Maybe these little two game series aren’t all bad because for the second time this week, the Indians swept their two game series. This time it was over the Rangers and in both games, the Indians scored a bunch of runs. The pitching was only so so but the bats picked them up.
Yesterday, it took eleven innings for the Indians to come out on top. After Joe Borowski blew another one and gave up a run in the ninth, Jhonny Peralta came through with an RBI single in the twelth to win it. C.C. Sabathia was roughed up for five runs in six innings and Fernando Cabrera picked up the win with a really nice relief appearance. He threw two shutout innings and he struck out five. Shin-Soo Choo had two hits and two RBIs in the 8-7 win and Peralta finished with two hits, a run and an RBI.
Today’s game went a little smoother. The Indians jumped out in front with five runs in the first two innings and never looked back. Paul Byrd cruised to an easy win and he gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts in six innings. Peralta hit his third homerun and Trot Nixon also hit one over the fence. Both Choo and Nixon scored two runs a piece.
No rest this week as the Orioles roll into town for three games. If the Indians stay in first by the end of the series, I’ll be happy because that’s all I’m asking for.
So far, things have gone pretty well since that horific series with the Yankees. The lastest is a three game winning streak with two of those coming in Minnesota against the formerly first place Twins. I say formerly because the Indians now have the top spot but just 1/2 game seperate first and fourth. We knew it’d be tight for a while so now hopefully the Indians can keep on winning and break out.
On Monday, the Indians blew a 3-0 lead but they hung to win it 7-4 in 12 innings. Victor Martinez had a big game at the plate and he went two for five with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs. Travis Hafner was a perfect four for four with two runs and two walks in the win. Jeremy Sowers had a nice start and he gave up three runs on nine hits and a walk with two strikeouts and he pitched seven innings. Roberto Hernandez threw two shutout innings and he picked up the win.
Yesterday’s game looked closer, but the Indians led this one from the first inning on with some solid hitting against Johan Santana. Travis Hafner took him deep in the first to put the Indians on the board and Trot Nixon had a solid game at the plate. He went two for four with an RBI in the 5-2 win. Fautso Carmona picked up his first win of the season with a nice start. He gave up two runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Joe Borowski gave up a run in the ninth but he held on to pick up his eighth save of the season.
Next up is two against the Rangers at home. C.C. Sabathia will hopefully be able to keep the winning streak going in the opener tonight.
After a tough series earlier this week against the Yankees, the Indians needed a little relief and they got it with a series win over the Devil Rays. Fortunately, nobody in the AL Central is pushing away so even at 8-7, the Indians site just a game and a half back of first and once they start playing within the division, they can make that up in a hurry.
C.C Sabathia did his job on Friday and while he didn’t pick up the win, he kept the Indians in the game long enough for the hitters to do their work. He gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in seven innings of work. Roberto Hernandez picked up the win with a shutout eighth and Joe Borowski bounced back after that tough outing against the Yankees and he picked up the save. Travis Hafner was the hitting star and he he drove in three of the Indians four runs in the 4-3 win. Grady Sizemore finished with two runs and Hafner had three hits and a homerun.
Saturday was the loss. The Indians were down 5-2 but Travis Hafner hit a three run shot to tie it. Unfortunately, Paul Byrd gave up a sixth run in the sixth inning and that ended up being the difference maker in the 6-5 loss. Byrd gave up the six runs on eleven hits with two strikeouts in six innings.
Then yesterday, the Indians scored four runs in the ninth as they pulled off what the Yankees did to them earlier in the week. Victor Martinez drove in the first run in the ninth and then Ryan Garko came up huge with a three run shot that turned into the game winner in the 6-4 win. Jhonny Peralta also went yard with a two run homer and Tom Mastny picked up the win. Jake Westbrook was roughed up for four runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
Next up is two against the Twins in Minnesota. Jeremy Sowers will get the start in the opener against Carlos Silva.
Alright, this was just downright ugly. Indians pitching gave up at least eight runs in each of the three games with today’s game having a complete meltdown by Joe Borowski.
If there is such a thing, Tuesday’s game was the worst of the three. Jake Westbrook was dismantled the day he signed a big contract extension and he gave up eight runs on eight hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. Travis Hafner went yard in the 10-3 loss and he and Casey Blake were the only two Indians with two hits.
Yesterday, it was Jeremy Sowers who was knocked around. He got bombed for six runs on nine hits and a walk and he actually made it 2 2/3 innings. Travis Hafner was the offense and he had three of the Indians five hits as well as one RBI in the 9-2 loss.
This afternoon, the start was there with Fausto Carmona threw six solid innings. Aaron Fultz and Rafael Betancourt each threw a scoreless inning and then Borowski came into the game and proceeded to give up hit after hit. When the dust settled, a 6-2 lead turned into an 8-6 loss and Borowski was tagged for six runs, two of which went over the fence.
