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Indians Come Up a Little Bit Short...Again.

May 1st at Cleveland Indians

How was the trophy defended today?
Starting pitching and Ozzie Ball! What a Combo!

Short Take: Starting pitching and Ozzie Ball does it all as our Sox continue to manhandle the Tribe in their own house.

It’s a brand new month, and the World Champs started it off on a high note, downing the division rival Cleveland Indians 8-6. This game was a real barn-burner. Between them, the two teams scored 14 runs on 26 hits. Unfortunately for the Tribe, 8 of the runs and 15 of the hits came off Sox bats, as our guys continue to treat the Jake like a kind of home away from home. Scott Podsednik started the festivities off with a single, which was followed by another from Tadahito Iguchi. Jim Thome struck out and Scottie and Iguchi pulled off a double steal, something which apparently is becoming a habit of theirs. Paulie Konerko came up next and hit a three-run shot, and the boys were off and running. In the bottom of the first, Javier Vazquez picked up where he left off last time, striking out Grady Sizemore on three pitches. Casey Blake singled, but that was erased when the next batter, Jhonny Peralta, hit into a double play. In the third, Pods got on base again. A pickoff attempt backfired when an error on a throw resulted in Scottie taking third. The Sox were unable to take advantage though; Iguchi bounced out and Thome flied out to center.

The Tribe went down in order in the third. Then Paulie flied out, and AJ was hit by a pitch. Joe Crede fanned, but this was followed by two straight singles by Rob Mackowiak and Juan Uribe. An error by Boone, who just can’t seem to put last season behind him, led to Anderson’s reaching first safely, and AJ and Rob scored. After three, Sox led 5-0 and it stayed that way through five. Then in the top of the sixth, Cliff Lee was relieved by Brian Slocum, who promptly gave up a single to Pods. Iguchi popped up and after what seemed like about a hundred throws over to first, Pods stole second anyway. Thome walked. Paulie struck out and, incredibly, Slocum decided to try to pick off Thome. Of course, there was an error on the throw, Thome went to second, and Pods scored. AJ’s single scored Thome, and Crede walked. Unfortunately, at this point Cleveland decided to ruin everything and bring in a new pitcher. Jeremy Guthrie gave up a walk to Mackowiak but got the third out on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Uribe. In the bottom of the sixth, with two out and Peralta on first, Victor Martinez reached on an error by Pods. Peralta came around to score on an error by Iguchi, and the score after six was 7-1.

Brandon McCarthy came on in the seventh and gave up two singles and a walk. This set the stage for Travis Hafner, who hit a grand slam, and suddenly the Tribe was within two at 7-5. The score would stay that way until the top of the ninth. Anderson struck out, Pods singled and stole second, then third. Iguchi struck out, then Thome singled, driving in Pods. The Tribe managed to score one in the bottom of the frame, but it was too little, too late, and the game ended with a final score of 8-6, Good Guys.

So the game was over, but this TBGR isn’t quite yet. In this writer’s opinion, the Cleveland “faithful” showed an unbelievable lack of class in their treatment of Jim Thome last night. From 1991 to 2002, Thome was the face of that team and one of the biggest—if not THE biggest—reasons for their successful seasons during that time. Yet last night he was booed at every turn, and some of the so-called “fans” carried insulting signs calling him various unpleasant names. Even more appalling, by all accounts Thome is one of the nicest guys anyone could ever want to meet, which makes such behavior all the more crude—and cruel. I would hate to see anything like this happen when Frank Thomas returns on May 22nd. Fortunately, I think we can expect better from Sox fans.

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From double steals to home runs. Doing the little things, the big things, whatever it takes to win!

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