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Top of the 1st
The Orioles take the field! David Wells pitching to C Chris Hoiles.
The AL stolen base leader, Kenny Lofton goes down swinging on a 2-2 pitch for the first out of the post-season. DH Kevin Seitzer takes a golf swing at a 0-2 pitch which rolls right past 3B Zeile for a base hit. 3B Jim Thome becomes the third batter to go 0-2 to Wells. Thome then tips a 2-2 pitch into the glove of C Chris Hoiles for the second out. LF Albert Belle hits his first pitch back at 3B Zeile. Zeile blocks the ball with his body and is unable to field it to make a play. 1B Julio Franco hits his first pitch high into the right field corner, caught by Bobby Bonnilla at the warning track to retire the side. Indians go scoreless in the first. 0 runs, 1 hit, 2 LOB.

Bottom of the 1st
Charles Nagy pitching for the Indians.
CF Brady Anderson takes a 1-2 pitch over the extra bleachers erected by the right field wall for a lead-off solo HR. 3B Todd Zeile hits a 0-2 pitch deep into left field, caught by Albert Belle at the wall. 2B Roberto Alomar greeted by cheers and boos, hits a 1-1 pitch over Nagy's head. SS Omar Vizquel deflects the ball away from 2B Jeff Kent and the ball rolls into center field for a base hit. 1B Rafael Palmeiro, up 3-0 in the count, hits a ground ball to 2B Jeff Kent. Alomar running on the play avoids the double play, Kent throwing to 1B Franco for the second out. RF Bobby Bonnilla, 5-8 against Nagy this year, walks on a 3-2 pitch. SS Cal Ripken hits a broken bat grounder at SS Omar Vizquel. Vizquel looks to second then fires a long ball to 1B Julio Franco for the final out. 1 run, 2 hits, 2 LOB.

After 1 inning: Orioles 1 - Indians 0


Top of the 2nd
David Wells pitching for the Orioles.
RF Manny Ramirez ties the game up with a shot down the left field line which almost goes foul. (But goes over the wall and into the stands instead!!!!) 2B Jeff Kent hits a 2-2 pitch on the ground to 3B Zeile. Zeile throws across the diamond to Palmeiro for the first out. C Sandy Alomar pops a 1-2 pitch up in the infield, caught by 3B Zeile for the second out. SS Omar Vizquel walks on a 3-2 pitch. SS Omar Vizquel steals second on a pitch to CF Kenny Lofton. Vizquel reaches safely but slides past the base and is tagged for the third out (too many Wheaties this morning?). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 LOB.

Bottom of the 2nd
Charles Nagy pitching for the Indians.
DH Eddie Murray skies one up into the left field line. Vizquel chases it down and tries to make a diving catch but it drops left of the line for a foul ball. Murray hits his next pitch on the ground to P Charles Nagy. Nagy flips to Franco for the first out. LF B.J. Surhoff drives one deep into right-center field. Into the bleachers for the third Solo HR of the game. C Chris Hoiles skies one into shallow right, a bit of confusion between Manny Ramirez and Jeff Kent, Kent making the catch right in front of Ramirez. CF Brady Anderson skies his first pitch into right-center, caught by Lofton for the final out. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 LOB.

After 2 innings: Orioles 2 - Indians 1


Top of the 3rd
David Wells pitching for the Orioles.
CF Kenny Lofton, leading off again for the Tribe, pops a 2-1 pitch high into left field, caught by B.J. Surhoff for the first out. DH Kevin Seitzer grounds a 3-1 pitch on the ground to 3B Zeile. Zeile with the long throw to Palmeiro, plenty of time for the second out. 3B Jim Thome drops a 2-2 pitch into center field, just ahead of Anderson for a base hit. LF Albert Belle pops a 1-1 pitch into foul territory down the left field line. Zeile with the catch to retire the side. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 LOB.

Bottom of the 3rd
Charles Nagy pitching for the Indians.
3B Todd Zeile hits a hard ground ball to SS Omar Vizquel. Vizquel makes the diving catch but his throw to first is not in time to catch Zeile. 2B Roberto Alomar hits a dribbler on a 2-1 pitch. Sandy Alomar fields the ball and throws to Franco to get his brother for the first out. 1B Rafael Palmeiro hits a 3-2 pitch over Manny Ramirez's head and into the wall for a double. Zeile scores on the play. RF Bobby Bonnilla hits a 3-2 ball on the ground to P Charles Nagy. Nagy looks Palmeiro back to second then throws to Franco for the second out. SS Cal Ripken hits a 2-2 ball over the head of SS Omar Vizquel, into left field for a single. Palmeiro scores on the play. DH Eddie Murray hits one right back at 1B Julio Franco. Franco steps on the bag for the unassisted final out of the third. Orioles putting on the pressure on the Tribe as they score 2 in the third. 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 LOB. Danny Graves warming up in the Indians bullpen.

