Sizemore Wins It With 3-Run Triple
Grady Sizemore hits a three-run triple to win it.
Grady Sizemore hits a three-run triple to win it.
Indians Ink
Posted Aug 12, 2006


The Indians finally found out how the other side lives Friday night. Grady Sizemore hit a three-run triple in the bottom of the ninth to give Cleveland a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals at Jacobs Field. The results were mixed down on the farm as Tribe affiliates when a combined 3-4. First-round draft pick David Huff made his pro debut and was rather unimpressive at Mahoning Valley.

The Indians, who have lost so many games in the ninth inning of late, mounted an impressive rally against Kansas City closer Ambiorix Burgos -- who suffered his league-leading 11th blown save.

"Everybody did what they needed to do to make that comeback possible," manager Eric Wedge said after the Indians won for only the second time in 55 games this year when trailing after eight innings. The other win? 6-4 over Kansas City on May 16 when Sizemore hit a game-tying homer off Burgos and Travis Hafner won it with a two-run shot later in the ninth off Andrew Sisco.

This time, Ryan Garko and Ramon Vazquez got the winning rally started with one out singles. Pinch-hitter Aaron Boone then coaxed a walk to load the bases for Sizemore -- who sliced a 2-1 pitch the opposite way to left. All three runners scored as Sizemore slid into third, then ran and joined his teammates in celebration.

"It was really impressive the way this team came back," said Indians starter Paul Byrd, who allowed three runs over the first eight innings. "The thing that really was impressive was the fans. We're out of it, and that's not easy to say, but the fans stayed with us and gave great support. That meant a lot."

Trailing, 3-0, Jason Michaels doubled and scored on a double by Shin-Soo Choo in the sixth for Cleveland.

All nine starters in the Cleveland lineup had at least one hit with Sizemore (.301) and Michaels (.273) getting two apiece.

Vazquez was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo in the afternoon when right-hander Guillermo Mota was designated for assignment.

Class AAA Buffalo (62-57) won at Rochester, 2-1. Jason Alfaro (.272) broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI double in the sixth, driving home Asdrubal Cabrera (.268), who had singled. Jason Cooper (.217) had an RBI single in the second inning. Ben Francisco (.274) and Cabrera had two hits apiece. Brian Slocum (6-2, 3.13 ERA) allowed one run over six innings. The right-hander gave up six hits and one walk, striking out four. Rafael Perez (3.95) yielded one walk and fanned two over two innings and Andrew Brown (2.60) gave up a walk and got a strikeout in the ninth for his fifth save.

Class AA Akron (72-46) lost at Portland, 9-7. Brad Snyder (.259) hit a solo homer, his 12th, and had two hits and two runs while Ryan Goleski (.306) went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI. Nick Pesco (5-5, 5.32) allowed six runs (five earned) over the first three innings and took the loss.

Class A Kinston (25-22, 47-23) gave up single runs in the eighth and ninth innings and lost at Lynchburg, 3-2. Starter Joe Ness (3.37 ERA) allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings. After Kyle Collins (1.04) fanned the only man he faced to end the seventh, Cody Bunkleman (2-1, 10.03) yielded four hits, three walks and two runs (one earned) over the final 1 1/3 innings to lose it. The winning run scored on a bases-loaded suicide squeeze bunt. Brandon Pinckney (.277) and Nate Panther (.250) each hit solo homers, their second and fifth respectively. Rodney Choy Foo (..295) went 3-for-4 with his 10th stolen base.

Class A Lake County (26-19, 29-41) defeated visiting Hickory, 5-1. Frank Herrmann (4-5, 3.65 ERA) struck out seven, allowing one run on four hits and a walk over six innings. Matt Loberg (4.50) pitched two hitless innings and Mark Jecman (4.64) worked a perfect ninth. Max Ramirez (.297) went 2-for-3 with two RBI, Mike Butia (.324) had two hits and a run, and Chris De La Cruz (.253) was 2-for-3 with a run and a stolen base.

Class A Mahoning Valley (28-22) walked 12 and was routed at Jamestown, 11-3. David Huff, the Indians' first-round draft pick in June, made his pro debut and gave up one run on three walks and a hit over 1 2/3 innings. Erik Stiller (2-2, 4.30 ERA) then yielded three runs on six hits and two walks over only 1 1/3 innings and Dan Miltenberger (6.85) walked five and gave up three hits and five runs over only one inning. Jason Denham (.323) had two hits and two runs, Jared Goedert (.281) had two hits and one run while Matt McBride (.314) had two hits and an RBI to lead the Scrappers' offense.

Rookie League Burlington (26-24) lost at home to Greeneville in 15 innings, 3-2. Zachary Johnson (0-1, 3.14 ERA) walked three and gave up an RBI single in the 15th to lose it. Starter Joanniel Montero (5.23) yielded two hits and one run over six innings. Scott Sumner (2.51) and Nate Bunton (2.37) each worked two scoreless innings and Jimmy Brettl (2.65) gave up one run over four innings. Felipe Garcia (.296) hit a solo homer, his sixth, and Carlos Rivero (.250) had Burlington's other RBI.

GCL Indians (19-23) won at the GCL Phillies, 2-0. Dan Frega (2-0, 2.55 ERA) gave up three hits and one walk over five innings, striking out three. Kelvin N. Diaz (2.90) then fanned five over four innings, allowing four hits and earning his first save. Lucas Montero (.260) hit a solo homer, his fourth. Carlos Hernandez (.239) had one hit, two walks, a run and a stolen base.

TODAY'S FARM SYSTEM THREE STARS (HITTING)

PLAYER

TEAM

AB

H

HR

R

RBI

SB

BB

SO

1. B. Snyder

Akron

4

2

1

2

1

0

1

1

2. M. Ramirez

Lake County

3

2

0

0

2

0

0

0

3. R. Choy Foo

Kinston

4

3

0

0

0

1

0

0


TODAY'S FARM SYSTEM THREE STARS (PITCHING)

PLAYER

Team

W

L

SV

IP

ER

H

BB

SO

1. D. Frega

GCL Indians

1

0

0

5.0

0

3

1

3

2. K. Diaz

GCL Indians

0

0

1

4.0

0

4

0

5

3. F. Herrmann

Lake County

1

0

0

6.0

1

4

1

7



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