We can be heroes, just for one day
We have no doubt that it played out just the way Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta planned it.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh with two outs Monday night against the Yankees, the Tribe was on the verge of wasting a beautiful start from Josh Tomlin.
And that’s when the most unlikely of heroes stepped up to save the day.
First, Lonnie Chisenhall was given a second chance after Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner couldn’t figure out how to catch a routine pop-up. Chisenhall ended up working A.J. Burnett for a walk, joining Grady Sizemore as Tribe base runners.
Then Shelly Duncan had a fantastic at bat (we know!) battling back from an 0-2 count against Burnett before dropping a single into right field to score Sizemore.
Finally, Austin Kearns, of the .192, two RBI Kearns, dropped a three-run homer on the Yankees to give the Tribe the lead.
“That’s what we’ve been able to do — find heroes just about every day,” Acta said in published reports.
As unlikely as Kearns’ heroics were, Tomlin’s performance was the real story of the game.
Tomlin is now 10-4 with an ERA of 3.78 – but somehow was not worthy of being an All Star. He’s doing it with a below-average fastball, but can throw four pitches well and mixes them up. He also leads the majors with 1.07 walks per nine innings.
In other words, he’s a pitcher, rather than a thrower. Maybe the Indians should arrange to have Fausto Carmona spend some time with Tomlin over the All-Star break.
Tomlin has been money and, along with Carlos Carrasco and Justin Masterson, is a big part of why the Tribe is still in first place despite a horrible month of June.
“Tomlin deserved that … He continues to amaze everybody. He doesn’t back down from anyone,” Acta said in published reports.
As for the All Star snub, it’s not just Tomlin, but Carrasco deserved a spot as well. But we’re actually OK with them not being included. We’d rather they take the time to rest up for what should be a crazy second-half of the season.
Carrasco gets to show his stuff tonight against the Evil Empire.
We can’t wait to see who wants to be a hero, if just one day.
(Photo by The Associated Press)