Fausto Carmona was magnificent tonight! As he pitched 9 innings and giving up only 1 run on 3 hits, he never lost his composure as he kept the Indians in the game and poised for their dramatic 11th inning victory!
As others around him were being "bugged," Fausto continued to stay in control. did you see his concentration as he looked over his mitt, eyes darting while gnats were flying, and overpowering the Yankee hitters?
And what about those bugs?!
At one point, the field and players appeared to be covered with the pesky little fliers. As I drove home from the game, the radio guys were comparing the gnats to something out of the bible! Sure, this was a plague sent to foil the Yankees. You could hear Eric "Moses" Wedge yelling from the dugout, "Let my people score!"
How about Joe Torre coming out of the dugout and talking to the umpires about the bugs! He looked like Hargrove on April 9th complaining about the snowflakes! Joe couldn't possibly have thought the game would be stopped or delayed.
The truth is, the fans brought their jars full of "Rally Gnats" and, upon queue, they let them go in the eighth inning to attack the Yankees. Maybe that was what was bugging A-Rod. At least maybe he can blame the bugs tonight...
Fausto Carmona and Rafael Perez dominated the Yankees line-up! What a performance!!!
Grady made a daring run for home in the 8th inning on a wild pitch by Joba Chamberlain to tie the game at one run apiece.
The Indians had 15 runners in scoring position and were able to score them only twice. With Fausto and Perez keeping us in the game, as those opportunities arose, it was only a matter of time before we knocked in a run...and that's what happened!
In the bottom of the 11th inning, Luis Vizcaíno relieved Mariano Rivera.
Kenny Lofton walked.
Franklin Gutierrez singled to right field.
Casey Blake sacrifice bunted the runners to second and third.
Grady Sizemore was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out.
Asdrubal Cabrera popped out to first base.
With two outs and a full count, it happened...Travis Hafner sent a strong line drive to right center field to score Lofton and win the game in the bottom of the 11th inning, 2-1!
Jacobs field erupted into a frenzy!
This was another incredible team effort on the part of the Cleveland Indians!
Add another crazy chapter to this 2007 season...call it "Bug Ball!"
This team truly is a team of destiny and it appears no one or nobody can stand in their way!
What a fabulous night for the Cleveland Indians, their fans, and the city of Cleveland...Rock On and Believe!