The 2010 season ended how it began: with a loss in Chicago.
The White Sox jumped on Indians starter Justin Germano for five runs in the first two innings. Germano has been effective at times in relief, but he's also had a couple of really bad outings. In just two innings he allowed the five runs on seven hits. The six relievers that followed Germano allowed 1 run on six hits and one walk, allowing the offense time to get back into the game.
Many of the Indians regulars sat out this final day of the season, including Shin-Soo Choo, who will end his season with a tasty .300/.401/.484 batting line. Trevor Crowe, Luis Valbuena, and Jordan Brown got one more chance to make an impression before the winter roster decision, while Drew Sutton and Luke Carlin got chances to bolster their chances to land a plum NRI next spring. Carlin hit his second home run with the Indians in the fifth, while Sutton hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning. That home run only got the Indians to within one run, for Chicago had scored an insurance run in the eighth on a Juan Pierre single.
A.J. Alphabet and Paul Konerko were recognized by the Chicago crowd in case they had played their last games with the White Sox, but strangely no recognition was given to Andy Marte's last at-bat as an Indian. Andy didn't make the start, but Manny Acta was able to give him a pinch-hit appearance in the eighth inning. Andy's last at-bat was a strikeout, thus marking an end of an era in Indians baseball.
With Michael Brantley's groundout to second, the off-season officially began. The 2010 Indians are finished, but there's just under six months until the 2011 Indians run out onto Progressive Field. It's now time to reflect on what happened this season, and look forward to next year. Thanks again for making Let's Go Tribe your Internet home for the Indians this season, and be sure to stay tuned to this IP address for analysis as well as other original content that will hopefully make the long off-season seem just a bit shorter.