After all the bad from that A's Series our boys are poised to win their second series! 2 of the first 3 series would be an excellent start to the young season. A few things to note from last nights game. I missed the early portion due to a doctor’s appointment, and basically tuned in to find our boy Gilbert struggling as usual. 49 pitches were thrown in the 1st two innings. That my friends are more than Florida marlin Serigo Mitre threw in 5. Who is Mitre? Unless you’re me you probably don't care lol.
The point being Gil is no better in the early part of the season than he was all of the past two. I don't want to jump off his wagon to early but how long are we going to go with this guy in a starting roll. Rolls like what Ryan Franklin had when he was good think 2001.
The offense woke up which was great to see, well all but Beltre who did single and steal a bag but 1 for whatever is not something I want from one of my franchise players.
My favorite thing of last night was when the Indians walked Raul to get to Sexson with the bases loaded. Richie wasted no time in reacting. The first pitch to him was absolutely crushed to deep left field. Raul has been walked to face Richie twice now and in both cases Richie has homered. Are teams gonna learn that walking Raul to get to Richie pisses richie off??
I am a bit concerned with Eddie, he looked rusty again. Let’s hope that it is just early season rust and that he can get into form here.
One last thing to bring up is how big a stud Kenji is. Not only is he hitting and playing defense well, he is so Clutch!! That double had me jumping out of my chair, I thought it was gone. A scaring moment in the 8th I think it was where Kenji on his throw back to the mound hit is hand on the bat of an Indians batter, I forget who was at the plate. Luckily it didn’t look serious and he remained in the game. The last thing he needs is a injury to spoil his fire!!
Tonight is the King as they go for the series win!
Oh and props to Ichiro for breaking outta his "Slump". And of course Raul needs some love for his 4-4 4rbi night. He is Mr. consistency!