Well, it wasn’t exactly the type of game Jim Thome would recognize.
In fact, during Thome’s first stint with the Tribe, he was only a part of six victories in Jacobs Field in which the final score was 1-0 or 2-0 (oddly enough two of the games were against the Rangers).
While the story of the night was Thome, on the field the story was T.J. House.
He only made it through five innings, before Scott Atchison came in to bail him out of a jam in the 6th, but it was arguably the most impressive start of House’s young career.
For this team to make a run at the postseason, they need performances from their young pitchers exactly like the ones House and Danny Salazar have provided the past two nights. And while this Rangers lineup is filled with overmatched rookies and disinterested veterans, this game was still a nice confidence builder for House.
Other notes and thoughts….
- Lonnie Chisenhall delivered what proved to be the game-winning RBI in the 6th, raising his batting average to .338 in the 6th inning or later when the game is within one run.
- Cody Allen got into some trouble in the 9th, but slammed the door for his 13th straight save opportunity without allowing a run. Mike Jackson holds the team record at 19.
- It was nice to see Bryan Shaw bounce back with a 1-2-3 8th inning after a very shaky outing two nights ago against Seattle. His ability to lock down the 8th will be crucial to this stretch run.
- And if Allen and Shaw control the 8th and 9th, the 7th could soon belong to Nick Hagadone. In the 7th, Hagadone came in to record the final out and struck out Shin-Soo Choo. Since returning to Cleveland in early July, he’s allowed just one earned run and has recorded nine strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings.