Great win for the Tribe last night. Fausto was strong, but Cabrera and Lofton were perhaps a bit better.
The game started in a steady rain, and it rarely let up until the umps finally called for the tarp after the 7th was complete. The White Sox got their runs in the first, and things looked bleak as Gavin Floyd was cruising allowing only one hit through the first 4 innings. We scored 1 run in the 5th on a hit and an error, and were shut down again in the 6th. As the rain began to fall harder in the 7th it was obvious that if the Indians didn’t score, they were more than likely going to bring the tarps out, and possibly for good. Kenny Lofton wasn’t about to let that happen.
He started the 7th with a beautiful bunt hit. We were told it was his 201st bunt base hit in his career. That is impressive. Lofton surveyed the wet track in front of him, and took off on the first pitch to take second base. Unfortunately, Gomez fouled the pitch off, and Lofton had to head back to first. Gomez then laid down a sacrifice, and Lofton took second. Ben Francisco ripped a ball past a diving Andy Gonzalez at third. Lofton had to stutter, not sure if he would come up with the ball. Once the ball was past Lofton scooted past third and towards the plate. In all honesty, he should have been toast. But Josh Fields, normally a third baseman, unleashed an ungodly throw that bounced about 20 yards in front of him. Lofton was safe, and the game was now tied.
That’s when Asdrubal Cabrera flexed some muscle. He hit a frozen rope over the left field wall for a two run shot, and a 5-2 lead. The Tribe then had to come out for the bottom of the inning, which was played in huge puddles in the infield. Chris Gomez made a nice play to start a double play and get Carmona out of the inning. A 2 hour, 23 minute rain delay ensued. The final 2 innings were pretty uneventful, Betancourt pitched a nice eighth, and Aaron Fultz shut down the White Sox in the ninth. Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth for insurance.
It was funny to hear the crowd once play resumed. I’m gonna guess 50 people stayed, and probably 10 of them were Indians fans. You could hear everything that was said. I thought I heard a cell phone go off at one point. Some quality banter went back and forth when Jim Thome was up to bat. Good stuff. Better was that the Tribe maintained their 6 game lead. As the rotation looks today, the Indians will throw Byrd, Westbrook and Sabathia against the Tigers next week. But one series at a time. Tonight Byrd goes against Chicago. Westbrook goes tomorrow, then we get a day off and come home for Kansas City, and the last home stand of the regular season.