Supermannahan Saves The Day; Indians 4, Athletics 3
By Mike Brandyberry
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes sometimes and the Indians hero Wednesday night, and Thursday morning, came in a small one. Jack Hannahan lead the Indians to a 4-3 victory over the Athletics, Wednesday evening.
The Indians took an early first inning lead when Ezequiel Carrera tripled and Kosuke Fukudome hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Carrera. It was Fukudome’s 13th RBI as an Indian in 31 games. He had 13 RBIs in 87 games with the Cubs this season.
The Athletics answered right back with a run in the top of the second when Kurt Suzuki and Scott Sizemore to force home Josh Willingham and tie the game. Ubaldo Jimenez did not have command of his splitter all night and left many balls over the plate.
Manny Acta even made a rare trip to the mound to chastise both Jimenez and Lou Marson for their early effort in the ballgame. Jimenez did settle down, but allowed three runs in six innings and 114 pitches. Jimenez has to become more accurate and get ahead of hitters so he can get deeper in to games.
Jack Hannahan hit a home run to dead centerfield in the bottom of the second inning, traveling 431 feet, to give the Indians a 2-1 lead, but Oakland would answer back with runs in the top of the third and fourth innings. Brandon Allen singled home Cliff Pennington in the third and Suzuki homered in the fourth to give the Athletics a 3-2 lead.
But Hannahan, who has been red-hot lately, hit a majestic home run down the right field line, hitting near the top of the foul pole. The home run tied the game at three through six innings, but the game had just begun.
Two teams, struggling offensively, could barely manage a run deep into the night. The Athletics managed to get the leadoff runner on from innings 10-12, but could not muster a run. They even had the bases loaded and one out in the 12th, but Chad Durbin was able to get out of the jam and continue the game.
Meanwhile, the Indian offense looked as dismal and anemic as it had all season, including interleague play and Ervin Santana’s no-hitter. After the seventh inning, the Athletics retired 24 consecutive Indian hitters.
The Indians broke their eight inning hitless streak when Jason Donald doubled to start the 15th. Jerad Head flew out to left field and Donald made a daring play to tag and move to third with one out. Marson struck out and Carrera walked before Fukudome struck out to strand Donald at third.
Finally, in the sixteenth, Supermannahan returned to save the day for the Tribe. After Jim Thome singled, Cord Phelps ran for him. Santana singled him to second and Hannahan singled him home to give the Tribe a 4-3 victory. The new, longest game of the year keeps the Indians five and a half games back in the American League Central Division.
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