Cleveland wins! Cleveland wins! The Indians finally ended their losing streak by putting together a reasonably well played game of baseball versus the Baltimore Orioles. If the Indians had lost tonight, it would've been 12 straight and tied some now soon to be forgotten mark for consecutive failure in Cleveland baseball history. As they won, we can know go back to acknowledging that they are bad, very, very bad, but not historically bad.
Fausto Carmona, hypothetical stopper, took the mound and looked good, actually. He did give up a lot of hits (9) but he also didn't walk anyone, got some K's (6 over 6) and induced groundballs (8). Can't ask for much more than that when you've seen the Indians starters over the past month. Tony Sipp looked shaky again control-wise, although he worked around his three baserunners to complete a clean inning in the seventh. From there, it was the legendary Veras-Wood knockout combination. Kerry picked up his 20th save of the season and I'm sure that makes him feel a lot better for not signing with the Angels, or, really, anyone else at all.
The offense was powered by Andy Marte for the third game in a row: Andy now has six hits in the last three contests, as well as three walks. With Eric Wedge on his way out of town, perhaps Marte is exacting his revenge by pouring salt onto the slug that is Wedge's tenure in Cleveland. Or maybe some hits are just falling in. Whichever. LaPorta also contributed two knocks and Valbuena went oppo for a jack. Not a bad night, overall.