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!
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.
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
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!
(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!)
C.C. Gets Lit Up in Yankee Debut Vs O’s: I can’t say I wasn’t happy when I saw the highlights of C.C. blowing it on the mound on Monday. I also can’t say I didn’t see it coming. Playing for a new team (especialy the Yankees) where everyone expects everything from you has to be nerve racking and it showed vs the O’s. And as I said last blog, the same thing happened last year, when he still played for the Tribe, after he won the Cy Young and he was fine a few starts later. If you have C.C. on your fantasy team, don’t worry. He’ll bounce back.
Tim Lincecum Can’t Control Pitches in SF Opener: It seems Cliff Lee wasn’t the only 2008 Cy Young winner to get rocked on Opening Day. While Lee had an excuse for his bad day, (was hit on his pitching arm, remember? Why is no one talking about that?) Lincecum just had problems finding the strike zone. Maybe being on the cover of MLB 2K9 with it’s terrible pitching control caused him to forget how to take control of his pitches in the ream game. *half-sarcasm*
Josh Beckett K’s 10 in Win Vs Rays: Payback is a B*tch… and the Sox got thier’s against the team that beat them in last year’s ALCS. If I had to choose who was the best pitcher in MLB, it’d be Beckett.
Ken Griffey Jr. Hits Homer in Return to Mariners: Talk about coming Full Circle. There must be something about that Seattle uniform.
World Champion Phillies Fall to 0-2: More proof that just beacuse you find success one year, doesn’t mean you’ll find the same success the next year right away.
Three Teams Get Walk-Off Wins Yesterday: Wouldn’t be baseball without ’em.
More to come later tonight after the Indians game.