Welcome to the Bigs Rook!

Ezequiel Carrera… welcome to the big legaues!

Last night the Indians beat their intrastate rivals, the Cincinnati Reds, 5-4 thanks to Ezequiel Carrera.  Tied at 4 in the bottom of the 8th thanks to a remarkable comeback two innings earlier, Manny Acta sent Carrera to the plate for his first major league at bat as a pinch hitter for Shelley Duncan.  Carrera did not disappoint.  The 24-year-old rookie stepped up to the plate with two out and runners at first and third.  On the very first pitch Carrera pulled off the perfect drag bunt, eluded the tag attempt of Reds first baseman Joey Votto, and flew down the line to first for his first major league hit.  Shin-Soo Choo scored from third and the Indians took the lead.  Even more surprisingly, this didn’t happen in the Indians last at bat.  It happened in the second to last at bat, but somehow it was still just as dramatic.

All the credit goes to Carrera for pulling off the most perfect bunt he possibly could in that situation, but credit also has to go to Acta.  The man has a set of balls on him like I have never seen.  With two outs and possibly the outcome of the game hanging in the balance, he called on someone to pinch hit that never had never seen major league action.  On top of that, he told Carrera to survey the situation and try to get a bunt down.  Obviously, that was the most logical move to make in that situation… or you know, not at all.  Just like every other move Acta has made this year, the plan worked and Acta looks like a genius.

With the win, the Indians improved their record to 27-15 and kept hold of their lead in the Central.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is the injury bug that’s making its way through the club house.  With Grady Sizemore already on the 15 day DL the Indians lineup has been hurting.  It’s been further depleted because yesterday the Indians placed Travis Hafner on the 15 day DL with an oblique injury.  To make matters worse, today they placed last night’s starter, Alex White, on the DL with right middle finger soreness.  Yeah… I don’t get that one either.  Did he hurt it flipping someone off?  Whatever.  From the looks of it though, the Indians are going to have to start getting creative with their lineups if they want this success to continue.  They’re also going to need Choo and Santana to start hitting like they’re capable.

The Indians will look to lock up the series in game two today at 4.  Supposedly the game is a sellout.  Good to see people are starting to get out to the ball park.  Unfortunately, I have a feeling this is thanks to the Reds being in town and not because of the Indians are in first.  There are just as many Reds fans in northeast Ohio as there are Indians fans and I’m sure that more than a fair share have made their way up North for the games.  Either way, it’s still good to see the stadium full.

Here are the lineups for today’s game.

Indians:

  1. Michael Brantley, LF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  4. Carlos Santana, C
  5. Travis Buck, LF
  6. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
  7. Matt LaPorta, 1B
  8. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  9. Ezequiel Carrera, CF
  • Josh Tomlin, P

Reds:

  1. Drew Stubbs, CF
  2. Johhny Gomes, DH
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  5. Jay Bruce, RF
  6. Scott Rolen, 3B
  7. Chris Heisey, LF
  8. Ryan Hanigan, C
  9. Edgar Renteria, SS
  • Homer Bailey, P
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One response to “Welcome to the Bigs Rook!

  1. Who could have guessed that Manny Acta would be such a great fit for the Indians? Then again, the whole year for the Indians has been “Who knew?”.

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