In a turn of events that was unfathomable just a week ago, the Indians have won two in a row. Sowers was bad tonight, leaving the game trailing five to four, with peripherals that indicated no better. The Indians took the lead for the second time (they had been up 4-0 before Sowers' fifth inning implostion) with a four run outburst in the seventh, lost the lead when Kerry Wood was horrible in the ninth, and then finally won the game on a Jhonny Peralta single in the bottom of the ninth.
The Indians were legitimately good offensively tonight, collecting fifteen hits with four doubles and a pair of homeruns from Choo and Marte (Marte!). Andy hit a two run jack in the fourth and then tacked on a sacrifice fly later. Most disheartening was Kerry Wood's performance, comprised of three hits, two runs, a walk and a blown save. Despite Wood's best efforts, the Indians won the game when Valbuena singled, was moved over by Choo and driven home by Peralta. Raffy Perez recorded three strikeouts tonight, for those still keeping track, and Chris Perez also looked decent in his brief, .2 IP appearance. The Indians have now won two in a row for the first time since August 26 and 27.
No matter what the Indians evaluative process says, it seems incomprehensible that Andy Marte won't get a chance to start for the team next season. In a lost year, why would the Indians not give some playing time to a gentleman who has hit a homerun every seventh game he's played this year? That translates to 23 homeruns in a whole season, a total that might lead the 2010 Indians.