McCutchen Goes Yard in Wild Win
The Indians held on to beat Toledo last night 13-10. The Tribe almost lost leads of 8 and 7 runs. I’m the last person who needs to complain about the weather, but it was cold and damp last night. After the game I couldn’t tell if the players were excited for the win or relieved to be heading into the warmth of the clubhouse.
Plenty of offensive stars last night including Andrew McCutchen who for the second time this season was a hit away from the cycle. ‘Cutch took the third pitch of the game over the left field wall for his first home run of the season.
It’s good to get it out of the way and get it out of the way early. I didn’t go in there trying to hit a home run. I was trying to go in there to battle and make good contact. He threw the ball in a good spot and I was able to get the barrel on it and get it out. It’s good to get that goose egg off the board.
Catcher Erik Kratz launched a three run shot over the 365 sign in left center giving the Tribe an 11-4 lead. Kratz was 2-5 with 2 runs and the 3 RBI’s. Immediately after the game, Kratz sat in the dugout either tired from the 3+ hour game or reflecting on the meltdown by the bullpen. Let’s just say he didn’t look like a guy who drove in the winning runs.
Garrett Jones had a hit and drove in three. Jones has a 9 game hit streak heading into tonight game. Neil Walker had some rare luck collecting a double on a ball that landed in-between three Mud Hens down the third base line. Walker has just 3 hits in his last 26 at-bats. Steve Pearce raised his average to .135 with a pair of hits.
As for the pitching we will only talk about Tom Gorzelanny. The lefty gets the win allowing 4 runs (grand slam by Mike Hessman) in 5.2 innings of work. Gorz retired the side in order in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings. The trouble came in the 6th when he appeared to pitch defensive. After a one out double Gorzelanny nibbled and walked pinch-hitter Don Kelly. A walk to Wilkin Ramirez was followed by the granny to straight away centerfield. Overall, 90 pitches for the winner striking out 7 and walking 2.
News and Notes: INF Anderson Machado has been sent down to Double-A Altoona. In return the Indians receive catcher Miguel Perez. Tonight RHP Daniel McCutchen (0-1, 2.45) opposes RHP Ron Chiavacci (0-1, 1.69).