I'm not going to lie: after the top of the first inning, I had mentally written off this game. The Marlins had scored three runs, and none of those runs were cheap. And Jose Fernandez, one of baseball's best pitchers, was pitching for the Marlins. At best, the Indians would have to scratch and claw a run or two and have to come from behind late. But no, they'd immediately reverse the score, pin seven runs off Fernandez, get a career-high 12 hits off him (six of them for extra bases), and win in a semi-laugher. Francisco Lindor had four hits (a career high), including two doubles.
Terry Francona usually makes it a point to get a newly-acquired player into the lineup as soon as possible, and tonight he was subbing for Mike Napoli. It worked spectacularly: he led off the game with a double, and would go 3-for-5 on the night in his first game for the Indians since October 2, 2005 - a game Tribe fans would rather pretend never happened.
With the minor-league regular seasons winding down, Gomes doesn't have too many opportunities to rehab close to home, though several affiliates will be playing in the playoffs. If everything works out, Gomes will be eligible to return to the club on September 16th.
That Kluber had his best month during the Indians' worst stretch could in retrospect be one of, if not the, the reason(s) the Indians win the AL Central.
If the Ducks win either today or tomorrow, or if Harrisburg loses either today or tomorrow, they'll clinch a playoff spot.
Dietrick, who graduated from St. Ignatius in Cleveland, played at Progressive Field for the first time since he played there in an OHSAA tournament game.
Today I learned that Jeremy Sowers (yes, that Jeremy Sowers) is Tampa Bay's replay reviewer.