Monday, April 2, 2007

Hell of a way to start the season

Cleveland ---542000010 12 13 0
Chicago -----201000002 5 10 1

The Cleveland Indians kicked of the 2007 season by snapping their 4 game opening day losing streak with a 12-5 win over the White Sox in Chicago today. Grady Sizemore got the party going early when he redirected the second pitch of the game over the right field wall into the Indians bullpen. 5 runs total would score in the first inning as all nine Indians got an at bat. After Chicago answered with a 2 run homer in their half of the first, the Tribe responded with a 4 run second inning, which knocked the Sox starter, Contreras, off the mound and sent him to the showers early. Cleveland would add two more runs in the 3rd to make the score 11-2. Chicago scored 1 in the 3rd and in the bottom of the ninth, trailing 12-3, picked up two meaningless runs off of Indians closer Joe Borowski. CC Sabathia was a bit shaky at first, but settled down and pitched 6 solid innings to earn the win. All but two Indians that came up to bat got a hit, with new face Trot Nixon leading the charge going 3-4 with 3 runs scored and an RBI. Peralta and Martinez each had 3 RBI's and Sizemore went 2-5 with the Tribe's only homer. Hafner went 2-5 with an RBI and another new face, Josh Barfield, had a crucial first inning 2 RBI triple. It was a great opening day for the Indians, who scored their most runs in an opening day since 1925. Cleveland is 1-0 and will be in first place in the Central Division....tied with KC and Minnesota.

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