Jhonny Peralta hit 2 home runs, the last a two-run shot in the eighth that tied the game at 5.
Extra frames ensued, thanks to more outstanding bullpen work. Tonight Fultz, Borowski and Betancourt combined for 3.2 innings of shutout ball to bail out Paul Byrd, who struggled, and was a victim of some suspect defense. Rafael worked 2 innings and is credited with the win. He is now 5-1 with a 1.48 era. He struck out 4 of the 7 batters he faced, and gave up only 1 hit.
The hero tonight was a familiar one. He was the hero only a few nights ago. Casey Blake stepped up in the 11th and hit a low curve ball that just stayed up to get over the mini-green monster. That’s right, 2 walk-off homers in 4 games for Blake. He was so excited he shouted and pumped his fist as he sprinted around the bases. What a great night for the Tribe, who all but cemented the division with the win. The lead is back to 5.5 games, which means the Tigers would have to make that up in only 12 remaining games. In other words the Indians would have to go 5-7 while the Tigers ran the table. Not gonna happen. Enjoy the rest of the series Indian fans, we’re just watching the number go down at this point.
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Jim Thome hit his 500th home run Sunday. It was a walk-off to boot.
I won’t say much about this, because I’ve said it already.But from John and myself here at Halftime Adjustments, we celebrate with you Jim. I hope that you get elected to the Hall someday. I wouldn’t mind going to see that.Thanks for the memories.
Lofton walked home the tying run this time, and the Indians rolled to their 12th win in 15 games. This was one of those games I didn’t expect to win. Carmona was not on tonight, even still, he kept the White Sox from making the score out of hand early. He struck out three straight in the first inning after loading the bases. He did not allow a run until the 5th inning, and left the game after 6, having given up 5.
Down 5-0, with the way Buehrle was pitching, I figured this one was probably not going to go our way. But in the sixth the Indians got 2 back thanks to Gutierrez and Martinez. Fultz came on and pitched two near perfect innings to keep the score the same. The eighth inning was disaster for the Sox. Continue reading
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Well, I’m not sure where to start tonight. Let’s try the Indians. A one out hit by Victor in the bottom of the ninth earned him a seat on the bench as Barfield came in to run. (I had to remind myself that Wedge had been ejected already, because I was ready to jump on him for that one.) Garko gets drilled in the elbow, pushing Barfield to second. Peralta flies out, leaving the runners where they were. Gutierrez works a walk with some rare plate discipline, loading the bases and setting the stage for Lofton. Two outs, bottom of the ninth in a tie game. The count goes full. Lofton fouls off a high outside pitch that could have ended it. Next pitch…did I mention it was a tie game? Do you know why?
Back-up to the top of the ninth. We have a 5-4 lead. The only reason we had a lead was very timely hitting by, well most of the line-up. See, all of our runs scored with two outs. In fact we had 8 hits with two outs. So Laffey pitched well enough to win, Perez allowed runners to score for the first time since like 1999, and we came back to take the lead. Done deal right? Not really. Enter Joe Bo. He walked the lead off batter. Gave up a single, then a sacrifice bunt. The tying run scored on a ball that just got past Borowski, but was handled by Cabrera for an out. Joe got his 6th blown save, and nearly his 6th loss.
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Well, Kelly found the dog! Odds are that we won’t leave her in mom’s backyard anymore.
The Indians began another 4 game series, (can’t remember the last time we did back to back four games series) this one against the Devil Rays at the Jake. Pitcher’s dual for most of the game, as Westbrook looked sharp in his second outing since the injury. He pitched seven strong, giving up only one run, and working out of a major jam in the first. Good thing too, because the Tribe couldn’t get it going offensively. Tied at 1 going into the ninth, Borowski retired the Rays with a nice pick-off throw at to first to get a pinch runner who was leaning.
Then Ben Francisco came to the plate. If you are wondering who that is, that’s ok. He has had a couple trips to the big club filling a seat when someone goes on the DL. He came up this time to replace the injured David Dellucci. Last night was his first start. Ever. He got his first hit in the fourth, then hit a blast to end the game in walk off fashion. Quite a night for the rookie, and the dog!