Indians pitcher Cody Anderson has worn three different uniforms in the month of June. He started the month with the Akron RubberDucks, then got called up to the Columbus Clippers. A little more than a week ago, Anderson made a spot start for the Indians and did well enough to earn another start.
On Monday night in Tampa Bay, he showed that he deserved that start, as he took a perfect game into the seventh inning. With one out in the seventh, former Indian Grady Sizemore spoiled Anderson’s bid for immortality by hitting a home run over the center field wall, cutting the Indians’ lead to 2 to 1. The next Rays batter got a hit, but Anderson bore down and retired the next two batters. He pitched a scoreless eighth inning and left the game with a 3-1 lead.
Of course, the Indians have blown 3-1 leads before, so I’m sure I wasn’t the only Tribe fan who was worried that the Indians might yet find a way to lose the game. But Rays pitcher Ronald Belisario had a little bit of a meltdown in the ninth inning, giving up three hits and two walks (well, one of those was intentional), and throwing two wild pitches which allowed Indians runners on third to score. By the time Tampa Bay came to bat in their half of the ninth, they were down 7-1. Indians reliever Bryan Shaw made that score stick by retiring all three batters he faced in the ninth, aided by a double play.
Anderson earned his first major league win. In his two starts with the Indians, Anderson has given up one earned run in 15⅔ innings of work. His WHIP is 0.57. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, that qualifies as “not too shabby.” I think it’s safe to say that Anderson will get his third start this Saturday against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
The Indians needed a win, and I’m glad they got one. If they could take two out of the remaining three games with the Rays, that too would qualify as not too shabby.