Sunday, April 18

I kind of wish we could play the White Sox every game

You can't possibly question the decidication of the FCF blog writing staff. As I type this, our editor has squestered himself in northern Europe solely to block out all distractions and focus on just Cleveland sports. That is, unless he's being forced to stay there against his will. I can think of a number of countries I would rather be stuck in, especially in April, than Norway.

During the last series recap I said that a win for Mitch Talbot over Indian Killer Mark Buehrle would shock me. Well, consider me shocked. Not only did Talbot pitch a gem, he tossed probably the best game pitched by an Indian this year, coming right on the heels of David Huff's amazing performance the night before. Who are these guys? Both games were complete games and this was something like Huff's 25th major league start and this was only Talbot's 3rd. Talbot finished having allowed just six hits, two runs, one earned (error on Shin-Soo Choo), zero walks, and two strikeouts. Granted, this is a pretty bad White Sox lineup, but again this is Mitch's third start in the big leagues. Offensively the Tribe scored six runs, all off of starter Buehrle. Choo continued his hit streak with a single and two walks. The unlikely offensive triumvirate of Lou Marson, Luis Valbuena, and Austin Kearns carried this team with Valbuena chipping in a two-run home run. Tribe (4-6) beat the White Sox (4-7) 6-2.

Saturday's game was an edge-of-your-seat affair. Friday's game was pretty well in hand throughout, but the Indians had some work to do late in the game in order to win Saturday. Jake Westbrook faced off against the up-to-this-point-struggling Jake Peavy. Both starters went at least seven innings, but with these two teams' anemic offenses, its might be hard to say it was a pitchers' duel. Both pitchers got tagged for two runs and walked three, and in the end neither got a decision. Offensively this game hinged on two Indians, and yes, Choo was one of those players. After Asdrubal Cabrera's solo home run in the bottom of the eighth tied the game at 2-2, Grady Sizemore singled, and our hero Shin-Soo Choo hit a double to score Grady and put the Indians on top 3-2. Westbrook did have eight groundball outs, so the sinker must have been doing OK. Jensen Lewis picked up his second win by working a scoreless eighth and Chris Perez got the save, though a Paul Konerko drive was barely left of the foul pole. Tribe (5-6) win 3-2.

I paid attention off and on to today's Indians game becuase the Indians jumped out to a 7-0 lead with no outs in the second inning. Mark Grudzielanek, who came into the game 1-11, snapped that 10-at-bat slump with a single that scored Grady and Choo, which followed a Cabrera double and a Cabrera scoring single by Choo all in the first frame. Moving on to the bottom of the second inning, Michael Brantley walked, Asdrubal singled, and Grady walked. Now the bases are loaded and Choo walks to the plate. Do I even have to type out what happened? Well the Indians are up 7-0 at this point and I kind of zoned out for a while and took care of some other Sunday related tasks. I can tell you Fausto Carmona was pretty good, but got into a little trouble later on. Some fellows in the bullpen pitched well such as Aaron Laffey, Joe Smith, and Chris Perez; others didn't, namely Rafael Perez and Tony Sipp. Indians move to .500 (6-6), winning 7-4.

The Indians are 2.5 games back of the Twins and 1.0 behind the Tigers in the American League Central. After dropping five straight, the Indians have now won four in a row and this might be how the rollercoaster 2010 season will look like. The edge between an Indians win and an Indians loss might be dependent on avoiding the big inning defensively and just getting a few clutch scores. The 3-2 win of Saturday is pretty much what you should expect a surprising number of Indians wins to look like.

Quick trivia: Spell checker suggestions for Grudzielanek
- Rhinelander
- Grandiloquence
- Gruesomeness
- Graceland

The Indians have tomorrow off before starting a three0game series at brand-new Target Field in Minnesota. The Indians continue on to Oakland and LA (Angels) for three-game series as well, before getting another day off to return to C-Town.

Game 1: Justin Masterson, RHP (0-1, 2.45) vs. Kevin Slowey, RHP (1-1, 3.48)
Game 2: David Huff, LHP (1-1, 1.80) vs. Francisco Liriano, LHP (1-0, 2.08)
Game 3: Mitch Talbot, RHP (1-1, 3.21) vs. Scott Baker, RHP (2-1, 3.38)

The Twins rightfully sit atop the Al Central at 9-4 and this series will be interesting given the pitching matchups and the Indians facing what could be consider an actual good team.

The Foo Fighter's "My Hero" just came up on random on my computer and I couldn't help think of Choo.

Go Tribe!

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

1 comment:

Andy said...

Listening to Hamilton and the Tribe radio crew when I was in the Norge really made me feel at home.

This Twinkie series will be a good measuring stick for the Tribe - this is a good Minnesota club.