Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Tribe Sweeps 2 Game Series From Twins

Is it an anomaly or a sign of good things to come?

The Indians swept the hated Minnesota Twins as they won 7-3 in 12 innings on Monday and 5-3 Tuesday jumping them into a virtual tie with White Sox for first place in the AL Central.

Monday's victory was highlighted by tremendous pitching from Jeremy Sowers and the bullpen. Sowers pitched 6 scoreless innings to start off before giving up 3 in the 7th to knot the score 3-3. The bullpen responded by throwing 5 innings of no hit (1 walk) baseball from the eighth inning until the bats awoke in the 12th inning. Travis Hafner went 4-4, Victor Martinez hit a 3-run jack and Ryan Garko, Jason Michaels and the freshly recalled Shin-Soo Choo contributed RBIs in the decisive 12th inning.

Tuesday's victory was a bit sweeter as it came at the expense of Johan Santana and gave Fausto Carmona his first Major League victory since his Major League debut. Pronk contributed a solo BOMB (431 feet) in the first and the Tribe managed to push two more across in the forth. Then they got RBIs in the 7th and 8th from, and I am serious, Casey Blake and Mike Rouse. Waa... Waa... Waa?!? Yes, those two guys. The story is however Carmona out-dueling Santana. A great line (7 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) and working through some trouble in the 4th. Aaron Fultz pitching his patented 1/3 inning of relief (just 1 pitch) and a third straight solid save opportunity converted for Joe Borowski (even though he did give up a run).

So it's a good start after a less than stellar showing versus the DEvil Rays over the weekend. Next up, another 2 gmaes series, this time at home against the Texas Rangers.

Go Tribe!

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