Aces Are Wild

It was then, I knew the Indians were going to win the game. In the bottom of the 1st, a (1-1) game, 1 out, 1 baserunner, with a (1-1) count, while Jhonny Peralta was at the plate. Justin Masterson gave up 1 unearned run in his masterful start. Matt Laporta had his 1st three RBI
aces.gif game of his career. The Indians scored 11 runs. Last but not least, 1 player on the Angels, (Bobby Abreu) had more than 1 hit. The ‘Aces Were Wild’ last night, and they played to the Indians advantage. Oh yeah, the Indians took 1 out of three from the Angels.

Besides all of the Aces, there was a game to be played. Justin Masterson let up one unearned run in the first inning, and then didn’t think about letting another runner get to second. He was “masterful”, as he went 6 1/3 strong innings giving up 1 unearned on 3 hits and 4 BB. “That’s the hardest I’ve seen him throw, and we’ve faced him a few times,” said Angels catcher Jeff Mathis, who entered the game 3-for-5 with three RBIs in his career against Masterson. “He kind of slings it. Sometimes it goes straight, sometimes it sinks. He threw the ball well.”

Ted’s Take: Justin threw the ball great, as he had nasty movement on his two seam, and had his slider working as well. Masterson used his slider primarily to be a setup pitch so he could jam the hitters in with his two seamer. He pounded the strike zone, and made hitters hit in pitcher’s counts. There is room for improvement though, as he gave away some at bats while he was 0-2 or 1-2. Great game pitched Justin!


Shades of yesterday scared me, as the offense didn’t score again until the sixth. But, with great pitching from Masterson, the Indians knew they were in it. They kept battling and finally got that big inning, which they have done alot this year. It looks as if they get to the pitcher late in his start and get him good. Which they really turned Lackey’s beautiful start, into just another bad one… The Indians offense has really improved with these young guys, and I tip
laporta3.jpgmy cap off to Matt Laporta.

The offense didn’t seem to figure John Lackey out until the sixth inning, while it was still a (1-1) game. The Indians, again put together a string of hits to really put down the Angels. Shin-Soo Choo got it all started when he singled to start it off, followed by Jhonny Peralta’s single which Choo went first to third. Travis “hitting backwards” Hafner came up to the plate next, and some how hit a double down the right field line, but wasn’t able to score Peralta.

After Luis Valbuena walked, Kelly Shoppach hit a sac fly to score Choo, and to advance Hafner to third. At that point, Matt Laporta came up and doubled down the left field line scoring a pair making it (5-1) Tribe. Three hits later the scoring stopped and it was (8-1) Tribe.

Ted’s Take: The Indians always find those big innings to score in late in the game when the pitcher doesn’t have his “stuff” he did early on. It was big that Choo singled to start off the inning, because he is saying to the team ‘Hey guys, he doesn’t have anything that we can’t hit.’ With Jhonny following that up with a single, you knew the Indians were in business.

And I would like to shout-out to Matt Laporta. His first game back with the Tribe, he has three RBI and a huge clutch double in the sixth. Matt Laporta, believe it or not, was the reason the Indians scored eight runs. His double was huge and he ended up continuing the rally. Great job Matt.


Call to the bullpen: The Indians have had a pretty decent bullpen, ever since they traded Rafael Betancourt, and brought some people up, they have been half good. The bullpen is built around Rafael Perez and Kerry Wood. And they both have been pretty decent since the break. I tip my hat off to Tony Sipp though, as he has pitched phenomanaly for the Indians throughout the year. Getting out of jams, weaving his way through innings, Tony Sipp is a guy you never here the name of, but he is a top relief pitcher in my eyes.

Tony my man.jpgIt all started in the seventh, when Justin Masterson got the bases loaded with one out. The Indians brought in lefty, Tony Sipp. He came right in and struck out the first batter and got a flyout to right to end the inning. He also is a game saver for the Indians. That could have been a big inning for the Angels if Tony didn’t pitch good.

Oh Joe, you did it again. Joe Smith gave up a big two run home run to Kendry Morales, his 27th, and completed his inning of work against the Halo’s offense. Rafael Perez came in for the ninth and gave up one hit and striking out one, in route to the Indians victory.

Ted’s Take: No one knows who Tony Sipp is, just yet anyways. He will be a great relief pitcher in years to come, and everyone is going to want him, I guaruntee you! He came right in and shut the door on the Angels with the bases loaded! That is one of the toughest things to do as a relief pitcher, is how to not let inherited runners score. Sipp did that though, because he constantly pounds the strike zone and gets ahead of hitters.

