The Indians find the Power Bat in a Blowout Win
It’s May, everyone! Now, I know what you’re probably thinking. The Indians? Aren’t they toward the bottom of the AL Central? That’s true, but when you have the most lopsided score of the night, courtesy of seven home runs, it will get noticed in a hurry.
The Indians hosted the Phillies last night and after a 1-2-3 top of the first the Indians score four runs on two of the seven dingers. Carlos Santana hit a 387-foot shot to right, scoring Jason Kipnis. After a Jason Giambi walk, Mark Reynolds bests Santana with a 393-footer over the fence in left center. At the end of 1, it’s 4-0 Indians and the big bats are just warming up.
After the bats cool off a little, the Indians turn up the heat again in the bottom of the 4th with four more runs and add another two-run homer, courtesy of Lonnie Chisenhall. Cleveland continued to pour on the runs in the next inning with two more monster homers.The first one, off the bat of Ryan Raburn, just misses the 400 foot mark, scoring Giambi. The latter, from Michael Brantley, makes the score 12-1 Indians. For those of you keeping track, we’re through five and the Indians are already up to five home runs.
The Indians wrapped up their power surge in the seventh with two solo shots: one from Raburn, which was his second of the night, and one from Drew Stubbs, who also scored on Asdrubal Cabrera’s single in the 4th.
I should probably mention that the Phillies also managed to join in the slugfest, but they only managed two home runs to Cleveland’s seven. In the second, Delmon Young blasted a 396-foot shot over the center field fence to bring the Phillies within three. That’s as close as they could get. In the sixth, Chase Utley hits a monstrous 433-foot shot to deep center, but that’s all the Phillies could muster as they come out on the wrong end of this slugfest 14-2.
The Brew Crew have cooled off a bit after their hot streak, only managing to go .500 over the past week against the Pirates and Dodgers. They start the new month by wrapping up the series with Pittsburgh. They are only a half game back of division leading St. Louis, and that means a showdown series coming up Thursday through Sunday, which could significantly alter the division race. The Brewers also have a two-game series against the Rangers early next week. I, along with every Brewers fan, will carefully be watching the Cardinals series to see if the Brewers can hold their own in a four-game set. I don’t mean to predict anything too early, but it could come down to these two teams come September. They play one of the last series of the season against each other. This could be a preview of things to come.
World of Sports
Why do I love this time of year? Not just because of the NBA playoffs. No, sir. Because it’s the Cup. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are under way and if last night was any indication, it’s going to be a wild ride. Two of the three games went into overtime, with one very strange ending. Very quickly, the Ducks use a power play goal early in the third to propel them to a 3-1 victory in Game 1 over Detroit. The defending champion Blackhawks had to go almost the entire overtime period until a backhander by Bryan Bickell
gives them the opening game win over Minnesota. Finally, in the strangest ending of the night, goalie Jonathan Quick of the Kings loses the handle on the puck behind his own net, resulting in the shorthanded game winner
that hands St. Louis a 1-0 series lead.
Trevor Uitenbroek, Assistant Sports Director