Stubbs Ends West Coast Marathon in 14th Inning; Indians 4, Angels 1
Matt Travis | On 21, Aug 2013
It doesn’t matter if it takes nine or 14 innings because a win is a win. The Indians played a game against the Los Angeles Angels that went 13 innings before the Indians were able to take the lead in the 14th inning on a huge two-run Drew Stubbs home run and win the game 4-1. The game started off with Danny Salazar on the mound for the Indians and C.J. Wilson on the mound for the Angels but ended far from those two pitchers.
J.B. Shuck took Salazar’s second pitch of the day to deep right field for a lead off home run, giving the Angels a 1-0 lead.
The third, fourth and fifth innings all saw Salazar absolutely dominate the Angels lineup, allowing just one hit and one walk. Salazar was able work his way out of both runners, keeping the Angels at only one run.
The sixth inning started out with Salazar giving up just his third hit of the day, a single to Erick Aybar. Salazar faced one of the most feared bats in the lineup, Josh Hamilton, but didn’t flinch a bit, getting Hamilton to strike out. Salazar was done for the day at that point with Cody Allen coming in for relief. Despite Aybar stealing second base, Allen was able to get Mark Trumbo to strike out then Kole Calhoun to pop up to end the inning sixth inning with no harm done.
After the great pitching in the sixth inning, Carlos Santana tied the game up in the seventh inning with one swing of the bat. Santana, the lead off man in the inning, took a 1-0 pitch to deep center field, causing center fielder Peter Bourjos to try to reach over the wall to steal the home run but couldn’t get it, losing his glove over the fence in the process. With Santana’s home run, the Indians were able to tie the game up at 1-1.
The Indians had a golden opportunity in the eighth inning to break the tie up but were unable to capitalize. The inning started with a leadoff walk from Stubbs, followed by Michael Bourn attempting to bunt him to second base but bunted too hard, allowing Wilson to get Stubbs at second base. Nick Swisher had his chance next but struck out, however the ball got by the catcher and allowed Bourn to move to second base. After an intentional walk to Jason Kipnis, Santana loaded the bases for Gomes by drawing a walk. Gomes however was unable to drive in any of the runners, as the struck out swinging.
The Angels also had a chance in the eighth inning, starting the inning with Josh Hamilton reaching on a one out error on Kipnis, who bobbled the ball but still appeared to have gotten Hamilton out at first base. Joe Smith came into the game to replace Marc Rzepcynski, and proceeded to give up a single to Mark Trumbo on his first pitch. During the next at bat, Smith was able to pick off Hamilton with a perfect throw to Kipnis, getting the ball down just before Hamilton’s hand. Calhoun was able to put men at first and third base with a single, but the Angels were unable to score as Smith struck out Chris Nelson.
The Indians wasted another chance in the ninth inning to take the late lead. Cabrera lead off the inning with a walk, putting the go ahead run on base with no outs. The Tribe again could not drive him in as Brantley grounded out, Aviles grounded out and Stubbs popped up.
Smith stayed in to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning and made it nerve wracking but still kept the Indians in the game. After a leadoff single to Hank Conger, Smith got Grant Green and Bourjos to strike out before giving up a single to J.B. Shuck. Aybar had a chance to win the game, hitting a hard hit ball up the middle of the diamond that was snagged by Cabrera who dove and then made a beautiful throw to first base to beat the runner and end the inning.
The Angels should have won the game in the 10th inning. With Matt Albers pitching for the Tribe, Hamilton led off the bottom of the inning with a single to right field followed up by a walk from Trumbo. Calhoun was up next and was able to lay down a perfect bunt that just barely stayed fair down the left field line, loading the bases. Chris Nelson was up next and struck out swinging for the first out of the inning.
Rich Hill came in for the Indians with Hank Conger up to bat. Conger was hit by a pitch during the at bat but was trying to lay down a bunt so it was a strike and followed up a ball hit right at Aviles at third who nearly doubled up Hamilton at third base. With two outs, Bryan Shaw came in to face Grant Green, setting him down on strikes to end a very eventfully but scoreless bottom of the tenth inning.
The 12th inning started the same way the eleventh inning did, with the Tribe going down one-two-three. The Angels looked primed to take this game in the bottom of the inning with Chris Perez on the mound but Bourn thought otherwise. After a strike out and line out to start the inning, Perez allowed a single to Calhoun and then a walk to Nelson. With Conger up to bat, he hit a fly ball to deep right field when Bourn made a fantastic catch, grabbing the ball while jumping in the wall for the third out.
The 13th inning started off poorly for the Tribe, with a Swisher ground out then Kipnis strike out, however Santana kept the inning alive with a walk with Gomes moving him to third on a single. Cabrera was up next, as Gomes stole second to put two men in scoring position for Cabrera but he hit a fly ball to left field for the third out. Carlos Carassco came in for the Indians in the thirteenth inning, pitching a perfect one-two-three inning with two strike outs and a deep fly ball to Bourn.
The 14th inning was finally the inning that a team broke through as the Indians were able to take the lead. The first batter, Brantley grounded out to start the inning followed by Chisenhall hitting to single to center field. The next batter was Stubbs, who hit a ball to deep left field for a two-run home run to give the Indians a 3-1 lead. Bourn came up next, reaching first on an infield single before stealing second base. After Swisher struck out, Kipnis hit a ball to the right side of the infield that was thrown to first base over the head of the first baseman, allowing Bourn to score and give the Indians a 4-1 lead.
Carrasco (1-4) came back out and gave up a walk and a hit in the bottom of the 14th inning but allowed no runs and gave the Indians a final score victory of 4-1. Joe Blanton (2-14) suffered the loss.
The Indians will close out this series tomorrow at 7:05 ET in Anaheim. Justin Masterson (13-9, 3.59 ERA) will take the mound for the Tribe, while Jerome Williams (5-9, 4.90 ERA) will pitch for the Angels as the Indians will try for the sweep.
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