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One compliment I can pay the Indians this year is that you generally know the outcome of the game very early in the contest. In this instance, the Athletics scored 9 runs in the first three innings. So I was able to go do some productive things while the two teams played out the string.

Jason Johnson didn't throw strikes, left the ball up in the zone, and didn't have any help from his defense. That's death (from a pitching sense) for a groudball hurler. Jeremy Guthrie was inconsistent with his control, but generally looked pretty good. Guillermo Mota was awful, at least based on his stat line: by then, I was doing laundry.

The Indians rapped out 14 hits, but only two of them were for extra bases, both homers. Trying to consistently score runs with singles is difficult to do, even against mediocre pitchers. Each starter had a hit, proving that even when the offense is bad, it's good.

One thing I'll never understand is how a pitcher is able to get a save despite his team leading by eight when he entered. Five years from now, if Chad Gaudin is still in the league, an announcer will note that he picked up a save in 2006, assuming that he came in with the game in the balance.

Some minor-league stuff...

Akron 7, Binghampton 5

Joe Inglett is now hitting an even .500 after going 2-for-4 tonight. As noted in Thommy's diary, Inglett's playing shortstop in order to become a more versatile utility player.

Kevin Kouzmanoff, the best third base prospect in the organization until Andy Marte came along, went 5-for-5 (all singles) to push his average to .458. A promotion to Buffalo is clearly needed, but probably not forthcoming.

Scranton-WB 9, Buffalo 1

Fausto Carmona's first start in Buffalo after his demotion from Cleveland was a clunker. Carmona gave up 6 earned runs in 6.1 innings. Felix Heredia wasn't any better; he walked 2 and gave up 2 hits in his 0.2 innings of work.