For the first time in my thirty or so years as an Indians fan – has it really been that long? – I pulled off a Ruthian feat or sorts on Wednesday night. I completed the Tribe Trifecta. Or in other words, I caught part of the game in three different ways.
My friend Dave, whom used to be a ball boy with the Indians 10 years ago, was back in town visiting and, of course, he still had plenty of connections within the organization to finagle a few complementary tickets. Stop #1.
It was a hot, sticky night with temperatures still north of 90 degrees well beyond nightfall. The game started out in an interestingly enough manner: Cookie Carrasco worked out of a first-and-second, one out jam in the first inning. But surrendered a run two frames later and then a two-run bomb by all-or-nothing slugger Colby Rasmus in the fourth.
As for the Indians, well, underrated backstop Roberto Perez singled home Rajai Davis for a run in the second, and then Lonnie Chisenhall knocked in Francisco Lindor in the third.
However, due to a few things – like being old and no long capable of staying up late writing game summaries as well as a 5 AM daily alarm (and some additional work at home) – I opted to head out around 8:40. And just as I was walking out of the park Mike Napoli slugged his 31st homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning. What can I say? I clearly have a knack for timing. The Indians pulled ahead 4-3.
Enter Stop #2: Listening to arguably the second greatest baseball broadcaster around, Tom Hamilton. By the time I walked by to my car, the Tribe plated another pair of runs courtesy of a Brandon Guyer double. On a side note: he’s likely going to be one of the biggest deadline pickups for any team this year.
Hammy and partner in crime Jim Rosenhaus brought home the sixth and seventh innings with the skill of William Shakespeare soliloquy.
And then Stop #3: my front couch.
By time I walk in the house, set some things down, and turn on the TV, the Astros came storming back with with a two-run dinger Yulieski Gurriel off of Andrew Miller. The score: 6-5.
The Tribe went quietly in their half of the eighth inning. Enter Cody Allen.
The former late-round pick, who coughed up a single to pinch-hitter Tony Kemp, pumped hard fastball after hard fastball past George Springer for out #1. Allen promptly followed that up with a plethora of nearly unhittable heaters to fan rookie Alex Bregman. Out #2. And he slammed the door shut on MVP-candidate Jose Altuve with a high mid-90s fastball.
The Tribe’s record now stands at 80-and-58.
Cleveland takes on Houston for the fourth and final game of the series on Thursday afternoon, as Trevor Bauer squares off against David Paulino at 12:10.