Down to their last out, Cleveland found a way to win last night, thanks to Hafner’s second home run, AND Asdrubal Cabrera’s double. Much will be written about Pronk’s blasts, and there should be. But without Carbera’s two-out double, the game would never have gone to extra innings. Cabrera went 3-6 in the game, including that double off Minnesota closer Joe Nathan.
Hafner had his first multi-homer game of the season (could that be?) with his dad in the stands. His first home run ‘measured’ 424 feet. It was a monster drive into the upper deck in right field. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Pronk hit a ball that far. His 4 rbi carried the Tribe to a win when it looked like a loss. In fact, the Tribe’s 2-4 hitters went 7-15 with 5 rbi.
I have to give the bullpen some love though. Laffey struggled with his command and lasted only 4 innings. Lewis, Mastny, Betancourt, and Borowski combined to pitch 7 shutout innings. Betancourt deserves special mention, as he worked through a tough 10th innning and got a key strikeout against Joe Mauer with the bases loaded. Rafael came away with the win, his 4th on the season. He lowered his era to 1.48 with his 2 innings of work. Thanks to this bullpen the Indians officially buried the Twins, and took advantage of another Detroit loss. The Indians are now 7 games up with only 24 to play. Carmona gets the ball today. I’d like to see him put his last start behind him. He gave up 5 runs to the White Sox if you remember. I have to say that I’m excited Fausto won’t get a start against the Angels. It seems very likely that they could be our first round match-up, and they haven’t seen Fausto this year. That seems like advantage Indians to me.