilbert would throw out ceremonial first pitches Wednesday at Progressive Field prior to the series finale with the Boston Red Sox.

The team also announced that Browns running back Ben Tate would toss out the first pitch Tuesday.

Minor details

  • Right-hander Danny Salazar has struggled since being demoted to Triple-A Columbus, where he is 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA in three starts. Salazar, who went 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA in eight starts for the Indians, allowed three runs on 11 hits and two walks over 4 2⁄3 innings of the Clippers’ 5-3 loss to Louisville on Friday.
  • Columbus reliever Vinnie Pestano had posted a 1-3 record and 2.41 ERA in 19 games through Friday.
  • Double-A Akron infielder Ronny Rodriguez upped his average to .219 with a 4-for-5 effort in a 10-0 win over Harrisburg on Friday. Rodriguez, an undrafted free-agent acquisition in 2010, scored three times and drove in a run.

Roundin’ third

  • A poor throw from right fielder David Murphy accounted for the Indians’ 55th error. Cleveland leads the majors in the category, with eight more errors than the second-place Nationals through Friday.
  • The Indians ranked last in the majors in attendance, drawing an average of 14,729 fans to their first 27 home games.

Contact Chris Assenheimer at 329-7136 or cassenheimer@chroniclet.com. Fan him on Facebook and follow him @CAwesomeheimer on Twitter.

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