What $1.5 Billion Can Get Ya!

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   (4-8)      Indians     22
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   (6-6)      Yankees     4              Final

Oh Hell Yeah!

After game heartbreaking loss yesterday afternoon (which was caused only caused by a home plate ump who didn’t know what a ball or strike is…) The Indians showed the Yankee fans just what a brand new, $1.5 Billion dollar, state-of-the-art stadium can get them.

Before really getting into the game itself, after the past three games, I think it’s safe to say that the New Yankee Stadium is DEFINITELY a hitter’s ballpark. At least 3 home runs a game have happened thus far and winds are carrying pop-flies over the wall in right field. I want to see what happens later in the season and see if all the games here will turn into a home run derby.

Now, on to today’s game! I was little worried about Carmona after that 2-run home run Teixeira hit in the 1st. But, he calmed down, got out of the inning and the Tribe’s offense did the rest! Carmona then did his part by going 4 scoreless innings and finally going 6 full only giving up another 2 runs.

I think it’s safe to say that this one was over in the 2nd. Why? 14 runs in one inning! The Indians beat up on Chien-Ming Wang like he was a rented mule! Then went on to beat up the guy who relived him! I can’t help but feel bad for Wang though. He only lasted 1/3 inning longer than his last start. He (and the rest of baseball) knows he’s better than that.

Now, without going over EVERY run scored for the Tribe in this one, I’ll just do a quick recap of the home runs…

Shin-Soo Choo: 3-Run Home Run into the Indians bullpen in left in 2nd.
Asdrubal Cabrera: Grand Slam to Right Center in 2nd.
Grady Sizemore: Solo Shot to Right in 2nd. (right after Cabrera’s)
Mark DeRosa: 3-Run Home Run into the Indians bullpen in left in 5th.
Victor Martinez: Solo Shot to Right in 5th. (right after DeRosa’s)
Travis Hafner: Solo Shot to Left in 8th.

Bottom Line: 13 Runs out of 22 scored off of 6 Home Runs!

The Bullpen took over for Camona and didn’t let the Yankees intimidate them (Not that they really could) and left them with just the 4 runs. 
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Overall, a good game… 😀

I am a little worried about tomorrow. It’ll be Pavano vs. Burnett so New York as the advantage. But who knows? Maybe this big win will give us the motivation to play like we used to…

But today’s game will be like the 22-0 victory we had vs the Yanks in 2004…

One we will always remember.
~Casey

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LIVE MLBlog! Indians @ Yankees: First Reg. Season Game at NEW Yankee Stadium

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5:05 CLE 10 NYY 2 – Final: DOUBLE PLAY!!! BALLGAME!!! The Tribe needed this win! The fact the it was against the Yankees makes it even sweeter!

 

5:00 Bot 9th: Betancourt loads the bases with 1 out…

 

4:44 Mid 9th: Only three outs to go!

 

4:37 Top 9th: Infield single by Graffanino.

 

4:34 End 8th: NICE GRAP BY PERALTA!

 

4:33 Bot 8th: Another K for Perez.

 

4:24 Mid 8th: Tribe goes down 1-2-3 in the 8th.

 

4:17 End 7th: Perez gets his first strikeout of the season and gets out of the inning with only one run against him…

 

4:14 Bot 7th: Cano hits a RBI single to left. 10-2 Tribe.

 

4:10 Bot 7th: Perez not finding to zone again. Betancourt in the bullpen.

 

4:01 Top 7th: VICTOR MARTINEZ HOMERS TO LEFT!!! 10-1 TRIBE!!!

 

3:57 Top 7th: GRADY SIZEMORE HITS A GRAND SLAM TO CENTER!!!! 9-1 TRIBE!!!

 

3:53 Top 7th: SHOPPACH SINGLES TO RIGHT! PERALTA SCORES! 4-1 TRIBE!

 

3:48 Top 7th: PERALTA HIT A DOUBLE TO RIGHT FIELD! DEROSA AND MARTINEZ SCORE! 3-1 TRIBE!

 

3:44 Top 7th: Martinez doubles to right. DeRose to 3rd, No Out.

 

3:40 End 6th: Lee FINALLY puts down the Yanks 1-2-3. We’ll likely see Perez next inning.

 

3:37 Bot 6th: Rafal Perez warming up in the Indians buulpen.

 

3:33 Mid 6th: Grady flies out to center. Another scoring chance missed…

 

3:29 Top 6th: Safe at 2nd! Bases Loaded for the Tribe with 2 outs! New pitcher coming out for the Yankees.

 

3:27 Top 6th: Error saves Tribe. 2-on, 2-out

 

3:22 Top 6th: C.C. finally strikes out Shoppach and is taken out after 122 and 4 K’s

 

3:11 End 5th: Lee gets a force out but Yanks homer to tie up the game at 1.

