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Video highlights of Indians Game 2 win

The Cleveland Indians defeated the defending AL West champion Texas Rangers on Tuesday, 4-3. The young season has seen the Tribe start off winning both of their games on the road in Arlington, Texas.

Game 2 featured a whole slew of highlights, the best of which we feature here.

Carlos Santana is enjoying his full-time gig as the Indians lead-off hitter. On Tuesday, he led off the game by sending the ball over the opposite field wall in right-center. Three of Santana’s four hits have been for extra bases (two doubles, one home run), and he has also walked twice. His .500/.600/1.125 slash is a nice way to start off the season.

Austin Jackson saw Abraham Almonte have a big Opening Day game, and he must have wanted to validate his portion of the great Tribe outfield platoons. Going 2-for-4 with an RBI single sure is nice.

Didn’t A-Jax also score on an RBI single? He sure did. It is quite helpful to have Dr. Smooth back in the lineup as he now has an RBI in both games played, while hitting 3-for-9 on the year thus far.

Just because Brandon Guyer is on the roster for his ability to hit left-handed pitching (and be hit by left-handed pitching) doesn’t mean he cannot break out a web gem from time-to-time. His defense is not going to be his calling card anytime soon, but Guyer made a nifty catch, tuck, and roll to save what could have been an extra base hit.

If you want to focus on the fact that Cody Allen has allowed three extra base hits on three well-hit balls in his first two outings, then feel free to do so. I’ll just be sitting back here and marvelling at how he has six strikeouts in two innings pitched. That’s right, every single out recorded has been a strikeout. Pretty good, Cody, pretty good.

Hat-tip to WFNY’s Josh Poloha for creating the Streamables used in this article.

  • JM85

    Great start so far. It’s a shame Lucroy vetoed the trade. He missed out on the World Series and lost 2 of 3 to start the season.

  • Hopwin

    I suppose this is the place to ask why all of the sudden Andrew Miller is a fly-out pitcher? Perhaps Cody stole his mojo in the bullpen?

  • Steve

    Not so sure we can garner much out of four balls in play.

  • Hopwin

    I don’t get MLB Network anymore so I didn’t catch anything but the WBC championship (in spanish), but during Spring Training I saw Andrew giving up a lot more contact.

  • Steve

    Also not sure we can garner much from ST games.

  • Hopwin

    So celebrate 6 strikeouts in two games from Allen, but don’t interpret anything from Miller over the past 2 months. Got it!

  • mgbode

    It’s early in the year, so who knows is a proper response. But, also tracking it is proper to see if it sticks.

    Miller hasn’t allowed a hit or walk in 2 IP, so it hasn’t hurt him yet (obv. could).

  • Natedawg86

    NO JRam catch?

  • Steve

    http://www.fangraphs.com/library/principles/sample-size/

    Here’s a good size guide for when certain metrics become reliable going forward.

    Strikeout rate, and gb/fb rates stabilize quickly. In the case of Allen and Miller, not this quickly.

  • Natedawg86

    2 of 3? 3rd game has not started yet

  • mgbode

    I don’t have the video on that great grab but…

    https://twitter.com/MLBastian/status/849455698979237893

  • Harv

    I was back and forth in the house so had both the TV and radio broadcasts. Jarring to Tom Hamilton continually scream at pennant-winning decibels about … a good play. Made television’s little Mr. Hairbrush Microphone in the Mirror sound like understated Vin Scully. Hamilton has gotten increasingly blustery since Herb Score’s presence kept egos in check. He’s still too young to become a caricature of himself, like a Harry Carey. I think.

  • JM85

    OK lost the first two.

  • Steve

    I dunno, I think he’s right there as a caricature. Those “old man yells at cloud” rants are ever more frequent.

  • Hopwin

    Excellent stuff gentlemen!

  • Natedawg86

    and after last night makes 3.
    * Texas has never made playoffs after going 0-3 to start the season

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