This is a game that I was really sorry to miss; I didn’t even get to check for regular updates since I was on Catalina Island with a limited cell phone battery. I actually checked in at three different points in the game – after the fifth inning to see if Josh Tomlin set the record for consecutive games of 5+ innings, then again in the seventh inning, when the Indians down 2-1 with runners on first and third, and again at the end to see if they held onto the win.
I will admit, when the Yankees jumped out to a 2-0 lead, I did not have much faith in the Indians’ offense. When I saw that Austin Kearns was coming to bat with two outs and runners at first and third, I angrily turned the game off because I didn’t want to see the outcome of his at-bat. I figured that he’d strike out, or pop up as he usually does…I didn’t want to waste what was left of my battery on that. Lo and behold, when I checked again a short time later, the Indians were up 4-2. I couldn’t believe it – Kearns didn’t choke *and* he hit a home run. He entered the at-bat with a .192 batting average and zero home runs so far this season. I’ve made my Kearns-related opinions known, but for a couple of days at least, I’ll leave him alone.
I’m really impressed by Josh Tomlin’s streak, primarily due to the fact that Tomlin doesn’t really have overpowering stuff. He still manages to attack hitters and confuse them; a formula that’s obviously worked for him thus far. To keep that tough Yankees lineup hitless for half of the game is no easy feat. To last five or more innings 29 straight times is simply amazing.
I heard that the crowd at Progressive Field was really rocking tonight, and I’m sorry I couldn’t be there in person. I heard there was supposed to be a nice tribute to Bob Feller prior to the game – did anyone get to see it? I’m curious to hear what it was like.