Saturday, August 16, 2008
Ok, So We Got Him Down On The Field...
Meanwhile, the Indians could not overcome their early errors today (3) and lost a heart breaker to the Angels, 4-3. The Tribe left 13 runners on base and wasted many scoring opportunities, in particular, a no out, bases loaded 7th inning. Kelly Shoppach came to bat and struck out looking. He did this three times today and each time he got rung up, he jawed at the umpire. Replays showed each 3rd strike pitch was too close to let go. In the 5th inning, he threw his bat and started jogging to 1st base when he caught the ire of Angels pitcher John Lackey. With one out in the 9th, Shoppach came to the plate with Peralta on 1st base. Down by one run, Shoppach had the opportunity to redeem himself. He grounded out for out #2 and Ryan Garko looked at strike 3 to end the game.
This is one area where Hargrove could make a huge impact on this team. Of the 7 strike outs by the Tribe today, 6 of them were called 3rd strikes. Grover does not stand for this poor discipline.
Here is hoping Grover is inking a contract now to make a difference in this team being managed on cruise control.
If GM Mark Shapiro stays, he needs to learn important lessons from this season gone bad that truly began last October.