Not that Andy Marte did anything last night, but with no Casey Blake in the lineup, the Tribe emerged victorious thanks to one swing of the bat from fellow DCB whipping boy David Dellucci. DD's pinch hit, three-run jack of of Joba Chamberlain was an absolute stunner to just about everyone watching live or on television. This was Joba's first career regular season blown chance in the 8th inning. The only other time it happened was last year in the infamous Bug game in Cleveland, Game Two of the ALDS. The 5-3 win was much needed.
Not that the offense set the world on fire, but I guess this is a start. They only had six hits and scored all five runs on two homers, a two-run shot by Jhonny Peralta (who was hitting third) and the Dellucci three-run pizza. Ben Francisco got the start in left and moved over to right when DD pinch-it for Franky G. He went 1-4. Vintage Eric Wedge before the game. With the offense struggling, you'd think we'd be seeing a lot of Francisco, but in Wedge-speak: "I don't see him playing everyday." Seriously though, mad props to Dellucci for that big-time jack. Lets hope this is the game we can point to later in the season where the Tribe offense turned the season around.
Today we get to see a great pitching matchup of Chien-Ming Wang and Cliff Lee, arguably the two hottest pitchers in the American League. This is an ESPN tilt. One can only hope Joe Morgan is not involved. We've been saying it for years and people are finally starting to come around - he is the worst color man in baseball bar none. Does anyone make less sense and repeat themselves more? Dude is the worst.