Game 26: Live blog #1

Welcome to Rogers Centre.

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 Here are the starting lineups.

Cleveland Indians

Sizemore CF

Cabrera 2B

Martinez C

Choo RF

DeRosa 3B

Peralta SS

Garko 1B

LaPorta LF

Francisco DH

Carmona P

Top of the first: Joined with two already out. Sizemore grounded out and Asdrubal flew out. First sign of life: Martinez walked. Choo got nailed on the elbow with a fastball. DeRosa now up. Bad looking swing on a 2-0 count. Full count. Fights of a pitch out in front. Swung at Ball 4 with 2 on and 2 out.

Scutaro SS

Hill 2B

Rios RF

Wells CF

Lind LF

Rolen 3B

Overbay 1B

Barajas C

Snider DH

Tallet P


Bottom of the first Marco Scuturo leads off and struck out looking. Nice start. Aaron Hill broke his bat on the 1st pitch. Fausto had the ball go off his mitt. Despite Asdrubal’s efforts, Hill made it to first safely. Sloppy defense by Mark DeRosa.Now Rios makes it to first. Hill on second. What a mess, so far! Nice play by Grady to catch the ball and get Wells off the bases. 2 out and still 2 on Peralta threw it low and what a dig out for Garko to get out of the jam. Same old Tribe after one inning We can’t hit in the clutch and we are lucky to get out of the jam caused by our defense. Still it is 0-0.

 Top of two. First pitch Jhonny gets out quickly grounding out to short. Ryan Garko now up. Pops up to second base. LaPorta hits first pitch to Lyle Overbay. Patience so far has not crossed the border. Pressure by Billy Joel would fit well here. 0–0

Bottom of two. What a hit by Rolen to hit the gap in Right center off Carmona to lead off the inning. Lyle Overbay does his job to advance the runner and grounds out to Asdrubal Cabrera One out. Infield in. Can we stop the run from scoring?  Barajas up now. Hit deep to LaPorta to score the run. 1-0 Jays. 2 out. Travis Snider grounds out to 3rd base. 3 out. 1-0 Jays.

 Top of three Ben hits a lazy fly ball to right fielder Rios. Three pitches and Grady goes down with a strikeout swinging. Indians hitters swinging at balls out of the zone. (Bye Bye Derek Shelton-hitting coach) Strikeout again by Asdrubal swinging. 1-0 Tribe is still down.

Bottom of the third. Marco Scutaro back up as he hits a fly out to Choo in right field. Aaron Hill takes a strike, and another. Now down 0-2 and a ball outside. 1-2. Nice hit to left field by Hill. Alex Rios bangs a hit to right field. This is looking bad for the Tribe. Wells hits the ball hard and again chases Grady to the wall to make the catch. 2 out 2 on. Adam Lind with an 0-2 count smacks it down the LF line opposite field to score a run 2-0 Jays. Rolen now up. 0-1 with a smash foul down the third base area, 3 straight balls now. What is going on? (Willis now to be fired!) Walks the bases loaded!  It is a broken record or carousel for the Tribe. Overbay now up with the bags juiced. This type of play has got to stop. 3-1 count. Count now full but even the fouls are hit hard. Pops out to LaPorta. Finally 3 out. Lord have mercy and thank you that it is only 2-0 Jays at this time.

Top of 4. Can I write a long paragraph for the Tribe with some crooked numbers please? Martinez leads off. Ball one, Strike 1 looking. Low Ball 2. Strike 2 looked inside. Fly out to Rios. 1 down. Choo is up, hits the first pitch to Rolen flying out. 2 down. DeRosa up almost hits it out with a loud line drive foul to left field. Hits a lazy foul to deep right. 2-2 count Swung on and missed 10 in a row retired by Tallet. Yuk! Get someone fired quickly! 2-0 Jays.

Bottom of four. Barajas up and smacks a line drive to DeRosa. Quick strike out to Travis Snider. Marco Scutaro hits a shallow fly to center 2-0 Jays. Finally a quick inning for Carmona. 2-0 Jays.

 Top 5 Jhonny leads off and actually works a walk. Yeah Jhonny. There is hope.Garko now up. Chopper to third but Jhonny makes it to second without getting out because Rolen throws high. Rolen gets the foce at second Now 1st and third 1 out. Taking break to help kids Part of being a father. Unannounced needs and call to help. Pop up by Francisco No run scored. Groundball to first and a broken bat. 2-0 Jays. THE PROBLEM IS NO RUNS WERE SCORED!

Bottom 5. Easy fly out to Grady 1 out.Rios now up. Back to helping kids for real.Vocation calls. Deep fly to Grady 2 out and a strikeout to end the inning. No runs scored. 2-0 Jays.

Top 6 Can we get a key hit? Asdrubal hits a groundout to SS. Back to helping kids. Line Drive smash to Rolen for 2 outs hit by Victor. Man is he frustrated Iwish I could give you a live picture. No technology here to match those out there. A walk on 4 pitches. WTG! DeRosa hits a long lazy pop to CF. 2-0 Jays.

Bottom 6. My kids keep me hopping but they don’t want to interfere I guess. I told them this blog stops if they just ask. So far I am able to keep up rather well.Adam Lind hits a high HIGH popup to DeRosa as he call off Martinez. Next Scott Rolen hits a grounder two bounces to Peralta. A single by Overbay is next. Back to the kids.

