Stephanie Storm’s final thoughts on the Indians 5-4 14-inning loss to the Yankees Wednesday night.
1) The Indians handed starter Josh Tomlin a 3-0 first inning lead with which to work, but the right-hander couldn’t make the early lead hold up. He made two costly mistakes via a pair of two-out home runs to Mark Teixeira that accounted for three RBI.
The Yankees first baseman led off the fourth inning with a 369-foot shot to the right field bleachers to put the visitors on the board, 3-1. In the Yankees three-run fifth inning, Teixiera was responsible for two of the run thanks to his second homer – a 390-footer a little high up in the right field stands as New York took a 4-3 lead.
“I thought (Tomlin) was really good,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “The first home run to Teixeira was a breaking ball down that I thought was a good pitch. After he gave up that one to him, he stayed away with it. But a fastball came back up over the plate for the two-run homer. He’s going give up some hits, but he’s spread them out a little bit.”To read more or comment...
The Indians bullpen had gone 18 innings without allowing a run. One-third of those had come since Josh Tomlin exited Wednesday’s start after seven innings. That all ended when Jacoby took Vinnie Pestano deep in the 14th and the Yankees knocked off the Indians, 5-4.
Recent Yankees acquisition Brandon McCarthy didn’t kick off his career in pinstripes the way he might have liked. The Indians jumped on the 6-foot-7 right-hander for three runs in the first, though not entirely to his fault. After making a great diving stop, first basemen Mark Teixeira’s throwing error on a potential inning-ending double play kept the inning alive. The Indians capitalized with back-to-back singles by Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher, giving the Indians a quick 3-0 lead.
Teixeira made up for it not once, but twice, with home runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, each off Tribe starter Josh Tomlin. Tomlin has now allowed 12 home runs in as many starts this season.
Teixeira’s second home run gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead in the fifth, but the Indians answered right back with an RBI single by Carlos Santana to tie the score at 4-4, where it stayed until Ellsbury’s heroics nearly a full ballgame’s worth of innings later.To read more or comment...
Everyone around the basketball world seems to have an opinion on where LeBron James should play next. Wednesday, Indians manager Terry Francona threw his hat in the ring for LeBron to come home to Northeast Ohio.
“That would be really cool,” said Francona, whose a huge basketball fan. “Just because I am enjoying sort of being entrenched here, I would love it…I know I would plan my trips back to Cleveland a little more frequently.”
In fact, Francona shared a stoy about how watching James play helped him get though a particulary trying time as the former manager of the Boston Red Sox.
“I was in Miami a couple years ago when things were kind of falling apart in Boston, and I just went and hid,” Francona said. “I went and bought a ticket to a game just to watch him play - and it was worth it. It was great.”To read more or comment...
Here’s tonight’s starting lineups and pre-game notes for Wednesday's game – the third of the four-game series between the host Indians and Yankees.
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