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Hey, the Indians finally won!

Aug 8, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

Nishioka

The Indians moderately long regional nightmare is over:  they played the Twins today. They won 6-2. And they ended the 11 game losing streak.

They can certainly thank their Opening Day starter and their biggest bat: Justin Masterson went seven innings allowing two runs on three hits and Shin-Soo Choo went 4 for 4 with two driven in.  But they can also thank opposing second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who had a hand in four of the Indians six runs.

Nishioka committed an error on an ill-advised glove flip of a ball behind the bag, lost a routine pop fly in the sun despite it not being that sunny and despite wearing sunglasses, having it fall in for a double. He also made an awful throw to the plate. He was recalled from Triple-A on Monday, and since then he has made three errors, multiple misplays that weren’t scored as such and is 0 for 12 with a sacrifice fly. Twins broadcasters were openly derisive of his play during this game. We may have seen the last of him.

Regardless, congratulations Indians. Your streak of awfulness has ended. At least for a day.

 

 

  1. Kevin Gillman - Aug 8, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Thank you so much for the warm love Craig, I appreciate it. And I don’t care about the miscues by Nishioka, because the Indians have had some ugly bounces against them during this 11 game losing streak, and hey, maybe with the ugly bounces going against the Indians all season, they will get bounces coming their way for the rest of the season, and they miraculously have a 53 game winning streak? Okay, maybe not, but at least for ONE day, they won’t slip further into the standings.

    • kopy - Aug 8, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      You’re right. It would be incredibly hypocritical chalk up the Indians’ win to simply bad defense by the Twins. Just yesterday the Twins won because of bad defense by the Indians. The ball does bounce both ways, but the Twins will be willingly giving up bounces if they keep running Nishioka out there. The Gold Glove voting system must be as redundant in Japan as it is here for him to have attained that award.

  2. number42is1 - Aug 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Can they teach the Yanks how do do this “winning” thing?

  3. dumptrucked - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    As a Twins fan I am sick of Yoshi, he should have been dumped last year. He is only back in the bigs because the Twins were praying he would look good for a week and garner a trade, he is sure to be waived shortly.

  4. card0109 - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    From what Dan Gladden was saying on the broadcast, it sounded like after the pop-up that Nishioka lost in the sun landed right in front of him, he turned around and walked off, instead of picking up the ball and making a play, or at least stopping play. That to me was the icing on the cake. The first thing that coaches tell you is to keep playing until you know the play is over. And I don’t believe that part of information got lost in translation. That’s just poor professionalism.

  5. dodger88 - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    The resistible force meets the moveable object.

  6. kkolchak - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Hard to tell from that picture whether the ball is heading into his glove or rolling back out. :D

  7. fmlizard - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Nishioka makes 2000 Rick Ankiel look like a Swiss watch. Dude just forgot how to play for some reason.

  8. Lukehart80 - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    THE INDIANS WIN THE PENNANT! THE INDIANS WIN THE PENNANT! THE INDIANS WIN THE PENNANT! …The Indians win the pennant and they’re going crazy!

    That’s what happened today, right?

    If there any other Cleveland fans who’d like to be tortured by the details of this (and other) Indians losing streak, I researched and wrote about them:

    http://groundballwitheyes.blogspot.com/2012/08/were-going-streaking.html

    Another 15 straight wins or so and the Indians will be right back in this thing!

  9. lionsfan415 - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    If anyone can stop a losing streak its the Twins.

  10. chicagosworth - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    I’ve been fine with them losing..

  11. tooz72 - Aug 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    they will take 3/4 from Boston..guaranteed

  12. crustylovelips - Aug 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    I just came here to say that there’s one indians fan that will not support this team in any way until the dolans sell the team. They have proven over the course of this decade that they have absolutely no intention of spending money on quality players. We sell and attempt toreload.. Our drafting sucks b/c they don’t want to take a chance on young talent they can’t afford to sign (we did draft Tim Lincicum) We go out and get Ulbaldo and follow it up by resigning grady sizemore..

    Their “if the fans show up.. we’ll get better players” approach is a joke.. Its like a restaurant owner saying “hey, we’ll sell you this crappy steak.. but if you keep coming back.. we’ll eventually sell you filet Mignon” doesn’t work..there was absolutely no reason they couldnt go after Pujlous or Fielder. they go after Casey Kotchman. (Dolans discounts) they’re a joke. i’ll check back in at the end of the year when they finish with 75-85 wins and watch the excuses fly.. .

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