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04-29-09 Morning RoundUp

By jcfortun Published: April 29, 2009

It was one of those games the Indians had no business winning, but they found a way with Boston shining the light.

The Red Sox committed three errors -- some could argue four with that Jacoby Ellsbury sliding attempt in centerfield -- including the final play of the game that allowed the Indians to snap the Red Sox's 11-game winning streak.

The Indians won 9-8 and it wasn't pretty. 

Both starting pitchers, Cleveland's Anthony Reyes and Boston's Brad Penny,  were gone before the third inning could even come to a conclusion.

The score was tied at 7-7 by that time and it only took nearly 200 pitches and  about two hours to get that far.

Sheldon Ocker called the game Major League III, but with Borat and Al Bundy as the starting pitchers. 

The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo writes that Penny needs to step his game up, or he may be the odd man out in Boston's stacked pitching staff. 

But as the relievers settled in, the two teams actually played some baseball. Indians third basemen Mark DeRosa supplied the offense with a solo home run in the seventh inning off of Taikashi Saito and the game-winning run in the ninth.

By the ninth one could imagine fictional Cleveland Indians manager Lou Brown, of Major League fame, barking at Indians closer Kerry Wood

``Throw him the Heater Kerry!"

After Wood gave up a single to Jason Bay and Jason Varitek put runners on the corners with a hit and run single to right field with one out. Wood seemingly got angry and started firing 96 mile an hour fastballs right past the next two hitters, pinch hitter Nick Green and Ellsbury, who lined out to second.

In the bottom of the ninth and the scored tied at eight, DeRosa bloop singled to start the inning, and was moved over to second by a Ben Francisco bunt. After a Grady Sizemore strike out, Asdrubal Cabrera sent a ground ball to Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis that would seemingly end the game. 

Yet Boston pitcher Javier Lopez could not handle the soft toss from Youkilis, allowing DeRosa to score without a throw. 

Just take a look at this win probability chartfrom FanGraphs, what a crazy, crazy game: 

THE REST...

-- Dave Dellucci is a week away from returning from the diabled list. Anthony Castrovince writes that it could be an opportunity for the Indians to return to 12 pitchers. He doesn't see Trevor Crowe going anywhere.

-- Top prospect Matt LaPorta is seemingly nipping at the heels of Ben Francisco, but don't expect a call up. It's still Francisco's  job.  

-- Pitcher Adam Miller had his finger surgery yesterday. It could end his career, or revive it. How is that for insightful?

WHATS HAPPEN' IN AKRON

The Aeros sent the Senators to their 10th straight loss. Starter Hector Rondon struck out nine and Vinnie Pestano picked up his eighth save. 

Stephanie Storm profiled speedster Jose Constanza. 

COLUMBUS CLIPPINGS

Jeremy Sowers brought his "A" game against Toledo yesterday. The southpaw held the Mudhens to one run on five hits through seven innings. Per the Columbus Dispatch.

"That's as good as I've seen Jeremy throw the ball since I've known him," Lovullo said. "He was aggressive with his fastball, his secondary stuff was getting outs and some swings and misses."
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