The Indians got shut out two games in a row by the Tampa Bay Rays. Today, it was pay-back time. The Indians offense destroyed the Tampa Bay pitching in-game 3 to avoid the sweep. Justin Masterson took to the mound for Cleveland and performed flawlessly in his second start for the Indians.
Masterson pitched for 7 innings. He struck out 8 and only walked 3 while allowing only 2 Tampa Bay hits. What a difference a day makes. The Indians offense look like the walking dead in the first 2 games of the series. Not today.
The Tribe had enough. Today we saw the offense that was lighting it up through-out spring training. The team put 13 runs on the score-board. It started in the second inning. Stubbs singled to right, Aviles scored, and Lonnie Chisenhall moved to third. It looked like the Indians were going to get more runs in the second but they didn’t.
In the 3rd inning Mark Reynolds did what he has done since coming to the Indians, he homered to center to drive in Cabrera and Raburn scored. Just like that the Cleveland Indians found themselves out in front of the Rays. They must have remembered how fun it was to get hits and score runs. They continued to hammer the Tampa Bay pitchers for the rest of the game.
The Tribe got the scoring started in the 5th when Carlos Santana doubled to left, he drove in Raburn to make it 5-0 Indians. It wasn’t over yet, the Indians continued to score runs in the 5th when, Lonnie Chisenhall homered to right, driving in Santana and Aviles to make it 8-0 tribe. The Indians were having a blast.
Guess what took place next? Mark Reynolds came to the plate in the 7th and must have thought, what the hell, why not hit another one out and that is just what he did. Reynolds hit his second home run of the game driving in yet another run to make it Indians 9, Rays 0.
The 7th inning scoring wasn’t over yet, Aviles singled to left, that drove Santana across the plate. Just like that the Indians were on top of the Rays 10-0. It must have felt good for Francona’s boys to socre a lot of runs, cuz they weren’t done yet.
In the 8th inning the Indians scored another run when new comer Michael Bourn went to the plate and he hit a home run. The Tribe had an 11 run lead. Wait, they weren’t done yet. Carlos Santana must have thought he wanted some of the long ball, he went to the plate and he sent one out of the park. Santana hit a home run that would bring Reynolds across the plate and the Indians had a 13 run lead.
The Indians sent Vinnie Pestano in to close it out. Pestano gave up one hit, walked 2 and struck out 2. Just the thought of allowing a run was enough to piss off Vinnie. Nobody in the history of baseball is harder on themselves than Vinnie Pestano. You know what? I am glad he is part of the Indians bull-pen. There is no way I would want our guys to face him.
The drought was over. The runs were flowing and now your Cleveland Indians are on their way home for their home opener against the New York Yankees. Lets hope they saved a few runs for this one folks.
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