Cliff Lee Masterful, Prevents Second Straight SweepCliff Lee does it again. In his second start against the Oakland Athletics on a Sunday, he shut down the A's to help stop an Indians' three game slide.
Lee 2-0: In his two starts this year against the A's, he's pitched 14.2 innings, surrendered one walk and six hits. Only one earned run and struck out 12 batters.
Cliff Lee had his breaking ball working today. He was throwing it effectively for strikes and getting ahead in the count. He retired nine straight before two straight hits brought in the only run, then went on to retire 14 in a row.
He could have pitched the 9th, but with the game out of hand and the bottom of the 8th taking as long as it did, there was no need to throw him out there.
It was the definition of dominance. Despite the cold he had outstanding control and he located his pitches very well.
If Cliff Lee can do this all year, then the Indians will be in great shape.
Offense Gets Busy Late: A couple of early runs of Gaudin was all they could muster, until the 8th when they dropped a four spot on A's reliever Fernando Hernandez.
Grady Sizemore ripped a single for his 2nd and 3rd RBIs of the game, Dellucci followed him up with his 2nd and 3rd of the year, while Travis Hafner had the first two runs knocked in early in the 3rd inning.
Ryan Garko continues to get on base. He's been on every single game this year and is hitting .325.
Hafner and Sizemore now share the lead in RBIs with 8, each had two hits today.
Gutierrez looks like he's getting over his troubles not only with his bat but with his sickness. He went 1-4 but was hitting the ball real well.
Jamey Carroll was on base all four times today, reaching on two walks, a hit by pitch and a single. He was a real spark plug today, and I think he's earned himself a shot at hitting in the 2 hole if both Michaels and Cabrera aren't playing. He got the Tribe going twice today while leading off innings.
The Tribe welcome the defending World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox in for a two game show. Jake Westbrook takes the hill against Jon Lester and Paul Byrd takes on Tim Wakefield on Tuesday.