The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

A win for the ages

Posted by disappointmentzone on 19 July 2006

As Eric Wedge’s mustache goes, so goes the Indians’ losing streak. Which is to say that one day after Eric Wedge fashioned his goatee into a pretty hideous mustache the Indians actually won a baseball game, 6-4, over the Los Angles Angels of Some Other City Or Something, to end their five game losing streak. Not only that, after losing two straight games against rookie pitchers making their MLB debuts the Indians beat one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, John Lackey, who went over 30 consecutive innings without giving up a run before Ben Broussard hit a two-run homer to tie the game in the fifth inning. Fortunately for the Indians, Lackey went on to do his best Cliff Lee impersonation in the inning. When it was all over the Indians had scored five runs and taken a three run lead.

The Indians gave up 13 hits, but only three extra base hits (two doubles, one homer). Victor Martinez threw out a runner. Neither team recorded an error, a noteworthy feat considering these are the two worst fielding teams in baseball.

Aaron Boone did his part to help the team by hitting a home run and stealing a base. Not help the team win the game–his home run was just an insurance run and the stolen base resulted in no runs–but help the team by raising his trade value every so slightly. Bob Wickman upped his trade value slightly by picking up another save. Todd Hollandsworth did not help his trade value any by going 1-5 to drop his batting average to .246. If only Hollandsworth can string together a few multi-hit games over the next 10 days we might be able to trade him for a prospect that’s actually played baseball before.

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