 

3:02 Bot 5th: Posada hit a solo Home Run to Center Field. Game tied 1-1

 

3:00 Bot 5th: Two K’s in a row!

 

2:59 Bot 5th: Great strikeout by Lee for the first out of the 5th.

 

2:55 Mid 5th: C.C. escapes with another strikeout.

 

2:52 Top 5th: Vic with a cluch hit with 2 out. C.C. over 100 pitches.

 

2:47 Top 5th: Sizemore thrown out stealing 2nd but DeRosa get a base hit.

 

2:41 Top 5th: Crowe kept swinging away but should of just taken that last pitch…

 

2:37 End 4th: GREAT PITCH! Lee survives again!

 

2:35 Bot 4th: Bases loaded for Damon with 2 outs…

 

2:33 Bot 4th: Wild pitch moves runners to 2nd and 3rd…

 

2:29 Bot 4th: Lee walks his first batter on a pitch that could of gone either way.

 

2:21 Top 4th: TRIBE SCORE FIRST RUN IN NEW YANKEE STADIUM! SHOPPACH WITH A RBI DOUBLE! 1-0 INDIANS!

 

2:19 Top 4th: Close but no cigar, Jhonny…

 

2:14 Top 4th: Jhonny gets a leadoff double to start the 4th inning for the Tribe.

 

2:11 End 3rd: What is with batters on BOTH teams swinging at pitches WAY OUTSIDE of the zone?

 

2:06 Bot 3rd: Vic’s getting better at first base! I’m surprised he tried that play.

 

2:01 Mid 3rd: I blame DeRosa for that pop-out/throw-out double play… He had more than enough time to get back and just froze. 

 

1:56 Top 3rd: Grady and DeRosa walk back-to-back. C.C. keeps on throwing into the dirt today.

 

1:49 End 2nd: Leadoff hit for the Yanks but Lee gets his first K or the game.

 

1:42 Mid 2nd: C.C. ends the the 2nd like he did the 1st — with a strikeout.

 

1:37 Top 2nd: Francisco hits a 2-out double to left field.

 

1:29 End 1st: So far, so good! I don’t think that bean was Lee’s fault… But he get’s out of the 1st with no damage done.

 

1:23: Bot 1st: Lee Beans Teixeira. Don’t fall apart now, Cliff!

 

1:21 Bot 1st: The first hit in the new park goes to NYY

 

1:20 Bot 1st: That was cool that they brought out Babe Ruth’s bat for a little tribute.

 

1:16: Mid 1st: C.C. seems to be having problems finding the strike zone but gets a swinging K to end the inning.

 

1:15 Top 1st: DeRosa’s bat must of broke because he hit that ball harder than it traveled…

 

1:06 Pregame: I ended up missing almost all of the pregame show because the fire alarm went off here at the station… Got back in just in time to see the start of the game.

 

It’s Game Time! Tribe @ Yanks in the New Yankee Stadium with the last 2 AL Cy Young winners on the mound! This should be fun to watch! I hoping for a game like a few years ago… lol
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A Sobering Win…

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   (2-7)    Indians    5
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   (5-4)    Royals    4      Final

Finally, another win! After a ‘close-but-no-cigar’ loss on Friday and another bullpen collapse  last night, this was much needed.

Sizemore had a great game, going 2-for-4 with a RBI to give the Tribe the lead which they kept for most of the game. My olny fault with his performance today is the he shouldn’t of tried to steal home on that wild pitch. There was NO chance that he was going to be safe unless the ump was blind. C’mon Grady! You know better than that!

The starting pitching and the bullpen are slowly but surely getting better. Aaron Laffey just pitched the best game of any starter thus far. The scary thing about that? He was only bought up to fill in for the injured Scott Lewis who is on the 15-day DL. Laffey went 5 1/3 innings and 5 K’s in the no decision while his relief Jensen Lewis (1-0) issued three straight walks in the bottom of the seventh but still got the win.

DeRosa now has a 5-game hit streak going and had a RBI single today. Pronk went 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run. And Wood got his first save of the season and as a Cleveland Indian. Overall, a very well played and entertaining game.

The Indians may have lost the first two games, but they’re starting the click on what needs to be worked on to win. The offense is good. The defense on the field is good. The starting rotation is (slowly) getting better. So it seems the bullpen is the main problem to focus on. This game today almost went into extras today because of a KC homer if it wasn’t for a Royal trying to turn a single into a double and getting thrown out at 2nd. The bullpen is giving up WAY to many runs and the the trends of the starters continue, we can kiss any hope of seeing the Postseason goodbye…

But, I’m going to stay optimistic. I believe the Tribe now knows how to win and is ready for the Yankees and whatever the fans have for them in the New Yankee Staduim. Tomorrow, we’ll have a battle of the last two AL Cy Young winners! Lee vs Sabathia. I’ll be doing a live MLBlog of the game tomorrow so be tuned in for that.

