Yankees @ Inidians 5th July 2006
Final Score- Yankees 11 Indians 3
Could not of been a better night in Cleverlands Jacobs field, the sun was shining to get the game under way, which was a welcome sight after all the rain of late in the Bronx.Jeter lines one into centre field to add to his .341 average in the first inning, and then proceeds to steal 2nd on a Giambi stikeout on some dubious calls by the official behind the plate. A-Rod groundout to 3rd kills any chance of a yankee run in the 1st.Yankees starting pitcher Mike Mussina has been the spark in an otherwise dull pitching rotation this season, and he will be pitching agaisnt a strong Indians lineup including the powerhouse Travis Hafner. 3 up 3 down for Mussina to cap the 1st.Andy Phillips snaps a 0-17 streak with a shot through to left field in the 2nd inning and proceeds to steal 2nd on Martinez who has gained the reputation as a catcher easy to steal on. Yankees take the lead when Cabrera lines one into right centre field to bring Phillips in to score and give the Yankees a 1-0 Lead.Hollandsworth sends one to the right field stands in the bottom of the 3rd to tie the game up, and to pile on the misery for the Yankees, Centre Fielder Jhonny Damon has to leave the game with a Oblique soreness muscle injury.Cabrera smashes the game open with his first major league Grand Slam, Posada,Williams,Phillips and Cabrera come into score to give the Yankees a 5-1 Lead. Followed by a RBI Single by Crossby to bring Cairo in to increase the lead to 6-1. It soon becomes 7-1 when Alex Rodriguez lines one to left centre to bring in Crossby for an RBI.The Yankees who look for retribution after taking a drubbing last night increases there lead to 9-1 after Posada brings Jeter and A-Rod home, also forcing Indians starting pitcher Byrd from the game.The inning finally ends with a Bernie Williams strikeout, but with the damage already being done with the Yankees leading 9-1 going to the bottom of the 4th.Ben Broussard starts the fight back for the Indians with a 2 run blast to centre field to bring the game back to 9-3. But Cairo lines one to right to bring Cabrera home to lengthen the lead to 10-3, followed by a Sacrify Fly by Jeter to cap the scoring with the yankees winning 11-3.The Yankees got a welcome relief pitching display from Kris Wilson whos contract was bought from AA Trenton Thunder only hours before the game, with him pitching 2 scorless innings.The Sandman comes in to close the game out and does just that.Yankees win game 3 of a 4 game set, to bring the series to 2-1 in favour of the Inidians. Mussina picks up win number 10 on the season on the back of some good offensive displays, headed by Melky Cabrera.