While the Indians 10-6 loss was really not news to anyone, the real story was David Dellucci getting a start in left field for the Blue Jays…. OK, I’m kidding. DD did get the start, going 0-2 with a walk and a runs scored, moving his season average to a hefty .185, but hey, DD is got the last laugh as his team won.
Now to the important stuff.
King Carl Pavano got his first start after a 10 day layoff and hoped to continue his string of good starts. While his stamina was there, unfortunately his stuff wasn’t. “It’s just one of those games where I struggled to get the ball down,” Pavano said. “I left a lot of balls up. I don’t think I got a ground-ball until the fourth inning. The balls that I did leave up, they hammered and made me pay.”
Pavano gave up four solo homers; Vernon Wells hit his in the second, Aaron Hill in the fourth, and two in the fifth from Alex Rios and Marco Scutaro. He had his chances to get through the fifth, but just couldn’t get the third out. Rios’s solo shot led off the fourth, but Pavano got the next two batter she faced. At 4-1, the damage seemed to be minimized. Then Scutaro, “the new Mike Sweeney” as Scott calls him, hit the first of his two homers and the flood gates opened. [Read more...]