Indians 1, Twins 0 (box)
…But instead of Sister Christian, I’d like to propose the question above (in perhaps a less-corny way) to one Carsten Charles Sabathia.
The big man was absolutely dealing last night, tossing his second complete game shutout of the season. Soccer score or not, I’ll take the win as it was much, much-needed. It was a quick game, ending well before 9:30, and Sabathia looked like he could have went two or three more innings the way he was tossing the rock.
All in all, he threw 106 pitches, with only 29 for balls. You can’t ask much more from your starting pitcher than this. Keep in mind that innings five through nine were all of the “one-two-three” variety. If you showed up a bit late to the game – like I did – you best have inhaled your dollar dogs as you didn’t have much time; something that I am not going to complain about. Mmm…Bertman’s.
After this one was over, I began to tell myself that this was the turnaround game that we needed. We needed Sabathia to pitch well, and did he ever. But we also needed some runs, which we didn’t really get. We also needed the bullpen to perform well, but they didn’t have to.
If we can pull off two more wins over Minnesota, we’re suddenly in second place. And not that I’m watching, but the Tigers topped the White Sox last night as well, allowing the Tribe to “vault” themselves to 7.5 games out.
I’m not ready to give up just yet. And while I think it’s still a pipe dream, I’d love for this team to make our ace a solid offer – not one of those three-year “hey, we tried” types.
To be continued…
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