Friday, August 10, 2012

Quality Start

If you didn't know, a quality start is a baseball stat, not just a nice thing to say. It means that a starting pitcher went 6 innings and gave up no more than 3 runs. Tonight Chris Seddon had the team's 3rd quality start in 3 days! Not sure when the last time we had a QS before that...I think McAllister on July 26. It's been a while!

Seddon did have a start today that one would describe as "quality" as well. He went 6 innings and only gave up 2 earned runs. The two earned runs came off a 2-run homer in the 6th. The other run was actually off an error throw that he made himself. He struck out 3 and only had 7 hits in his 6 innings.

Sleeper bullpen hero Cody Allen came in for the 7th and had such a fun time shutting them down 1-2-3 that he came in for the 8th. He got one out but then gave up a hit and a walk, so his fun was done and they brought in Esmil Rogers. Rogers got the guy to ground into a double play, which HE thought was fun so he came in for the 8th and plunked Will Middlebrooks who had to leave the game with a hurt hand. Fun! The next two guys struck out - no doubt out of fear.

So nobody hit today except Asdrubal. And ... OMG!!! He got home run number 13!! It was a solo shot in the first. Then in the 4th inning he got a double! So he went 2 for 4.

Eeeeeeeveryone else was 0 for 4 or 0 for 3. Jason Donald was hitting 9th and he got on on an error, and then made it to 3rd on another error on the same play! Then Zeke - who was batting leadoff in place of Kipnis who is still out with a stiff neck - got a nice sac fly to score Donald. Not bad for a team that got 2 hits and no walks!

Zeke is looking better in the outfield every day and Michael Brantley continues to show his stuff. Once again - Grady who?

The game was only 2:40 which is super fast for a Red Sox game. But the pitcher Buchholz was locked in. He didn't need tons of visits from his catcher - Kelly Shoppach! Maybe it's because K-Shop is totally awesome.

There were over 27k fans tonight and they seemed to be pro-Cleveland, so that's always nice at a Cleveland game. The weather cooperated and they get fireworks tonight!

Tomorrow's game is at 6:05. I guess uhm...I don't know why. So your kids don't have to stay out too late on a Saturday? It'll be McAllister versus LHP (3.14). Let's hope for another quality start to make it 4 in a row!

I'll be late tomorrow. Got some art work to take care of. But eventually...I'll see you there!

Radio Chatter:
"Eric Cooper, the home plate umpire, is not afraid to call strikes. This is refreshing. [...] Nothing wrong with that, everybody knows it going in."
- Tom Hamilton

"I changed many of those doo-doo diapers."
- Gaylord Perry on being a ballplaying dad

"We haven't seen that kind of athletecism since the days of Coco Crisp."
- Tom Hamilton on Carrera in left

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