It’s a long season and we’ll see plenty more of the Tigers (17 games to be exact), but it’s sure nice to get that first victory out of the way. With the win, the Tribe snaps a 10-game losing streak to Detroit and they extend their lead over the Tigers to four games.
A few other thoughts on the game…
- Ubaldo Jimenez continues to be a disappointment. Yes, he picked up the win and technically was credited with a quality start tonight, but that performance was anything but quality. He’s just the 3rd Indians pitcher since 2000 to walk six and allow five hits and still pick up the victory. In other words, it was a fluke. Jimenez has now walked five or more five times this season – the only other team with that many five-walk starts is the Blue Jays (also five).
- Chris Perez got a well-deserved standing ovation as he entered the game in the 9th. I was thrilled to see the majority of fans realize his frustration was understandable and embrace the fact the he feels passionately enough to even express his feelings. We’re lucky to have a guy like Perez who is so willing to interact with the fans and it’s great to see the fans embrace him.
- Shin-Soo Choo went 2-4 with two runs scored tonight and his now batting .394 with a .487 OBP since moving into the leadoff slot. If Choo can continue to produce in the leadoff role, I’ll take our 1-2-3 hitters over Detroit’s. Obviously they win the battle of 3-4-5 hitters, but if the top of our order can set the table, Hafner and Santana are more than capable of driving in the runs.
- It was nice to see Casey Kotchman come up with a clutch hit. His RBI single in the 6th inning was his first go-ahead RBI in the 3rd inning or later this season. Every other go-ahead RBI Kotchman had produced had been in a 0-0 game in 2nd inning.
- At what point do the Indians decide the Johnny Damon experiment isn’t working? Surely Aaron Cunningham or Matt LaPorta, who continues to tear it up in Columbus, could produce more than Damon – both on offense and defense. Damon was 0-3 with two strikeouts tonight before being replaced by Cunningham in left.