Found July 20, 2012 on Waiting For Next Year:
This is going to be one of those recaps that writes itself. Really, I could sum it up in a few short sentences (but what fun would that be!): David Price is a great young pitcher. He is left-handed. He entered the game 4-0 with a 2.01 ERA in five career starts against the Indians. The Tribe is not exactly what you would call an offensive juggernaut. Left-handed pitchers have little trouble with them. It was a getaway day. Aaron Cunningham was in the starting lineup. You do the math. “That’s why I felt that (Wednesday’s) win was so important for us, because you really don’t want come into the last game of the series trying to tie the series against David Price,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “He overpowered us. We just didn’t have good at-bats against him.” That was the understatement of the year. Price completely dominated the Indians “right-handed” lineup four seven innings. He allowed just two hits, walked three, and struck out seven. Any time Price put a runner on, the Wahoos couldn’t do anything with it.  Their only real threat against Price came in the fifth. Trailing 1-0, Price walked Carlos Santana and gave up a single to Jose Lopez to open the inning. It seemed as if the Tribe was in business. After Shelley Duncan failed to move the runners up (he struck out), Lou Marson had his shot. On a 1-1 pitch, Santana and Lopez – not exactly Ricky Henderson and Vince Coleman – took off on a hit and run. Marson swung and missed and Santana was gunned out at third for the second out. Lopez eventually ended up on third after a wild pitch and Marson would walk. The problem was there were two on and two out for Aaron Cunningham. What did you think was going to happen? Cunningham weakly popped out to center field. After another pathetic 0-fer with the bat, Cunningham is hitting .183/.255/.513 While we are on the subject of the Indians late inning defensive replacement, one of my Twitter followers (@exiledclevelndr) pointed out to me after the game that the Tribe is now 7-13 in games Cunningham starts and 40-32 when he doesn’t (correlation is also with facing lefty starters). In those 20 starts, the Indians offense only scored five or more runs four times (20%). In the other 72 games  did it 34 times (47%). Call it beating a dead horse, but there has to be something better than Cunningham out there for this team. He continues to stay on this team only because he can play center field and hits right-handed. Rick Ankiel was just designated for assignment by the Washington Nationals. His bat may not be great, but it is certainly better than Cunningham’s as is his track record. Ankiel can also play center and he has a rifle for an arm. Darnell McDonald is out there. As is Brent Lillibridge. Both of those players were DFA’d in the last week as well and can do what Cunningham can do. After his last at-bat where he grounded out to the pitcher, Cunningham attempted to break his bat over his knee. He failed! That at-bat and subsequent reaction essentially sums him up. See this is what a 6-0 blowout will do to my recap. It gets overtaken by talk of the 25th man on the team. But I digress. Ubaldo Jimenez got the start for the Tribe and was looking to bounce back after his horrific start in Toronto where he didn’t make it out of the third. While he put runners on in each of the first five innings, Ubaldo allowed just one run – a Luke Scott solo homer in the third. He retired the first two Rays in the sixth, but then the wheels came off when he hit Desmond Jennings. Jose Molina followed with a single. Ubaldo then walked the light-hitting Sean Rodriguez to load the bases. With the lefty Carlos Pena on deck, Scott Barnes warming in the pen, and the right-handed B.J. Upton coming to the plate, it was obvious that this would be the last batter Ubaldo would face. Upton took Jimenez’s 0-1 pitch down the third base line for a bases-clearing, back-breaking double. And that, my friends, was the ballgame. “I thought Ubaldo battled well for us,” Acta said. “He gave us five innings for us to do something, to score runs, and we couldn’t do it. And in that [sixth] inning, it’s too bad, because he couldn’t come out of there with a very good outing.” The Rays added two more insurance runs which weren’t even needed with the way Price was dealing. One of them came off of the lefty  Barnes, who you most likely have seen the last of for a while. Rafael Perez is due back in the next week to ten days if he responds well to his rehab outings. In addition, Barnes just hasn’t looked good in his seven appearance stint. It hasn’t been officially announced yet, but right-hander Cody Allen will be recalled from Columbus. The strikeout machine started the season in A ball and has made it all the way to the majors, rifling through three levels of the minors.  Allen has 53 K’s in 43.1 IP this season and has a 1.87 ERA in 31 games. He will most likely be here until Raffy Perez is ready. The Tribe returns home after a 3-4 road trip for a four-game set with the Baltimore Orioles. Derek Lowe (8-7, 4.43 ERA) gets the ball for the Indians. He will be faced by right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (1-1, 2.59 ERA).

'Fausto Carmona' returning to Cle.

The pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona is returning to Cleveland. He could end up pitching with the Indians later in the season.

