Browns end preseason 2-2
It was a rough go for Charlie Frye and the rest of the first-team offense as the Browns fell to the Bears 20-7 in their preseason finale Thursday night. Frye was 1-of-4 for 8 yards in his two series. The first-team offense was totally stifled by the Bears defense, which is one of the best, if not the best, in the NFL. Attempting to run the ball was like running into a brick wall. And when he tried to pass, Frye barely had any time to throw in the short six plays he ran.
Their only score came with Derek Anderson under the helm when he threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Frisman Jackson at the end of the first half. Anderson, 11-for-22 for 76 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT, wasn’t great but surely outperformed Ken Dorsey, who finished 2-for-7 for 18 yards. Frisman Jackson led all Browns receivers with 40 yards on four catches. Jason Wright and Jerome Harrison each had 32 yards on the ground on seven carries.
Indians get sweep on Peralta’s walk-off slam
Another superb job by the bullpen and a clutch home run gave the Indians a sweep of the Blue Jays as they won 3-2 in walk-off fashion Wednesday night. Jeremy Sowers continued his fantastic pitching. He didn’t get the win but kept the Tribe in the game, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings. The runs both came in the sixth when Sowers ran into a little trouble. Thankfully, the resurgent Tribe bullpen came to the rescue and put up zeros on the board the rest of the way. Fernando Cabrera and Rafael Betancourt pitched over four scoreless innings of relief leading up to the extra-inning heroics. Jhonny Peralta sent one to the right field seats in the bottom of the 10th off B.J Ryan to give the Indians their second series sweep of the month. The Indians got all three of their runs on solo homers, the other two coming from Travis Hafner, who hit number 41 and 42.
The Indians close the month of August on a tear, winning seven of eight. Overall, they finished 18-10 in the month and are “only” six games under .500.
Wimbley a fast learner
Outside linebacker and rookie Kamerion Wimbley looks like he might be the type of pass-rushing force the Browns have been in search of for the past several seasons. Already with two sacks in the preseason, the young defenseive end turned linebacker has shown the ability to get to the quarterback and has made life extremely difficult for offensive blockers. The transition for Wimbley has seemed all too easy as he has been able to pick up the nuances of his new postion rather quickly.
“I think it gets better every game,” Wimbley said. “I don’t know if I’m at a 10, but I’m getting there. As every game goes by, I feel a little bit more comfortable. When I’m out there I don’t feel pressured.”
As impressive as Wimbley has been so far in the preseason, he has made some mistakes, not uncommon for a player making a postion switch for the first time. However, the rookie is doing a good job of learning from those mistakes and is using them to make himself a better player.
Wimbley has the advantage of sitting back and learning from Willie McGinest, one of the league’s best at his position. He’s almost in a perfect situation here in Cleveland. Wimbley is a very humble guy and doesn’t look to be in the spotlight. His role with the Browns is ideal, where he can take his time learning his new position without too much pressure being put on him. Being a full-time starter will come eventually for Wimbley but with the way he’s been progressing and improving, that day could come a lot sooner than expected.
Big lefty can go deep
Sabathia has now gone at least eight innings in five of his last six starts. The season is over but C.C is pitching like it’s playoff time in October. Every time he takes the hill he wants to pitch a complete game. It’s been debated over the course of his Indians career whether or not he is, or can be, an ace of a pitching staff. He has shown the ability to dominate, but has also done things to tick off Indians fans, such as mouthing off to umpires and losing control of himself when things don’t go his way.
Ace or not, one thing is certain. Sabathia is a workhorse and can give you quality innings. His league-leading five complete games can attest to that. His heart and passion can’t go unnoticed and you have to love his bulldog mentality of wanting the ball in his hands at all times. He can go the distance every time he steps out on the mound, something several other starters in the league can’t say about themselves.
Indians keep on rolling
The Indians are running on all cylinders. They continued on their winning ways, beating the Blue Jays 5-2 Tuesday night for their sixth win in their last seven games. C.C Sabathia went the distance for his Major-League best fifth complete game. Sabathia struck out six and allowed four hits in the game.
Some timely hitting by the offense also helped the Tribe get the win. Trailing 2-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, the bats came alive. The Indians loaded the bases and got RBI’s by Andy Marte, Sizemore, and Michaels to pull them ahead 4-2. They added one more in the eighth for good measure. Not to be outdone, Travis Hafner made history when he blasted his 40th home run of the season in the first inning. Pronk becomes the seventh Indian in history to reach the mark.