The Indians are your AL Central leaders. They swept the Mariners in a 4 game series and won three of those games in walk-off fashion. Now THAT’s style! We’ve got plenty of Tribe talk plus some NBA and NFL news, too. It’s GameTime!
Running Time: 37:48
1Q: Indians are rolling now
We kept giving Seattle opportunities to win on Monday, but the Mariners kept returning the favor. Perez gave up a HR in the 9th AGAIN to put Seattle up before we tied it up when they could not make a routine put out at 1B in our half of the inning.
Justin Smoak hit a HR in the top of the 10th but we got two on for Gomes in our turn before he ended it with his walk-off HR.
Masterson was dominant in the 6-0 win on Sunday against Felix Hernandez, striking out 11 in seven innings.
This time it was Brantley’s turn to drive in some runs. Michael Bourn’s speed on the bases sets the table for a lot of this action. Also a lot of clutch 2-out hitting, especially in that 2nd inning.
2Q: Are they the Kardiac Kids?
Friday and Saturday featured walk-off wins, one in extra innings Friday when Jason Kipnis hit a 3R HR to end it. Ubaldo struck out nine in 5 innings but the bullpen could not hold the lead.
Saturday we won 5-4 in the bottom of the 9th after Closer Chris Perez gave up TWO HOME RUNS with two outs in the top of the 9th to allow Seattle to tie it. This wasted a solid pitching performance from Zach McAllister. Reynolds plated Kipnis with the bases full to win it when Seattle catcher Jesus Montero’s foot was came off home plate.
3Q: NBA Final Four
San Antonio dominated Memphis in Gm1 of the Western Conference Finals. Either of these teams should give Miami some problems (we hope). Oklahoma City was too much of a finesse team (even when healthy) to stop the Heat, as we saw last year. Same with Golden State.
Miami has to wait until Wednesday to face Indiana in the Eastern Finals. The Pacers will play physical and tough defense but they don’t have enough offense to seriously challenge Miami. Right?
4Q: Lottery talk
Neither of us won the big PowerBall lotto. Did you?
The NBA Draft Lottery is Tuesday night. The Cavs will pick between #1 and #6, depending on the ping pong ball bounces.
The NFL is apparently ready to make themselves a year-round thing. They want to move the NFL Draft from April to May, so free agency can dominate the month of April.
They also want to move the scouting combine into March, at the start of the new league year.
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