04/18/09 8:55 PM ET
Indians use 14-run frame to rout Yanks
Cabrera hits first career grand slam; DeRosa drives in six
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
Second to None
|Hafner||Wang||Single to 3B||Scored (Choo)|
|Peralta||Wang||Single to LF||Scored (Choo)|
|Choo||Wang||Homer to LF||Scored (Choo)|
|Garko||Wang||Popout to C||First out|
|Francisco||Wang||Double to LF||Scored (Cabrera)|
|Cabrera||Wang||Single to CF||Scored (DeRosa)|
|Sizemore||Wang||Double to RF||Scored (DeRosa)|
|DeRosa||Wang||Double to RF||Scored (Martinez)|
|Martinez||Wang||Single to RF||Scored (Peralta)|
|Hafner||Claggett||Double to CF||Scored (Peralta)|
|Peralta||Claggett||Double to CF||Scored (Cabrera)|
|Garko||Claggett||Single to CF||Scored (Cabrera)|
|Cabrera||Claggett||Homer to RF||Scored (Cabrera)|
|Sizemore||Claggett||Homer to RF||Scored (Sizemore)|
And Wedge saw some incredible things from his offense.
The players were still shaking their heads after the 37-minute, 14-run outburst in the second, in which Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run homer, Cabrera cleared the loaded bases, Grady Sizemore hit a solo shot, DeRosa and Jhonny Peralta each had a two-run double and Cabrera and Victor Martinez each had an RBI single. The key to the inning was waiting for the struggling Wang to elevate his sinker, and he did so often."Usually, [Wang] throws 94-96 [mph]," Choo said. "Today, he was 88-90. He still had good movement with his sinker. But before the game, the hitting coach [Derek Shelton] said to look middle away." Wang threw middle away enough to be put away early, and the Indians kept unloading on Claggett and anybody else the Yankees threw their way. The Tribe put up a run each in the third and fourth before DeRosa and Martinez went deep on consecutive pitches from Edwar Ramirez in the fifth to reach the 20-run mark. Travis Hafner's solo shot off Jose Veres in the eighth and Trevor Crowe's RBI single off Damaso Marte in the ninth made it 22-4. "We did a good job not missing pitches," Wedge said.
The 14 runs set a Major League record for the most in the second inning. The record was 13, and it was last accomplished, ironically, by the Yankees exactly four years ago against Tampa Bay. The Yanks went on to win, 19-8, at the old Yankee Stadium on April 18, 2005.
The only other time the Indians have recorded 50 total bases was in a July 16, 2004, game at Seattle. The six home runs were their most since hitting six against the Yanks on July 4, 2006. All historical context aside, what the Indians are doing, from an offensive standpoint, in this series is pretty special. Thanks to Saturday's efforts and the nine-run seventh they strung together Thursday, they have outscored the Yankees 37-12 in the first three games of the four-game set. "After a tough loss [Friday]," DeRosa said, "to have an offensive outburst like that feels good. If you play this game long enough, you're going to experience things you've never dreamed of, both good and bad." What transpired in this one was an experience the Tribe hitters -- and the Yankees pitchers -- won't soon forget.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.