Sky full of fire, pain pouring down
This about sums it up.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIAE OF THE DAY…
- The Indians and Royals are once again wearing those commemorative stars and stripes hats tonight. They wore them on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, as well.
- The Tribe’s rotation continues to get jumbled as the Indians give guys rest where they can. Tonight would have been Jeremy Sowers’ normal turn in the rotation, but he’ll get an extra few days of rest and get the ball Monday in Minnesota, followed by Fausto Carmona on Tuesday and Aaron Laffey on Wednesday.
- Joe Smith, nursing that tweaked left knee, continues to play catch. Still no word on when he’ll start throwing off a mound, but he’ll obviously have to do so a few times before the Indians consider using him in a game. He hasn’t pitched since Aug. 29.
- Eric Wedge said he is “just starting to give some thought” to which guys on this club will be asked to play winter ball this year.
- Rafael Perez has given up five earned runs in his last seven innings of work. He has a 6.28 ERA since his latest recall from Triple-A Columbus. In other words, he has shown no progress whatsoever this season. Wedge said the problem with Perez now is “similar” to what we saw in April, when Perez had trouble getting his once-trusty slider over. Chalk it up as a lost year for Perez, though the inability to get him back on track is troubling.
- The Indians have 12 rookies on their 32-man roster, which is tied for the most in the Majors with the Orioles, Diamondbacks, Reds, Pirates and Padres.
- Speaking of the Padres, Ed Mujica is their starting pitcher tonight. In a related note, the Padres are not in playoff contention.
- Double-A Akron has a commanding 2-0 lead in its best-of-five, opening-round playoff series against Reading. Right-hander Josh Tomlin allowed a pair of runs on three hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in a 9-4 win on Wednesday, and right-hander Jeanmar Gomez gave up just a run on six hits over seven innings for a 6-2 win in Game 2 on Thursday. Eastern League MVP Carlos Santana homered in Game 2. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall is 3-for-3 with a run scored in the series, which continues tonight at Reading.
- The Tribe has dropped eight of 10 and nine of 12.
- The Elias Sports Bureau pointed out that, on Wednesday, the Indians became the first American League team to lose a game by giving up 10 runs, with five of those runs coming in the first and the other five in the ninth. Other than the Rangers, only two other teams had ever won that way – Cincinnati in 1889 in the American Association and the Mets in 2007.
- You know that Flo girl, from the Progressive advertisements? She just threw out a ceremonial first pitch. Yep. Big night.