The Indians have traditionally had problems with noontime games. My partner in crime here at ItsPronouncedLajaway, Stephanie Liscio, noted that going into today’s game,  the Indians were 1-8 in 12:05 weekday home games over the 2011 and 2012 seasons and had been outscored 62-24 in those games. The last time they won a noontime game was April 7, 2011, when they beat the Red Sox 1-0. They also haven’t done too well in extra inning games this season. Going into today’s game, the Indians were 1-4 in extra inning games.  And then a friend posted something on Facebook about Venus going into retrograde. I’m not big on astrology, but I will admit to being a superstitious baseball fan. Venus in retrograde means something like you’re going to “relive past life experiences in order to sort out karmic issues.” All in all, it didn’t sound promising.

Plus, Zach McAllister was starting.  He did not impress me last season (he started 4 games, pitched a total of 17.2 innings for a 6.11 ERA and a 1.868 WHIP) . He’s improved somewhat to a 4.34 ERA (including today’s game). If the offense is working and can score more than four runs a game, then all is well, but I’d prefer a starter with a sub-4.00 ERA. My personal jury is still out on McAllister.

All the signs pointed to an Indians loss.

I had the game on Gameday at work and kept waiting for the Indians to score. It took seven innings, but finally they got a run on the boards. It started with Casey Kotchman slowly inching his way past the Mendoza line with a single to lead off the inning. A Jason Kipnis walk moved him to second and an Asdrubal Cabrera single brought him home. Kotchman surprised me again in the 8th with a double. Then Jose Lopez hit a three-run homer, which both tied up the game and settled any lingering karmic issues he might have had with the Seattle Mariners, a team that traded him, a 2006 All-Star, in December 2010 for minor leaguer Chaz Roe (who is still in the minors).

Then it was time for extra innings. When the Mariners scored one run in the top of the 11th, I figured the double whammy of a noontime game and an extra inning game was just too much. Then in the bottom of the 11th, something miraculous happened. The Mariners put in reliever Brandon League, who went into the game with a 2.12 ERA and left it with a 3.12 ERA.  Going in he also had a 9.18 career ERA against the Indians. With the game on the line, he wouldn’t be the guy I put it in, but apparently Eric Wedge felt that League had to relive some past life experiences to sort out his karmic issues. Fortunately for the Indians, Brandon League didn’t get the job done. He walked Jose Lopez and Jason Kipnis, then gave up a single to Asdrubal Cabrera that scored Lopez. Pinch hitter Aaron Cunningham walked, then Carlos Santana hit a walk-off single to score Kipnis. Game over. Smooth. Venus can go into retrograde any darn time it wants provided the Indians win.



  • Jeremy says:

    So did those attending the game (and watching and listening at work and at home) relive some of that old Jacobs Field magic in an effort to settle any lingering karmic issues the fan base has with getting behind this club and this organization once again? jk. Clever article and a fantastic game. You know, it’s funny. I don’t consider League a bum. He’s a hard thrower who has decent stuff; good fastball and slider. But for whatever reason, he can’t get past the Indians.

  • Rob says:

    Watching on MLB’s Gameday is somewhat nerve-racking. For instance, when Acta sent Aaron Cunningham in to pinch hit for Hafner (.750 career vs. League with 2 dingers) I lost my mind. My buddy and I exchanged probably 20 emails during his at-bat, all of which cursed Acta’s name. Didn’t find out until later that it was because Pronk couldn’t grip the bat. It would be nice for them to add more to it than the bare bones play-by-play.

  • Susan Petrone says:

    Jeremy, I agree. League is a fine pitcher, but for whatever reason, the Indians have his number.

  • Susan Petrone says:

    Rob, I know! I was home by that time and half-playing with my kid and half-following the game (because it wasn’t on STO). My daughter couldn’t understand why I was yelling at the computer when Cunningham pinch hit for Hafner.

    • Drew says:

      Hafner was hurt, right? He has been beamed in the hand and he couldn’t hold a bat. Anyway, Saw on ESPN insider this morning that the Indians may be surprise buyers in a couple months. I am still skeptical because their schedule gets much tougher for the next 6 weeks. We shall see, but I am optimistic considering how little the team strikes out and how often they walk. I did find surprising that the Indians are considered to have one of the worst bullpens in the league according to the article. I mean, I remember a few games, mostly featuring Dan Wheeler, where the bullpen blew up, but overall I thought that the “Mafia” was doing pretty well. Do you have any statistics to confirm or deny that opinion?

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