It’s time to regroup and there’s no better way then playing a three game series against perennial door mat, the Devil Rays. C.C. Sabathia gets the start in the opener and I like our chances in that opener.
The Indians won the final two games in a three game series with the White Sox and they now sit atop the AL Central with a 6-3 record. Things didn’t get off to a good start and while the Indians finally got around to playing their first true home game, the end result was a 6-4 loss. Fausto Carmona was hit hard and he gave up all six runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Ryan Garko was the hitting star and he went four for five with two runs.
Then Paul Byrd of all pitchers got the Indians on track. He threw six shutout innings and four relievers combined to complete the shutout. Ryan Garko and Josh Barfield both hit homeruns and they both had two hits. Jason Michaels also had a nice game with a triple, a single, a run and an RBI.
The Indians won the rubber game today despite being held to just one hit. Grady Sizemore doubled to lead off the game and he later scored on a ground out and then he drew a bases loaded walk as he was involved in both Indians’ runs. C.C. Sabathia struck out ten and he improved to 3-0 with eight innings of five hit ball.
The Tribe now gets a day off while they head to Yankee Stadium to take on the Yankees. Jake Westbrook has his hands full against a tough Yankees lineup and I’m not sure who the Indians will be facing with all of the injuries the Yankees have sustained. Regardless, it should be a great series.
Man that snow was a mess. It’s past us now and the Indians did a good job of just putting it behind them and getting down to business. On Tuesday, a well rested C.C. Sabthia had a nice start even though the pen put a little bit of a scare into Indians fans. He gave up three runs (one earned) on tens hits and two walks with seven strikeouts and he’s now 2-0. Casey Blake and Kelly Shoppach (Victor Martinez’s replacement for the time being) both hit homeruns and Andy Marte had two hits and three RBIs in the 7-6 win.
In yesterday’s game, the Indians’ hitters never could get on track. They managed just four hits and the lone run came on a solo homerun by Jhonny Peralta. Jack Westbrook took the loss in a decent outing. He gave up three runs on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts in six innings. The final in this one was 4-1.
Then this afternoon, the Indians won the rubber game. Down 2-1 in the eight, Travis Hafner hit a huge three run shot to give the Indians a 4-2 win. Grady Sizemore hit a solo homerun to account for the other run and while Jeremy Sowers had a nice start but didn’t get a decision, he at least didn’t take a loss. Joe Borowski closed it out and he picked up save number three.
Now, over a week and a half after the season started, the Indians hope to finally play their first game in Cleveland with the White Sox coming to town for three. This is a pretty big series even though it’s early. Both the Indians and the White Sox are nipping at the heels of the Tigers and the Twins and whoever wins will have a leg up early.
You can’t win them all and the Indians’ bats finally cooled down a touch. Grady Sizemore hit his third homerun in as many games though and he scored twice. Jason Michaels also went yard and he finished with three hits in the 4-3 loss.
Jeremy Sowers gave up two runs on one hit but he walked five in a mixed outing. Roberto Hernandez gave up the game winner when he hit A.J. Pierzynski with the bases loaded to end the game.
The Indians head home to take on the Mariners tomorrow. Paul Byrd makes his first start of the season.
So far, so good as the Indians blew a couple of leads and then came back themselves to win it over the White Sox. Victor Martinez was four for four with two walks, a double and two RBIs while Andy Marte and Grady Sizemore each went yard. Even Travis Hafner got things done despite getting just one hit because he walked four times.
Jake Westbrook gave up seven runs in five innings but the new and improved bullpen actually looked improved. Five Indian relievers combined for four innings of one hit ball. Aaron Fultz picked up the win while Joe Borowski picked up the save.
Tomorrow is get away day and Jeremy Sowers will try to pitch the Indians to a sweep over the White Sox. Mark Buehrle will be on the mound for the White Sox.
Indians shortstop prospect Carlos Rivera begins his first full season of minor league baseball this year and Baseball America caught up with a National League scout and asked him his thoughts on the 18 year old. It looks like the only thing he’s lacking is speed but he said this guy should be everyone’s radar. He does think eventually he’ll become a third baseman though. Good stuff here on a guy worth watching down on the farm.
While I’m not expecting 12 runs every time out for the Indians, this is the kind of game I expecting. A lot of offense and some pitching that won’t burn us. And offense there was today as the Indians jumped all over Jose Contreras. By the end of the third inning, the Indians had 11 runs and what a way to ruin the White Sox home opener.
Grady Sizemore, Trot Nixon and Travis Hafner each scored three runs while Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta each drove in three. Trot Nixon led the way with three hits and four other Indians had two hits.
C.C. Sabathia was good but not great but he picked up the win. He gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts in six innings of work. Joe Borowski was hit hard in the ninth and he gave up two meaningless runs.
Jake Westbrook takes the mound on Wednesday. He’ll face Jon Garland in another afternoon game.
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