By Ryan Isley
Indians Offense Lets Them Down – AGAIN:
With Jered Weaver toeing the rubber for the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night, Josh Tomlin knew he had to be on top of his game. Tomlin was just that, making just one mistake all night – a two-out double by Mark Trumbo in the 7th – en route to eight innings of four-hit baseball. Tomlin struck out three, walked one and for the most part was economical, tossing just 97 pitches (22 in the 7th) on the evening.
For most teams, that performance by the starting pitcher would be rewarded by a victory. But since the Indians have yet to go out and make a deal for hitting (but do not blame them because they ARE trying – sarcasm in full effect), Tomlin’s night was just another wasted gem.
The Indians offense again decided to take the night off in a 2-1 loss to the Halos. The Indians had just five hits in the first eight innings, just one night after having just three hits through the first eight innings in the first game of the series. Monday night, the Indians made up for their lack of execution by stringing together two runs in the 9th inning to pull off a 3-2 win.
Unfortunately, the Indians were not able to find that same 9th inning magic for the second night in a row. Travis Hafner led off with a single to right and was replaced by pinch runner Orlando Cabrera. Up next was Carlos Santana, who followed suit with a single to right of his own. After a perfect sacrifice bunt by Lonnie Chisenhall, the bases were loaded after the Angels tried to get Cabrera at third and he was safe.
That is when possibly the worst at-bat of the season by any hitter on the Indians happened. Bases loaded, nobody out, trailing 2-1 and up steps Matt LaPorta. While LaPorta had homered earlier in the game to give the Indians their only run, he did the one thing in this at-bat that he simply could not do – he hit the ball on the ground. After a 4-2-3 double play, the Indians were left with runners on second and third with two outs. Jason Kipnis struck out to end the game and the Indians once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
The Indians and Angels will wrap up the series on Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field as David Huff (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will battle Ervin Santana 5-8, 3.69 ERA). Good luck David, you will need it with this offense.
Tomlin was not the only pitcher in the organization having a good night, as Indians minor leaguer Justin Germano tossed a perfect game for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers on Tuesday night in a 3-0 win over Syracuse.
Germano, who saw action in nine games for the big league club this season, put up zeroes across the boxscore while striking out seven on just 95 pitches for his first win of the season.
Are You Ready For Some…Nope, Not Going There:
The millionaires and the billionaires finally agreed to a deal that would end the NFL lockout after months of bickering back and forth. While I will not go all ESPN on you and put a clip of Hank Williams, Jr. here, I am excited that the lockout is now over as now we can finally get ready for some football and can see what impact the Browns can have this year.
The facility in Berea was open to Browns players on Tuesday at 10 a.m., which was when teams were allowed to sign their draft picks and rookie free agents, as well as start any trade talks and talk with veteran free agents. While players and teams can have conversations, no deals are allowed to be finalized and signed before Friday at 6 p.m. Even after signing, veteran free agents will not be allowed to participate in any team activities until August 4th.
The Browns, as were most teams, were busy on Tuesday, reportedly agreeing to terms with a number of undrafted free agents. Among those who are now members of the Browns are wide receiver Chris Mathews (Kentucky), offensive lineman Dominic Alford (Minnesota), linebacker Brian Smith (Notre Dame), cornerback James Dockery (Oregon State), linebacker Alex Wujciak (Maryland) and defensive lineman Jabari Fletcher (Appalachian State – had to put that in there for my Michigan readers).
Ohio State had a number of their former players sign as undrafted free agents on Tuesday as wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher (Bears), Offensive lineman Justin Boren (Ravens), offensive lineman Bryant Browning and long-snapper Jake McQuaid (Rams), defensive back Devon Torrence (Vikings), defensive tackle Dexter Larimore (Saints) and running back Brandon Saine(Packers) all found homes. They join defensive lineman Cam Heyward (Steelers – 1st round),defensive backs ChimdiChekwa (Raiders – 4th round) and Jermale Hines (Rams – 5th round) and linebackers Ross Homan (Vikings – 6th round) and Brian Rolle (Eagles – 6th round) who were drafted back in April as players from last season’s Buckeyes going to the NFL.
Training camps will begin opening today, with the Browns opening up camp on Friday and holding their first public workout on Sunday.
Tiger Sighting in Akron?:
Rumors are starting to swirl that when the WGC Bridgestone Invitational opens next Thursday at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Tiger Woods may be in town to make his return to competitive golf.
The seven-time champion of the event has until 5 p.m. on Friday to officially declare his intentions for the event. Should he decide to participate, the loud cheer you will hear will be coming from inside the clubhouse at Firestone CC as Woods is obviously the biggest attraction at any event he attends.
Should Woods decide to play in Akron, he will be doing so without longtime caddy Stevie Williams, whom Woods fired last week. As of now, it is uncertain who would be on Woods’ bag for the event, but I would like to offer my services. I am local so I would not require travel costs and I will work for a reasonable price. My twitter is on the bottom of the story Tiger – just get in touch.
Update on Marrissa and the Twitter Car:
As you may recall, I wrote a story last Friday about Marrissa Bishop (@LilMarrissa) and her dream to have Mike Harmon (@hrmn8ter) run a car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series that was decorated with twitter followers. Harmon agreed to run the car if they could get the financial backing needed and originally planned on running the car in Iowa on August 6th.
As of Monday night, plans had changed slightly. Harmon tweeted Monday night that he was now planning on running the car in Atlanta on September 3rd so they would have a little more time to prepare and have a better car for the race.
Meanwhile, you can continue to donate to the cause by sending a check to Mike Harmon Racing, 6652 Denver Industrial Park Road, Denver, NC 28037. Make checks out to “Mike Harmon Racing” and in the subject line write “@lilmarrissa twitter car campaign” along with your Twitter handle if you have one. You can also donate through PayPal by going to The Driving for Marissa page on Mike Harmon’s website.