Susan and I happen to be in the Social Suite today, so we’ll have a few random thoughts in here throughout the afternoon.
I’m sorry, but I’m completely baffled as to why Jason Donald is leading off. I know your options may be limited, but you couldn’t find someone who was doing better than a .234 on base percentage?
I’m sure they already realize this, but you probably don’t want to give free passes to any of these guys with this lineup. It could end up 3-0 reeeeal quick.
Wow…I thought it really was 3-0 there. Great play by Carrera. He’s just kind of baffling to me as a fielder. He’ll make plays like that, but then he’ll misjudge a routine fly ball and look like someone who has never played the outfield before.
Bottom of 2nd
Does Derek Holland still have that weird little mustache? I can’t see it from up here. It always reminded me of a 7th grade boy who can’t quite grow one, but stubbornly refuses to shave it because he’s SO proud that he has anything at all.
I’m so glad Thomas Neal has been called up. I’m going to be writing a piece on him shortly.
There’s nothing dynamic about today’s lineup, but I’m still glad to see guys like LaPorta and Canzler getting time in the lineup. I’ve said a million times that LaPorta makes me nuts (he still does) but these guys are out of options next year and they need to see if they can help the team moving forward.
Top of the 3rd
Jurickson Profar, big-time Rangers prospect, is making his major league debut today. On the scoreboard today it says he’s the first player born in 1993 to appear in the majors.
Aaaand he starts his major league career off with a bang.
So since it’s a day game, will Josh Hamilton perform poorly? I need to look up the stat, but he has really struggled during day games and they blamed it on his having blue eyes.
Ugggh, that Neal face plant against the wall looked quite unpleasant.
I guess the August style of play is seeping into September.
Bottom of the 3rd
Kinsler may be out today, but Profar is filling in nicely…in an offensive and defensive sense.
He may have blown his chances in the first inning, but Santana made sure not to miss again. He was allll over that pitch.
Wow, Canzler just missed that one. Holland wasn’t fooling either Santana or Canzler.
Ugh. Holland is managing to completely fool Thomas Neal. That makes me sad…I was really hoping his debut would go better than this.
So I’ve had some technical difficulties…namely, the page just wouldn’t load and wouldn’t connect. I could get to it and read the post, but not edit. I have no idea why.
So anyway, Lillibridge did a nice job of saving a run during the top of the inning. When that was unfolding, I was completely convinced that the Indians would give up the runs they had just earned on the Santana home run. McAllister did a nice job of getting the double play and getting out of trouble.
Top of the 5th inning
I swear that Hamilton did that just because I complimented McAllister for holding the Rangers and keeping it a two-run deficit.
Aaaaand Beltre made sure it went back to a four-run deficit. When the Indians sad offense finally tries to get them back into the game against a tough Texas team, it suddenly turns into home run derby. I need to go see how many home runs Indians pitching has surrendered, because I know that Tomlin and Gomez have both give up a lot of long-balls this year. McAllister is trying to catch up.
Looks like it’s Scott Barnes warming in the dugout, but I can’t quite see.
OMG COMPLETELY DISTRACTED BECAUSE MIKE JACKSON AND CHAD OGEA CAME IN AND CHATTED AND TOOK PICTURES AND SIGNED AUTOGRAPHS AND I GOT SO EXCITED THAT I ALMOST PASSED OUT.
Bottom of the 6th
Okay, I’ve calmed down a little and I pulled up the stats for the home runs allowed by Indians pitching. Counting today, McAllister has allowed 15 home runs this season. Ubaldo Jimenez is in the lead with 23, Josh Tomlin is still in second with 18 allowed, and Justin Masterson 17. Those are the leaders, so even though McAllister gave up 3 today, he still has a ways to go to catch Jimenez. And it’s not like Jimenez is all of the sudden going to stop surrendering homers.
Top of the 7th
I didn’t even write anything. Sorry.
Bottom of the 7th
Nothing even seems exciting after Mike Jackson and Chad Ogea. I’m sorry. It’s a blah game and that was pretty much the high point right there.
Okay, and the Thomas Neal double and RBI was pretty awesome too. I’m glad he didn’t go 0-4 in his first game.
Bottom of the 9th
We’re being subjected to a steady diet of songs from Top Gun. I have to say though, after the jets did a big flyover and they started playing “Danger Zone” I cracked up.
Oh, it’s over. I mean, technically it was over a while ago…now it’s official. It was fun folks…have a great Labor Day weekend!