After 3 innings: Orioles 4 - Indians 1


Top of the 4th
David Wells pitching for the Orioles.
1B Julio Franco hits a 2-2 pitch on the ground to 2B Roberto Alomar. Alomar throws to Palmeiro for the first out. RF Manny Ramirez blasts one right past Wells and into center field for a base hit. 1B Jeff Kent hits a 1-1 pitch into the left field corner, and slides into second base for a double. Ramirez into third on the play. C Sandy Alomar drops one over Roberto Alomar's head and into right field. Ramirez scores on the play, Kent is held up at third as Bonnilla's throw comes in to C Chris Hoiles. Alomar advances to second on the play. SS Omar Vizquel, 1-23 career against David Wells, prolongs a long at bat with several foul balls on a 2-2 count. Vizquel finally pops one up into shallow right, caught by Bonnilla for the second out. Kent tests Bonnilla and goes for home. The ball hops on the ground, and C Hoiles is unable to make the stop and Kent comes sliding in safely. CF Kenny Lofton lines his first pitch hard towards left field but is robbed as SS Cal Ripken makes a beautiful catch. Indians pull within 1. 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 LOB.

Bottom of the 4th
Charles Nagy pitching for the Indians.
LF B.J. Surhoff pops up into shallow center field, caught by Lofton for the first out. C Chris Hoiles is tipped on the arm by a 1-1 pitch and walks. (Not really tipped, brushed. Well, maybe not brushed, maybe the wind from the ball hit him. Either way, he got the walk) CF Brady Anderson hits his first pitch into left field. Albert Belle runs it down and makes the sliding catch for the second out. 3B Todd Zeile grounds one into right field for a base hit, Hoiles to second on the play. 2B Roberto Alomar hits a ground ball to P Charles Nagy. Nagy loses the ball but recovers it in time to make the throw to Franco for the final out. After the Indians 2 run fourth, Nagy denies the Orioles to keep the team within 1. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 LOB.

After 4 innings: Orioles 4 - Indians 3


Top of the 5th
David Wells pitching for the Orioles, Coppinger warming up in the bullpen. Wells already up to 81 pitches in this game. (71 of which were fastballs)
DH Kevin Seitzer goes down swinging on a 2-2 pitch from Wells. (Yes, it was a fastball) 3B Jim Thome hits his first pitch high into left center field, caught by LF B.J. Surhoff after a long run. LF Albert Belle ahead 2-0 hits a broken bat grounder to 3B Todd Zeile. Zeile throws to Palmeiro for the final out. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 LOB.

Bottom of the 5th
Charles Nagy pitching for the Indians.
1B Rafael Palmeiro pops a 2-0 pitch up into center field, caught by Lofton for the first out. RF Bobby Bonnilla goes down on strikes for the second out of the side. (That was Nagy's first strike-out of the game) SS Cal Ripken hits his first pitch up the middle for a single. DH Eddie Murray grounds out to 2B Jeff Kent to end the fifth. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 LOB.

After 5 innings: Orioles 4 - Indians 3


Top of the 6th
David Wells pitching for the Orioles.
1B Julio Franco hits a 1-2 broken bat grounder to Cal Ripken. Ripken throws to Palmeiro for the first out. RF Manny Ramirez, 2-2 tonight, pops his first pitch high into right-center, caught by Bonnilla for the second out. 1B Jeff Kent pops his first ball up into shallow-left-center, caught by B.J. Surhoff for the final out. A very quick inning for Wells, with only 6 pitches thrown. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 LOB.

