Trot Nixon delivers the game-winner in the top of the 11th inning!
OK, OK, OK, I was one night off with my prediction!
The Indians evened the ALCS with the Red Sox by beating Boston in 11 innings, 13-6!
Fausto Carmona struggled early against the potent Boston offense.
For the first 6 innings, the lead went back and forth.
Jhonny Peralta hit a 3-run home run in the 4th inning to put the Indians ahead, 4-3.
Back roared Boston and Fausto and Raphael Perez got lit up.
With the score tied 6-6, the Indians brought in Jensen Lewis, Raphael Betancourt, Tom Mastney, and Joe Borowski who were all superb! They held the Sox scoreless for the last 6 innings of the game while the Indians' offense got on track.
In the top of the 11th inning with the score still tied 6-6, the Indians scored 7 runs to go ahead and secure the win!
- With Eric Gagne pitching, Casey Blake struck out.
- Grady Sizemore singled to right field.
- Asdrubal Cabrera drew a walk, moving Sizemore to second base.
- Due up was Josh Barfield who pinch ran for Travis Hafner in the 9th inning.
- Lefty Trot Nixon pinch hit for Barfield.
- Lefty Javier Lopez was summoned to relieve Gagne.
- Nixon singled to center scoring Sizemore (go-ahead run) and advancing Cabrera to third.
- Cabrera scored on a wild pitch by Lopez as Nixon advanced to second base.
- Jason Michaels pinch ran for Nixon.
- Victor Martinez was intentionally walked.
- Ryan Garko singled to center scoring Michaels and advancing Martinez to second.
- Jon Lester relieved Lopez.
- Jhonny Peralta doubled to left scoring Martinez and advancing Garko to third.
- Lofton flied out to center.
- Franklin Gutierrez homered to left scoring Garko, Peralta, and himself.
- Casey Blake struck out.
- Joe Borowski pitched a scoreless bottom of the 11th inning.
Now the series comes to Cleveland. All of a sudden, with the series tied 1-1, the Indians are in control, hosting the next 3 games!
Best case scenario; the Indians win the series in 3 games at home!
2nd best scenario; the Indians win 2 of 3 and go back to Boston needing 1 game of the remaining 2.
Aiming for the best case scenario is the right way to approach this.
If you do not yet believe the Cleveland Indians will win this series, you probably have been too busy watching the leaves turn colors.
Cleveland is going to the 2007 World Series...Believe it!