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MLB Score Recap: Indians lose in 9th; Wickman "lit" up
Some days, as good hitters will tell you, the ball looks like a balloon and they just can't miss it. Well, to turn that analogy around for pitchers, sometimes those hitters are waving toothpicks and, well, in Bob Wickman's case, sometimes they are waving Sequoia trunks.
The Chicago White Sox had a four-run ninth inning Wednesday to top the three that the Indians had posted, all coming off the Tribe's star reliever. Paul Koinerko's first Homerun of the season was a two-run shot of Wickman, and Jermaine Dye followed suit with his first of the year two pitches later. A few series of unfortunate events unfolded and the Tribe let a Sac. Fly by Juan Uribe be the game-winning run.
Kevin Millwood and Freddy Garcia both started the game for Cleveland and Chicago respectively. Millwood, an off-season acquisition from the Phillies, threw six innings of scoreless ball, giving up four hits, walking two and striking out one. Garcia also went through six, giving up two runs on five hits, walking three and sat down six Indians.
The Indian offense did a decent job against one of the better pitchers in the AL. As a team, they collected eight hits( four of them doubles) and three stolen bases. But as is normally the case when you strand eleven runners and whiff ten times, they weren't able to put the game out of reach when the chances arose. Alex Cora, Travis Hafner and Ronny Belliard each collected two hits apiece and all recorded their first RBI's of the season.
There are two games left in this series, with an afternoon game today featuring last years budding star Cliff Lee on the mound for the Tribe going against Yankee outcast Jose Contreras, who is looking for a resurgence with the White Sox.