Until then, let’s just sit back and enjoy today’s win, Tribe… The guys on the field deserve it.
~Casey

[EDIT] OH! I forgot to mention, today was Jackie Robinson Day across Major Leauge Baseball. It was nice to see most, if not all of the players today wear #42 in tribute to the man who helped change the game for better.

A Win for Your Easter Basket

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   (5-2)      Blue Jays    4
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   (1-5)      Indians     8          Final

The Tribe was determined to make sure the fans at Progressive Field didn’t go home with a rotten egg this Easter…

It took about a week, but the Indians FINALLY got their first win today against the Toronto Blue Jays by beating them 8-4. After getting destroyed by Texas in all three games in the season openers, losing the home opener that took WAY too long and just missing a chance to pull a 9th inning comeback yesterday, We get our first W on the year.

This means a lot to the Tribe. Not just as a boost of confidence, but many questions were answered…

Bats are awake and Pronk is BACK! Hafner hit his third Home Run in four games. Well, maybe ‘hit’ isn’t the right word… ‘Crushed’ seems more fitting. I know he won’t stay this hot all season, but it’s just great to see that his slump is over. As for the other batters, so far no real complaints. DeRosa got his first homer as a member of the Tribe. I’m very glad that whatever was holding him back at Texas seems to have let go. I just wish we could start getting base hits with guys in scoring position.

Kerry Wood can help save this team! Ok, Maybe it IS a little early to say that, but today, he stuck out all three of the batters he faced in the 9th in epic fashion! I think the Tribe will do just fine with him as our closer.

Those being said, There are still things that need to be worked on before the Indians can start seeing true success.

Fix the starting rotation.  Anthony Reyes played six innings and got the win today but a wild pitch and a badly thrown ball kept the Jays in the game until the Indians bats attacked in the 8th. But, thus far, he still had the best game any Tribe starter has had yet! Cliff did better on Saturday but still only pitched five innings. And Carl Pavano’s ERA is 81.00! I didn’t even think you could have an ERA that high!!! Let’s hope Carmona can bounce back tomorrow night at KC. I don’t want to talk about this issue all season long…

Get hits with guys in scoring position. I know I talked about this a little already, but this as been a problem for the Indians for some time now. We always seem to leave that one guy on 2nd or 3rd at the end of an inning with no runs to show for it! Thankfully, with the bats as hot as they are now, we may solve that problem soon.

I’m so happy that we won’t be falling to our worst record since 1914. This win was something we needed and we got it because of a team effort and it wouldn’t surprise me if it’ll be used as motivation for many wins to come.

…A happy Easter indeed…
~Casey

(PS: And congrats to Trevor Crowe on getting his first MLB hit and RBI today! Way to go!)

LIVE MLBlog! Indians Vs Blue Jays: Tribe’s Home Opener!

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Casey here for the first Live MLBlog of a Tribe game! A BIG thanks to Ash of http://ashleymarshall.mlblogs.com for the box score code!
 
11:21 TOR 13 CLE 7 – Final: Ok… That… that was… *sigh* I’m just going to go to bed and act like this game never happened…

10:49 Top 8th: Oh God… here we go again

10:44 Top 8th: Jays score two on base hit and error

10:37 End 7th: Just when you thought the Tribe’s pitching had quit! Jays bullpen end up giving Cleveland runs to tie this game.

10:35 Bot 7th: THE PITCHER BEANS A WALK-ON! THIS GAME IS TIED! 7-7!

10:29 Bot 7th: The left-hander the Jays had ended up walking two left handed batters. Pitching Change

10:20 Bot 7th: VIC IS BACK! 2-RUN HOME RUN! TOR 7 CLE 6!

10:14 Mid 7th: Ok… game’s back but… Well, let’s just say pitching is still a problem…

7:55: Radio just switched to the Cavs game…

7:30: So far, Still in rain delay… I really doubt this game is going to get done tonight…

6:41: Right now, I’m on my college campus waiting for my ride so, I’m logging off for a little bit. If the game comes back on, I’ll try to get back to the blog asap.

 
6:26: Looks like the game will resume around 7pm… if at all. If not, they’ll likely have a doubleheader this weekend.
 
6:00: Channel 3 switches to the 6pm News until if/when the game resumes.
 
Rain Delay: If the game gets called, it won’t be official has we haven’t finished the top of the 5th yet.
 
