Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Are You Not Entertained?!

A nice, even Ubaldo game! Can you believe it? No white knuckles, no meltdowns, no surprises. Just a 3-run 6-inning game by Jiminez. And those 3 runs were just one inning.

He did walk 6 so that's why he was at 100 pitches by the 6th but fuck, we'll take it. We've got the bullpen.

Sipp was a little wobbly in the 7th but Smith came in to get his 3rd out in 1 pitch. Pestano was Pestano and had a 1-2-3 8th. He's so rock solid!

Props to the 15k fans who gave Perez a standing ovation when he came in for the 9th!! My friend was there and he is a huge Perez fan (I think it's more than a man-crush...in fact it's very vaguely creepy) so I think he was leading the charge. Perez said he was not looking to leave Cleveland and is here to help us win. He's just unhappy. U OK NOW BRO?!

I think so. He struck out Miguel Cabrera and got Prince Fielder to ground out. Ballgame!

Our hitters were hot stuff tonight! I love when we have games when dudes aren't one disappointment after another. Almost everybody hit today. I'll let you guess who didn't.

Choo is a fucking beast at leadoff, isn't he?! He's got a 9-game hitting streak right now and is hitting .333 in his last 10 games. Tonight he went 2 for 4 with a walk, a double, a steal and 2 runs. And an outfield assist. He is all over the place! Choo does better when he's in a good mood, I really believe that. Leadoff seems to have him in a good mood...me too!

Still not sure what's up with Kipnis right now but he did contribute today. He went 1 for 5 with a run and that run was thanks to his aggressive running on a fielder's choice. He ended up on base instead of hitting in to a double play, and he extended that happiness into an aggressive run home from 1st on Asdrubal's double. Also did you know he's only got 1 error? Hannahan has 5 and Asdrubal has 3. Kipnis and Kotchman are holdin' down the right side with 1 error apiece. Respect!

Droobs only went 1 for 4 tonight but he got a walk and his hit was an RBI double!

Hafner did some stuff! WOOHOO!! He went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI. One was a RBI single and the other was a sac fly, which he's getting more of now. You bet your sweet bippy you want your DH to get 2 RBI - sac fly was cool!

Santana was up in there, going 1 for 3 with a walk. Oddly enough none of that resulted in a run or an RBI. Even though the guy after him, Michael Brantley, went 2 for 4. Santana is still hitting .261, which is what he went in to Friday hitting. That's sort of weird, right? Brantley's got a 2-game hitting streak - it can only get better from there, right?! He stole 2 bases today and scored a run, by the way.

Santana and Brantley got on base 4 times but only scored 1 run between them. Probably because the guy who hits next.

But AFTER the guy after Brantley was Kotchman and it was his night! He went 3 for 4 tonight with a double, run and RBI. He did get thrown out at the plate which sort of sours it but right after he did that was Pure Rage time so no one's gonna remember that the old man got caught. Kotchman's average shot up to .225 today. After 3 innings in the Angels' game, Pujols is only batting .216.

LOPEZ! is still in the game. I guess they're going to decide tomorrow whether or not Hannahan is coming back or going on the DL. What a tough call tho huh? Lopez went 1 for 3 tonight with a double, walk and a RBI. He's hitting .300 over his last 10 games with an 8-game hitting streak. Hannahan is hitting .281 with 9 hits over his last 10 games. So it's not like one or the other sucks. Clearly Hannahan is the better 3rd baseman but Lopez is getting it done with the bat.

I guess it sucks to think but it will work out if Jack goes on the DL. We get more Lopez while he's hot.

Tomorrow's gonna be crazy and I'm sort of worried that I'm taking my friends to the game. I wanted to take them today but the stupid weather bug in my browser was all "IT'S GONNA RAIN!" all day. It rained for like 5 minutes. Jerks.

Anyway today was great, tomorrow is Doug Fister who's got a 1.59 ERA versus Zach McAllister who is too green to tell. I hope it's not a damn pitcher's duel. Last time I took these guys to a Tigers' game it was a pitcher's duel AND a rain delay AND it was 14 innings (remember when Fukudome got hit with the bases loaded?) Fister was the pitcher that day too (I looked it up).

But I've got these 20 "Perfect 10 Pack" tickets. I hope we get a primo spot in the bleachers. Look for me and OMG ASDRUBAL!!! See you there!

Radio Chatter:
"That move works well at Blesser Field in Avon, but not here."
- Tom Hamilton on the fake-out-throw-out

"Rick Porcello wasn't close to anybody with that throw, except a fan in the stands."
- Tom Hamilton on a bad throw to first

"Justin Verlander can only pitch once every five days."
- Tom Hamilton on the demise of Porcello

"Jim Leland makes a Northern Ohio Toyota Dealers pitching change. Rick Porcello says 'Get a new right fielder, too!'"
- Tom Hamilton

"Where is Lake Michigan college? Will have to Google that baby."
- Tom Hamilton

"If he fell over he'd be in foul territory, he's so close to the bag."
- Tom Hamilton doesn't know why they're trying to pick off Santana

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