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Cleveland struggle at the plate and Dewayne Wise wins an oscar
Posted By Luke Lovekin On Jun 27 2012 @ 8:47 am In Cleveland Indians | No Comments
Becoming a sad but all to familiar story line is Cleveland’s offence failing to provide its starting pitcher run support. Cleveland were held scoreless for 8 innings by Phil Hughes and the Yankees defence. Hughes pitched a very solid performance and had the run support from the second dig to back him up.
Cleveland again managed to waste runners in scoring position as they have all season. In the third inning today Hannahan and Chisenhall managed to start the top of the inning with back to back base hits to center field and looked threatening, but then Choo grounded into a 4-6-3 double play and Cabrera hit a fly ball to Swisher at left field who was exceptional in the field today to end the inning and leave two strandard. Michael Brantley led off the seventh with a double to left field. Johnny Damon made a productive out when he grounded out to Teixeira but moved Brantley over to third with one down. Casey Kotchman had the right idea when he got under a pitch and hit it towards left field but didn’t get it deep enough and didn’t score the run. Then Hannahan fouled out to Dewayne Wise to end the inning.
The catch that Wise made to end the seventh looked like an amazing catch, but after a few replays it became very apparent that Wise not only didn’t catch the ball but he didn’t even show the umpire the ball that had been hit. After the replay it is very clear that a fan about 10ft away came up with the ball and Wise had been given a ball from a fan in the stands. Hannahan questioned umpire Mike DiMuro an inning later when he took the field after seeing the replay. According to Hannahan he didn’t curse at DiMuro and told him to refer to the replay. DiMuro never asked Weise to check the ball in his glove and only saw that he had a ball when he made the decision. Surely this will spark the debate on video replays in baseball again but hopefully the MLB don’t make a knee-jerk reaction to this and lets the umpires make the decisions.
Justin Masterson struggled with command and control but had lots of movement on his pitches in his 6 innings on the mound. Masterson gave up 4 runs off of 7 hits and 3 walks. Masterson managed to keep the ball inside the park all day but gave away hits in bunches. The movement on all his pitches may have been the reason for his success in keeping the ball in the yard, but also the reason for his lack of control. Again Masterson pitched with next to no run support before turning it over to the pen in the start of the seventh.
Tony Sipp pitched the seventh let A-Rod get extended on a pitch that ended up over the left field wall. Tony recovered to sit down the next two batters and turned it over to Nick Hagadone to pitch the eighth. Hagadone had an outing that I’m sure he would sooner forget giving up 3 hits and a run in his inning of work.
Johnny Damon lead the way with the bat again today with 2 hits from 4 at bats and an RBI, making him the only Indian to have multiple hits today, and also he managed to come through with a runner in scoring position which has been a failing point at Cleveland lately. Jose Lopez was brought into the game when Hannahan was ejected, and he made an impact with his one at bat hitting a 3 run homer with 2 down in the ninth to make it a 4-6 ballgame. That’s all the offence that the Tribe would put up and Chisenhall rounded out to first to finish the game.
The Tribe really do need to try and find some life early in the game with the bat. They have a solid bullpen that can hold on to a lead late in the game but first they need to get that lead. I think it’s time to play with the line-up. Johnny Damon isn’t setting the world on fire batting .212 this year but in his last 7 games he is batting .375 and his last 30 games .279 I think its time to move him up the order to 2 or 3 also up there with him should be Chisenhall, who is batting .308 from his last 7 games and .261 for both the season and his last 30 games. I would put Cabrera at number 4, he is equal with Brantley on 33 RBI’s for the year and 5 of those in his last 7, where as Santana who is there at the moment has 5 in his last 30 games and 0 from his last 7 including today when he struck out with 2 runners on in the 5th. Also I will be surprised if Jose Lopez isn’t batting in the DH position tomorrow if a three run blast doesn’t get you in this team then what will.
Tomorrow will see Jimenez go head to head with Pettit. Jimenez has been good as of late for the Indians going 5 wins, 4 losses in his last 10 starts for the Tribe. Pettit hasn’t been dominating lately only having 1 win and 2 losses from his last 5 starts, Whilst going 3 and 3 since getting the call up back to the MLB. I think if Jimenez has his control early he will be able to contain the Yankee bats for 5 or 6 innings but he is going to need run support and the Tribe to get on top of Andy early. If they can be ahead or level in the 5th or 6th and turn it over to the pen I think they can take one game and keep the brooms in the closet.
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