Too Little, Too Late; Yankees 6, Indians 4
By Ryan Hohman
Phil Hughes pitched eight shutout innings and Alex Rodriguez hit his 13th home run of the season to take down the Cleveland Indians for the second straight night in game two of the three game series, 6-4.
The Yankees struck first in the third inning. After a lead off walk to Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher reached base on a fielder’s choice. Indians starter Justin Masterson retired the next better, Raul Ibanez. Dewayne Wise kept the inning alive with a two-out single, moving Swisher to third base. With runners on the corners, Chris Stewart hit a controversial soft flare to third base off the left wrist of a diving Jack Hannahan. The ball was ruled fair by third base umpire Mike DiMuro, scoring Swisher. Manny Acta came out to argue, but the called stood. 1-0 Yankees.
Jeter followed with a liner up the middle off the right ankle of Masterson for a two-out single to load the bases. Curtis Granderson and the Yanks capitalized with a two-run single to left-center to give the Yankees a 3-0 advantage.
The Yankees tacked on an insurance run in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly from Teixeira, scoring Granderson to make it 4-0.
A controversial “catch” by Dewayne Wise ended the Indians hopes of getting on the board in the seventh. Brantley led of the inning with a double to center. After two straight outs, Wise leaped over the side wall and into the stands to grab a foul ball off the bat of Hannahan for the third out. After watching the reply, it was obvious Wise never gloved the ball, but before Tribe skipper Manny Acta could argue, Yankees fans were singing take me out to the ball game.
Tony Sipp relieved Masterson in the seventh.
Masterson, who fell to 4-7 on the season, was charged with four runs on seven hits over six innings while giving up three walks and striking out two.
Sipp’s season-long woes continued in the seventh. After retiring the first batter he faced, Sipp gave up a second deck solo shot to Alex Rodriguez to make it 5-0. The solo shot was A-Rod’s 13th bomb of the year.
Things got interesting in the middle of the eighth when Jack Hannahan, upset over the missed call, told DiMuro to watch the replay. DiMuro wasn’t having it. Hannahan’s teammates rushed to hold him back, but it was too late. Hannahan was tossed and replaced at third base by Jose Lopez.
DiMuro admitted he missed the call after watching the replay after the game. “Now that I see the tape it’s obvious that the ball fell out of his glove. In hindsight, I should have asked him to show me the ball since he fell into the stands and out of my line of vision.”
Chris Stewart’s sac fly in the eighth scored Swisher to make it 6-0.
The Indians would not go down without a fight, though, plating four runs in the bottom of the ninth. Kipnis scored on a Johnny Damon single before Jose Lopez delivered the boom with two outs – a 3-run shot off reliever Cory Wade to make it 6-4. But that’s as close as the Tribe would get.
Rafael Soriano relieved Wade for his 16th save of the season. Nick Hagadone finished pitching for the Tribe.
The Indians will conclude their three game series with the Yankees tomorrow at 1:05pm ET. Ubaldo Jimenez (7-5, 4.59) will take the mound for the Tribe against Andy Pettitte (3-3, 3.29).
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