Texas Buries Tribe With Big Fourth Inning; Rangers 9, Indians 1
By Mike Brandyberry
The Texas Rangers used an eight run, fourth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians Wednesday evening, by a score of 9-1. David Huff, and the Indians, found themselves susceptible to the home run ball for the second straight evening.
Shelley Duncan may have single-handedly kept the Indians in the game for the first couple innings when he made three leaping catches at the left field wall. Duncan, who is not known for his defense, saved each ball from being at least a double.
However, Duncan could only save the Indians for so long and the Rangers’ offense and the Texas heat continued to let the ball fly out of the ballpark for another evening. Mike Napoli hit a two-run home run with an out in the fourth inning, but the back breaker in the inning was Josh Hamilton’s grand slam with two outs. Huff ended up allowing eight runs in the inning, but only three were earned.
The only bright spot for the Tribe continued to be Lonnie Chisenhall’s production. Chisenhall hit a fifth inning home run off the left hander, Derek Holland. Since Chisenhall has been able to play everyday, he has raised his average up to .240 and has had success against left handed pitching.
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