What a great photo of Rajai stealing third. Click on the picture to see more photos from today's game. Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE
Two games, two wins, 28 innings.
Another great game. I really enjoyed it.
Brandon Morrow didn't look great but he only gave up the one hit in 7 innings, unfortunately it was a home run. The two runs were unearned because of a J.P. Arencibia error, on a topped ball, just in front of the plate. JP threw it just a little too wide of first for Adam Lind to keep on the bad. So 7 innings, 1 hit, 2 unearned, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. It doesn't sound bad, does it. Just, he wasn't sharp.
Unfortunately a Sergio Santos blown save cost
him the win Whoops, it would have been Darren Oliver's win. Sergio gave up a game tying home run to Asdrubal Cabrera. We'll let this one go by, Santos but no more blown saves, ok? In 11 innings, the Indians only had two hits, but both were home runs. Darren Oliver gave us a scoreless inning of work. Casey Janssen picks up the win with scoreless innings in the 10th and 11th. Francisco Cordero made things too interesting, giving up 3 hits and a run, before closing out the game.
Then, in the 7th, after walks to Kelly Johnson and Adam Lind, Brett Lawrie got us our first hit, driving home both to tie the game. We took the lead on a Johnson homer in the 9th, and things looked good until Santos gave up his in the bottom of the inning.
But a 4 run 12th won us the game. Edwin Encarnacion doubled to the wall in left. If Rajai Davis hadn't pinch hit earlier, it would have been a great spot for him to pinch run. Brett Lawrie singled. Then Davis doubled to right, EE and Lawrie scored (man can Brett run the bases). Rajai, all is forgiven for yesterday's mental lapse. Davis stole third and scored on Colby Rasmus' first hit of the season.
Jays of the Day are Lawrie (.388 WPA, 3 for 5 and some nice plays in the field), Johnson (.353, 2 for 5, home run, and a walk), Janssen (.271), Davis (.112), Morrow (.108) and Oliver (.106). Honorable mention to EE for the double that started the winning rally in the 12th.
Suckage awards go to Santos (-.303, though it wasn't a bad pitch, not sure how Cabrera got enough bat on it to hit it out), JP (-.157, 0 for 5, 3 k, plus the error) and Yunel Escobar (-.140, 0 for 6). Thames was right on the edge at -.097. Two games in, Thames is the last of the starting 9 to be looking for his first hit. Tomorrow can be his day, 4 for 4, two homers.
The GameThreads again were great fun, I think we only needed 4 threads today, roughly 3000 comments. Thanks to all that joined in.
We finish the series out tomorrow with Joel Carreno making his first major league start. No pressure, Joel, but you could do our bullpen some good if you could go deep into the game. Can't complain much about Brandon going 7 in his first start of the season, if we could have finished it out in regulation, our pen would be nice and rested. Derek Lowe (9-17, 5.05) starts for the Indians. 1:00 Eastern start on Easter Sunday.
Lets get the sweep!