CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – LIKES WHAT HE SEES: Last night vs the Jays, Chris Perez gave up a homer in the 9th inning which allowed the Jays to tie the game at two, giving him his first blown save of 2013.
The Indians rallied with a Mark Reynolds homer in the 10th to win the game, thus letting Perez off the hook if you will from getting all kinds of nasty comments, which is what awaited him last season when he blew a save in the opener vs the Jays.
Perez, always outspoken, likes the direction of this seasons Tribe.
“We’ve got guys up and down the lineup, we can win in different ways,” Perez said. “We can win with small ball some nights, tonight we got the big knock, offensively we have a lot of options, it’s exciting.”
FAST START: The Indians are off to the club’s first 2-0 start since 2008 after Wednesday night’s 3-2, 11-inning victory over the Jays. It is also the Indians’ first 2-0 start to begin a season on the road since 2007 when Cleveland took 2 of 3 from the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
The last time Cleveland won at least 3 straight road games to begin a campaign came in 1998 when the Tribe won the first 6 tilts of a 7-game season-opening road trip through Seattle (2-0), Anaheim (3-0) and Oakland (1-1).
LINEUP SHAKEUP: The Indians will go with the same starting nine on Thursday in the finale vs the Jays, but there’s a change, that being Mark Reynolds, the hero from Wednesday night, moving to first.
Nick Swisher will get the night in the field off, but will still be able to take his hacks, as he will be DH for the night.
BRANTLEY’S BIG NIGHT: Indians LF Michael Brantley matched a career-high last night after posting his 5th four-hit effort all-time; he has had one 4-hit game in each one of his 5 Major League seasons. Brantley is 5-for-7 to star the year, hitting .715.
Brantley’s father, Mickey, (TOR coach from 2005-07), watched his son last night, as he’s in town in Toronto for the series.
NATIONAL TV SPOT: The Indians game next Wednesday on, April 10th against the New York Yankees in Progressive Field has been picked up by ESPN2. The game time will remain at 7:05PM and SportsTimeOhio will still televise the affair to the Ohio market.
The on-air talent for the contest will be Jon Sciambi, former Indian Aaron Boone, Mark Mulder and Pedro Gomez.