Rangers build Texas-sized seventh, beat Tribe
The Indians came into the seventh inning with a three-run lead and left down three. Jake Westbrook left in the seventh with the lead and runners on base, but Jason Davis couldn’t hold it. The Rangers scored six in the inning and went on to beat the Indians 8-4 and win the series. Everyone in the Ranger lineup, except Gerald Laird, recorded a hit in the ballgame. For the Tribe, Victor Martinez went 3 for 4 with two runs scored.
JD has been tough so far filling in for the injured relievers but not tonight. The seventh was obvously the difference as the Tribe drop thier second straight. We have not been able to get in a rythym at all recently. We lose five in a row, then win three. The inconsistency of the pitching staff continues to kill us.
Sluggish second half dooms Cavs as they lose Game 4
The Cavaliers opened up a big halftime lead but a lethargic third quarter let the Wizards back in the game and they went on to tie up the series by beating the Cavs 106-96 Sunday night. LeBron was on fire early, scoring 25 points on 5 three-pointers in the first half as the Cavs led by 11 at the end of the second quarter. Gilbert Arenas, who was held to 6 points on 1-9 shooting in the first half, exploded in the third and finished with 34 points. LeBron wasn’t nearly as effective, however. After his hot start, he had only 13 in the second half.
Game 4 was a game of two halves. After the first half, you thought for sure the Cavs were going to cruise to a victory. The Wizards had no energy and the Cavs were clicking. Then, it turned into the Gilbert Arenas show and the Cavs, for whatever reason, were stagnant on offense and did not bring the intensity in the second half. The Cavs committed way too many turnover (21) and LeBron was basically non-existent in the second half. The series is tied and we must go home Wednesday and pull out a win.
Savage tried to trade up to get Hawk; Kudla doesn’t get drafted
Phil Savage said that he called the Packers for three straight days trying to discuss a possible trade to get the #5 pick in order to draft A. J. Hawk, but the Packers weren’t interested.
Also, Buckeye defensive end Mike Kudla didn’t get drafted, despite tying the record for most reps benching 225 pounds at the combine. Maybe the Browns will give him a look as a free agent.
Rookie struggles again as Tribe lose
In his return to Cleveland, Kevin Millwood and the Rangers beat the Indians 7-5 Saturday night at Jacobs Field to tie the series. Millwood pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two runs and striking out seven. Fausto Carmona got roughed up for the second straight start as he allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings. The Tribe fought back in the eighth with the help of Ben Broussard’s two-run homer but it wasn’t enough.
C.C’s return can’t come soon enough. After his first start, Carmona seemed uncomfortable and may not be ready for the majors just yet. Westbrook needs to get back on track so we can win the series tomorrow night.
Wizards coach Eddie Jordan is whining and complaining that LeBron James gets all the calls. He specifically cited LeBron’s game winning basket, claiming that LeBron traveled, though he conveniently didn’t say anything about that calls that went against the Cavs. Bryan Windhorst sets him straight:
The Wizards were on the positive end of several questionable calls Friday, including a blocking foul on James with 23 seconds left in which Arenas ran over him outside the no-charge zone and got the call. Meanwhile, on the James basket in question, replays indicated he seemed to be fouled by Ruffin, but no call was made.
Time to shut these guys up with another win on Sunday.