This weekend was the first series of the 2007 version of the annual inter league face off that has become known as "The Battle of Ohio" between the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians.
The first 3 games were played at Jacobs Field, and this is how they went:
The Indians put up a 6 run 2nd inning, and go on to beat the Reds 9-4, with Cliff Lee getting the W.
I was at this game with the OSU athletic band, and had a pretty good time, despite the result. Tribe starter Jeremy Sowers further demonstrated why he deserves a trip to Buffalo as soon as Westbrook comes of the DL by giving up 2 three run homers and allowing 7 runs as the Reds won 10-5.
The Indians scored4 in the 4th including a Peralta bomb and a Barfield 2 run double, as well as erased the Reds Ryan Freel from the bases twice on a pick off and a caught stealing as the Indians went on to win 5-3. The last out of the game was recorder when Travis Hafner made a great diving catch at first base to rob the Reds of a double that would have allowed the tying run to come to the plate. Paul Byrd got the W and Borrowski earned his 13th save.
The Indians won the series 2 games to 1 and now have a record of 26-15, and are in first place in the AL central. The Reds are 17-27, and in last place in the NL central. The second half of the Battle of Ohio will be played in Cincinnati on June 8-10.
The Indians now hold a 28-20 record all time against the Reds.