Awwww Crap!

Last night’s game made me want to kick the dog that I don’t own.


What a wasted opportunity.  At the same time though, when was the last time anyone remembers being pissed off about a close loss in April?  So from that stand point I guess there’s a silver lining for what I watched happen last night.

The Indians wasted an outstanding pitching performance by Josh Tomlin.  Speaking of which, does anyone else feel like they’re watching Charles Nagy when Tomlin takes the mound?  Just from his mannerisms and the way he throws, it’s very reminiscent of Charles Nagy.  Anyways, Tomlin threw 7.1 innigns allowing 1 run on 5 hits.  He was amazing for the 4th straight time this season.  Unfortunately, it was all for naught.  The bullpen, which has been so good this season, couldn’t hold onto the lead.  Tony Sipp was Ineffective in his .1 of relief work and in the bottom of the ninth, Chris Perez imploded.

Down 2-1 when Perez took the mound, the Royals got a lead off double, a walk, and 3 singles to put themselves up for good.  It was easy to see from the start of the 9th that Perez just didn’t have his best stuff last night.  Part of that was probably due to the piss poor conditions.  It was lightly raining with temperatures in the 30’s.  I don’t care who you are, but as a pitcher coming into that situation cold it’s going to be hard to find command of your pitches, especially breaking balls.  Yes, Chris Perez possesses a great fastball, but he relies just as heavily on his slider.  It wasn’t working for him and it showed in the result.  It also showed when I slammed my laptop shut and stormed out of the room.

Then again, Perez was more than overdue for an implosion.  He had converted 16 straight save opportunities and hadn’t given up a run since sometime last August.  He was way past due to blow a save.  And after all, no closer is ever perfect.  These things happen.  What’s more important is that Chris Perez shakes it off and puts it behind him.  Judging by his personality and track record, I think he’ll be ok.  If he gets a chance tonight in Minnesota, I fully expect him to slam the door shut.

However, what needs to be mentioned isn’t that the Indians lost, but rather, how they lost.  Let’s even go a step further.  Look at all the games they have lost so far this season.  With the exception of the first two games against the White Sox, it has taken Herculean pitching efforts by the opposition or a blown save to beat the Indians.  They have been in and had a chance to win every game this season with the exception of 2…. 2 games.  That’s remarkable.  It also makes for some entertaining baseball and as a by-product makes you care that much more.  Why else would I want to punch a hole in a wall on a Thursday night in mid-April?

Grady Sizemore also had another great night at the plate.  He went 3-5 with another double and an RBI.  So much for the whole “It’s going to take time for him to get back to form” argument that certain people who shall remain nameless were going on and on about…

No, it wasn’t me… don’t be crazy… *nervous laugh*… OK, I said it and I was way wrong.

Sizemore looks great.  Adding him to the lineup and at the top of the order has been great, especially considering the slumps Santana and Choo have been in to start the season.  Speaking of which, Santana is now at .215 and Choo is at .203.  It’s almost like they’re in a race to see who can get below the Mendoza line first.  I think right now my money is on Choo.  How the hell did we get to this point?  Especially considering how well Choo hit during the spring.  It’s only a matter of time until he hits… 

Ironically, it’s also only a matter of time until I bust out a voodoo doll and start sacrificing buckets of KFC in order to get both of them to hit.  We’re not quite at the point…yet.  And yes, most problems baseball related can be solved thanks to Major League… and in some situations Major League 2… and never Major League 3, unless you’re looking to ruin a franchise and confuse everyone in the process.

No dogs were harmed in the making of this article


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