Seven Homers Pace Tribe Past Halladay; Indians 14, Phillies 2
Mike B. | On 30, Apr 2013
If the Indians scored any more runs two at a time, they would have needed an ark on Tuesday night.
The Indians touched up Roy Halladay for three home runs and eight runs on their way to hanging seven home runs on the Phillies in a decidingly 14-2 victory at Progressive Field. Zach McAllister controlled the Phillies bats for seven strong innings, carding the Tribe’s third straight quality start.
Cleveland struck in the first inning for the third straight game. With one out in the inning, Jason Kipnis singled to center field and promptly stole second base. Asdrubal Cabrera grounded out to first base, moving Kipnis to third before Carlos Santana hit a mammoth home run that just hooked around the right field foul pole. The two run blast was Santana’s fifth homer of the young season, making the score 2-0 Tribe.
The Tribe continued to add to their lead immediately when Jason Giambi followed Santana with a walk. Mark Reynolds immediately hit an opposite field home run to right center field, his eighth of the season, making the score 4-0 at the end of the first. It was the first time in Halladay’s career that he allowed two first inning home runs.
Philadelphia would answer back with a home run of their own in the top of the second inning when Delmon Young hit his first home run of the season. The solo blast off McAllister was in Young’s first at bat of the season, cutting in to the Tribe’s lead at 4-1.
Cleveland’s offense broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth, plating four more runs. Reynolds singled to center field to lead off the inning before Lonnie Chisenhall joined the home run parade, driving his third big fly of the season into the Tribe’s bullpen and making it a 6-1 Indians lead.
However, the Indians were not done in the inning. After the Chisenhall’s homer, Ryan Raburn and Drew Stubbs followed with back-to-back singles before Brantley sharply lined out to center field, allowing Raburn to advance to third base. Stubbs immediately stole second base. After Kipnis grounded out to first base with the infield in, it appeared the two runners could be stranded, but Cabrera roped a single through the right side to plate both runners, extend the lead to 8-1 and end Halladay’s night for the Phillies.
Halladay (2-3) only survived three and two-third innings, allowing nine hits, eight runs—all earned—while walking two and striking out three. The three home runs is what ruined Halladay’s night. It was the shortest outing of Halladay’s career, while allowing eight or more runs, since May 5, 2000, also against the Indians. It was only the sixth time of Halladay’s career he allowed eight or more runs in a start.
Cleveland tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Raburn and Brantley each hit two run home runs, extending the lead to 12-1. The Tribe hit five, two-run home runs in the game.
Meanwhile McAllister (2-3) cruised through seven innings allowing just five hits and two runs. His only other run was allowed when Chase Utley hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. The big righty got ahead of hitters and attacked the strike zone throughout the game, throwing 70 strikes in 106 pitches.
After touching up Chad Durbin for four runs in relief of Halladay, the Indians gave up the two run home run variety for solo home runs off Raul Valdes. Raburn and Stubbs each touched up Valdes for back-to-back dingers. It was Raburn’s second home run of the game and fourth in the last two games. It was the seventh big fly of the game for the Tribe.
The Indians outburst of 14 runs is the exclamation mark on a three day span that has 33 runs during the Tribe’s win streak. With the offensive explosion the starting pitchers has also produced three straight quality starts.
Cleveland will look to sweep the short two game series against the Phillies on Wednesday evening when Trevor Bauer (0-1, 5.40) takes the hill against lefty Cliff Lee (2-1, 3.03). The Tribe will look to defeat their fourth former Cy Young Award winner on the young season at 7:05 p.m. from Progressive Field.
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