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09/23/2009 10:52 AM ET
Indianapolis Indians 2009 "Season In Review"
The Tribe led the Minor Leagues in games decided by two runs or less
First year manager Frank Kremblas led the Indians to a 36-36 record in front of their home crowd at Victory Field during the 2009 season. (Bill Gentry)

2009 "Season In Review" (in PDF)

*** TEAM NOTES ***

A GOOD YEAR FOR ATTENDANCE: The Tribe hosted 549,552 fans (8,202 per game) at Victory Field in 2009 -- its third best average total since 2001 ... The Indians also averaged more than 10,000 fans per game during a 19-game stretch from July 20 - August 23 and also had seven contests in front of at least 13,000 and four games in front of at least 14,000.

CLOSE CONTESTS: The Indians were involved in the most one-run contests in all of Triple-A Baseball in 2009 with 51 one-run games (22-29) ... The Tribe also played in the most contests decided by two runs or less in all of Minor League baseball with 84 (37-47) ... Indianapolis also held the best winning percentage (.700) in the International League with a 7-3 record in games that went to extra innings.

VICTORIES AT "THE VIC": Indianapolis finished the season with a 36-36 home record ... The Tribe's pitching performed much better at Victory Field with a 3.31 ERA in 72 games at home compared to a 4.36 ERA in 71 contests on the road ... The Indians are now 193-168 at Victory Field in four years as a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate.

LOVING THE LONG BALL: The Indians finished the season fourth in the International League in home runs with 119, their most since they hit 157 in 2005, and their largest total as a Pittsburgh Pirates' affiliate ... The Tribe pitching staff also gave up the fewest amount of long balls in the IL with 79, which was the first time the Indians allowed less than 100 roundtrippers in a season since moving into Victory Field in 1996.

eXtra MARKS THE SPOT: The Indians failed to record an extra-base hit in only four contests during the 2009 season (June 2, July 5, July 8, and September 6) ... The Tribe posted an impressive extra-base hit streak of 50 games in-a-row to begin the season, a streak which also extended to 84 games in-a-row dating back to July 29, 2008 ... Indianapolis then went on to record another long streak when they collected an extra-base hit in 57 consecutive games from July 9 to September 5.

AUGUST RUSH: Indianapolis posted a 17-13 record in the month of August to turn in their first full winning month since they went 18-12 in May of 2007 ... In the month of August the Indians as a team posted an International League best .292 batting average, ranked second with 32 home runs, and sat third with a 3.54 ERA.

THE STRIKEOUT SENSATION: Before being traded to Seattle on July 30, RHP Ian Snell went 2-2 with a 0.96 ERA and recorded one of the Tribe's two complete game shutouts in six starts for the Indians ... Snell also set a Victory Field record with his 17 strikeouts against Toledo on June 28, which broke Steve Parris' over 10-year old record of 16 strikeouts set back on April 28, 1998 against Charlotte ... The record performance also included a jaw-dropping 13 consecutive K's to begin the game and which was the longest strike-out streak in baseball this season.

STEALING A RECORD: On Monday, May 4 against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Indianapolis stole a Victory Field record nine bases ... The nine steals were the most for an International League club since Durham stole 10 bags on August 29, 1998.

LONGEST GAME EVER: On Friday, September 4 Indianapolis and Louisville played the most innings in a single game in Victory Field's 13-year history with the Bats prevailing 4-2 over the Tribe ... The 16-inning affair surpassed the longest inning game in Victory Field history, which took place on April 19, 2006 when the Indians took the Ottawa Lynx to 15 innings.

WHO'S ON THE ROSTER??: Indianapolis racked up 132 roster moves in 2009 ... The total follows up 143 transactions in 2008, 156 in 2007 and 122 in 2006.


MCCUTCHEN NAMED 2009 MVP: Starter Daniel McCutchen was named the 2009 Indianapolis Indians MVP ... The right hander finished tied atop the International League with 13 victories and led the Indians in starts (24), innings pitched (142.2) and strikeouts (110) ... His 13 wins were also the most for an Indians' pitcher since Horacio Estrada led the IL with 14 victories during the 2000 season ... The Tribe hurler finished the season with Indianapolis on a terrific hot streak going 5-1 with a 1.90 ERA and 40 strikeouts compared to just six walks in eight games after the All-Star Break, and received his first Major League call-up on August 31.

ALL-STAR PERFORMANCES: Indians RHP Chris Bootcheck and C Erik Kratz were both selected as 2009 Midseason All-Stars, with only Kratz participating in the All-Star game ... Kratz won the Top Star Award for the International League, as the All-Star game's most valuable player, after he went 2-for-2 with a walk, a double and a two-run homer to lead the International League over the Pacific Coast League 6-5 ... The Tribe's backstop was also selected as the catcher for the International League's postseason All-Star team.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: OF Jose Tabata was named the Indians Rookie of the Year ... He finished the season with a .276 average, 21 runs, seven doubles, one triple, three home runs, 10 RBI and four stolen bases in just 32 contests with the Tribe ... The Triple-A rookie also collected at least one hit in 22 of his 32 contests played with the Indians, including 11 multi-hit performances.

HOME RUNS AND RBI LEADER: 3B Neil Walker was the Indians leader in both home runs and RBI for the season ... He finished the season with a .264 batting average, a team-high 31 doubles, team-high 14 homers and a team-high 69 RBI ... From July 30 until his first career Major League call-up on September 1, Walker collected 34 RBI which tied him with Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard for the largest total in all of Professional Baseball during that period.

