Sunday, September 22, 2013

Masters Of Their Own Destiny

Dang, doesn't that sound dramatic?

It was kind of a dramatic game today, just in the fact that a fan got creamed with a foul ball and later on so did an umpire. The Tribe hit for the cycle as a team. It was a cloudy day but at times the sun beamed down. Yan Gomes threw out everyone on the Astros, I think. I ate frozen custard even though it was fall weather. The Browns won. The Rangers lost. My friend made me some spinach pie.

Oh man, look at how far Texas is behind us! And KC's win today was crucial because Monday we're off but Texas plays, which evens up the numbers and could have put Texas 0 games behind us.

Along with KC's win of course was our win - the 6th 4-game-series sweep of the year for the Tribe. If you haven't heard already, that was a first for the Tribe since 1954 and a first in the MLB since the 1961 Yankees did it (a Mantle/Maris joint).

Today they had Kluber out there on the mound. He wasn't pitch-perfect (ha!) but he was serious about his start. No quality start for him but I think Francona had no interest in letting a guy get length or whatever, and just wanted to start throwing bullpen arms out there. So Klube was out after 5 1/3 innings, 6 hits, 6 strikeouts and just 2 earned runs. Of course one of those runs was by Chris Carter who we have determined is other-worldly so one other run wasn't so bad.

After Kluber was Zep, Shaw, Allen, Albers, Rapada (??), CC Lee and Carlos Carrasco. I can't really say much about this other than it got some maintenance done and it took a long time. And it was cold out. I don't know if it's hard or easy for a bullpen to keep a team from scoring when every guy pitches an out or two then moves on. Well done, all.

It felt like everyone got a hit today - they did get 13 - but alas, Nick Swisher and Yan Gomes were both shut out. Never fear! Swish got a sac fly for an RBI and Gomes came in to score a run after he was hit by a pitch. He got hit YESTERDAY too, but it was in the arm. I worried his arm wouldn't be functioning as well today - which is maybe why he struck out 3 times - but he didn't skimp on the defense, picking off a dude at first and later on throwing out a would-be base stealer at second.

Hellz yeah, Yan Gomes!

Michael Bourn stayed on his hitting horse today and got himself a 2-RBI triple! He just kept running and running! He also got a walk, so he went 1 for 4.

Kipnis was really feeling the crowd today! Or something! The sleepy Kid woke up and found himself going 3 for 5 with a run scored!

Kipnis got his 34th double, Santana got his 34th double, plus his 19th HOMER!!! It was the last run scored in the game, and it came at a cool time - right when the Browns scored their last touchdown in their game. Neat!

Raburn almost didn't get a hit, which would have FREAKED ME OUT. But he did, in the 7th. Whew. And since he's Raburn, his pinch runner came in to score, too.

Asdrubal WALKED twice today. Walked! Did you know he's got less than half the number of walks that Swisher, Santana and Kipnis have? He doesn't walk much - which is why he's all slumpy this year because he strikes out instead. Anyway, he walked twice and got a hit, so he had the opportunity to score twice! Team player!

Michael Brantley was hitting 8th today. I don't know what's up with that for real, but my conjecture is when you've got a pretty good lineup you split them in to 2 groups of 4 or 5, and so you've got 2 cleanup hitters and stuff. I mean, who says the best guys gotta be 1-4?

Brantley is having NO problem with my challenge to him to hit-streak out the last 13 games. Today he tacked on 3 more hits and 2 more RBI. So smooth! He went 3 for 4 on the day...and he is ONLY hitting .280! Hmm, maybe my streak challenge will help him get up to .300 in the next 6 games. Maybe?

Mike Aviles is finally stringing some good games together! Yesterday he broke a hitless streak and today he followed it up with 2 more hits and 2 RBI! Good to see the leader of the Goon Squad keeping up with his own claims. That 3B spot was definitely a dent in our lineup - Aviles and Chiz have big swings of being good then nothing. So, keep it up for just 6 more, Handsome Mike!

Tomorrow is an off day - our final one until next Monday! Two at home against Chicago then 4 in Minnesota.

Tuesday it'll be Ubaldo versus LHP 3.53. The White Sox, man. It's ours!

Texas is playing Houston for 3 now. Hopefully we taught those boys a lesson or two on how to play good baseball, and they will show no mercy to those other guys from the Lone Star State. Shine on, Disastros!

Tuesday it is. See you there!

Radio Chatter:
"You wonder why anyone tries to run on him."
- Tom Hamilton on Yan Gomes

"The injuries for him would make a doctor at the Cleveland Clinic blush."
- Tom Hamilton

"Houston is acting like it's the first day of school. They haven't met each other so they're afraid to talk to each other."
- Tom Hamilton

"CB Bucknor thought about it and he said 'You know what? Why not?'"
- Tom Hamilton on Bucknor's strike out call

"Anyone who bets on the game of baseball, they've got some serious issues."
- Tom Hamilton on the unpredictability of Philip Humber, who previously had a perfect game

"'Guess' is the operative word today when it comes to balls and strikes."
- Tom Hamilton

"You may be able to stick a fork in the Baltimore Orioles."
- Tom Hamilton

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