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Nobody said beating the Texas Rangers was going to be easy, especially when you have starting pitching that could go either way on any night and a lineup that looks more like a 4A convention than a Major League team. But hey, as GM Chris Antonetti told us two days ago, these guys still have a lot to play for. Especially the young kids who want to have jobs in 2013.
One of those kids is Jeanmar Gomez. It seems like decades ago that Jeanmar Gomez looked like the best Tribe pitcher in Spring Training, running away with the fifth starter job and on his way to a solid April. Then, like so many Indians this season, the wheels just fell right off the wagon. Gomez lost his roster spot to Zach McAllister, was sent to AAA, and hadn’t been heard from since. He received a late August call-up after Roberto Hernandez sprained his ankle and took his spot in the rotation. Last night was Gomez’s third September start and once again, it didn’t really impress anyone.
The Rangers love to jump all over you early if they can. It didn’t take long for them to knock Gomez around. Ian Kinsler led off the bottom of the first with a double. Elvis Andrus followed with a single, adding to an insane 31 game hitting streak against the Indians. Josh Hamilton’s RBI groundout scored Kinsler, and Adrian Beltre’s two-run jack made it 3-0 four batter into the game. At that point, you could have stopped watching. In fact, I’m sure the majority of people who are actually still paying attention to this team probably did.
Hamilton added his 41st homer of the season, a solo blast, in the third adding to the Texas lead. Remember when the Indians had players with Hamilton’s kind of power in their lineup? The Rangers have Beltre, Hamilton, Kinsler, and Nelson Cruz, all with 30 plus home run power. The Indians may end up going the entire season without a guy hitting 20.
Sure, the Wahoos tried to keep themselves in the game, but once again couldn’t string anything together. Do you ever recall a team scoring so many runs via the RBI groundout?
In the top of the fourth, the Tribe loaded the bases with nobody out against Rangers starter Ryan Dempster. OK, here was a real shot to do damage. Lonnie Chisenhall had the first chance, but he struck out. Casey Kotchman was next. He sent a double play ball to the shortstop Andrus who flipped to Kinsler at second. The DP was staved off as Kinsler’s throw was wide of the bag, otherwise the Tribe wouldn’t have scored. Lillibridge K’d to end the inning.
I don’t know what the 2012 Indians have against hitting with the bases loaded, but the futility we’ve watched is staggering.
Gomez gave that one run right back in the bottom of the frame on Geovanny Soto’s sacrifice fly.
The Tribe got their second run in Carlos Santana’s sac fly in the fifth, but again this inning started with two on and nobody out and all they could muster was one run.
Acta turned to David Huff to start the fifth as he had seen enough of Gomez. He’s made three starts and has yet to pitch past the fifth.
“It’s unfortunate,” said Acta. “We really thought Gomez was going to take a step forward this year. We felt it was a very important year for his development.”
Meanwhile Huff, who will be out of options next year, pitched two and two-thirds scoreless and looked good in his second relief appearance. We’ve seen this before from the lefty though. I wouldn’t get to excited. Then again, maybe there is a spot for him as a reliever next year.
“Look, I’d like to start,” said Huff. “I’d like to pitch out of the bullpen. At this point, it’s about being in the big leagues.”
Really, there are so many spots open in this roster for next year, why shouldn’t Huff be considered for one of them? Yes, I really did say that. Bullpens throughout baseball are full of failed starters.
More good news for the Tribe, the 2013 schedule was announced. They start the season on a road trip to Toronto and Tampa Bay before coming home to welcome the Yankees, White Sox, and Red Sox. Lets put it this way – a hot start in 2013 is probably not going to happen.
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
BEST OF MAXIM
ARLINGTON, Texas The Texas Rangers could be without set-up man Mike Adams for the next few days as he deals with a tight trapezius muscle in his right shoulder.
Adams felt it Tuesday night in the eighth inning against Cleveland. He allowed two runs in 23 of an inning. He said the muscle tightened up on him during the outing and gradually got worse. He said it felt like he was shot...
