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Archive for August 6th, 2006

Someone help those poor 11 men

Posted by disappointmentzone on 6 August 2006

Stranding 11 men on base is significant only in context. On July 4th, when the Indians beat the Yankess 19-1, the Indians hitters stranded nine Indians base runners. Stranding nine men isn’t a lot when you score 19 runs. But when you score zero runs, as the Indians did this afternoon against the upstart Tigers, 11 stranded runners can often have a huge impact on the outcome of the game.

The defense played just well enough not to win, allowing only one run, but it was unearned. But the defense doesn’t deserve the fault for the game. Five different Indians batters came to the plate this afternoon with at least one runner in scoring position and two outs and all five failed to get a hit. Travis Hafner struck out with the bases loaded, swinging at two pitches that were a combined thirteen feet outside of the strike zone. Shin-Soo Choo performed admirably at the plate, going 2-4, but stranded two men. He was picked off trying to steal second base in the top of the eighth, which hurt the Indians, but not really; they didn’t lose the game because Choo was picked off. If anything, had he made it the Indians would have likely stranded 12 runners instead of 11. Inglett’s fall from grace continued. He went 0-3, dropping his batting average below .300 for the first time since July 21st. Across the board the Indians looked uninspired, the wear of the recent road trip hanging heavily. The Indians have lost three straight, but will not lose tomorrow. Saved by the off day.

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And now entering from the bullpen, Fuasto Carmona

Posted by disappointmentzone on 6 August 2006

There is nothing subtle about a walk-off home run. Ask Fausto Carmona. He knows. After last night’s game he is now 3-3 in blown save opportunities, and has turned all three blown saves into losses, all of them on walk-off hits, two of them on walk-off homers. And all in just five days. In his last 2.2 innings he’s given up 11 runs. Lovely. That sound you hear is the death rattle of the Carmona For Closer campaign. He’s done.

The Indians lose, 4-3.

Standing alone among the rubble of the collapsed bullpen is Jason Davis, who just isn’t giving up runs anymore. Davis has always done well when he’s entered games without runners already on base. His downfall has been allowing inherited runners to score or faltering when the team allows runners to get on base via error. So much for that. Last night Davis entered the game in the seventh with runners on base after relieving starter Paul Byrd and didn’t give up an earned run, and then managed to nagivate his way through a Casey Blake error in the bottom of the eight. Impressive.
Oh, and Casey Blake hurt his ankle in the top of the ninth after rolling it on second base. So not only do the Indians lose but the Indians lose Blake, at least for tomorrow’s game, if not to the disabled list. Depending on how fast Ryan Garko can run from Buffalo (or wherever the Bison are playing) we may see him tomorrow in Detroit, although he probably won’t start with LHP Wilfredo Ledezma on the mound for the Tigers. This means Choo will likely start in LF and get another taste of big league left-handed pitching.

UPDATE: Choo is starting in LF and batting sixth.

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