The Gateway complex was running hot Saturday night. At The Q: Bieber Fever. At Progressive Field: Indians Fever. The Tribe held up its end of the entertainment double play by disposing of the Kansas City Royals, 5-3. Judging by high-pitched screams that pierced the walls of The Q and reverberated across the plaza, Justin Bieber also delivered a strong performance. Lefty Scott Kazmir gave up two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings and Lonnie Chisenhall hit a grand slam as the Indians (50-44) won their third straight and fifth in seven games. Kansas City (43-48) has lost four in a row. The Tribe pulled within 1 1/2 games of Detroit in the American League Central Division. The Tigers and Max Scherzer lost at home to Texas, 7-1. The Indians went old school -- old, old school -- in front of a high-energy crowd of 29,740. They wore 1902 Cleveland Bronchos replica road jerseys and did Addie Joss and Nap Lajoie proud. As Bronchos, the Indians were navy blue from head to shin. Stirrups were black. Tops had a white C on the chest and white numbers on the back. Belts, buttons and parts of the hats and shoes were white. Fashion details are necessary in this case because, appropriately for a 1902 throwback, the game was not televised by either club. The Indians elected to play at night, meaning it fell in the Fox national exclusivity window. It is the Tribe's only scheduled non-TV game and second this season. The first occurred April 28 in Kansas City, when the Tribe played a day-night doubleheader. Many Indians, no doubt concerned about style points, had strange facial expressions when they took the field in the 1902s. Two who seemed comfortable with the look were third baseman Chisenhall and second baseman Jason Kipnis. Fittingly, they performed splendidly. Chisenhall's first career slam created a cushion in the sixth and he doubled in the eighth. Kipnis went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly.
Chisenhall's grand slam powers Cleveland over Kansas City, 5-3
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jul 14