Two wins and two saves in two games and the only CP involved may have been the late jazz great Cole Porter. Porter, who often visited Cleveland and even wrote a song about the city, was reportedly inspired by the Alcazar Hotel in Cleveland Heights to write his classic song Night and Day which begins, “Like the beat beat beat of the tom-tom”.
Today/tonight that beat and tom-tom belonged to the Indians’ bats and John Adams’ rally drum as the Tribe swept the White Sox in a day/night home doubleheader, 8-6 in Game 1 and 3-2 in Game 2.
— A 26 minute rain delay to start.
— Zach McAllister (6 IP, 2 ER) notched his first big league win and Nick Hagadone his first career save. A glimpse of the future?
— Unlikely hitting heroes: 3 RBI apiece from both Michael Brantley (8) and Casey Kotchman (8).
— Travis Hafner homered and later tripled high off the center field wall (his first in 5 years) to snap his way out of a recent funk.
— The Indians took control with 3 runs in the 2nd and 5 more in the 3rd. For the game, the Tribe went 4 for 10 with RISP (Brantley 2 for 2).
— Questionable managerial move to let Asencio work a third inning in the 9th. With a 4 run lead Acta obviously wanted to save the bullpen for a long week ahead and Smith, Pestano and Perez have been used hard. But Asencio (1-1, 6.32) faltered badly and eleven of his first twelve pitches in the inning were balls, including a wild pitch, before Alexei Ramirez doubled in 2 runs to make the score 8-6. Luckily, Hagadone closed out the inning. This was the kind of game where a longer, deeper bullpen would have paid off.
— The win reduced the Indians magic number to clinch the division to 134.
— The Indians had but 1 hit until 2 out in the 5th when Marson (.059) walked, stole second on an aggressive call by Acta and scored on a single by Brantley who advanced to second on the throw home and scored on a base hit by Kipnis (team leader with 19 RBIs) for a 2-0 lead.
— With the Indians ahead 2-1, another rain delay (90 minutes) came with 1 out in the 8th inning and 2 runners on for Chicago. The good news: Wheeler was about to relieve Tomlin but never got in the game.
— After the delay Joe Smith yielded the tying run but escaped disaster with a runner on 3rd by inducing Dunn into a DP and the stage was set.
— Cabrera and Santana blooped singles to open the bottom of the eighth and Duncan drove in the game winner with a double.
— Tony Sipp earned his 2nd career save the hard way. He walked Konerko with 2 out in the 9th and Flowers hit a monster drive foul off the back facade of the Home Run Porch before striking out to end the game.
— Tomlin pitched well (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, career high 8 Ks) and took a tough luck no decision.
— Indian pitchers have quality starts (6 IP, 3 ER or less) in 10 of the last 12 games.
— Pestano and CPerez got the day/night off.