CLEVELAND -- When the clock strikes midnight, the Indians' bullpen seems to grow stronger.

It's always beneficial for a manager to have rubber-armed pitchers at his disposal when marathon games drag on. The Indians played three contests in August that lasted at least 14 innings. In all three, the Tribe's bullpen refused to cave.

During Wednesday's 16-inning affair, Cleveland's "Bullpen Mafia" tossed 10 scoreless frames, biding time until the team's offense scratched across the game-winning run. Even when Oakland's 'pen retired 24 consecutive Tribe hitters at one point, Cleveland's relievers held firm.

"I was thinking, 'It's going a long way, because our bullpen is pretty good, too,'" Indians skipper Manny Acta said. "As long as we kept them at bay, we had a chance."

On Aug. 9, a rain delay ended starter Justin Masterson's night after just two innings. The Cleveland 'pen then delivered 12 scoreless frames, keeping the Tigers off the board until the Indians plated the winning run shortly before 2 a.m.

A week later, the bullpen allowed just three runs in 8 2/3 innings before starter David Huff was forced to pitch in relief. He allowed a walk-off hit to the White Sox in the 14th.

Frank Herrmann has been the last man standing in two of the Tribe's three never-ending contests. The right-hander hurled two scoreless frames to earn the win on Aug. 9, and tossed four perfect innings Wednesday to pick up another victory.

"This one and the Detroit one, it's cool pitching at midnight," Herrmann said.

Hannahan caps blistering August in style

CLEVELAND -- Lonnie Chisenhall doesn't mind sitting back and watching, so long as Jack Hannahan continues his torrid stretch.

Hannahan wrapped up August hitting .420 (21-for-50) with three home runs and 13 RBIs. He capped the month in style, belting two long balls and notching the walk-off RBI single in Cleveland's 16-inning win over Oakland on Wednesday.

"I've kind of always been a streaky hitter," Hannahan said. "I've had some good months and some bad months. But, no, I can't remember having a month like this."

The Indians are content to ride out Hannahan's heat wave. The veteran has started 10 of the last 11 games at third base, relegating Chisenhall to a comfortable seat in the dugout.

"He's on fire right now, so he's out there playing and I'm cheering him on," Chisenhall said. "It's nice to see the team winning and him playing well."

Upon his arrival to the big league club, Chisenhall started at the hot corner in 32 of 45 games. For the season, however, he's batting just .238 with three homers and eight RBIs, numbers that don't stack up after Hannahan's recent surge.

That has left the rookie to make the most of his now limited playing time.

"When I get the nod at third base, I definitely try to take advantage of it," Chisenhall said. "I don't take it for granted, and just go out there and work."

Hegan, Score nominated for Frick Award

CLEVELAND -- Mike Hegan and Herb Score have been nominated as candidates for the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.

Score, who died in 2008, served as the radio voice of the Indians from 1968-97. He was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998.

Hegan has been a part of the Indians' TV and radio broadcasts since 1989. Since 2007, he has worked exclusively on the team's radio broadcast.

Fans can take part in online voting for the award beginning Thursday at 10 a.m. ET at the Hall of Fame's Facebook site, and concluding at 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 30.

In the fall, a 20-member electorate will vote on the final 10-name ballot to determine the 2012 Frick Award winner, who will be honored in Cooperstown during Hall of Fame Weekend 2012, July 20-23.

Quote to note

"No Red Bulls tonight. I got scalded last time for pumping Red Bull and not getting any money out of it. My agent said, 'Don't mention Red Bull.'" -- Reliever Frank Herrmann, who earned the win after four perfect innings of relief to cap the Indians' 4-3 win against the Athletics in Wednesday's 16-inning marathon. Herrmann also closed Cleveland's 14-inning win against the Tigers on Aug. 9 with a pair of scoreless innings after 1 a.m. He said after that outing that he had consumed "four or five" Red Bulls to stay awake and energized while waiting for his turn to pitch.

Smoke signals

• Wednesday's marathon game, in which the Indians topped the Athletics, 4-3, in 16 innings, was the Tribe's longest contest since falling to the Angels in 16 frames on Sept. 8, 2010. The only game at Progressive Field to last longer was a 17-inning affair between the Indians and Twins on May 7, 1995, which Cleveland won, 10-9.

• Kosuke Fukudome has 13 RBIs in 31 games since joining the Indians prior to July's non-waiver Trade Deadline. He had 13 RBIs in 87 games for the Cubs before being traded.