Cleveland Indians outfielder David Dellucci gave the team and the city something to fight for last night! As Josh Barfield attempted to score the tying run on a dropped Grady Sizemore liner to center field, he tangled with Blue Jays catcher Jason Phillips who was blocking the plate. As Barfield was called out, Phillips turned and “jawed” at him. Dellucci, who was on deck, went after Phillips in defense of Barfield’s clean but aggressive scoring attempt that ended in the third out of the inning. That seemed to be just the fire the Indians needed. At the top of the next inning, Dellucci made a sensational catch in left field and then he led off the bottom of the same inning with a double. The Indians won the game with an RBI ground rule double off of the bat of Grady Sizemore. Grady somehow avoided the pie in the face that has been the game-winner's fate as of late as they are interviewed in the post game show.
This team has won 10 of their last 11 games, 4 in a row, and they reside in first place of the American League Central by two full games. Pitching is their strong point with great depth and a powerful bullpen. But what will happen when these guys heat up and start hitting like they are capable of? All signs are there that the hits, timely ones at that, are on the way!
Despite some of the adversity that this team has faced so far this season (snow storms, opener called one pitch away from a complete game victory, playing home games in another stadium, getting tagged for a run three innings after the fact), first place is a great place to be while this team provides fabulous drama and entertainment each and every day! Go Tribe!!!
David "Rocky" Dellucci!