Uh, Casey…you got something on your chin…never mind.
The Indians came from behind to maintain their 5.5 game lead, reduce their magic number by one, and get C.C. off the hook for a loss. It’s strange that Sabathia’s career high for strikeouts in game came last night, in a game that he gave up 4 runs. Still, 4 runs over 7 innings is not a lot, it’s just un-Sabathia like. The offense struggled last night, but did just enough to win, this time with the long ball.
It was Franklin Gutierrez starting the homer party in the seventh, with a two run shot high into the bleachers in left. That cut the lead to 4-3. The first run was driven in by Travis Hafner, who singled home Sizemore. By the way, Grady stole second in the sequence to put himself in scoring position. Without that stolen base…there may have been no pie tonight
Victor tied the game in the eighth with a wind-aided home run that just cleared the fence in right. It was the 22nd home run for Martinez, and the 103rd rbi. The Tribe as a team had only 6 hits, but surprisingly drew more walks than strikeouts. That includes 3 walks from Grady, to no strikeouts. That is a good sign. Grady is starting to find his groove. Good timing.
Top of the ninth, and here comes Borowski in a non-save situation. Ugh. A lead-off walk to Teahen. Yikes. Then Gathright lost the game for the Royals. He popped up the sac bunt attempt. So instead of man on second when Pena got a base hit, Teahen was only on first and not able to score, so Borowski survived.
Setting the table for Casey Blake, who was hitless before the ninth. Blake jumped on a first pitch fastball that Riske left up and over the plate. The Tribe has taken the walk-off home plate beatings to a new level, as Blake emerged with his jersey nearly ripped off his back, and he kept reaching for forehead, as if he expected to be bleeding. The pie was chocolate by the way. I hope they kept it in the fridge.