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

         Final        1    2   3   4   5  6   7   8   9  10   R  H  E
Blue Jays  0 0  0  3    1
 2  4  0   X  13 16   0
Indians  2 0  1  0  0  1  3  0  0   X   7
  7   1
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.
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Bats Are Awake, Pitchers Still Asleep.

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   (0-3)     Indians   8   
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   (3-0)     Rangers   12            Final

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!)