BATTING LEADER: OF Brian Myrow was the Indians leader in batting average (.330), on-base percentage (.448), slugging percentage (.515) and walks (43) for the season ... Myrow, who played in 48 games for the Charlotte Knights, joined Indianapolis on June 24 and played a total of 62 contests with the Tribe ... Between the two teams the left handed slugger finished the year ranked first in the IL in on-base percentage (.419), tied for third in walks (65), seventh in batting average (.307) and 10th in slugging percentage (.496).

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: C Erik Kratz was named the Indians Defensive Player of the Year ... The backed stop finished the season ranked fifth among the top International League catchers having thrown out 30% of the runners who attempted to steal against him this season ... The right handed slugger also led all IL catchers with 11 home runs and 43 RBI, while Indianapolis was 45-42 when he started behind the plate, 18-4 when he collected two hits or more, 7-3 when he drove in two runs or more and 10-1 when he launched a long ball.

HENRY SMOCK RELIEF PITCHER OF THE YEAR: RHP Chris Bootcheck was named the Indians Henry Smock Relief Pitcher of the Year ... Bootcheck, who graduated from La Porte High School in La Porte, Indiana, went 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA, a team-best 20 saves and 55 strikeouts compared to just seven walks in 40 appearances for the Indians ... Before his promotion to Pittsburgh on August 7, Bootcheck was second in the International League with 20 saves and tied for eighth with 40 appearances, while his 7.86 strikeout to walk ratio (55 SO vs. 7 BB) was the best among IL relievers at that time.

BATTERS OF THE WEEK: Both OF Lastings Milledge and OF Brian Myrow were named International League Batter of the Week during the 2009 season ... Milledge won the honor for the period of July 16-19 after he led the International League with nine hits and a .591 on-base percentage in the four-day period that followed the Triple-A All-Star break ... Myrow received the honor for the period of August 24-30 after he led the IL with a .600 batting average (15-for-25), 15 hits, 13 RBI and a .677 on-base percentage.

PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Both RHP Eric Hacker and RHP Daniel McCutchen were named International League Pitcher of the Week during the 2009 season ... Hacker won the honor for the period of August 3-9 after he went 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA (3 ER in 13.0 IP) and 14 strikeouts in two starts during the stretch ... McCutchen received the honor for the period of August 10-16 after he went 2-0 with 12 strikeouts and didn't allow a single run in 13.2 innings of work.

APRIL "POTM": OF Garrett Jones was named the Indians April Player of the Month ... Jones went 22-for-70 (.314) with eight doubles, three home runs, 20 RBI and three stolen bases during the season's first month ... He also ranked among the International League leaders in doubles (T-1st, 8) and RBI (4th, 20), while also placing among the Tribe 's leaders in RBI (1st, 20), doubles (1st, 8), hits (T-1st, 22), home runs (T-1st, 3), runs (2nd, 11), batting average (2nd, .314), on-base percentage (2nd, .369) and slugging percentage (2nd, .557).

MAY "POTM": OF Andrew McCutchen was named the Indians May Player of the Month, for the second straight season ... McCutchen went 35-for-115 (.304) with 22 runs, four doubles, three triples, three home runs, 14 RBI, 11 walks and three stolen bases in 29 games during May ... The speedy right hander reached base safely in 24 of the 29 contests in the season's second month and also recorded nine multi-hit performances, four multi-RBI games and five multi-run efforts.

JUNE "POTM": RHP Chris Bootcheck was named the Indians June Player of the Month ... Bootcheck recorded no decisions and earned seven saves, while allowing no runs in 11 appearances over the month of June ... He allowed just two walks, six hits and a .162 batting average, while striking out 16 in 10.2 innings of work during the season's third month.

JULY "POTM": INF Brian Bixler was named the Indians July Player of the Month ... Bixler went 37-for-108 (.343) with 17 runs, six doubles, three triples, six home runs, 20 RBI, seven walks and six stolen bases during the season's fourth month ... The right handed slugger collected a hit in 21 of 28 July contests and also reached base in all but four games during the month, while his six long balls were the most in a single month for his career.

AUGUST "POTM": INF Neil Walker was named the Indians August Player of the Month ... Walker turned in one of the best offensive months in Indians' history finishing with a league best 29 RBI, while also ranking tied for first in total bases (63) and eighth in batting average (.339).

BIXLER'S BLAZING BAT: Indians INF Brian Bixler recorded a 15-game hitting streak from July 29-August 13, which was the Indians longest of the season ... The right handed slugger's streak was the longest of his career and the longest since he hit in 14-straight with Low-A Hickory from June 18-July 6 in 2005.

HIGH FIVE: Indians 2B Shelby Ford recorded a team and season-high five hits in a win against Norfolk on July 30 in which he also scored two runs and blasted a two-run home run.

BIG NAMES ON REHAB: Indianapolis featured three accomplished Major Leaguers on rehabilitation assignments during the 2009 season ... INF Jack Wilson, a 2004 All-Star and the Pirates highest paid player before he was traded to Seattle on July 30, went 2-for-6 with three RBI in two games with the Tribe ... RHP Jeff Karstens, who has pitched the fourth most innings for the Pirates this season, tossed six scoreless frames in three appearances for the Tribe .... C Ryan Doumit, the Pirates' starting catcher for the past two seasons, collected two hits and a walk in five games during his rehab with Indianapolis.