The Cleveland Indians win their first game of the 2012 season beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 this afternoon. It was a day Indians catcher Carlos Santana may never forget as he was celebrating his 26th birthday by blasting home runs over the outfield fence today. Santana had a pair of blasts for three R.B.I.'s that proved to be huge in help the Indians put their first win on the board of the season.
The Indians had to battle for the win nonetheless. Tribe pitcher Derek Lowe had a very solid outing and pitched for 7 innings today striking out one and giving out only one free pass. Although there were two runs on the board when Lowe left the game, none of them would be charged to him. The runs were due to the Indians infielders Jason Kipnis and the sure handed Jack Hannahan making errors. Hannahan just could get the ball out of his glove as he was trying to toss it to Cabrera for what would normally be an easy out. Kipnis just couldn't cleaning glove a ball he was moving to his right on and blew the play that also could have been an easy out.
The Indians took Lowe out after 7 and Indians Manager Manny Acta put Joe Smith in for relief. Smith appearance was anything but a relief to Acta who watched as Smith got in to major trouble.Joe Smith would give up three straight singles and would allow a run to score to get the Blue Jays within one of the Indians. Acta could see Smith was in trouble and without hesitation he made the call to bring in the Tribes one man powerhouse Vinny Pestano.
Pestano faced two batters with men on first and second and pitched lights out to get the Indians out of the inning striking out two and controlling the damage to set it up for Chris Perez in the Ninth. This could very well go down as one of Vinny Pestano's greatest performances in a Indians uniform to date.
The Indians would then send in Chris Perez to get the save in the 9th, although Perez struggled he did get the job done and the Cleveland Indians won their first game of the 2012 season and Chris Perez got his first save. We all know what happened last year after the Indians lost their first two games. The Indians found a way to get the ball rolling their way and reeled off a bunch of wins to get themselves on top of the A.L. Central. Could history be repeating itself? Lets hope so....
Even though the headline says Pestano should get the credit, we understand this is a team sport and without each other these guys couldn't compete. We just though Vinny did one hell of a job today..If he would have given in under pressure the Indians could have lost their third in a row. Same goes for Chris Perez, who in all fairness has done great just getting ready for opening day as fast as he could. It just goes to show the fans what great competitors these guys are. I for one am glad we have them on our team.
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