If you asked me to sum up how I felt about this game, that’s about all I could muster: relief. Relief that the game is over, that it was a win, that Chris Perez didn’t blow it, that Angel Hernandez (of all people!) made a tough call at the plate that turned out to be right. I know it’s probably wrong of me, but I just can’t get overly excited about this win.
Anyway, a recap must be written, so let’s go through the important parts of this game via bullet point (because that means I don’t have to come up with a coherent narrative! Yay laziness!):
-Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis were essentially the offense today. Bourn scored three runs (of the 4), and Kipnis had all three RBIs (the fourth run scored on an error on a throw to third that allowed Bourn to score). Bourn isn’t a flashy hitter –especially compared to his defensive prowess– but his speed is just lethal. Tonight, for the first time perhaps all season, Bourn was great because of his speed: he stole three bases, legged out an infield hit, and was generally all over the place on the bases. Kipnis, on the other side of the coin, came through with two clutch RBI hits, further cementing himself as a star in this league. At this point he is the best offensive player on the Indians, and it isn’t close. He’s a treat to watch.
-The rest of the offense was decidedly uninspiring, but the Marlins do pitch pretty well. The lack of production has been frustrating, but it is understandable, to an extent. I just hope the bats come alive when the Tigers come to town… unfortunately, the Indians will not face Rick Porcello, the only weak link in that rotation.
-Carlos Santana has looked awful in these two games… and it’s more than his swing getting long, he’s been impatient at the plate, too. I wonder if he’s been hitting the Miami clubs a little too hard?
-Zach McAllister had the least-inspiring no hitter going through 5 innings. He struck out 7 Marlins, which was nice, but his pitch count and efficiency was practically Ubaldian. I was particularly annoyed (as my Twitter followers might have noticed) because the STO booth was content to slobber over the performance like it was on par with some of the performances Masterson has woven of late. Efficiency is one of the most important things for a starter, and when you average 15-20 pitches an inning, you are putting an enormous strain on the bullpen. This was a decent performance, nothing more. Decent performances are fine, but I feel like ZMac would have gotten hit harder by a better offense.
-Maybe it’s just me, but I hate Marlins Park. I’ve never been there, and I would like to go, but it feels like a boring park that they painted neon green to hide how boring it is. I suppose it would be nice if they had more fans, but it would be better if they brought all the fences in about 20 feet. Just my opinion, though.
-I don’t know if people are jumping on Chris Perez for this save (I was off Twitter during the 9th), but I hope people give him a break. He’s been great since coming off the DL, but no one can be perfect. Give him a pass, please.
-I hate when Detroit goes on this midsummer run where they score oodles of runs and pitch shutouts, and I really hope they cool off sometime between now and Monday.
-The Indians can’t draw 20,000 fans when they’re winning 8 in a row, but the Browns can draw 24,000 to a PRACTICE. I have but one reaction to that:
ಠ_ಠ Seriously, Cleveland?
Anyway, the Indians will go for the series win tomorrow, and then the biggest series of the season (so far) starts on Monday. Great seats (sigh) are still available.