As the new guy at It’s Pronounced Lajaway, sometimes I get stuck with doing the unpleasant things that Stephanie and Susan would rather not do: things like waxing the floors of the IPL headquarters, scooping out the office’s kitty litter boxes (honestly, does this blog really need nine cats?), and writing about the ballgame on nights like this one, when the Detroit Tigers beat the ever-lovin’ crud out of the Cleveland Indians. The final score was 10-1, but don’t let that fool you–the game wasn’t nearly as close as the score would indicate.
What went wrong for the Indians? Well, for starters, a lot of the blame belongs to Tribe starter David Huff. Huff lasted 2⅓ innings before getting yanked. He faced 15 batters, and eight of them reached base, four by the base hit and four via the base on balls. Huff gave up five runs, all of which were earned. It’s been said that walking batters will kill you, and that was certainly true tonight, as two of the batters Huff walked came around to score; had Brandon Inge’s third-inning ground-rule double stayed in the park, it would have been three.
The Tribe bullpen fared little better. Chad Durbin and Rafael Perez combined for 4⅓ innings, giving up no earned runs. Unfortunately, sandwiched between these performances was a dismal outing by Frank Herrmann, who gave up five hits and one walk in 1⅓ innings of work, allowing three earned runs. The Tigers finished the game with 13 hits. The last time Detroit had that many hits, they were made by people like Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, and Smokey Robinson.
As far as the Indians’ offense goes, well, it consisted of a solo homer by Shin-Soo Choo. Choo had a good game, going three for four, and Carlos Santana got a couple of hits. But Michael Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera, Kosuke Fukudome, and Lonnie Chisenhall each went hitless for a collective 0 for 17.
According to the SportsTime Ohio announcers, Indians manager Manny Acta said that while this series with the Tigers is important, none of the games were “must-win games.” Well, tomorrow’s game sure looks like a must-win game to me. If the Indians win it, they remain in the position they were in before tonight’s game: 2½ games out of first, and only one back in the loss column. If the Indians lose, they fall to 4½ games back. That’s a lot of territory to cover with only six weeks left in the regular season. Let’s hope Ubaldo Jimenez can have a decent game tomorrow and give his team a chance to win. If he can’t, well, things will be looking bleak for the Indians.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to go. I have some litter boxes to scoop out.