Local Tribe fans quiet during Game 4 loss
BAZETTA — The atmosphere was ripe for celebrating early Tuesday evening at the Quaker Steak and Lube as the Cleveland Indians were trying for their sixth American League pennant.
But the Toronto Blue Jays’ pitching staff had other ideas, limiting the Tribe hitters to just two hits and quelling any cheers from the wing-eating bunch of fans.
“Don’t expect this celebrating tomorrow night, guys,” said Sandy Bennett of Lordstown as she watched the Blue Jays give each other high fives after the 5-1 victory to put them on the board in the American League Championship Series.
Game 5 is today at 4 p.m. in Toronto as the Indians continue to lead the best of seven series three games to one.
Bennett’s companion, Lee Beach of Cortland, said he had hoped for a victory Tuesday, but knows the Indians ultimate victory is a matter of time.
“It’s not impossible (for Toronto to win the series) but darn near,” Beach said. “I have been long suffering with this Tribe team and it would be nice to see them win (the pennant) on their home field.”
Beach said he inherited his love for the Indians from his dad, who grew up near the old League Park on Cleveland’s east side.
“I think he was from the original knothole gang,” Beach said about his dad. “He and his friend would stand behind the right field fence and wait for a baseball to come so they could use it for their neighborhood games.”
Bennett, meanwhile, said she grew up with three brothers and one television with four channels in the 1970s.
“My favorites were Buddy Bell, Jack Brohamer and Duane Kuiper,” Bennett said about past Tribe players who had to buy a ticket to participate in an American League Championship Series.
Adam Frederick of Warren hoped to see the Tribe wrap up the series Tuesday so that the players, especially the injured riddled pitching staff, would get a few days off before the start of the World Series on Oct. 25.
“You would think they could be able to wrap it up and give these players a rest,” Frederick said. “Even the hitters look like they need it.”
The crowd, some of whom were there for the all-you-can eat wings buffet, like Penny and Joel Johnson of Warren, got excited in the middle of the game when the Tribe drew to within one run.
“We didn’t know the game was on until we got here,” said Penny Johnson.
However, a diving stop that prevented the tying run from scoring was the last threat for the Tribe offense, and the game was put out of reach when Toronto pushed across two runs in the seventh inning set up by a Brian Shaw throwing error.
“Shaw, where are you throwing that?,” Beach yelled as the pitcher threw the ball down the right-field line.
Despite the loss, Beach still is looking forward to the World Series probable matchup.
“If the Indians play the Cubs, you know the Tribe won’t get any national sympathy,” Beach said about the lack of love given by the national television announcers.