They did it again and again no one was there to see it. Whatever. The issues with the Dolans and the weather and whatever else everyone wants to use as an excuse isn’t worth going over. All I know is that the Indians are still in first place. What are you waiting for people? That’s all I’m going to say on the subject.
Last night the Indians got another solid pitching performance from Justin Masterson, 6.2 innings pitched, 3 runs on 5 hits, and 7 strikeouts. Not the type of dominating performance we saw in his first few starts, but solid none the less. The Indians did what they needed him to do. End the losing streak.
Masterson wasn’t alone last night on the mound either. Vinnie Pestano worked some epic magic in the 8th. Tony Sipp, who’s shown some kinks in his armor of late, loaded the bases with no one out. Manny Acta decided to go to the pen and brought in Pestano to try and preserve the lead. All Pestano did was force two pop outs and strike out to end the inning and the threat. This was the stuff of legends and the type of pitching that makes you sit back and say, “Holy crap!” Chris Perez came in for the 9th to get some work in a non-save situation. He wasn’t sharp, but with a 6 run lead he didn’t really have to be.
Meanwhile, as the pitching was doing it’s thing, the offense was having itself an epic power surge. They managed to hit five home runs over the course of the game. Jack Hannahan hit 2 solo shots, Matt LaPorta sent a solo shot out to left, Grady hit a two run shot to center, and Shin-Soo Choo woke up and hit a 3 run bomb out to the bull pen in right center. Where all of this power came from I’m not exactly sure, but it was awesome. Choo finally showed some life going 2-4 with 4 RBI. Is he starting to turn the corner? Hopefully. Meanwhile, Carlos Santana took another 0-for and in the process dropped his average down to .189. Oye… not good.
There’s also one last point I’d like to address. All spring I beat John Adams’ drum to have Lonnie Chisenhall be on the opening day roster and that not including him was a cheap move on the part of the front office. I was wrong. Jack Hannahan has been incredible so far this season. He looks like a completely different hitter from what he’s been early on in his career. Right now he has a .286 average, 4 home runs, 11 RBI and has managed to score 13 runs. He’s also played perfect defense at third. That’s the whole reason he was put on the roster in the first place was for defense, but if he’s figured out how to hit… then that’s a game changer. Right now they have to ride Hannahan as long as they can and save Chisenhall. If Hannahan slacks off in the middle of the season then it may be time to reconsider, but the longer Hannahan continues to play well the better off everyone will be.
Anyways, the Indians win over the Royals, combined with the Tigers loss to the Mariners put them up 2.5 games in the Central. Thanks, Wedgie! I always knew that stache was good for something. The Indians can really put a strangle hold on the division and create some more separation tonight. Game two with the Royals is tonight and will see Josh Tomlin take the mound against Jeff Francis.
Now let’s just hope someone shows up to watch it…