Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tribe wins final 3 games to knock of Nats

8/1-8/2 - Cleveland Stadium
GAME 1 - Senators 6, Indians 1

PedroRamos The Tribe took a 4-0 lead off of Pedro Ramos and the Nats into the 6th when Washington scored 2 to cut Cleveland's lead in half.  Gary "Ding Dong" Bell began having trouble with the Sens the second time through the lineup.  He especially had problems with Ramos, who was almost lifted for a pinch hitter and responded with a 2 run homer.  The Nats finished the damage with 3 in he 7th to chase Bell from the game.  Julio Becquer singled home a run in an inning where walks, wild pitches and a RBI double by Ramos accounted for runs.  Earl Battey would double home Bobby Allison to make it 6-4. Ray Moore would close out the game in relief of Ramos with a clean 9th.

GAME 2 - Indians 3, Senators 1JimPerry
The weather cleared up in time for game 2.  Late arriving fans didn't miss much as the  game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 5th when Harvey Kuenn singled home pitcher Jim Perry, who would be today's star with both the lumber and his right arm.  The Tribe would score again in the 6th thanks to Reno Bertoia booting a hard grounder by Ken Aspromonte, which scored Woodie Held.  The Tribe would tack on another run in the 7th when Johnny Romano doubled home Tito Francona of a frustrate Camilo Pascual.  Perry would finally allow a run in the form of a Harmon Killebrew solo shot, but that would be it as the Tribe would even the series a 1.

8/3-8/4 - Griffith Stadium
GAME 3 - Indians 3, Senators 1

Woodie_Held_CLE Jim Lemon singled home Bobby Allison to put the Nats up 1-0 in the bottom of the first.  That would be the only run that Jim "Mudcat" Grant would allow the team from our Nation's Capital.  Grant went 7 strong innings and benefited from just enough offense.  Cleveland took the led with 2 in the top of the second.  Woodie Held led off the inning with a double off the high wall in right center.  Jim Piersall singled him home and scored on a suicide squeeze play executed to perfection by Johnny Temple.  Ken Aspromonte singled home Bubba Phillips in the 7th to provide a much needed 2 run buffer for John Klippstein who got the final 5 outs to put the Tribe up 2 games to 1.

GAME 4 - Indians 7, Senators 5
Neither Barry Latman, nor Pedro Ramos impressed in this rain marred contest.  LattmanVic_Power_CLE slipped coming off the mound to field a Lenny Green bunt attempt then threw the ball away.  Bobby Allison followed with a 2 run shot to right center to put the Nats up 2-0.  Ramos was in a generous mood on this dreary gray day and proceeded to give both runs right back to the Tribe.  Johnny Temple once again executed a great squeeze play to score Woodie Held.  Bubba Phillips followed by singling home Piersall to tie the game.  Washington took the lead back when Jose Valdivielso lifted a fly ball just far enough to allow Jim Lemon to tag up and score.  Ramos looked to have settled down, but mentally lost his edge when Valdivielso booted a cheap grounder by pinch hitter Marty Keough.  What should have been the third out became the beginning of a big inning.  Back to back doubles by Aspromonte and Vic Power accounted for 2 runs, with Power getting both RBI's.  A pased ball charged to Earl Battey allowed the runners to advance 90 feet and a single by Harvey Kuenn would plate Power for run #3, which made it 5-4.  Pinch hitter Elmo Valo doubled home Billy Gardner in the 8th to bring the Nats to within 1.  Cleveland scored 2 huge runs in the top of the 9th to make it 7-4.  Kuenn doubled home Aspromonte and Romano singled home Kuenn.  Killebrew hit a solo shot with 1 out in the 9th to cut the lead to two.  Lemon and Battey singled, as did Bertoia to load the bases with 2 outs and the Nats down by 2.  Klippstein was called in from the pen and got pinch hitter Julio Becquer to ground into a force at second to end he game as Cleveland eliminated Washingto in 4 games.

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