The Top 20 Moments in Jacobs Field History: Cleveland Wins First World Series Game in 47 Years
Vince Guerrieri | On 21, Jun 2014
The 2014 season will mark 20 years of baseball at Progressive (ie Jacobs) Field. It’s been a relatively short history (although with the stadium building boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Progressive Field is the 13th oldest facility in the majors). Did the Tribe Win Last Night has compiled a list of the 20 most memorable moments in the field’s history. We’ll count them down for 20 consecutive Saturdays.
8. 1995 World Series Game 3
For the first time in 41 years, a World Series game would come to Cleveland. Fans were positively giddy, and not even a 2-0 series deficit – the Braves won both games in Atlanta – could dampen the enthusiasm.
The Braves scored a run in the first inning, but the Indians took a lead in the bottom of the first when an Omar Vizquel triple off John Smoltz scored Kenny Lofton. Vizquel would then score himself on a groundout by Carlos Baerga. The Indians added two more runs in the third on a Baerga single to score Lofton and an Albert Belle groundout to score Vizquel. But the Braves chipped away, as solo home runs by Ryan Klesko and Fred McGriff pulled them within 4-3. The Indians added a run in the fifth when Baerga scored Lofton (who got on base in all six appearances in that game) on a hit.
In the eighth, Indians starter Charlie Nagy gave up hits to Marquis Grissom and Luis Polonia, scoring Grissom. Down to a 5-4 lead, Nagy was done for the night and manager Mike Hargrove turned the game over to the Tribe bullpen. A Baerga error on a grounder by David Justice allowed Polonia to score to tie the game, and Mike Devereaux singled to score Justice, giving the Braves a 6-5 lead.
But the Indians weren’t done yet. Sandy Alomar’s RBI double in the bottom of the eighth tied the game up, and the teams traded zeroes until the bottom of the 11th inning. Baerga doubled and was lifted for pinch runner Alvaro Espinoza. Belle was intentionally walked and Braves reliever Alejandro Pena faced Eddie Murray, who singled to score Espinoza and end the game, the first Indians World Series win since 1948.