The Indianapolis .500
The Tribe failed to reach the .500 mark this afternoon falling 2-1 at Charlotte. The Indians split the four game series and are one of only three IL teams (Buffalo and Lehigh Valley) that have not reached the .500 mark this season. The Indians lost when they had a record of 0-1, 6-7, and 20-21. On April 24th the Indians were 6-7 and faced pitcher Jack Cassel of the Columbus Clippers. Today on May 24th the 20-21 Indians faced Justin Cassel of the Charlotte Knights. In both games the brothers prevented the Indians from evening up their record. It’s only a matter of time before the Indians not only reach .500, but start moving their record in the right direction.
Today Daniel McCutchen (6IP, ER, 9H, 4K) made some noticeable adjustments. The Tribe righty threw a first pitch change-up to the first three hitters of the game. Today’s adjustment was due to him giving up two first pitch fastball home runs in his previous start. Over his previous seven starts, D ‘Cutch had given up 8 first inning runs including three homers. The adjustment worked, but he didn’t figure in the decision. Like their parent club, the Indians could not dent the scoreboard collecting only 3 hits until Jeff Salazar launched a game tying 9th inning home run. The blast was first time this season the Indians tied a game up in the 9th inning. In the end Charlotte would win when a bases loaded walk was issued to Brent Lillibridge.
This is the only trip the Indians make to “Charlotte“.
Knights Stadium was built in 1990 and was built to Major League Baseball specifications to help lure teams to Charlotte.
I’m sure plenty of “specs” have changed in 20 years and any team that would move to Charlotte would likely build their own downtown stadium. For one thing “The Castle” is a small yard. It’s only 325 down the lines and 360 in the power alleys. This is a very favorable place for hitters and can be a nightmare for pitchers. A hitter doesn’t need to crush a mistake pitch like you do at Victory Field. The next picture gives you a peek into the Indians dugout and gives you an idea of the seating area.
I was directly behind home plate during the 9th inning on Friday night. This is a picture of Brian Slocum saving the game for Ty Taubenheim.
Now it is off to Lawrenceville, Georgia to face the Gwinnett Braves. The Braves radio announcer is Tony Schiavone. You might know Schiavone for his work with the WWE and WCW. He worked for the WWF in the late 80’s and early 90’s before moving to WCW and becoming the voice of Monday Nitro. I’m really looking forward to seeing the park and meeting Tony to see if he’ll share some wrestling stories. Basically I want to know if he has ever been thrown through a table. Secretly, I have always wanted to work for the WWE. I can’t explain it, but all the screaming and overacting has to be a rush. I’ll see what kind of guy Tony is before tackling the wrestling issue, just in case he’d rather steer clear of the topic.