Tribe Madness: Muni Stadium Region & Stadium Region finals
Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the region finals as the final two teams in the Municipal Stadium Region and Stadium Region square off. Two players will be eliminated, and the two winners will face off against one another in the Elite 8 round.
Municipal Regional Championship
#15 SP Otto Hess (1906) vs. #1 SP Gaylord Perry (1972)
April: Perry 45, Hess 15
Otto Hess notched a 3-2 victory on opening day by going 8 innings and surrendering only 2 runs. Perry for his part gave up 3 in 8 innings. Four days later, Gaylord Perry gave up 2 in 8 innings for a 7-2 win. The Lords rallied for 5 runs off the Hessian bullpen as Otto took a no decision. After a no decision, the Lord bullpen blew a save after Gaylord went 8.1 innings and left with a 5-4 lead. Hess improved to 2-0 by taking a 4-3 win after a Lord defensive miscue resulted in 2 unearned runs. Gaylord got his revenge with a 3-1 complete game victory to finish the month with a 2-2 record (2.22 ERA) while Hess finished 2-1 with a 3.23 ERA.
May: Perry 90, Hess 48
Gaylord was masterful in taking May's first battle 6-1. Perry went the distance striking out 7 and giving up 7 hits. Otto Hess came back and outpitched the 1972 Cy Young Award winner in battle #2 by the score of 2-1 but Perry returned the favor winning battle #3 2-1. Hess then went 9 innings giving up 3 runs to win battle #4, 8-3. Gaylord shutout the Hessians 3-0 in battle #5 but Hess won battle #6. With both hurlers 3-3 on the month, May's bragging rights were on the line. Hess went 7.1 innings giving up 4 runs but Perry went the distance giving up 2 for the win.
June: Perry 123, Hess 93
Otto and Gaylord split their first two June starts then Otto rattled off 4 straight wins including back-to-back shutouts (1-0 and 3-0). With his back against the wall Gaylord blanked the Hessians 2-0 to close the month. Hess was 5-2 with a 2.02 ERA in June while Perry 2-5 with a 3.02 ERA.
July: Perry 183, Hess 120
Hess did everything he could to win on Independence Day. He went 11 innings and gave up only 3 earned runs but his bullpen gave up a two-run 12th inning homer. The first run to score was Otto's and he was beaten by Perry. Then Gaylord Perry shutout the Hessians for 38.2 straight innings raking in wins of 8-0, 2-0, 4-0, and 11-0. Perry failed to get a decision in his final two starts but did post a 0.98 July ERA. Hess did win one of those no decisions to finish the month 1-5 with a 4.07 ERA.
August: Perry 240, Hess 162
It was a full blown battle royal in August. When two top pitchers go toe-to-toe something has to give and that was decisions. Three times in August both pitchers took the mound in the tenth inning. Of the seven starts in August, there were four no decisions. With both pitchers sitting at 1-1 heading into August's final start, Otto Hess shutout the Lords on 5 hits for a 2-0 win. Hess finished with a 3-2 record with a 2.14 ERA while Perry pitched well (1-2 with a 2.07 ERA).
September: Perry 279, Hess 198
Otto Hess made one last push by taking September 4-3 but both pitchers were on their games all season. For Otto it didn't matter as his record at League Park (11-10) and Cleveland Stadium (6-6) were similar. He did have a higher ERA at home (2.95) than on the road (2.14). While the game match up went at a slight advantage to Hess, it was Gaylord's ability to go deeper into games and issue less walks. The 1972 Cy Young winner used everything he had to take the Municipal Region Championship.
Otto Hess: 17-16, 2.80 ERA, 340.2 IP, 111 BB, 193 K, 1.20 WHIP, 6.6 WAR
Gaylord Perry: 16-16, 2.13 ERA, 350.2 IP, 75 BB, 264 K, 1.02 WHIP, 9.3 WAR
Stadium Regional Championship
#2 SP Luis Tiant (1968) vs. #1 SS Terry Turner (1908)
April: Tiant 54, Turner 15
El Tiante was thrashed on opening day and took the loss (2-9). The Cuban right-hander then blanked the TeeTees the next three games (29 innings). In his brilliant streak, Tiant struck out 15, 10 and 12 while give up exactly 5 hits in each game. Tiant followed that up with another stinker dropping a 3-5 decision. Rain shortened Luis' final start and he finished the month 3-2 with a 2.03 ERA. Terry “Cotton Top” Turner sprinted out to a .571 average after the first 3 games (8-for-14) but then crashed (0-for-17). Terry continued to struggle in mid-to-late April as his average dropped to .186 before another hot stretch (9-for-18) helped him to finish .250 for the month.
May: Tiant 111, Turner 36
May wasn't much of Cotton Top's month as he faded and only hit .236 and only had 3 RBI. The 3 RBI is low but Turner hits leadoff and runs scored is more important; however, his runs were low too as he scored only 8 runs in May. El Tiante came up big in his first two starts in May. He won the first by the score of 6-1 but had to go 11 innings to win the second game 9-5. After dropping start number 3 (1-4), Tiant won the next four starts 5-2, 6-2, 5-1, and 10-1. In that final 10-1 victory, Luis fans hung up 18 K’s at Cleveland Stadium.
June: Tiant 198, Turner 60
A 7-for-13 run sparked Terry Turner's offense. After two months of slumber, Cotton Top's bats came alive as he hit .276 with a season best 14 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. Turner's season through 3 months is highlighted by 41 swipes. El Tiante dropped his first June start 1-3 then won 6 straight games to close the month out. Five times during his streak Luis went the distance and 4 times he struck out 10 or more batters.
July: Tiant 279, Turner 63
Tiant won his first four starts in July to stretch his win streak to 10. He went the distance in his fifth start but fell 4-5. Tiant then recovered to win 12-3 for his 20th on the season then added number 21 with a six-hit shutout. In his 64 July innings, El Tiante gave up only 15 earned runs and struck out 75 batters. Terry Turner couldn't keep the momentum from June and slipped below the Mendoza Line in July (.175). Old Cotton Top had hitless streaks of 16 and 18 at bats then closed out the month hitless in his final 13 at bats.
August: Tiant 330, Turner 87
In his first 3 starts in August, El Tiante twice went beyond the ninth inning and only surrendered 6 runs (31.2 innings) but had a no decision and two losses to show for it. Things turned around for the Cuban right-hander as he won his final three decisions to finish August 3-2 with a 2.57 ERA. Old Cotton Top's August was his best month to date as he scored a season best 17 runs and hit .282. He heads into the final month on a 6-game hitting streak.
September: Tiant 384, Turner 126
El Tiante beat up the number one seed all season to take the Stadium Region championship. He dominated Cotton Top holding him to a paltry .192 average. Turner did string together a season best 12-game hitting streak in September but fell to the Cuban righty.
Luis Tiant: 27-9, 2.21 ERA, 354 IP, 88 BB, 414 K, 0.96 WHIP, 12.8 WAR
Terry Turner: .241/.279/.314/.593, 31 2B, 6 3B, 2 HR, 75 R, 49 RBI, 77 SB, 4.3 WAR
Next Up: #1 SP Gaylord Perry (1972) vs. #2 SP Luis Tiant (1968)