Indians (MLB) - defeated the Royals 5-4; LHP C.C. Sabathia had an unusual pitching line:
7.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 13 K; 5 G/2 F; 71 S/45 B (3.21)
The 4 ER broke a 10-straight start streak of giving up 2 ERs or less. However, outside of the fifth inning, when the Royals strung 5 hits together (and really only one ball hit hard, and that was nearly caught by Sizemore,) CC was as dominant with the Ks as he has been in quite a while. Most of the balls hit by KC in that 5th were of the seeing-eye variety, hit decent, but not rocket shots.
Meanwhile, outside of a Travis Hafner RBI single in the 1st inning, the Indians couldn't do anything against RHP Brian Bannister. The one thing the Indians did do against him though was make him work hard, as Bannister threw 107 pitches in 6.0 IP. That's when the Indians' offense took over, getting 4 ER off the Royals' bullpen.
RF Franklin Gutierrez hit a 2-run HR off of RHP Joel Peralta in the 7th inning, making it 4-3 Royals.
C Victor Martinez hit a 1st-pitch fastball from former Indians' RHP reliever David Riske, just out of the reach of RF Mark Teahen over the RF wall for a game-tying solo shot, making it 4-4.
Then, 3B Casey Blake, who hadn't hit a HR since Aug. 1 (144 ABs,) hit a first-pitch fastball game-winning HR off Riske, leading to the Indians' 5-4 victory.
The Indians as a team only had 6 hits, with no Indian getting more than 1 hit.
The Indians drop their magic number to 10 with the victory. Their lead over the Tigers remains at 5.5 games, as the Tigers defeated the Twins 4-2.
Thanks to the White Sox's 5-3 win over the Angels, the Indians and Angels are now tied for the 2nd-best record in the AL, and if this LGT post is correct, the Indians actually now hold the #2 seed, while the Angels are #3.
RHP Zack Greinke vs. RHP Fausto Carmona at 7:05 P.M. EDT Saturday night.
Onto the Minors:
AA Akron - defeated Trenton (NYY) 8-2, forcing a Game 4 in the best-of-5 series, as Trenton now leads the series 2-1:
CF Trevor Crowe - 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (7-2B) (.308)
DH Jordan Brown - 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.400)
1B Michael Aubrey - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB (.321)
RF Stephen Head - 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K (.385)
3B Rodney Choy Foo - 2-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI (.261)
2B Argenis Reyes - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K (.360 - HR #1, RBI #3)
LHP Jeremy Sowers - W (2-0) - 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K; 12 G/2 F (0.68 - the K/IP may not have been impressive, but notice the improved G/F ratio; I don't recall Sowers ever getting that many GOs in a game at any level. Perhaps he did, but usually, he was about even with his G/F ratios, or had more FOs than GOs, so perhaps the higher G/F ratio is still a sign of progress for him.)
RHP Jeff Stevens - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 1 WP; 3 G/2 F (0.00 - continues to be very solid as he has all year.)
LHP Shawn Nottingham - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB; 3 G (18.00 - did not have good command.)
CF Austin Jackson - 0-4, 3 K (.226 - OUCH on the Ks!)
RHP Alan Horne - L (0-1) - 3.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K; 2 G/6 F (6.30 - the former 1st-Rd. 2001 pick of the Indians and EL Pitcher of the Year had a rough start, as both his control and command were off, something Trenton could not recover from in Game 3.)
RHP David Robertson - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K; 3 G/2 F (3.60 - the 22-YO, 5'11" 180 lb. 17th-Rd. 2006 pick out of Alabama in 84.1 Minor League IP between Low-A, High-A, and AA: 45 H/9 ER/0 HR/32 BB/113 K, 1.92 GO/AO, .154 BAA.)
RHP Kevin Whelan - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 HR (solo to Reyes); 1 G/2 F (6.00 - nearly "1s" are wild; the 23-YO, 6'0" 200 lb. 4th-Rd. 2005 former pick of the Tigers from Texas A&M in 54.1 AA IP: 34 H/18 ER/2 HR/42 BB/68 K, 0.76 GO/AO, .180 BAA.)
Game 4 of the Best-of-5 Series will continue at 7:05 P.M. EDT; RHP Daniel McCutchen vs. RHP Bobby Brownlie.
Take care and have a great weekend!