Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Longball relief

Travis Hafner finally had enough of losing to teams like the Royals. So he did something about it. With one out in the ninth inning tonight, Hafner delivered a two-run homer to the Indians bullpen for a 6-4, come from behind victory over the Royals. It snapped a six-game losing streak, and a five-game losing streak to Kansas City.
Hafner's bomb was preceded by a solo shot off the bat of Grady Sizemore that tied the game with no outs.
Sizemore victimized Ambiorix Burgos. Hafner hit his homer off Andrew Sisco. Both pitchers had given the Indians fits so far this season.
As Hafner rounded the bases, he looked almost angry, keeping his head down a jaw square as he jogged.
The homers brought relief, but I think everyone in the Indians dugout knew it should never have come to this. The Indians are still just 18-21 and chasing the White Sox, Tigers and Twins in the division.
A journey begins with a single step, the old adage goes. Let's hope this is the beginning of a journey that involves a lot more wins for the Indians.

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