Alvarez And Clement Homer In Tribe Loss

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Photo: Pedro Alvarez hit the first of back-to-back home runs in the 2nd inning.

Anthony Claggett finished the 6th inning with a strikeout. �He also pitched the 7th inning. �He gave up a single to LF Reid Gorecki, then let Gorecki move to second base on a balk. �After another strikeout and a fly out, Jesus Montero zipped a short liner back at Claggett, which bounced off his glove and landed between the mound and second base. �By the time 2B Doug Bernier could get to it, Montero was safe at first, and Gorecki had moved to third. �David Winfree was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, to load the bases, but Claggett got out of the inning when Rene Rivera grounded right to 1B Jeff Clement for the third out.

Justin Thomas pitched the 8th inning for the Indians, and retired the Yankees in order, including one strikeout.

After the two home runs in the 2nd inning, the next 13 Tribe batters went down in order. �Dustin Moseley got those three strikeouts in the 2nd, then added two more in the 4th, and one in the 5th. �LF Kevin Melillo had the only other Tribe hit in the game, when he singled down the left field line with one out in the 6th inning, and stole second base. �After a strikeout, DH Brian Myrow walked, and both runners advanced one base when Moseley threw a wild pitch. �But the 6th inning ended with (what else?) another strikeout, leaving two runners in scoring position. �Erik Kratz walked in the 7th inning, but was also left stranded.

IMG_3617Moseley finished his evening with 10 strikeouts over 7 innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks, but the two home runs. �He was relieved by Boone Logan to begin the 8th inning. �Logan pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. �Closer Jonathan Albaladejo earned his 20th save of the season in the 9th inning. �He walked Brian Myrow to begin the inning, and pinch-runner Jim Negrych replaced Myrow. �Negrych stole second base, but he was left there, when Albaladejo struck out Pedro Alvarez, Jeff Clement, and Jonathan Van Every to end the game.

Every member of the Indians’ starting line-up struck out at least once, and Pedro Alvarez and Justin Van Every struck out three times each.

Indians’ Hitting Gems of the Game: �Back-to-back home runs by Pedro Alvarez and Jeff Clement (photo). �It was Alvarez’s 13th homer of the season, and his 52nd RBI. �For Clement, it was his first hit since joining the Indians.

Indians’ Defensive Gem of the Game: �In the 4th inning, with one out, CF Greg Golson grounded a 1-2 pitch between first and second bases. �2B Doug Bernier went back to make a stop and keep the ball from getting past and into the outfield. �Then he turned and threw to Jeff Clement at first base, in time to beat out the speedy Golson.

NOTES:

Sunday’s game between the Indians and the Yankees is going to be an evening game, starting at 5:05 pm.

Go Tribe!

(photos by Nancy)

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