As you've probably heard (or figured out by not hearing), Derek Jeter did not get the 4 hits he needed last night to reach 3,000. He did hit a nice double in the 8th inning. Otherwise, he struck out, grounded out, and walked. Not an awful game, but not a great game, either. Still, not what most people wanted to see last night. I'm sure most are also not all that disappointed, though. There are a lot of people that would have felt a bit cheated for Jeter to get 3,000 on the road. It also would have felt cheap for him to get it at home due to engineering some rest. Thankfully, it looks like he'll get it at home (four games against the Rays to get three hits) in a natural fashion. So, rolling back into New York, the Derek Jeter Hit Counter stands at 2,997.
Now that we've gotten a dreamy-eyed Jeter and his performance out of the way, let's get to other news. The Cleveland Indians are a very good baseball team. Justin Masterson threw a gem of a game, allowing just three hits and two walks through eight innings. Manny Acta probably wishes he would've let him go for the complete game when he went to his bullpen, summoned Vinnie Pestano, who promptly had three runs charged to his name without recording an out. Chris Perez came in and put out the fire, but not before things got interesting.
Behind that strong pitching performance were two (back-to-back, even) amazing plays by maybe the best defensive shortstop since Ozzie Smith (or at least Omar Vizquel in his prime), Asdrubal Cabrera. He's no slouch with the bat, either, boasting a .292 batting average and .836 OPS. Curtis Granderson also made a great catch against the way to rob Nick Swisher of at least a double, maybe a triple (depending on the carom). I don't know if the Indians will be able to hold off a surging (and also very good) Detroit team down the stretch, but it would not surprise me if they hold on. It unfortunately looks like the Wild Card will come out of the East again, so this is is a one-bid division. Should be a great race down the stretch.
I won't be able to watch Derek Jeter tonight, unfortunately. I'll be moving stuff into the new apartment and nobody can record the game for me. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the quest continues to tomorrow, where I will definitely find a way to watch the game if at all possible. If I have to figure out a way to watch it on MLB.TV, so be it.