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4-24-09 Morning RoundUp

By jcfortun Published: April 24, 2009

 

Thursday's game against the Royals was one the Indians had no business winning, but somehow, they still did. 

They survived three errors and 16 batters with out a base runner before Grady Sizemore bailed out the team with a three-run home run in the eighth inning. The Indians went on to win 5-2, thus winning their first series of the season as well.

The Indians really needed this win, wrote Patrick McManamon.

Anthony Castrovince called it "snatching victory from the jaws of defeat." 

For the Royals it was a whole other story. 

Per the Kansas City Star:

“A lot of times, you’ll hear guys talk about a team win,” third baseman Mark Teahen said. “This was a team loss.”

Wasted scoring opportunities. A couple of costly errors. And a couple of bad pitches in crucial situations. That covers just about everyone, doesn’t it? 


Kansas City starter Gil Meche pitched so well for all of his seven plus innings. The only blemish came in the second inning when Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo doubled.

A few pitches later he stole third. Royals catcher John Buck, in an attempt to nail Choo, launched a ball into left field. Choo scored.

Ben Francisco would also double in that inning, but would be the last Indians base runner until the eighth inning. 

Despite leading 2-1 entering the eighth, it was all errors and hanging sliders by Ron Mahay after that. 

Indians starter Anthony Reyes delivered a good enough pitching performance to win. He pitched six innings, allowed two runs, six hits and struck out five.  He did walk four. 

It hasn't really been noted lately, but the starting pitching has been doing its job as of late.

Over the past seven games, they had gone 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA in 43 1/3 innings -- an average of just more than six innings per start. In that span, the starters' ERA has dropped from 10.13 to 6.25.-- Per Anthony Castrovince.

THE REST...

-- Ignore those Cliff Lee trade rumors. It's April 24 people!

-- The Pronk Bars are back! And so is Travis Hafner.

-- Upon his call up to the major, Tony Sipp had to make a late night call to his mom, who was quickly in Cleveland for his debut.

-- Trevor Crowe has taken some heat for watching a Joakim Soaria curveball to end Wednesday night's game, but is it just? Was that pitch even hittable?

-- Can't get enough of Twitter? Make sure you start following Indians prospect Matt LaPorta.

WHATS HAPPENIN' IN AKRON?

Aeros pitcher Vinnie Pestano isn't a tradition closer, but has plenty of success thus far in his career regardless, according to Stephanie Storm.

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