The White Sox took the series in one of the craziest run-scoring games of the season. While the Indians offense never gave up, seven runs turned out to be less than half of what they needed, as the White Sox defeated the Indians, 14-7. Jim Berdysz returns to give his "Second Thoughts" on Saturday's ballgame.
With a sweep of the Detroit Tigers fresh in their rearviewmirrors, the Cleveland Indians headed to Chicago for their next "most important series of the season." The White Sox entered Friday Night's game 3 1/2 games behind the Indians, in second place, and playing good baseball. The Robin Ventura-led White Sox showcased that play in a 9-3 defeat of the Indians. Jim Berdysz brings his Saturday Morning "Second Thoughts" on last night's ballgame.
The Indians welcomed Ozzie Guillen and the Miami Marlins to Progressive Field. Much maligned Carlos Zambrano made the start for the Marlins, against a struggling Justin Masterson. Both pitched well, but walks and bad decisions would give the Marlins a 3-2 win. Jim Berdysz gives his "Second Thoughts" on Friday Night's loss.
Zach McAllister pitched well in his second start of 2012, but the Indians offense didn't give him any support. A fantastic start from Boston's Felix Doubront was enough to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead in the series heading into Sunday. Jim gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's ballgame.
Ubaldo Jimenez returned to form last night, as the Indians couldn't rebound from the seven runs the Tribe "ace" gave up. A late-inning rally fell two-runs short, as the Boston Red Sox earned a split of the first two games of the series, heading into the weekend. Jim B. gives his Second Thoughts of last night's affair, after the jump...
Trailing 2-0, the Indians tallied two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the game into extra frames. You couldn't help but think that they left too many chances on the table, especially after Adrian Beltre blasted an eleventh inning, pinch-hit homer that gave the Rangers a 5-2 victory. Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts to Saturday Night's ballgame.
The Indians first real test came on Friday night, as the mighty Texas Rangers rolled into Cleveland for a battle of first place teams. Texas is heralded as the best team in baseball right now, while the Indians, well, are not. I guess every dog has it's day, right? Jim Berdysz rolls out his Second Thoughts on Friday Night's 6-3 Indians win.
The Indians were coming off Friday Night's late inning heroics, but it wasn't to be on Saturday as rain and Dan Haren put a damper during Game 2. The bats were asleep, but Jeanmar Gomez came out and pitched a gem, and is slowly starting to cement his place in the Tribe rotation. Check out Jim Berdysz take on IPI's new daily column, Second Thoughts.
The Indians had an exciting win last night with their first walkoff win of the year in a 3-2 win over the visiting Angels. With the win they find themselves all alone atop the AL Central standings. Jim Berdysz recaps Friday night's game and gives his "second thoughts" on the brilliant performances of Masterson and Pestano, the Indians' struggles with driving in runs, and more!
Shelley Duncan will start the season as the Indians' regular left fielder. Most people either like or hate this, and the Indians appear to be on the fence with the idea considering how hard they are working the phones to acquire an outfielder. But Jim Berdysz says it is time to give Duncan a shot to see what he can do.
Vinnie Pestano splashed onto the scene last season and really helped stabilize an Indians' bullpen in need of a good setup man. With so many good young relief pitching prospects in the Indians' system, who could potentially make another splash in the bullpen for the Indians this year? Jim Berdysz lists his choices.
Welcome new writer Jim Berdysz to the fold. He is a student at Cleveland State University and the sports editor of the CSU newspaper "The Cleveland Stater" and has been a feature reporter for The Bleacher Report. In his first offering he takes a quick look at Jason Kipnis and how second base is his job for as long as he continues to perform.
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