Wednesday, May 13, 2015

What A Performance~!!
By The Opposing Pitcher

It's very hard but not impossible for me to root for the opposing team, playing against the St. Louis Cardinals.
But tonight, I was really pulling for the Cleveland Indians pitcher, Cory Kluber, who was pitching a no-hitter into the 7th inning, against the Cards at Cleveland.

As it turned out, Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta lined a one-out single up the middle in that 7th inning, but was stranded on 1st base.  That would be the Cards' only hit ....

I really wanted him to have the No-No, the way he pitched~!
As usual, we watched the game on cable, while listening to the play-by-play on radio.... Because there's nothing like listening to Mike Shannon call a baseball game, strained through his daily supply of Budweiser beer.

And by "we", I mean "I".



Indians' pitcher Cory Kluber was as sharp a right-handed pitcher as I've ever seen, tonight:  
His command of the strike zone via his impressive curve ball and straight, laser-like fastballs was
a delight to watch.  His curve balls came into the strike zone from every position on the clock, bombing in from the 11 o'clock position, to submarining in from the 8 o'clock, to the
3 o'clock to the Cardinal lefties!  It was ridiculous~! 

It was like watching a rightie Sandy Koufax, tonight~!

~How he made my Cardinals batters look like little leaguers with great big surprise eyes when they got rung up for "Steeerike Thhhreeee".


Kluber pitched 8 innings, striking out 18.  YEAH, that's right, 6 innings of nothing-but K's.  Kluber did not issue a walk, and hit one batter during his best ever Major League performance.

Tonight's game was a record-breaker for the Cardinals, too:
it marked the most EVER strikeouts by a St. Louis Cardinals team, since a 17-strikeout game against the Brooklyn Robins in 1925, in 10 innings. Kluber did it in just 8~!

And what a performance it was to behold~! 
Indians 2, Cardinals 0.  
Most bizarre, this was Cory Kluber's 1st win of this season.



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