This team is agonizingly inconsistant. A day after looking awful in all phases of the game, they play about as a perfect of a game as you can get.
Travis Hafner hit his fifth grand slam of the season, breaking a major-league record of grand slams before the All-Star Break. He walked for the seventieth time, which broke a franchise record for a first half.
CC Sabathia shut down the Orioles on 118 pitches, 89 of them strikes. He struck out seven, walked none, and allowed just three hits, all singles.
Heck, Victor Martinez threw out a runner. Yeah, that runner was 40-year-old Jeff Conine, but you have to take what you can get.
Before the game, the Indians announced two transactions:
Signed RHP Sung-Wei Tseng to a minor-league contract
Tseng, 21, is currently pitching for the Taiwanese national team, and was the only amateur that made the roster. He throws in the low 90s. The press release states that Tseng will join the organization after his commitment with the national team ends in September.
Claimed RHP Mike Adams off Waivers from the New York Mets; Optioned him to Buffalo
This will be Adams' third AAA team this season. He started 2006 in Nashville, got a brief callup to Milwaukee, and was later traded to the Mets. He's had control problems, but his mid-90s fastball has kept getting him chances. The Indians already have a younger version of him in Andrew Brown.