MINNEAPOLIS: During his 12 years in professional baseball, Indians pitcher Scott Kazmir has seen and experienced his fair share.
But being stuck for 90 minutes in his team’s hotel elevator after Thursday’s victory over the Minnesota Twins is a harrowing experience the veteran left-hander likely won’t forget.
“I was one floor away from my room on the 28th floor when I felt a bang,” Kazmir said. “I got to my floor, but the door wouldn’t open. Then it went back down to the 27th floor. There was another bang and the elevator shook a little bit. … It must have hit something, broke the hydraulics and knocked the door off the track.”
Although he eventually escaped without harm, Kazmir admitted being quite shaken while the hotel’s maintenance crew, workers from the elevator company and even the local fire department worked to free him.
“I just sat down in the corner,” Kazmir said. “In the fetal position, pretty much.”
In an effort to make up for the unpleasant experience, the hotel treated Kazmir to a room-service breakfast Friday.
“The girl that brought it up told me she’d been stuck twice on elevator No. 2,” he said. “I’m never getting on that elevator again.”
STAY HOT — Indians left fielder Michael Brantley needed just two at-bats in Friday’s game to increase his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the second inning. Brantley has been swinging such a hot bat lately that his hits have almost become anticlimactic. Consider that in the first 10 games of the streak, Brantley is hitting .500 (20-for-40).
But Brantley’s hot streak extends beyond the recent week and half. His .394 September batting average trails only Colorado’s Michael Cuddyer’s (.420) for major-league batters with at least 75 plate appearances.
TIE BREAKER — Not that the Indians aren’t trying to secure a wild-card berth outright, but with the way that the Tribe, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers are going, Major League Baseball released a tie-breaker scenario Friday.
In the event of a two-team tie, a play-in game would take place Monday and be hosted by the club that won the season series.
For the Indians, a tie with Texas would result in the Tribe hosting the Rangers at Progressive Field on Monday.
But if the Tribe ties with the Rays, they would travel to Tampa Bay on Monday to play.
— Stephanie Storm