More History Made at Progressive Field
Wow – 28.0 innings of baseball in the span of 2 games. Gut-wrenching losses no doubt, but if you hang around this game long enough you really learn to appreciate the opportunity to witness baseball history and Progressive Field has no doubt supplied us with plenty of memories over the past 72 hours.
Two days removed from watching the longest Opening Day game in Major League history (16 innings), we played another 12-inning affair against the Blue Jays this afternoon. In research conducted by the Indians Baseball Information Dept. using Baseball-Reference.com and confirmed by the Elias Sports Bureau, 2012 marks the first time that any team has opened the season with consecutive extra-inning games of at least 12 innings since 1969 when four different teams pulled the trick. At Municipal Stadium in Kansas City that year, the Twins and Royals played a 12-inning game on April 8 followed by a 17-inning game on April 9. At Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, the Red Sox and Orioles played a 12-inning game on April 8 followed by a 13-inning game on April 10. Ironically, the Red Sox added a 3rd straight game of 12-plus innings when the club played a 16-inning game here in Cleveland against the Indians on April 11 at Cleveland Stadium. If you’re into brevity, we’ve just witnessed something that hasn’t happened in 43 years.
Did I mention that both starting pitchers carried no-hitters into the 5th inning? Ubaldo took that a step further and had a perfect game going until issuing a 2-out walk in the 6th – his no-hitter remained in tact until Brett Lawrie’s 2-out single in the 7th. He seemed really locked in and followed up Justin’s Opening Day performance to give the Tribe a couple outstanding starts to begin the year. Through 2 games of this young season, Justin and Ubaldo have combined to give the Indians starting rotation a 1.80 ERA (3 ER/15.0 IP). The duo has also combined to hold Toronto to a .063 (3-for-48) opponents average (one single, one double, one home run), while notching 13 strikeouts against just 4 walks. The Indians pitching staff overall has held the Blue Jays lineup to a .180 clip (18-for-100). It was also really good to see Jason and Asdrubal dial in with their first home runs of the year
I wonder what’s in store for us here at the ballpark tomorrow…