Today in Tribe History: July 21, 2004

2004Grady Sizemore makes his Major League debut and pops up to second base to end the ball game in his lone plate appearance as the Chicago White Sox thump Indians, 14-0, in Cleveland.

Sizemore made his debut in the top of the ninth, taking over for Coco Crisp in center field, but Chicago’s Mark Buehrle was the story of the day. He faced the minimum in a complete game, two-hit shutout of the Tribe, as a pair of double play balls erased the only two runners in the game. He struck out four and did not walk a batter in earning his tenth win of the season.

The White Sox jumped on Cliff Lee for seven runs on nine hits in four-plus innings of work, dropping the Cleveland starter’s record to 10-2 on the year. A pair of singles and a sacrifice fly in the first drove in three runs to give the Sox an early lead. Carlos Lee hit a two-run home run in the third to make it a 5-0 game. He led off the fifth with another home run off of Lee and, after the Indians Lee hit Carl Everett, the late Jeriome Robertson took over on the mound and retired just one batter, fueling the fire with a double, a single, a sacrifice fly, a double, and then a home run by John Valentin. Another hit by pitch immediately after a long ball ended Robertson’s outing.

The Pale Hose added a single run off of Bob Howry in two and one-third innings on the mound and two more off of reliever Matt Miller in two innings of work. The 14 runs allowed for Tribe pitching came just one night after the Indians scored 14 of their own against the Anaheim Angels.

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Other Cleveland news of the day:

1946: Longtime Indians broadcaster Mike Hegan is born. He is the son of Tribe catcher Jim Hegan.

1948: One-time Indians scout, manager, Director of Baseball Operations, general manager, and executive vice president John Hart is born in Tampa, Florida.

1980: C.C. Sabathia is born in Vallejo, California. He is the Indians’ first round pick, 20th overall, in the 1998 draft before spending seven and a half seasons on the Cleveland roster as their ace starter and 2007 Cy Young winner.

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