At least it’s not like Opening Day in 2007…
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5:35 Top 5th: Suctaro hits his 2nd homer of the season to give the Blue Jays the lead. 4-3 Jays
 
5:29 End 4th: Richmond has found new life now that the Jays have tied it up.
 
5:25 Bot 4th: Why is Francisco trying to hit pitches WAY out of the strike zone?
 
5:20 Mid 4th: Jays are starting the figure out Lewis, But I think Scott has a few innings still in him.
 
5:16 Top 4th: Miller scores RBI to tie game but is thrown out trying for 2nd. 3-3 Tie
 
5:11 Top 4th: Adam Lind hit 2-run home run to left field. 3-2 Tribe leads.
 
4:57 Bot 3rd: I say again… PRONK! IS! BACK! Second Homer for Hafner in as many games! 3-0 TRIBE!!!
 
4:52 Mid 3rd: That was close, But the Tribe gets out of the inning without the Jays doing damage
 
4:44 Top 3rd: Damn! No no-hitter today… 😛
 
4:39 Bot 2nd: Richmond is still throwing in the dirt but gets 2 back-to-back K’s
 
Score Update: TEX 2 DET 15 – Final How’s it feel Texas!!! lol
 
4:30 Mid 2nd: 3 Up, 3 Down!
 
4:24 End 1st: Finally, The Tribe is in the lead! Richmond seems to have problems finding the strike zone so far…
 
4:21 Bot 1st: PRONK IS BACK! 2-0 TRIBE!
 
4:19 Bot 1st: Did I just hear Pronk come out to John Cena’s theme?!?
 
4:17 Bot 1st: DeRosa FINALLY gets his first base hit as a Cleveland Indian.
 
4:14 Mid 1st: NICE JOB LEWIS!!! 2 K’s ALREADY!
 
4:10 Top 1st: One Pitch, One Out!
 
3:55 PreGame: Turned on the game in time to see The BEST DAMN IN THE LAND! The Ohio State Buckeye band play both National Anthems.

Bats Are Awake, Pitchers Still Asleep.

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Ok… I won’t lie to you, Tribe. After the 2nd inning of today’s game, I was in search of that ‘Panic Button’ I was talking about on Opening Day. I mean, I had my doubts on Carl Pavano starting today but… down 9-1 at the end of the 2ND?! DAMN!

What is it with our staring pitching so far? I can give Cliff Lee some slack for his performance. After all, He was struck by a line drive just above his throwing elbow right before he let four 2-out runs get on the board. So what was Carmona’s and Pavano’s deal? Nerves? Or was it that we just really didn’t know how to stop the Texas hitters?

Whatever the reason, Zach Jackson did his best to get try and get us out of the hole. He’s not anywhere near taking over a starting job. But, a few more games as the long man and we could see some great things from him in the future.

The good news is for the second game in a row, the Indians didn’t just just lay down and die like they did in game 1. The bats finally came alive today with 5, yes FIVE, home runs from the Tribe in hopes of getting back into the game. Grady Sizemore hit two 2-run homers, but also struckout three times. It seems as if Victor’s slump may have been snapped as he hit also homered and Pronk hit the ball so hard in the 9th it may as well had made it half way to China is the stands weren’t in the way! Kelly Shoppach was also able to touch-’em-all today

I’ll bet if they had to play one more game vs Texas, Cleveland would of won…

Bottom Line: Texas came into this opening series ready to play… we weren’t. And by the time we were, The Rangers already knew our weak points. I have faith that the next time we let that happen won’t be for a EVERY long time.

Also, It was nice to see Omar Vizquel on the field again. I miss him here in Cleveland.

The Tribe FINALLY comes home to Progressive Field (aka “The Jake”) tomorrow for a weekend series against the Blue Jays. We’ll have Scott Lewis on the mound who had a 2.63 ERA last year. Will he fair better than our last three starters? If the Indians do their job at the plate, I think so. But, just remember… Offense scores runs, but pitching wins games.

Last time the Cleveland Indians went 0-3 to start a season, they when on to win close to 100 games that year. Once when the Yankees went 0-3, they won the ALCS… Maybe getting swept on the road to start off wasn’t the way we wanted to begin the 2009 season, but at least we know it’s not the end of it… and that we get to come home tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s a new day, Tribe. A new game. A Home Opener…

Tomorrow is Opening Day again…

Let’s make it count!
~Casey

(PS: I’ll be trying to do a LIVE MLBlog tomorrow! I’ll be updating throughout the Home Opener with my thoughts and opinions about every inning or so, or whenever a big play happens. I’ll start posting about half-a-hour to an hour before the game. Be sure to check it out!)