ARLINGTON, Texas The Texas Rangers got some good news on the injury front one night after seeing three players leave the game in a 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
An MRI on the left shoulder of Adrian Beltre revealed no structural damage but slight inflammation. He is not in the starting lineup Thursday and is listed as day-to-day.
Josh Hamilton, who left the game with a sore left...
The Cleveland Indians snapped their five-game losing streak Thursday night with a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers. The bigger news for Cleveland came before the game, when manager Manny Acta announced a change in the rotation. Acta said left-hander David Huff would replace right-hander Jeanmar Gomez in the starting staff, with Gomez being sent to the bullpen. The move wasn't...
Slugger Josh Hamilton is back in the Texas Rangers lineup after getting an injection to lubricate his sore left knee.
Hamilton, who leads the majors with 41 home runs and 121 RBIs, said before Friday night's game against Seattle that his knee was already feeling ''90 percent better than it did before.''
Hamilton came out late in Wednesday night's game and...
For the 10th time this season, Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton homered in the same game Wednesday night. The Texas Rangers can only hope it's not the last chance they get. While the Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 on Wednesday to guarantee they'd lose no ground on teams pursuing them in the AL West and AL home-field advantage races, they did lose three players...
Texas center fielder Josh Hamilton and third baseman Adrian Beltre are not in the starting lineup because of injuries.
Hamilton received an injection for his sore left knee Wednesday night and is expected to be return for the Rangers' game Friday night against Seattle.
Beltre, who strained his left shoulder while diving to stop a grounder, had an MRI Wednesday night that revealed...
Every year at the Major League Baseball winter meetings, Commissioner Bud Selig addresses the assembled cash providers and architects of the 30 teams and proceeds to roast one.
He basically chooses the worst deal of the offseason, and in 2011 he believed that to be the Texas Rangers' signing of Adrian Beltre for five years and $80 million.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre homered before each left the game with injuries, and the Texas Rangers beat the slumping Cleveland Indians 5-2 Wednesday night.
Hamilton didn't take the field in the top of the eighth inning, and the Rangers announced just before the game ended that the slugger was forced out because of left knee soreness.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has left Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians with a strained left shoulder.
Beltre landed hard on his left side when he made a diving stop of Russ Canzler's grounder in the second inning.
After Beltre drew a walk in the third, Rangers manager Ron Washington and trainer Jamie Reed checked...
When was the last time I was able to write something positive regarding our baseball team? Im seriously at a loss, or should I say several losses, because that’s all the Indians seem to do these days. They look like a team asleep at the wheel, looking forward to the day the season is over. The slump has worn down everyone. The pitching has been horrific. The offense never came...
Going into a three game series with Detroit, the Indians guarantee they will only be losing to teams from the Central Division for the rest of the year. Since the Indians are out of it and I hate the idea of a team trying for a high draft pick, I like to set personal goals for Indians just to make the season a little more interesting. A few of these I have already stated, like Masterson...
For the three of us that saw it, this was an unexpected treat. A Matola jack. A Kipnis smash. A ninth inning comeback. Reminded me of better days.
WP: S. Maine (1-0) S: C. Perez (36) LP: J. Nathan (2-4)
Player of the Game
Carlos Santana just beat out David Huff for his 15th of the season. The Indians only scored two runs and Santana was part of both of them, scoring the first when he singled and scored on a Casey Kotchman fielder's choice with the bases loaded. He knocked in the other run with a sacrifice fly after Ezequiel Carrera singled and got himself to third. His final...
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
1. SCOUT Leaderboards: Double-A Texas League
2. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule
SCOUT Leaderboards: Double-A Texas League
Regarding What Is SCOUT, First of All
SCOUT is a (likely absurd, admittedly unnecessary) metric designed by the author to...
Player of the Game
Just two days after getting his first Player of the Game with his first RBI, Matt LaPorta knocked in his second and third runs of the year with his first home run on the season. Along with two singles, this gave him a POG score of 5.07, enough to beat out a great start by Zach McAllister (4.21) and the late inning hero Jason Kipnis (4.07).