So I’ve returned after a two day experience in Northern Ohio. This was my first trip to Cleveland, my first trip on a public train, and my first MLB game outside of Cincinnati. That’s right, I’ve never been to Cleveland and I’ve never seen a major league baseball game outside of the Queen City.
I got to Cleveland in an automobile and took the train near the airport. The train ended up in Tower City, leading to a tunnel which lead to The Q. Right outside was the ballpark which held the home team since the 90’s. It was the Cleveland Indians, fresh off trading Jhonny Peralta to the rival Tigers, facing the Yankees of New York City. After a night where Cleveland got blanked 8-0 by the same AL East team and throwing out a “fan” that wanted to throw not one but two tanks of gas onto the fire called “LeBron Leaving”, the Indians gave the ball to Mitch Talbot. On the mound for the Yankees was Dustin Moseley with his first start of the season.
It started good for the Indians in the first as Moseley was unsettled and couldn’t finish the batters on a 0-2 count. Austin Kearns, a former Cincinnati Red, hit a sacrifice fly scoring Asdrubal Cabrera from third. If you’re a fan of the Indians offense, you would get goose eggs until the 9th with two gone.
Then the Yankees begin the assault. New York scored eleven unanswered runs, with the majority of those runs coming off the bullpen in the seventh. The Blue Bombers took the lead for good in the sixth with a Derek Jeter single to drive home left-fielder Brett Gardner.
Then came the seventh.
Cleveland gave up seven runs in the seventh after two quick outs from the southpaw Tony Sipp who was replaced by Wright State graduate, Joe Smith. The submarine style pitcher learned that technique to make the Raiders team. The first night I saw him pitch was the Indians at Reds game. He has good stuff but he just couldn’t get the outs. In fact, Smith didn’t give up a run in fourteen innings since late June. He gave up four runs in one-third of an inning. The bullpen ended up giving up two more runs in the eighth.
In the bottom of the ninth, Park was on the mound for his second inning of work. He got the first two batters out but had major troubles with the next few batters. A single by Matt LaPorta gave Cleveland the first run since the 1st inning. Two more runs would cross the plate, one by an infield single by Jayson Nix and the other by a wild pitch. Valbuena ended the game by flying out.
34,455 people were at the game in Progressive Field. The game was two minutes short of four hours. It started really good for the Indians behind Talbot but it turned south in the third when Talbot was pulled with a back injury. Catcher Carlos Santana was also pulled later in the game after being hurt by a pitch beaming him on the left knee while catching.
All in all, it was a fun night of baseball for myself. The park is beautiful, the fans were well behaved (most of them, anyway), and the view from the bleachers was solid. There were more Yankee fans in the seats, but I understand this because of both team’s ties to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. However, there were many people wearing teams outside the park such as Oakland (Zito), San Francisco (Bonds), and Cincinnati (Votto shirt).
Also worth noting was this was the last home game for Kerry Wood and Austin Kearns for Cleveland. Both are now Yankees.
If you have never been to Progressive Field, check it out. If you park by the stadium or take the public transit train, you’ll enjoy your time at the park.
With that, I will do my best to update this daily with sports stuff. Thank you for your patience. See you next time.