Jhonny Peralta. Matt LaPorta.
Lou Marson. Michael Brantley.
Asdrubal Cabrera. Grady
Luis Valbuena. Marson
Colby Lewis struck out 10 for the first time in nearly seven
years – unless you count a 13-punchout effort against the Yokohama BayStars two
Lewis’s 10-strikeout game on August 15, 2003 came against the
White Sox, whose leadoff hitter Roberto Alomar struck out looking in the first
and again in the third, after which he was ejected.
Alomar’s brother Sandy Jr. managed not to get tossed tonight.
He’s Cleveland’s first base coach.
On that 2003 night, Lewis threw 119 pitches, 82 for strikes.
Tonight: 117 pitches, 74 for strikes.
Lewis’s ERA after the 2003 gem was 7.57. After tonight’s: 2.19.
I love watching a pitcher who can locate a two-plane
breaking ball. There haven’t been a lot
of those in this franchise’s last 20 years.
I love Kevin Millwood for Lewis, Rich Harden, and Chris Ray.
You already know how much I love opposite-field hitting,
which we saw a lot of tonight.
I love early night game start times.
I love dependable backup catchers.
I love watching Neftali Feliz grow. Love you, too, John Schuerholz.
I had much love for Eddie Guardado, who was what he was, but
not as much I have for Darren Oliver.
I love the small sample size. Remember when there were two hitters on this
entire roster hitting their weight?
Tonight’s lineup had four players who finished the game at .414 or
higher, a fifth at .346, a sixth at .308.
I love that this team has developed a bend-don’t-break character.
And, man, I love Nelson Cruz.
And he doesn’t really like pitchers.
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