Homers Break Indians’ Losing Streak


The idea of the home run appealed to the Indians, so in the top of the 5th, two Indians homered. �Aki Iwamura (photo) took a long fly ball over the right field wall — his first home run since joining the Indians. �The home run rattled Serrano enough so that he walked the next batter, Jim Negrych, then gave up a second home run, to Jeff Clement. �The Indians had the lead again, 7-4.

That was the last inning for Serrano, who was responsible for all 7 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks. �Serrano was relieved by Jon Adkins. �Adkins pitched a scoreless 6th inning, then the Indians attacked again in the 7th. �Negrych reached on a fielding error, when his grounder took a high hop over the mound. �2B Wilkin Castillo charged in and tried to field the ball before it bounced again, but instead of making a shoe-top catch, the ball kicked off his glove and headed toward shortstop, and Negrych was safe at first. �Jeff Clement singled through the right side of the infield, moving Negrych to third base. �The Bats changed pitchers, bringing on Philippe Valiquette, who had no better luck. �Brandon Moss was safe on another fielding error, this one by 3B Francisco, and that allowed Negrych to score. �After Alex Presley bounced into a force out at second, but was fast enough to keep it from being a double play, Erik Kratz singled, scoring Clement. �The Indians lead had increased to 9-4.


(photo: �Jeff Clement)

The Indians would turn out to need those insurance runs. �Jeremy Powell pitched 6 innings, and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, no walks, with 5 strikeouts. �He threw 102 pitches (68 strikes) in his effort. �Danny Moskos took over for Powell to begin the 7th inning, in a double-switch that also replaced Alex Presley with Jonathan Van Every in center field. �Moskos pitched a scoreless 7th inning, allowing only a single to Matthews. �He gave up one run in the 8th, on a single by 1B Todd Frazier, a walk to pinch-hitter Drew Sutton, and an RBI single by Chris Valaika. �Indians still ahead, 9-5.

Jean Machi came on to pitch the bottom of the 9th, and he decided to make things interesting. �With one out, Machi gave up a loud home run to Gary Matthews. �He got a foul pop out for the second out of the inning, but then gave up another home run, to Yonder Alonso. �Luckily both homers, like both of Juan Francisco’s earlier in the game, were solo homers. �Todd Frazier followed the second homer with another long fly ball to right field, looking like it might be another home run — but it bounced near the top of the right field wall and fell for a double. �That brought the score to 9-7 and brought the dangerous Juan Francisco to the plate representing the tying run. �Manager Frank Kremblas walked out to the mound to have a chat with Machi. �Wil Ledezma had hopped up to warm up fast in the bullpen, but he had only just gotten started, and was not even close to being ready. �Machi and Kremblas chatted, and Machi must have said the right things, because Kremblas decided to leave Machi it. �Machi lived up to his word, because he ended the game right there by striking out Francisco.

Jeremy Powell earned the win, his 5th of the season. �Jeff Clement went 3-for-5, and Brandon Moss and Erik Kratz had 2 hits each.

Indians’ Hitting Gems of the Game: �Three home runs — a solo homer by Aki Iwamura, a 2-run homer by Jeff Clement, and a 3-run homer by Brandon Moss.

Indians’ Defensive Gem of the Game: �In the bottom of the 7th, with two outs and a runner on second base, Ryan Hanigan tapped a slow roller towards third base. �Aki Iwamura charged in and made the scoop, then fired across the diamond to Jeff Clement. �Clement had to reach for the ball, and ended up stretched out completely, toward the outfield side of the bag. �He managed to keep his toe on the bag, though, and made the catch in time for the out on Hanigan to end the inning.


Steve Pearce had his left knee examined today by the Pirates’ team doctor in Pittsburgh. �The diagnosis of tendonitis was confirmed, but things are not so bad that he needs surgery at this point. �Instead, he will have an injection into his knee tomorrow to promote healing, and then he will have to rest for at least a week. �That will be followed by more treatments and exercise. �He is not expected to be back for the rest of the month.

Go Tribe!

(photos by Nancy)




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