 Top 7 Best hit of the night. A smash by Garko up to CF. Peralta struckout prior. LaPorta hITS ONE DEEP WAY BACK AND GONE! 2-2 Its a brand new game! The kids told me we needed to watch a game together to have the Tribe win. Francisco gets on with great hustle by beating out a grounder. Now Grady smashes a double to RF. Back to helping my daughter with a report on the Grand Canyon. Before this Francisco beats out a throw to home as he beat the throw and escapes the tag. 3-2 Tribe

Bottom 7 I came back to see the Tribe back down 4-3. Why does Wedge seem to leave Carmona in there too long? Kids are keeping me busy. Ah the joy of fatherhood. I mean that! Nice job Sipp to get the Tribe out of the inning with no further damage. 4-3 Jays.

Top 8 Any team want Jhonny. Grounds out into a 6-4-3 DP after DeRosa leads off with a nice line drive single. Scutaro gets the third out by throwing out Garko. 4-3 Jays 

Top 9 Game rejoined Two out and Asdrubal hits a smash to right field. Martinez hits an RBI DOUBLE 5-4 TRIBE WOOHOO!!!! Choo hits another hit and another run scores 6-4 Tribe.  The pressure is off! Aggressiveness is the key! End of Inning! Get Kerry out here!

Bottom 9 What a catch by Grady. Scutaro who reached advanced to second. Kids are in bed and now I can hope for a WIN! Kerry getting ball down 2-1 count to Rios currently. Ball hit in front of Grady 1st and third 1 out and All is Wells up! Freeswing Wells went after two outside balls offspeed Thanks Wells! second and third on a stolen base. Two and two on two offspeed balls. Barfield lets a ball in front of him. What was the reason for putting him out there?  6-6. Man I am frustrated! I wanted an early bedtime!

Top 10 Jhonny hammers one to center but it is caught by Wells. One down. Garko up. He keep fight off bad pitches which is good. He gets the one out bloop single to Right Center Field. Now Barfield is up. Josh Barfield hits a lucky smash  right past as it hits the pitcher and cannot be thrown out. Line drive right to Vernon Wells Two out. Time out for a relief pitcher as Grady is due up. GRADY LETS GO! Two on two out. Wells with a hip high catch. Still 6-6!

Bottom 10 New defense:  Jhonny at third. Valbuena at second Asdrubal at SS and DeRosa at 1st, Betancourt on the mound. Here we go. Betancourt with a gold glove stop to get the first batter Overbay. Barajas up. 2-1 count. Get him out Raffy right! Nice breaking ball. 2-2. Popped up to Jhonny 2 out. Kevin “Mil-lar” gets a double down the line. Former Indian Johnny Mac pinch runner on second and Scutaro at the plate. 0-1 on a nice fastball. Fastball 0-2 fouled back. High pitch that Marco wouldnt chase 1-2. Slider outside 2-2. Nice contact. Thank God its foul this time. Hopefully we get him out. Popped in foul territory to Choo. Going to the 11th.

Top 11 Score now Tribe. It would be in your best interest and mine. HAHAHAHA!  Rick Manning saying Asdrubal looks so much more relaxed this year so far. Single slapped the other way. A-Cab is on 1st. YES! Kelly Shoppach is the only man left on the bench for the Tribe. The Jays are really paying close attention to A-Cab on 1st. Pitch ripped foul by Victor.2-2 count. 4-6-3 DP. OUCH! 2 down. Choo now with 2-1 count hits routine ground to second, 3 down. Still 6-6.

Bottom 11 Jays will bring Aaron Hill up to lead off. Why is Betancourt still in there? This coaching staff keeps me baffled. I keep thinking they play at 12:30 tomorrow afternoon. Beautiful strikeout to get Hill. Alex Rios now up. This is a must win for the team’s psyche by us tonight. Stay focused Tribe. Breaking ball gets Rios. Awesome! 2 down. Rick and Matt are commenting about someone having an umpire’s jersey (Brian Runge) Joking about selling umpire jersey in team shop. Nice hit to center by Wells. Bautista up. Struck out him with some HEAT! Still 6-6

Top 12 DeRosa has a lead off double. Way to go!  AGAIN NOT MOVING RUNNERS, JHONNY! One out. Loss of Input signal on satellite. Still no picture but I hear the play by play. Ball 4 to Valbuena as there are now 2 on with Barfield now up. 0-2 Single up the middle and the tiebreaker is there 7-6 Tribe. Barfield you owe Wood! WTG! The next batter Francisco pops out. Sizemore now up with two out. 1-6 on the night. BASE HIT WTG GRADY! Two out two run doubkle for Sizemore and he goes to third on the overthrow. 9-6 Tribe! All that and they get Asdrubal to groundout! Bring out Raffy left!

Bottom 12  Raffy Left has given up 1 run and three hits and was taken out. Asdrubal gets the lead runner. Out 2 I lost the blog feed. Aaron Hill the batter, Jensen Lewis the pitcher. 0-2 to Hill as he went too far. SWUNG ON AND MISSED! J-Rod shuts them down. WE FINALLY WIN #10! 9-7! Player of the game Josh Barfield! WTG! Betancourt wins and J-Rod gets the save! I’m off to bed! Time locally 23:10



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