Saturday, March 29

Westbrook Looks Good & Robin Meade Stops By

The Indians were rain delayed for 64 minutes today. Through all that the Tribe was able to pull out a 4-1 victory over the Braves, going 2 for 2 over the last two days in exhibition games at Turner Field, wait, wait, wait...The damn 7th inning occurred and the Tribe lost 5-4. Anyway, it's just spring training.

OK so what was really important about this game was that Jake Westbrook went 4 strong innings, giving up 2 hits and running his scoreless inning streak to, the whole entirety of spring training. Yes our beloved Jake Westbrook has gone a solid 18 innings without giving up a run this spring. Needless to say, I'm impressed.

Post rain delay Jorge Julio and Jensen Lewis pitched scoreless innings before the wheels came off for Masa Kobayashi who gave up 5 runs in 0.2 innings. Of course only one of those runs was earned. Craig Breslow was called in to try to finish off the 7th, with two outs and the bases loaded, but the rain returned and the game was called.

This was the first game after I decided to sign-up for MLB Gameday Radio. Of course today was also the MLB TV preview. So I did see a few shots of the Altanta ballpark before going with the WTAM radio feed. It didn't look like there were more than 10,000 people at the park and the official attendance was over 16,000. I can only imagine there were about 5,000 on hand for the Braves miraculous comeback. One of the game's higlights you're bound to hear about was that Robin Meade stopped by to chat with the Indians radio team and to take batting practice before the game.

The Indians did a nice story about Robin, a former Miss Ohio, and how Carl Willis had a little trouble pitching to her. Obviously not being your typical baseball player, Robin was satisfied to make contact and finally get one into fair territory. In the second inning Robin joined the radio team in the booth. Luckily the Tribe were able to put together a few singles so Robin could chat for a while. She talked about growing up in a small town and some Ohio related topics, both Tom and Mike were impressed. You can catch Robin Meade on CNN Headline News from 6-10 AM on Morning Express with Robin Meade. Oh wait this isn't a Robin Meade blog.

Well today was the final Indians spring training game. The highlights of this spring were obviously Jake's pitching performances, and the play of a few guys named Sizemore, Gutierrez, and Francisco. Sure the spring doesn't mean anything but it's just nice to have had baseball back. The record now stands at 0-0 before the Indians take on the White Sox Monday at Progressive Field. Here's hoping for a drier game Monday then the Tribe saw today.

Notes: The Tigers signed former Indians reliever Aaron Fultz to a AAA contract. Obviously the Tigers are in need of relief help and they currently only have one left-handed reliever in their bullpen, so if Fultz can get his act together, he could easily move up I-75 to Detroit.

Go Tribe!

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