Tonight, Eric Wedge finally shook up the slumbering Cleveland offense. Wedge rattled his team with a major change to his line-up. The results? 17 hits and a score of Cleveland 9, Kansas City 4! The Tribe is rolling!
One game does not end the drought but it is a huge step in the right direction as the Yankees beat the Tigers to help put the Tribe back to 2.5 games ahead of the Tigers in the Central division!
The shake-up had the following results:
- Sizemore moved back into the lead off spot and went 2 for 5 with a home run
- Cabrera moved up to the #2 spot and went 2 for 5
- Hafner moved up to the #3 spot and went 1 for 3 with 2 walks
- Martinez moved into the #4 spot and went 3 for 5 with a home run and a double
- Lofton moved down to the #7 spot and went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles
- Gutierrez moved down to the #8 spot and went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk
- Blake moved down to the #9 spot and went 2 for 4
Is it a one game wonder or is this the jolt the Tribe needed to get back on track?
Is it enough to keep these guys back hitting?
I am just so pleased SOMETHING was done!
We have a tremendous opportunity again on Sunday to increase our lead over the Tigers. A championship team beats the bums. At this point in the season, each game is critical. Focus on the Royals, support Fausto, and at least maintain the 2.5 game lead in the division. Additional fortunes may shine with a Yankees victory over the Tigers!