So there will be no revenge coming from my dog this evening. Not necessarily because of the win this afternoon, but because the Puppypalooza was sold out when we got there. Since we had the dog with us, we obviously had to give up and come home; so I watch on TV tonight I guess. (Here’s an approximate animation of what happened tonight. Okay, so it didn’t exactly go down like this, but you get the idea).
I listened to this afternoon’s game on the radio while I was at work. I was so irritated by the top of the 9th, that my joy barely registered when Shin-Soo Choo hit the walk off home run. When he hit it, I honestly yelled “oh brother, are you kidding me?” My boss was certain that they lost, from my less than enthusiastic reaction. In my most cranky way possible, I said, “no, those jerks just won in another walk off.” To be honest, I felt almost more relieved than happy. There’s still over a month of baseball left, but you can’t keep losing games that were once within your grasp.
I was kind of surprised that Manny Acta left Justin Masterson in for the 9th, but it made some sense. The bullpen was taxed over the past few days, and Chris Perez obviously had a terrible night last night. What I really disagree with was the choice of Perez once he finally went to the bullpen. He threw 30+ pitches last night; with a night game this evening it just seemed that he should go with someone else. Vinnie Pestano, Tony Sipp, and Josh Judy were all viable options.
Zach McAllister gets another attempt at the Major League level in the night cap. He looked sharp in the first inning, but was aided by some great defensive plays. Luis Valbuena was sent back to Triple-A, thankfully. They had a chance to put some insurance on the board in the 8th inning of game one; Valbuena grounded out to end the threat.
Back on the injury/roster front – as mentioned in the comments of the earlier post, Travis Hafner may be done for the season. He may need surgery on his foot, and if so, it would end his season. Hafner hasn’t seemed quite the same since his original oblique injury, so I won’t be crushed by this (particularly if the Indians are able to acquire a DH before the waiver deadline). Grady Sizemore is working out and there is talk that he may return soon. I hope they’re not rushing him; I think one of the reasons he played so poorly for much of the season is that he was never quite 100%. As far as I’ve heard on the Jim Thome front – the White Sox aren’t likely to let him make it to the Indians. Since waiver claims are made from worst record to best, the White Sox get a stab at him before the Indians (or Phillies) get a chance.
And last but not least, this story has nothing to do with the Indians. But because I have the maturity level of a 10-year-old, I’ve been laughing all day about this. It’s definitely an interesting reason to delay a game.
Edit/Addition: Michael Brantley’s wrist is really acting up again, so he’s going to be shut down for the next few days. He may end up having to go on the DL.