The Cleveland Indians salvaged what was a hard fought series between what might be the two toast teams of the American league tonight. They did it against the all hype, Daisuke (Dice-K) Matzaka in his home park.
Grady Sizemore and Kelly Shoppach highlighted the Tribe offense. Sizemore doubled and homered off Dice-K. Dice K is not Grady’s kryptonite. Kelly Shoppach had four hits. Sizemore also added his 17th stolen base in 18 attempts, and the one time he was caught was a bullshit hose-call. I saw it.
Paul Byrd is quietly 6 and 1 on the year. Can you believe that? The guy doesn’t really do anything special, he just wins.
The Indians thus far have played this big test of a road trip very hard. They’re 4-2, with the two losses in Fenway being games they could have won each time. They were beaten by Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett, respectively. Not a bad pair to lose to if you’ve got to lose. They swept the Tigers and now welcome Detroit to the Jake where hopefully they can keep things going. It would be nice to pad the 2 1/2 lead in the AL Central by winning the series.