Cliff Lee washed his hands, grabbed his scalpel and went to work last night on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Outside of a shaky first inning, his three-hit shutout was done with surgical precision. He had a no-hitter heading into the eighth inning until I jinxed him talking about it Yadier Molina found the right field corner for a double.
How good was Lee?
It took him 93 pitches, 70 of which found the strike zone. Atleast eight of those other 23 came in the first inning, when he walked Brendan Ryan and Albert Pujols.
Lee got past "The Machine" three times after that, including a popout in the top of the ninth.
Lee faced 32 batters in the game.
He got ahead of 26 of them with a first pitch strike.
The Indians are one of the eight teams competing to sign 16-year-old Dominican prospect Miguel Angel Sano, according to the Plain Dealer.
The highly touted shortstop has drawn attention from the Yankees, Orioles, Pirates, Twins and Cardinals with the Pirates considered somewhat of a leader to sign him.
You can follow all the Sano news at this link.
It may not look like much, but the Indians may be slowly creeping back into contention. They are now six games back in a very winnable division and have won 12 of their last 20 games. The Indians have won the last three series and have won 10 of 15 at the Prog.
Picks squaring off
The Indians may have been paying a little extra attention to the College World Seris on Sunday. Top pick Alex White took the mound for UNC against the Indians second round pick, Arizona State outfielder Jason Kipnis.
Kipnis got the better end of it Sunday in the Sun Devils 5-2 win in 10 innings. He went 1-4 with a double off White and a run scored.
White pitched nine strong innings, striking out 12, scattering seven hits and allowing one run. Yet the Indians can't be too thrilled about it, White threw 131 pitches to do so.
The Indians have no say or control over anything with White until his collegiate career is over and he signs a contract with the Indians.
THROW EM' THE HEATER, RICKY!
Anyone heading to tonight's game against the Milwaukee Brewers should know it is Rick Vaughn bobblehead night. Bob Uecker is supposed to be on hand.
The Brewers give a nice parallel considering "Major League" was actually shot in the old Milwaukee County Stadium.