Tagged: Toronto Blue Jays

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!)

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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.

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!)