Sowers is sweet

After performances like this, Indians fans can easily see why the organization made Jeremy Sowers their first-round pick. Sowers pitched a complete-game four-hit shutout as the Tribe walloped the Twins 11-0 Saturday night. The last Indians rookie pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout was Billy Traber in 2003 against the Yankees. Mixing his 90 mph fastball with his above average off-speed pitches, the 23-year-old totally overmatched Twin hitters all night.

“It helps a lot for my confidence,” Sowers said. “My first four starts had some good moments, but also some bad moments. This start, I was able to put a complete game together.”

Even though he didn’t need much, Sowers received plenty of run support from his offense. Travis Hafner hit home run #29 and Grady Sizemore and Joe Inglett each had three hits and two RBI. All three of Sizemore’s hits were doubles. Jason Michaels added two RBI and even Ramon Vasquez had two hits. As much as the offense put on a show, the game was all about the rookie pitcher.

“He controlled the ballgame,” said manager Eric Wedge, “from the first inning on.”

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