Beltre Blast Sinks Tribe

The Cleveland Indians were back in action Tuesday night coming off their comeback win against the Rangers on Monday night, but history would not repeat itself for the Tribe.

 

Cleveland would get on the board first, as Lonnie Chisenhall sent a full count pitch into the outfield for a single, scoring the red-hot Jose Ramirez.

 

The Indian’s starter Mike Clevinger, and Ranger’s starter Tyson Ross would then both settle in and exchange zeros back and forth. The next run would come in the top of the fifth when Robinson Chirinos found the bleachers to tie the game at one.

 

Clevinger gave Cleveland everything they could have asked for. He went six innings, giving up two hits, one run, and handed out a career high nine strikeouts.

 

Ross was just as dominate for Texas. He went six innings as well, giving up two hits, one run, and striking out five.

 

The bullpens would both take their respective starters lead, matching zeros for the next few innings. That would end in the top of the ninth when Adrian Beltre hit a massive home run into the bleachers in left off Cody Allen, which would be his 450th career bomb.

 

Texas would call on their closer, Matt Bush, to come in for the ninth. Closing out games has been an absolute nightmare for the Rangers this year, and the Indians had three of their best hitters (Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley, and Edwin Encarnacion) due up.

 

Lindor tried to tie the game to start the frame, but his blast fell just short of the wall in left for the first out. Brantley would then bloop a ball into left for a single. Encarnacion followed him with a pop up to second base for out number two. Ramirez represented the last chance for the Tribe, but would hit a week fly ball to left to end the game.

 

Keone Kela would get the win for Texas. Allen suffered the loss for Cleveland, which was his fourth of the year. Bush got the job done in the 9th, picking up his tenth save.

 

The two teams will play again on Wednesday at 7:10 pm. It will be the third game of the four-game series.

2017 NBA Draft Night Recap

It’s incredibly hard to pity Chicago Bulls fans. I mean, 10+ years of witnessing basketball greatness from MJ would leave any fan-base happy for a long, long time. However, the events that took place at last night’s 2017 NBA Draft may have earned the windy city some sympathy points.

Jimmy Butler, who had been the center of many trade rumors lately (many of which involved the Cavs and Kevin Love), was probably the best player to be acquired during draft night. The Bulls sent Butler and the 16th pick for Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn, and the 7th pick. The Bulls would take Lauri Markkanen, the versatile big man out of Arizona that will add some much needed floor spacing for Chicago’s offense. The Wolves would take Creighton’s Justin Patton who will likely serve as a backup to Karl-Anthony Towns this upcoming season. While the Bulls got decent talent in return, their value does not even come close to matching that of what Butler brings to the floor each night, so the Wolves were a big winner on draft night.

Despite the big Jimmy Butler trade, draft night remained fairly “normal”. Markelle Fultz went first to the Sixers, bringing in a new era in which Philly natives simply must “Trust the Process”. Oh, it is worth mentioning that these young Sixers already have a bit of an edge to them.

Clearly Mr. Embiid would not mind seeing Lonzo on a poster sometime soon. Speaking of Lonzo, the Lakers would select him second, confirming what many followers of the Big Baller Brand knew all along. LA has been dying for someone to fill Kobe’s shoes and with D’Angelo Russell away in Brooklyn now, Lonzo will be captain of the Laker ship.

The Boston Celtics, with their GM Danny Ainge under a bit of scrutiny right now for just stockpiling future picks and not improving the team, scored a win on this year’s draft with Jayson Tatum at number 3. Ainge has expressed a lot of confidence in the kid and even stated he would have selected Tatum first overall if he had the chance. Tatum, being the offensive star that he is, relieves a lot of pressure that needs to be taken of Isaiah Thomas if the C’s hope to make a run at an Eastern Conference title and challenge the Cavs. While offensively gifted, Tatum’s defense and overall awareness need some work, although I don’t see that being a problem under coach Brad Stevens.

The Golden State Warriors also managed to enter the draft and angered much of the internet while doing so. The Warriors paid the Bulls (side note: ALWAYS negotiate with the Bulls on draft night. Always.) $3.5 million for their second round draft pick (number 38) which Golden State happily turned into Oregon’s Jordan Bell. Fans may remember him most from his two failed box outs at the end of last year’s Final Four game between Oregon and North Carolina, box outs that some fans argue cost the Ducks the game. Despite that hiccup, Bell had a tremendous collegiate career and adds yet another versatile big man for a Golden State team looking to solidify their center position going into next year.

The last team I’d like to mention here are the Sacramento Kings. Don’t worry Kings fans, you guys actually did ok! In fact, quite possibly more than ok. De’Aaron Fox gives them a long, athletic point guard that can certainly create for himself and others, and Fox has already stated he wants to be a “franchise changer” and get Sacramento back to the playoffs. The Kings also managed to scoop up Justin Jackson out of North Carolina with the 15th pick, which adds another long frame to the mix and gives them both scoring and defense on the wing. Their last splash in the first round came with Harry Giles out of Duke with the 20th pick. Giles has been plagued by injuries over the last 4 years, tearing both of his ACL’s. However, even in a role with limited minutes initially, his rim protecting ability and touch around the rim give Sacramento a much-needed presence down low after the departure of Demarcus Cousins last year.

While draft night always brings way-too-early predictions for the upcoming NBA campaign, it’s safe to say some teams are very satisfied with their draft night performance (Celtics, Sixers, Wolves…). For everyone else? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see if that first round draft pick is a boom…. Or bust.

Tribe Down Dodgers

The Indians were back in action Thursday afternoon, looking to salvage a lone win in their three game interleague series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

Cleveland was locked in early, with their first four batters of the game reaching base. Jose Ramirez would drive in Fransico Lindor for the first run of the game. They would score again later in the inning thanks to a Roberto Perez walk, brining in Ramirez. Bradley Zimmer would step to the plate next and leg out an infield single to put the Indians up three to nothing.

 

It was a rough opening frame for Dodger lefty Rich Hill, who threw 39 pitches in the inning, facing all nine batters. He would finally end his misery when utility man Erik Gonzalez, who was starting in place of Jason Kipnis (Neck), struck out to end the bases loaded threat.

 

Hill would find himself in more trouble during the second inning. After getting Lindor to line out, Daniel Robertson snuck one through the left side of the infield for a single. Ramirez would get his second RBI of the day next, scoring Robertson with a double to right centerfield. After Ramirez got caught stealing third, Edwin Encarnacion hit a towering drive over the left field wall for his 13th home run of the season. The blast gave the Indians a nice five run cushion early in the game.

 

Indians’ starter Josh Tomlin cruised through the first two innings before getting into some two-out trouble in the third. With runners on second and first, Dodger Designated Hitter Justin Turner hit a shot to third and Ramirez dove to his left to make the play and get out of the jam.

 

The Dodgers would get on the board in the fourth inning when rookie sensation Cody Bellinger hit one around the right field foul pole for his 18th home run of the year.

 

They would score again in the fifth as Yasil Puig hit a double to left, scoring Joc Pederson. The very next batter, leadoff man Chris Taylor, would find the bullpen to make the score five to four.

 

The Indians would respond in the bottom half of the inning. Lonnie Chisenhall took Dodger reliever Ross Stripling deep over the right centerfield fence for a three-run bomb to put the Tribe back up by four.

 

The Indians would not let the Dodgers have life again, taking the game 12-5. The Indians’ 12 runs included a solo home run for Erik Gonzalez, which was his first MLB home run.

 

Tomlin picked up the win for Cleveland, while Hill suffered the loss for Los Angeles. The team now heads north for a three game weekend series with first place Minnesota.