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4-11-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 11, 2009

Only in Cleveland do home openers happen like this. After more than seven hours of a mixture of rain and baseball the Indians finally lost their fourth straight game of the season, this time to the Toronto Blue Jays 13-7.

The starting pitching was a little better in this one as Scott Lewis gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings, but that was hardly the bashing that either of the other three starting pitchers took in their games, Sheldon Ocker wrote:

In contrast to the first three games, the seeds of defeat weren't sewn entirely by the starting pitcher, not that Scott Lewis was blameless. He gave up four runs in 41/3 innings, his downfall being a two-run homer by Adam Lind and a solo by Scutaro.

But there was a difference in Lewis' performance compared to those by Cliff Lee, Fausto Carmona and Carl Pavano, who started the first three games. Lewis did not dig a hole so deep that his team had no chance to climb out. By the time Lee, Carmona and especially Pavano left the game, the Tribe had virtually no chance to recover.

Someone forgot to wake up the bullpen after the nearly four hour rain delay,, Paul Hoynes wrote.

Yet the offense sure was there. Travis Hafner is inching closer to legitimizing the Tribe's investment in his recovery. He accounted four the Indians first three runs of the game when he doubled home two in the first inning and hit a solo home run to right in the third inning.

Shin-Soo Choo and Victor Martinez also homered.

Anthony Castrovince made comparisons of the rain delay to the 2007 opener that was canceled due to snow. In both instances, it was just a few outs from becoming an official game.

Whats happenin' in Akron

The Aeros lost last night 3-0 after sitting through an hour rain delay themselves.

Akron closer Vinnie Pestano feels the Nick Adenhart crash all too closely. One of his best friends was in the car and is the only survivor.

The Rest...

Eric Wedge got a little nostalgic on Sheldon Ocker. As a youngster Wedge had Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk and Thurman Munson posters on his wall. Bench was his favorite.

Terry Pluto is already looking at the organizational pitching depth.

Bill Livingston found a way to compare the Indian's home opener to Patrick Duffey's role on "Dallas." That is impressive.

Jamey Carroll is waiting to heal and Eric Wedge wants longer nets around the field to protect fans, according to Paul Hoynes.


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