Travis Hafner is the highest paid position player on the Cleveland Indians and it is about time he started playing that way. He is a career .286 hitter and is well below that thus far in 2008 with a minuscule .210. Hafner sat out the game tonight and hadn’t had a hit in his twelve previous at-bats. Hafner is a huge part of the Cleveland offense and if he can get himself going, he can about 100 RBIs to the Indian’s offense, a much needed bonus.
The Indian’s bullpen has been anything but spectacular this year. The Last game against the Yankees for instance when the bullpen gave up three runs in the ninth to lose the game. Though the bullpen has struggled, the starters have been great. This means that when the relief shows up, the Indians will be able to string a lot of wins together. Games like tonight, against the Mariners prove that the bullpen is capable of holding leads and when the offense, the starting pitchers and the relievers start clicking in unison the Indians will be a definite force to be reckoned with in the American League Central.
April 29, 1948 at Sportsman’s Park
Indians 5, Browns 2 (7-0)
The Indians closed out the month of April with a perfect record and in this one, you had a great individual performance at the plate combined with some solid pitching. Lou Boudreau racked up four hits including a double and a homerun and he drove in three and scored twice.
Bob Lemon got it done on the mound and he improved to 2-0 on the season. He gave up the two runs on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
Though starter C.C. Sabathia had a phenomenal pitching performance, the Indians were unable to manufacture a run against Chien-Ming Wang and Mariano Rivera. Sabathia pitched eight complete innings and surrendered just four hits, the solo home-run to Melky Cabrera being the only hit that mattered. The Indians have a two to one lead in the series and finish it out tomorrow before starting their series against the Seattle Mariners.
April 26, 1948 at Comiskey Park
Indians 12, White Sox 11 (5-0)
It wasn’t pretty and the pitchers gave up eleven runs but the Indians escaped with their fifth straight win to open up the season. Lou Boudreau had the big game with five hits, four RBIs and two runs. All but three of the runs were scored in the first five frames and it was basically two different games. Eddie Robinson had the game winning hit with a solo homer in the top of the fourteenth and that was his second homer of the game.
Bob Feller was called on to pitch the final inning when Warren Christopher got into trouble in the bottom of the fourteenth. With two men on, Feller came on to get the Indians out of the jam so they could keep their perfect record intact.
April 25, 1948 at Briggs Stadium
Indians 7, Tigers 4 (4-0)
The Indians became the only unbeaten team in baseball with another impressive offensive performance. Ken Keltner had hit second multi-homer game of the season with a pair of homers with four RBIs. Jim Hegan also had a nice game with a double, a triple and two RBIs.
Al Gettel got the start but he lasted just two innings after a four run Tigers fourth inning. Bob Muncrief picked up the win with 4 1/3 innings of shutout relief.
April 24, 1948 at Briggs Stadium
Indians 4, Tigers 1 (3-0)
It’s hard to follow up a two hit shutout like Bob Feller did on opening day but he almost did it with a three hitter against the Tigers on the road. He did give up a run on those three hits and a walk and he struck out a six Tigers.
Joe Gordon was the hitting star in the win. He went three for four with three RBIs and a stolen base. Larry Doby also got it done with a single, a triple and two runs.
The Indians were coming into the day today with a full head of steam. They snapped a two game skid in impressive style putting up fifteen against the Royals. The bats were hot in that game and they will look to continue their hitting clinic tomorrow in a double-header against the Royals.
April 23, 1948 at Briggs Stadium
Indians 8, Tigers 2 (2-0)
The Indians rained on the Tigers opening day festivities with an eight run, fifteen hit barrage. Larry Doby had a big day at the plate. He finished with three hits including his first major league homer of his career. Lou Boudreau picked up three hits while Ken Keltner led them all with a pair of homers and four RBIs.
Bob Lemon threw a solid game to pick up the win. He gave up two runs on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts in the complete game.
The Cleveland Indians found themselves in a dogfight with the Minnesota Twins today. Both clubs scored runs early in the game, Cleveland with one in the second and Minnesota with one in the Third. The teams were able to manufacture base runners, but no runs. That is until the bottom of the tenth inning when Justin Morneau singled to right scoring Brendan Harris, who after Jason Kubel’s single advanced to third. The Indians lose the series two games to one and have not won a series since the season opener with Chicago.
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