Earlier this morning in Seattle, the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners concluded a 10 inning classic struggle that began hours before, about 30 minutes after their first game of a double header caused by a snowstorm in Cleveland back in April. Cleveland won the first game of the double header by a score of 12 to 4. Fausto Carmona notched his 19th win of the season. Cleveland was the “home” team in game 1.
Game 2 became a pitchers duel between 5 Cleveland and 3 Seattle hurlers. Jeremy Sowers started for the Indians. He gave up no runs on 5 hits in 5 innings with 5 strike outs and 2 walks. Although he was impressive in his first start since being sent to the minors in mid-season, he got into trouble early and often but managed to work out of it each time.
The biggest story was Cleveland reliever Joe Borowski. He entered the game in the 9th inning with a 2-1 lead only to give up a game-tying home run to Jeff Clement pinch-hitting for catcher Jamie Burke with 2 outs. This was Joe Blow’s second blown save in as many nights.
The Tribe lost the game in the bottom of the 10th inning on a walk with 1 out, a hit, the lead runner advancing to 3rd base on a fly to center field, and that runner scoring on a ground ball off the mitt of Jhonny Peralta that was ruled a hit.
Winning pitcher – Putz…Losing pitcher – Fultz!
Chances are, our first playoff opponent will be the New York Yankees. Needless to remind anybody, the Indians are 0-6 against the Yankees this season. Let’s go back to April 19th in New York. The Indians were winning game 3 of the series vs. New York by a score of 6-2 after losing the first 2 games. Bottom of the ninth, enter Joe Borowski, Yankees score 6 times to win 8-6.
When the season started in Chicago, Borowski gave us all a cardiac in game 2 when Joe Crede took him deep with 2 on and 2 out. Somehow, Jason Michaels induced the ball into his glove while falling against the outfield wall. After the game, Joe Borowski kidded the media about how many cigarettes they would smoke in nervousness as he pitched for this team.
Funny? Yeah but it’s time for Joe to get serious. Going into any kind of lead vs. the Yankees in the playoffs, they will eat him alive again if he doesn’t focus now and bear down. 43 saves and a 5.23 ERA is like playing with gasoline and matches.
Yikes! Keep the fire hoses ready!