Shaw sets Indians mark with 80th appearance
CLEVELAND -- Bryan Shaw emerged from the center-field bullpen door, jogged to the mound at Progressive Field and entered the Indians' record book.
With his one-batter outing in the ninth inning of Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Rays, Shaw set Cleveland's single-season franchise record with his 80th appearance of the year. Indians manager Terry Francona knew that reaching that milestone was important for the setup man.
"I know it was," Francona said. "We're at the point in the season where we don't want to do too much, but as important as it was to him, that made it important to us. Because he's gone out there so much this year and done such a great job, to let him face a hitter, I thought it was worth it."
Shaw induced an inning-ending groundout off the bat of Ryan Hanigan.
Shaw, who surpassed Bobby Howry's 2005 Indians record of 79 appearances in one season, has posted a 2.59 ERA in his 80 games (76 1/3 innings) this year. Over the past two seasons combined, the 26-year-old right-hander ranks second among American League relievers in games (150) and innings pitched (151 1/3).
Reaching the milestone was a proud moment for Shaw, who is the 31st pitcher in AL history to record at least 80 games in one season. The feat has been accomplished 35 times overall.
"For me, it's just a fun stat to have," Shaw said. "To me, it more says that I pitched well enough to be able to do that and they've trusted me enough to put me in that many games to have a chance to break that record. To me, it's not more about breaking the record. It's about them trusting me."
Francona said there is no question that has been achieved.
"There's a huge trust," Francona said. "He's been durable and he loves to pitch. The best way to kind of make him aggravated is to tell him he's down that night. He hates it. I have that little [reliever usage] card that I use. It actually went to a point there for a while, because he was pitching a lot, I put 'down.' He scratched it out and put, 'Awesome.'"