Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Huff Gets Beaned but Tribe Offense Responds for Victory

The Indians offense didn't erupt for too many large innings, but on this day in New York they would fall behind to CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees 9-3 and 10-4 and come back to win 13-10.  The game is most remembered for the line drive that ricochet off David Huff's head and ended up in short right field.  Huff was taken to the hospital for x-rays and a CT Scan and was back in the Indians clubhouse after the game. 

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The Indians were spending a Saturday afternon on Memorial Day Weekend playing the Yankees in New York.  David Huff was looking for a reversal of fortune as he was off to a rough start in 2010 as he sported a record of 2-6 with an ERA of 5.25.  Huff would be opposed by CC Sabathia who was off to a shaky start himself at 4-3 with a 3.95 ERA.  Alex Rodriguez would put the Yankees up 1-0 in the bottom of the first with a sacrifice fly.  The top of the third would be marked by one of the many head scratching umpire calls.  With Lou Marson at 2b, Jason Donald hit a ball in the dirt in front of home plate and began to hobble as if the ball hit him in the foot.  The home plate umpire didn't call it a foul ball and neither did the third base umpire, Alex Rodriguez fielded the ball and threw wildly at first base and the ball went into the stands which allowed Donald to reach first safely and Marson to score the tying run.  It was only after the ball went into the stands that the home plate umpire called the "foul ball" and Donald would eventually ground out to short and the Yankees would maintain the 1-0 lead.

The Yankees would hold a 1-0 lead in the third inning and have runners at first and second with 1-out when Alex Rodriguez would step to the plate.  Rodriguez would hit a line drive back up the middle that would hit Huff right above his left ear.  The ball would ricochet off Huff's noggin and go to right field while 1-run would score to put the Yankees up 2-0.  They Yankees would add one more run off Aaron Laffey to hold a 3-0 lead before the inning would end.

The Indians would score three runs in the top of the fourth to get David Huff off the hook.  The key blow was a 2-run double by Matt LaPorta (video).  The Yanks would regain the lead by scoring 6 times in the bottom of the fourth.  Aaron Laffey, as he so often does, seemed to let an error get the better of him and lost control. He would strike out Francisco Cervelli for the first out of the inning before giving up a single to Kevin Russo who advanced to second on an error by left fielder Austin Kearns.  Laffey would then walk the next three hitters (Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, and  Nick Swisher) the last walk to Swisher forced in a run.  Laffey would then hit Mark Teixeira with a pitch to force in another run before striking out Alex Rodriguez for the second out of the inning.  Laffey was unable to escape further damange as Robinson Cano would hit a 2-run double chasing Laffey from the game.  Hector Ambriz would enter the game and walk Marcus Thames to load the bases and then give up a 2-run double to Francisco Cervelli.  Finally, Ambriz would retire Kevin Russo to end the inning.  The Yankees were now comfortably ahead 9-3 with their ace on the mound.

The Indians would get a run back in the fifth on an RBI single from Austin Kearns only to see Alex Rodriguez get an RBI single in the Yankee half of the fifth to keep it a 6 run game at 10-4.  The Indians would add a solo tally off CC Sabathia in the sixth inning thanks to a Lou Marson double (video).  To many Indians fans, chasing CC from the game after 6 innings and putting up 5 runs on him was a moral victory, but the Indians were only getting warmed up.

The Indians would be trailing 10-5 as the 7th inning began.  Trevor Crowe would get on base via the hit by pitch to lead off the inning, steal second, and come around to score on a one-out single by Austin Kearns. Yankee pitcher David Robertson would leave the game due to an injury and be replaced by Sergio Mitre.  Sergio Mitre would walk Johnny Peratla and be replaced by Damaso Marte who would retire pinch hitter Russell Branyan on a flyball for the second out of the inning.  Marte was replaced by Joba Chamberlain who came into face Mark Grudzielanke who would deliver a run scoring single to tighten the score to 10-7.  Chamberlain would then walk Matt LaPorta to bring Lou Marson to the plate with the bases loaded.  Marson would deliver a two run double to make the score 10-9.  Jason Donald would follow Lou Marson with a 2-run double of his own to give the Indians an 11-10 lead.  Trevor Crowe would single to score Jason Donald to give the Indians a 12-10 lead.  Joba Chamberlain would strike out Shin-Soo Choo out to end the inning.

The Indians would add one more run in the top of the 8th when Russell Branyan would hit his 6th home run of the year (video) off Chad Gaudin.  The Yankees would rally to put up a run in the ninth off Indian closer Kerry Wood who would eventually strike out Nick Swisher to end the game. 

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