Indians unload bats

The Tribe broke out their hitting sticks Thursday night as they romped the Angels 14-2. With the victory, the Indians earned their first series win since over a month ago when they beat the Reds in a three-game series in early July. In the wake of his new $14 million contract, Cliff Lee gave up the two runs in seven innings to earn his tenth victory of the season. Every starter recorded a hit for the Tribe but it was Shin-Soo Choo and Ryan Garko who stole the show. Choo had his second straight three-hit night and added three RBI. Garko hit a three-run, bases-clearing double as part of a seven run fourth for the Indians and also homered later on. Hafner had a double and a homer and Jason Michaels contributed three hits and a couple RBI as part of the Indians’ hit parade.

“I’m reminded of this team last September [when Garko was a call-up],” Garko said. “We were winning every series and every game. That’s what I still picture.”

The last few months should be rather entertaining. Many players will be playing for their jobs next season and how well many of these youngsters perform over the remainder of the season will determine where they fit into this team for the future. Garko and Choo sure are off to good starts.

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