Indians Are Up.. And Down…And Up…And Down

The Clippers tied it up in the 4th inning, when 2B Cord Phelps led off the inning with a solo home run — a 5-run lead blown by the Indians.� Morton did settle down after that.� He retired the next three Clippers on three ground outs in the 4th.� He worked around a double by Jordan Brown, along with a fumble for a fielding error by Alex Presley in center field, which let Brown move to third base.� Morton got a strikeout and a ground out, leaving Brown standing on third.� He gave up a 2-out single to Jose Constanza in the 6th, but ended that inning with a pop out.� Morton threw 101 pitches (67 strikes) in his 6 innings of work, and allowed 7 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits and a walk, with 2 strikeouts.

Clippers’ reliever Jeremy Sowers took over for David Huff after just 3 innings, in which he gave up 7 runs on 10 hits.� But now the Indians needed to break a tie, and Sowers was having none of it.� He retired 6 Tribe batters in order in the 4th and 5th.� Bryce Stowell put down 3 more Tribe batters in the 6th.� Doug Bernier led off the 7th with a double that found its way into a recess in the right field wall.� He moved to third base on a groundout by Brandon Moss.� Brian Myrow made it runners on the corners with a walk, but they were both left stranded when both Jeff Clement and Erik Kratz struck out to end the inning.

IMG_3453The score was still tied when Charlie Morton gave way to Steven Jackson to begin the bottom of the 7th — so Morton was not eligible for either the win or the loss.� Jackson got one out, then gave up the go-ahead run with a solo blast to Jared Goedert.� And a fly out later, he gave up an insurance run, another solo home run, to 1B Wes Hodges.� Clippers ahead, 9-7.

But the Indians were not done yet.� They got those two runs back, tying the score again in the top of the 8th.� With Jensen Lewis on the hill for the Clippers, Jim Negrych worked a walk, and moments later, Jonathan Van Every (photo) made it even with a booming home run that hit the right-center field scoreboard.� Lewis walked Doug Bernier and Brandon Moss with two outs after the homer, and he was relieved by Vinnie Pestano.� Pestano ended the inning with a pop out.

Danny Moskos was next out of the bullpen for the Tribe, also coming into the game with the score tied.� He got two fly outs, then gave up a single to Jose Constanza, on a low liner that slipped past the diving Doug Bernier and into left field.� Constanza stole second base, sliding into second base without a throw, because Erik Kratz had dropped the ball as he went to transfer it from his glove to his throwing hand.� Moskos walked Josh Rodriguez, then after a brief visit with pitching coach Dean Treanor, Moskos gave up a line drive single to Luis Valbuena.� Constanza rounded third and headed for the plate as the throw came in from Brandon Moss in right field.� The speedy Constanza reached the plate just ahead of an on-target throw from Moss, and the Clippers again had the lead.

The Indians had one last chance in the bottom of the 9th.� Erik Kratz singled up the middle with one out, and he was replaced by pinch-runner Kevin Melillo. Jim Negrych punched a single through the right side of the infield, and Melillo raced to third base.� Negrych stole second base, putting two runners in scoring position.� A strikeout and an easy fly out ended the game, though, and the Clippers had the win.

Moskos was charged with the loss, his first with the Indians.� Each member of the Indians’ line-up had at least one hit, and Doug Bernier led the charge with three hits — two doubles and a single.� Brian Myrow, Jeff Clement, and Erik Kratz each had 2 hits; Myrow had 4 RBI and Kratz picked up 3 RBI.

Indians’ Hitting Gem of the Game:� Three home runs, but the really clutch one was Jonathan Van Every’s 2-run homer in the 8th inning, to tie the score.

Indians’ Defensive Gem of the Game:� Also in the 8th inning, Brandon Moss made a running one-handed catch of a long fly ball that sailed into the right field corner.� If it had fallen in, the Clippers would have had at least one more run in that inning.

NOTES:

The Indians next travel up to Toledo, where they will play two games against the Mud Hens before the All-Star break.

Go Tribe!

(photos by Nancy)

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