I almost forgot what consecutive wins feels like! The last time this happened, I was still at school and about a month away from coming home. Now I’m home and recapping tonight’s victory. In lieu of a traditional recap, I am going to take the heavy hint dropped by Tom Hamilton on tonight’s radio broadcast and relate what happened to Kenny Chesney songs, since the country singer performed at AT&T Stadium tonight, right down the road from the Indians game. Disclaimer: Unlike Hammy, I am not a huge Kenny Chesney fan and will probably be forced insert songs from other people named Kenny in order to properly recap this contest.
You Had Me From Hello
Elvis Andrus has always hit the Indians well and tonight was more of the same. The shortstop had two hits and a steal as he tried to will the Rangers to victory.
This one also goes to Andrus, who was caught in a rundown that makes official scorers like me go mad. In the book, Andrus’ caught stealing goes down 1-3-6-1-4-2, just one throw short of completing a phone number.
Til It’s Gone
With two outs in the top of the ninth and the score tied at 8, Jason Kipnis launched a ball into the second deck in right field for a two-run homer. After that, Cody Allen‘s 1-2-3 ninth inning closed the door and won the game.
This is Kenny Loggins and not Kenny Chesney, but Jose Ramirez overran first base in the top of the eighth after reaching on an error. This was the first out after the crazy Andrus rundown, which means the young Tribe shortstop did not learn from the mistake of his Texas contemporary. At this point, JRam needs to be optioned in order to learn the fundamentals of the game, both at the dish and in the field. It is clear he’s not a true everyday shortstop, but he has the talent and raw ability to carve out a role on a Major League team. If the rumors hold that Mike Aviles is returning on Monday, then I think the corresponding roster move has to be optioning the struggling shortstop.
Feel Like a Rock Star
Austin Adams entered the game and walked Delino DeShields to load the bases with just one out. To make the leverage in this situation even higher, he had to face off against the hulking Prince Fielder. Adams reared back and fired straight gas to force Fielder to ground into a double play and protect what was at the time a 7-6 lead.
Must Be Something I Missed
Thomas Field and Robinson Chirinos comprised the bottom two spots in tonight’s Texas lineup and they each went yard during the game. Chirinos was especially impressive, as the sub-.200 hitter had three hits tonight, including his long ball in the 8th inning to give the Rangers an important 8-7 lead. Not sure anyone could have predicted that.
Someone Must Feel Like a Fool Tonight
This is Kenny Rogers, not Kenny Chesney but…Colby Lewis entered the game with a 2.40 ERA and regressed to the mean by giving up six runs in five innings pitched, including three in the first frame. Lewis’ ERA is a more fitting 3.06, though I wouldn’t be surprised if he feels like a fool more often than tonight as he continues to regress back toward the mean.
Jason Kipnis continued his masterful month of May with three hits, including his clutch 9th-inning dinger. Funny how he actually lowered his batting average for the month from .519 to .517 with the 3-for-6 performance. Lonnie Chisenhall also had three hits while David Murphy, Michael Bourn, and Brandon Moss each collected two hits.
Somebody Take Me Home
Speaking of Bourn, the Houston native and former Astro is now 4 for his last 8 and has collected five hits in his home state this season. He’s got one more game in his home state before the Tribe travel to Chicago for a four-game series.
The Good Stuff
Winning a series is a great feeling and could be the first sign of a season turnaround for the Fighting Franconas. The mood in the locker room is stronger and the camaraderie really shows when the players can will their way to a victory. Though Danny Salazar struggled, his teammates rallied and exploded for 10 runs on 14 hits. A hot and humid Arlington stadium allowed for a lot of offense and power, but the Indians bullpen allowed just one run, allowing the team to come back and end up ahead after a back and forth contest.
If you’re reading this in the morning, you’ve only got a few hours before the Indians return to action. First pitch is at 3:05 eastern with Carlos Carrasco facing off against Nick Martinez. Aside from the sweep, the Indians are also looking to move to .500 on the road this season. As long as Carrasco pitches like he is capable and does not mimic Salazar’s performance from tonight, the Indians will be in good shape.