Joe Smith does the opposite of Tony Sipp and nibbles at the corners, and gets behind hitters, thus having to give them meat balls to hit out of the stadium. If you want to keep your job, keep the ball low Joe! Rafael Perez, did great in the ninth for the Tribe. He came in, and besides giving up a hit, was perfect. He used his curveball nice, and mixed it well with the fastball. Look to see more of Rafael Perez instead of Kerry Wood.



-Tribe Talk With Ted





  1. carolmwl

    Tony Sipp? Ok…that’s a name I’ll watch for. =)

    I’m all for Detroit to keep winning. They’re my David to those two money-bagged East Coast Goliaths.

    Carol How ‘Bout Those Phils?

  2. matttan7

    The Indians seem to have a different ace every season, maybe because of these trades and their wins and loss records. It’s kinda funny. I wonder who’ll be the ace next season, maybe Justin Masterson will become one.

    Matthew Tan

  3. TribeTed

    Bleacher Creature,
    thanks for the words. The bullpen has improved, slightly. And if we can move Chris Perez into the Closer role, than maybe we have a strong bullpen, Rafael Perez could also be a setup guy. Tony Sipp though, will be our best guy next year, believe me.
    You are correct, and they also trade that ace Matt so don’t jinx us! =) CC the Cy Young winner and then Cliff Lee the Cy Young Winner, who will be next? Laffey?

  4. raysrenegade

    I still can’t believe you guys got a stud like Justin Masterson in that trade.
    Do not get me wrong, it was a major kudo, and he is a better pitcher than Clay Bucholz in my opinion.
    And you really did not want Daniel Bard. He is another guy who can throw it through a wall, if he can hit the wall.
    Great that the day after we talked about LaPorta he explodes for 3 RBI’s.
    Maybe his ears were ringing?

    Rays Renegade

  5. azinneck

    Great game by Masterson…I think that’s going to end up being a good pick up for the Tribe if he can keep it up next season. It looks like the bullpen is starting to figure it out too, another good omen for Tribe fans next year 🙂

  6. TribeTed

    I totally agree, and in my post ‘You Gotta Love Masterson’ I said the words exactly that you did. “They got a better pitcher in Masterson than they shoulda got.” Masterson will turn out to be one of the best trades Mark Shapiro made, one of many! 🙂
    Masterson went 6 1/3 giving up 1 unearned meaning 0 earned. Heck yes that’s a great start! Tip your cap to Justin.

  7. TribeTed

    Thanks Cleveland Baseball, hey could I have your name. I would much rather call you by your first name then Cleveland Baseball. And what are your thoughts, should the Tribe bring up Brantley or Brown this year? The Indians always find that big innning to score in and take advantage of other teams. The sixth was their inning.

  8. crzblue2

    So Ted, you start your posts while watching the game? i think some little notes while watching and keeping score. judging from your post, I don’t think I would be able to keep pace with you playing fantasy baseball but I am willing to try next year, God willing. I finally started a new post.

  9. TribeTed

    thanks for the kind words. 🙂 And I too write little notes on topics that I choose before the game. Tomorrow I am posting on ‘Brown or Brantley?’ Two great minor league Prospects that are almost equal in talent.
    Good. Grady rules! =) I don’t know what that means but okay.

  10. ibleedpinstripes

    I’m definitely jealous that the Tribe whipped up on the Halos! I wish we could do that… sheesh. Actually, it’s nice to see any team smack the Halos out. Looks like Masterson has been pretty good since you guys got him from Boston… who probably could’ve used him tonight, LOL. Beatdowns are fun when you’re on the winning side, aren’t they?

    – Lisa

  11. TribeTed

    Laporta should be a good .250 hitter this year at best with about 8 HR and 20 RBI. Don’t expect him to do any better, but he also doesn’t look like he will do any worse. And Choo is amazing. The Indians have their own chant when he comes up to the plate. “CHOOOOOOO” It sound like boo, but we Tribe fans get it. 🙂
    Beatdowns are great, but the best games are the close ones when you win. It’s alot more fun being on the winning side eh?

  12. michaelsouza

    I will say that I absolutely hated to see Masterson go, but I am glad he went to a team I respect. V-Mart has been great for us and I wish Masterson all the luck in the world. I hope he fits into the starting rotation and gets some well deserved starts. You guys got a diamond in the rough, he is going to be a good one!

    Nice post!

    -Mike Souza

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