Reflection for the Indians for 5/20/11: Its all about the vehicles

I went to the game last night with my family. What a great night for a ballgame it turned out to be! However, it did not start out this way as the Indians announced Travis Hafner was going to the DL. This added to another prominent superstar for the Tribe, Grady Sizemore.

I was happy to see Ezequiel Carrera get called up because I saw signs from Spring Training reports that this kid had potential to be special. He was always appearing to get on base. Still, the lineup did not have him starting.

Earlier yesterday afternoon, I tweeted about how the “vehicles” were going to have to play a prominent role to help the team contend. By “vehicles” I meant, affectionately, ACab-Asdrubal Cabrera, ChooTrain-Shin-Soo Choo, CARlos-Carlos Santana, and OCab-Orlando Cabrera. I added ECAR-Ezequiel Carrera to the list also. All except Orland Cabrera would play a role last night in the comeback win.

I really believed the following for the game that Travis Wood would provide the 90 MPH “gas” pitches and the vehicles better be ready to hit. Yet for 5 innings, all the Indians offense could produce was a walk to first base allowed to Carlos Santana. My Twitter went out in the ballpark and I was not even allowed to mention about the no-hitter. I read later about how the Reds Twitter account mentioned it for me. Thank you!

I turned to my son going to the bottom of the 6th and said “Turn your cap inside out.” I said “Its time to break up the no-no. ” Finding out in the bottom of 5 that it was Austin Kearns’s birthday, I said to my wife and kids, “No one should no-hit Austin Kearns for his birthday.” He promptly got the first hit for the Indians and the rally was on. Jack Hannahan and Michael Brantley each got singles and Brantley advanced to second on a fielding error by Jay Bruce. Austin Kearns scored on the play. Asdrubal Cabrera walked. Choo was hit by a pitch. Now it was 4-2. Wood left the game for Logan Ondrusek.Carlos Santana walked and the “vehicles” were in motion. 4-3. ACab scored on a sacrifice fly by Shelley Duncan. It was now tied.

The rally cap remained on for the rest of the game. It was needed. Bill Bray was pitching for the Reds with 2 outs.  After a triple to left field by Shin-Soo Choo “Train” and a walk to “CARlos” Santana, another vehicle, CARrera, with two outs, surprised the crowd with a drag bunt down the first base line and was called SAFE because the Reds Joey Votto missed the tag. The defending NL MVP missed the tag of Carrera, a kid who just yesterday was pulled out of the lineup in AAA Columbus. This is what makes baseball a wonderful game. A kid gets the game winning hit on a bunt. Way to go Ezequiel!

The game ended on a double play when Jonny Gomes lined out to Chris Perez who then threw to first base to double up Fred Lewis to earn Chris Perez his 11th save. Thank God for another win! The Indians are now 27-15 and 6 full games in front of the Tigers and Royals.

On another injury report, Alex White complained of middle finger soreness and was having trouble pitching. He will have an MRI later today. Let’s hope it is nothing too serious for his career.

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