Indians Win 3 in a Row
The Cleveland Indians won their 3rd game in a row, Wednesday night, beating the Oakland A’s, thanks in part to a controversial call.
The winning score was 4-3 but the Tribe appeared to be aided by a call by the umpires after a video review on an apparent home run.
Adam Rosales hit a long fly that appeared to hit the railing above the 18-foot wall in left field. The replay clearly showed that. However, the umpires, after reviewing the replays, motioned that Rosales would only get a double, thus sparing reliever Chris Perez further damage. Perez still needed a short ground out with the bases loaded to get the final out.
It was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when Brandon Moss got the visitors on the board with a single to right. Daric Barton then brought home Yoenis Cespedes and Moss to stake Oakland to a 3-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Michael Brantley grounded into a fielder’s choice to second base, which scored Ryan Raburn. A throwing error on that play allowed the Indians to plate a second run and bring the Indians within one run of the A’s.
Cleveland went ahead in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring twice. Nick Swisher powered his 4th homer of the year, a solo shot to tie the game at three. Two batters later, Carlos Santana ripped his 7th homer of the season to give Cleveland a 4-3 lead.
Masterson went 7 innings and allowed 3 runs and struck out 7 batters. He won his fifth game of the season.
Joe Smith had a dominant 8th inning, throwing 17 pitches, 12 of them strikes and fanning a pair of batters.
That set the stage for the dramatic ninth inning and another Indians win.