The Indians start a three game series in New York against the Yankees tonight, Jake Westbrook takes on Chase Wright, who is making his major league debut due to the numerous injuries on the Yankee pitching staff. The Indians have a horrible history against pitchers they have never seen so we'll see how it pans out...
TOP OF THE FIRST
Grady and Jason Michaels work walks off a shaky looking Chase Wright. Hafner bails out Wright with a horrible swing on a change-up out of the zone on 2-1 but eventually advances the runners with a ground out to the hole deep at second. Victor makes his return to the line-up and promptly send a week ground out to SS to score the first Cleveland run. Garko lines out to Jeter to end the threat. Not a good way to start against a minor leaguer making his ML debut.
1 RUN, 0 HITS, 0 ERRORS, 1 LOB - INDIANS 1, YANKEES 0
BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Johnny Damon milks a walk after being in an 0-2 hole and goes from first to third on a perfectly executed hit and run by Derek Jeter. After an Abreu strike out, A-Rod singles home Damon to tie it a 1-1. Giambi walks to load the bases and Jorge Posada takes Jake to deep CF for a SF and a 2-1 Yankees lead. Cano grounds into a FC to end it. Jake does not look sharp... again and the Umpire is not calling the low strikes tonight.
2 RUNS, 2 HITS, 0 ERRORS, 2 LOB - YANKEES 2, INDIANS 1
TOP OF THE SECOND
Blake works the count to line a single. If only he could bat with the bases empty every time since he seems to lose the ability to hit with anyone on base. Jhonny P works a walk to give the Tribe two men on with no outs. Barfield looks totally over matched and eventually pops out to first. Marte then pops out weekly to LF. That makes them 0-5 today with runners in scoring position. Awesome! Grady lines out to LF to make it 0-6.
0 RUNS, 1 HIT, 0 ERRORS, 2 LOB - YANKEES 2, INDIANS 1
BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Melky Cabrera weekly grounds out to Garko at first for out #1. Jake gets ahead of the legendary (and .138 hitting) Doug Mienkewicz 1-2 and serves up a homer into the RF stands for a 3-1 New York lead. Damon lines Jake's next offering into the RF corner. Announcer just said Jake has given up 16 hits in 12 1/3 innings this year, ugh. Damon advances to third as Jeter ground out to Jhonny Peratla. Abreau lines a shot past a diving Garko for a 4-1 lead. Everything is being hit HARD of Westbrook tonight. Abreu steals second as Victor throws the ball into CF, I thought he was "improved" behind the dish. And A-Rod promptly hammers one into Monument Park for a 6-1 lead. Paging Jason Davis... and he up in the pen. Another bullet off the bat of Giambi and Posada takes Westbrook downtown DEEP to right center and it's 8-1 Tribe fans. Uncle Eric finally comes out to tell Jake goodnight. Jason Davis gets Cano to ground out weekly to third and Andy Marte commits error #4 on the year to keep the inning alive. The Yankees have batted around. Melky Cabrera comes up again and pops out to third to end the massacre. Thank God he's playing he gave up 2 of the outs this inning!
6 RUNS, 6 HITS, 1 ERROR, 1 LOB - YANKEES 8, INDIANS 1
And that's going to wrap it up for me. I am going to watch the game but I can't blog this crap anymore. I might punch myself. Bottom line, Jake Westbrook has had 3 starts and has looked piss poor in all three.
Please shove egg all over my face and come back and win this thing.
Peace out, Tribe fans. --Doc P.