The Indians’ 8-3 win over the Texas Ranger on Saturday afternoon provided concrete evidence as to why baseball is the most perfect game ever invented.
Reason #243 Why Baseball Is the Most Perfect Game Ever Invented: Every game has some sort of drama.
In the 4th inning, with the Rangers up 1-0, Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall both singled. A David Murphy sacrifice fly scored Kipnis to tie things up 1-1 and sent Chisenhall to 3rd. Jason Giambi came up to bat. The same Jason Giambi who came into the game hitting something like a buck-seventy but with a career batting average in Rangers Ballpark just under .300. Pretty much all Chisenhall had to do was wait around to score and put the Indians ahead. Giambi ended up hitting a nice single to right that would have scored Chisenhal–if he hadn’t gotten picked off third base. The cloud of curse words rising up above Cleveland blocked out the June sun for 28 seconds. (Chisenhall did go 2-5 with an RBI and a run scored, leading us to…)
Reason #244 Why Baseball Is the Most Perfect Game Ever Invented: There is always room for redemption.
In the top of the 2nd inning, no score, Yan Gomes came to bat with two outs and the bases loaded. A simple base hit, a walk, hell, get hit by a pitch–just about anything would score a run. Gomes sent a long fly ball to the warning track in center field, which Leonys Martin caught to end the inning. Four innings and much wailing and gnashing of teeth later, Gomes came up to bat with two runners on. This time, he hit a 3-run dinger to make the score 4-1. Ah, baseball redemption…
Reason #245 Why Baseball Is the Most Perfect Game Ever Invented: Surprises abound.
To say that Carlos Santana has been struggling at the plate this season is like saying little girls like to sing that song from Frozen. So seeing him come up and slap a two-run ding-dong in the 7th was a pleasant surprise (especially since he just came off the DL two days ago). Santana came into the game hitting .162/.330/.302. He went 2-2 with 2 walks and came out of the game hitting .171/.342/.326.
Reason #246 Why Baseball Is the Most Perfect Game Ever Invented: You get to see the results of medical miracles on a near-daily basis.
Josh Tomlin returned to the Indians starting rotation on May 6 after losing all of the 2013 season (two innings against the White Sox notwithstanding) recovering from Tommy John surgery. Since then he’s been pretty darn good. He had a great outing today, going 8 innings, giving up 3 earned runs and no walks and striking out 5.
Reason #247 Why Baseball Is the Most Perfect Game Ever Invented: You get to see silly stunts at all levels of the game.
The Texas Rangers honored dairy farmers before the game and featured a couple of contests, including a cow-milking contest. Cleveland back-up catcher George Kottaras beat Ranger relief pitcher Robbie Ross, Jr. Texas lost that match-up too.