Johnny Damon Meets A Girl While Diving Into The Stands

Johnny Damon of the Cleveland Indians made an amazing dive in the stands and also seemed to make some friends in the process. This girl seemed pretty interested in him even though she didn’t put her cell phone or her beer down. The guys around him look completely psyched too. We got a guy that looks like a huge NASCAR fan and a guy with a camouflage hat. You can check out the GIFs...

Price in peak form as Rays close out Indians

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. David Price donned his green St. Paddys Day ball cap and matching-colored tank top by his locker Thursday afternoon. That seemed like an especially appropriate look considering how Price keeps throwing those lucky sevens, the latest of which helped change the fortunes of the Tampa Bay Rays just when they needed it most. Price pitched seven superb innings...

Tribe's Hernandez gets visa, suspended 3 weeks

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland Indians pitcher Roberto Hernandez was suspended Saturday for three weeks by Major League Baseball for age and identity fraud. Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, has received a visa to return to the United States and that he would be eligible to rejoin the team Aug. 11. Hernandez will address the...

Q&A: Tyler Naquin, Indians First-Round Pick

Tyler Naquin has “future batting champion“ written all over him. The Cleveland Indians selected the 21-year-old outfielder with the 15th-overall pick of this year’s draft, and his sweet, left-handed stroke was the primary reason. He hit .381 over his sophomore and junior seasons at Texas A&M, prompting Baseball America to rate him the best pure hitter in the college ranks...

Top Play: Johnny Damon leaps into the stands

Cleveland Indians right fielder Johnny Damon made the catch of the night on Friday against the Baltimore Orioles. Damon, a 38 year old veteran of seven Major League teams, dove into the left field stands after chasing down a pop fly off the bat of Nick Markakis. Captain caveman, as he was known in his earlier years, exhibited some of the reckless abandon that he displayed in his...

MLB Trade Deadline: The Cost of the “Wait and See” Approach

Late last week, while delivering his State of the Fan-Friendly Union, Cleveland Indians team president Mark Shapiro could not help but field questions about the upcoming MLB trade deadline. Sure, lowering the price of concessions and making Progressive Field more accessible are all well and good, but what about the product said (hopeful) increase in paying fans would ultimately view...

Box Score: Orioles 10, Indians 2

The Indians returned to Cleveland for their first home series of the second half. But it was an ugly night at Progressive Field on Friday, as starter Derek Lowe’s struggles continued. The O’s hammered the sinkerballer for nine earned runs in just three innings work. Old friend Jim Thome blasted on of his patented homers to right off Lower — his first since joining Baltimore...

Indians pitcher Hernandez suspended

Cleveland Indians pitcher Roberto Hernandez was suspended for three weeks by Major League Baseball for engaging in age and identity fraud, the club announced Saturday. Hernandez also agreed to restructure his contract with the Indians. The suspension runs through Aug. 10. Hernandez will be eligible for a minor league rehab assignment during the suspension. "Roberto Hernandez...

Antonetti: “The guys that are here need to play to their potential.”

The quote in the title of the piece is from Chris Antonetti. It is something that we’ve heard several times from the front office this season. It doesn’t take a genius to know that if Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez were pitching like a pair of aces the Indians would have a better record and would likely be in first in the division. It also doesn’t take a genius to know...

Cobb leaves with leg injury

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb has left his start due to a bruised lower right leg. Cobb was hurt in the second inning of Saturday night's game against Seattle when he was struck by Ichiro Suzuki's grounder. X-rays were negative. Cobb chased down the ball after it went toward the plate and flipped it to catcher Jose Labaton, who tagged out Carlos Peguero as he tried...

2012 Trade Value: #20-#16

#50-#46 #45-#41 #40-#36 #35-#31 #30-#26 #25-#21 Note: salaries are rounded estimates and include all team-controlled years. Rankings from the 2011 Trade Value series in parentheses. 20. (12) David Price, SP, Tampa Bay – Under Team Control through 2015 The Rays ace has continued his steady climb into elite territory, and is establishing himself as one of the dominant left-handed...

Rays rally to beat Mariners in 14 innings

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Ben Zobrist snapped a 14th-inning tie with an RBI double and B.J. Upton homered and drove in two runs to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. Carlos Pena singled off Tom Wilhelmsen with one out in the 14th, then slid into home plate just ahead of catcher John Jaso's tag after Zobrist doubled down the...

Mariners Vs Rays In Tampa Bay: Pitching, series preview, analysis & predictions

Goin’ fishing in Florida July 20-22 The headline: Seattle Mariners hope for a continued advantage in being away from their home field. Pitching match ups: Game 95: RHP – Hisashi Iwakuma vs. RHP – James Shields Matchup | Preview  Heading to Florida Hisashi Iwakuma is still yet to show the stuff that made him famous in Japan.  This will be just his third start of the season...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.