First, Happy Star Wars Day. May the 4th be with you…
Second, the Indians won again last night defeating the A’s by a final score of 4-1. The win was the 20th on the season for the Indians and was the 7th in a row. For the season the Indians are currently 20-8 and own the best record in all of Major League Baseball. The Force is definitely strong in them.
Leading the way for the Tribe last night was Fausto Carmona. He was phenomenal. He pitched 8 innings allowing only 1 run on 5 measly hits and a walk. The most amazing part is he did all of this throwing only 96 pitches. It takes some pitchers 96 pitches just to get through 5 innings. He probably could have finished the game and tallied his first complete game of the season, but Acta opted to save his arm and go to closer Chris Perez. Perez threw a 1, 2, 3 ninth to earn his 8th save of the year. Absolutely incredible. Carmona pitched like an ace last night. In fact, if you take away his first start of the year in which he gave up 14 runs to the White Sox, Carmona’s 4.43 ERA shrinks to somewhere around 2.50. He’s been that good all season, but has gotten some bad breaks in terms of run support and defense.
Meanwhile, the offense did what it’s been doing all season, taking advantage of late game opportunities. Down 1-0 in the 7th, Matt LaPorta singled home Carlos Santana. In case you haven’t noticed, LaPorta is having a pretty nice season so far batting .263 with 4 home runs, and 15 RBI. Then again everyone seems to be having a good season, but it appears that LaPorta is finally starting to figure things out. It’s about damn time. Not like we gave up a Cy Young award winning pitcher for him or anything. I like what I’m seeing from him and hope he keeps it up.
In the ninth, the Indians exploded for 3 runs. Orlando Cabrera singled home Matt LaPorta, then Asdrubal Cabrera singled home Hannahan and Orlando. By the way, I don’t know how many of you know this, but if you look up the word clutch in the dictionary there isn’t an actual definition printed. Instead it’s just a picture of Orando Cabrera. Seriously, don’t believe me? Go look it up. How clutch has he been so far this year? Simply amazing. Anyways, the damage could have been more, but Michael Brantley was picked off of first after reaching first on a lead off single. Regardless, the Indians took advantage of their opportunity to put the game away and once again came through in the clutch for the fourth straight game.
Whatever is going on here, one thing is for certain. This team is on an absolute roll right now and there seems to be no stopping it. Not even the best pitching staff in major league baseball could derail this thing. Of course it helped that Fasuto pitched out of his mind last night and Oakland is the worst hitting team in all of baseball. They’re beyond pathetic at the plate. They’ve now played 18 games this season where they’ve scored 3 runs or less and are 5-13. Are they using broomsticks? How can you be that bad as a team when it comes to hitting? I don’t get it. Let’s just hope the Indians can continue to take advantage of it before they take on the Angels again later this week.