The Cleveland Indians returned home to Progressive field last night in dramatic fashion. They took advantage of 2 time CY Young award winner Roy Halladay in game one of the series against the Phillies. Halladay didn’t make it into the 4th inning.
The Cleveland Indians hit him hard and they put 8 runs on 9 hits against one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball. 3 of those hits were home runs. The Indians didn’t care who the Phillies put on the mound after Halladay. They continued to hit the ball hard.
The Tribe hit 7 home runs off of the Phillies pitching staff. They were one home run short of the record of 8 home runs in one game. The Indians looked like a team that was out to prove they could hit good pitching and they did it.
The Tribe started hitting Halladay hard from the start of the game. Santana homered to right (387 feet), in the first inning and Kipnis scored. Then, the guy who has hit the ball hard all season, Mark Reynolds homered to right center (393 feet), and Giambi scored. The Indians were off to a great start and they led the game 4-0 after the first inning.
It started all over again in the 4th, Lonnie Chisenhall homered to right (357 feet), Reynolds scored. It was 6-1 Indians. Then the guy people were worried about kept his hitting streak going. Asdrubal Cabrera singled to right, driving in Raburn and Stubbs to make it 8-1 Indians.
In the 5th Ryan Raburn homered to left (399 feet), Jason Giambi scored, just like that it was 10-1 Indians. The Tribes offense was certainly making it easy for their starting pitcher, Zach McAllister who picked up his second win of the season.
The Indians offense continued to produce at a rate that was almost unheard of. Michael Brantley homered to right (413 feet), sending Stubbs across the plate. The Indians had a dozen runs on the board after 5 innings of high powered offense.
It wasn’t over there, the Tribe came back to the plate in the 7th inning, and Raburn homered to left (387 feet) making it 13-2 Indians. It was fun to watch this game. The Indians would score one more run in the 7th inning when Stubbs homered to left (372 feet) to make it 14-2 Indians .
Lets hope the Indians saved some of that offense for tonight’s game. They face former Indians pitcher and Cy Young winner, Cliff Lee. The Cleveland fans say bring it on baby. The Tribe can hit great pitching and they showed they could hit it hard.
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