Bottom of the 6th
Charles Nagy pitching for the Indians.
B.J. Surhoff hits a high grounder on a 1-2 pitch. Nagy fields the ball and fires it to Franco for the first out. C Chris Hoiles walks on a 3-2 pitch after the appeal to the linesman turns up empty. CF Brady Anderson drops a single into center field. Lofton makes a terrific stop to keep Hoiles from going to second. 3B Todd Zeile walks on a 3-2 pitch. Nagy off the mound on the call but the umpire's call stands (go figure).
Pitching change for Cleveland as Nagy leaves the game with the bases loaded.
Alan Embree pitching for the Indians.
Roberto Alomar skies out to Manny Ramirez. Hoiles tags up at third and comes in safely as Ramirez throws it to SS Omar Vizquel (???) 1B Rafael Palmeiro is hit on the right shoulder on a 2-2 pitch to load the bases once again.
Hargrove out to the mound again, Paul Shuey (5-2, 2.85 ERA) coming in to pitch for the Tribe.
RF Bobby Bonnilla hits a 3-2 pitch high and deep over the right field score board and into the street for a Grand Slam home run! (ouch) Baltimore now leads by 6. SS Cal Ripken drops his first pitch into the right field corner for a double. DH Eddie Murray goes down swinging on a 1-2 pitch, but the damage is done. Baltimore now with a commanding lead as we enter the seventh. 5 runs, 3 hits, 1 LOB.

After 6 innings: Orioles 9 - Indians 3


Top of the 7th
David Wells pitching for the Orioles.
C Sandy Alomar grounds out to SS Cal Ripken for the first out of the seventh. SS Omar Vizquel hits a shot into left field which skies past Surhoff and spins into the seats for a double. Vizquel runs on a 0-1 pitch to CF Kenny Lofton, Hoiles drops the ball and has no play. Lofton hits a ground ball to 1B Palmeiro. Palmeiro tosses to Wells at first, but gets there too late to catch the speedy Kenny Lofton! SS Omar Vizquel scores on the play. DH Kevin Seitzer keeps a long at bat going with a 2-2 count. Seitzer hits a 2-2 ball right at Wells. The ball hits Wells in the foot (possibly around the ankle) and bounces off towards 1B Palmeiro. Palmeiro puts the tag on Seitzer, as Lofton is safe at second.
Wells, limping, leaves the game as Jessee Orosco (3-1) comes in to pitch.
3B Jim Thome is hit just above the right elbow.
Terry Mathews (2-2, 3.38 ERA) comes in to face Albert Belle.
Mathews throws the first pitch to LF Albert Belle away, allowing both runners to advance. Belle blasts a fast ball towards right field, but SS Cal Ripken picks it off to catch Albert at first. 1 run, 2 hits, 2 LOB.

Bottom of the 7th
Paul Shuey pitching for the Tribe.
LF B.J. Surhoff drives one deep, towards the center field bleachers, and over the wall yet another home run. C Chris Hoiles drives one into left center, caught by Albert Belle for the first out. CF Brady Anderson follows up with a similar shot, as he flies out to LF Albert Belle for the second out. 3B Todd Zeile goes down on strikes for the final out of the seventh. Indians haev a long road ahead of them, trailing 10-4 after 7. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 LOB.

After 7 innings: Orioles 10 - Indians 4


Top of the 8th
Terry Mathews pitching for the Orioles. Mark Parent replaces Chris Hoiles as Catcher.
1B Julio Franco lines one up the middle for a lead-off base hit. RF Manny Ramirez lines a fastball into left field for a base hit. 2B Jeff Kent skies his first pitch into short right field for the first out. Brian Giles comes up to pinch hit for C Sandy Alomar, prompting the Orioles to go the bullpen once again to bring up Arthur Rhodes (9-1, 4.08 ERA).
Giles is called on strikes on a 2-2 pitch for the second out. SS Omar Vizquel hits a 2-1 pitch right at 3B Todd Zeile. Zeile steps on third for the final out. Indians start off right, but strand two. 0 runs, 2 hits, 2 LOB.

Bottom of the 8th
Julian Tavarez (4-7, 5.36 ERA) pitching for the Tribe, Tony Pena catching.
2B Roberto Alomar hits a ground ball which gets past 3B Thome. Vizquel scoops it up behind him and throws it to Franco in time for the out. 1B Rafael Palmeiro goes down swinging on a 2-2 pitch for the second out. RF Bobby Bonnilla walks in four straight balls. Mike Deveraux comes in to pinch run for Bonnilla. SS Cal Ripken hits his first pitch on the ground to SS Omar Vizquel. Vizquel tosses to Kent at second for the final out. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 LOB.

After 8 innings: Orioles 10 - Indians 4


Top of the 9th
Indians start the ninth down by six and at the top of the order. Randy Myers (4-4, 31 Saves) is pitching for the Orioles.
CF Kenny Lofton flies out to Surhoff in left field for the first out. DH Kevin Seitzer is called on strikes on a 3-2 pitch from Myers. Two down. 3B Jim Thome goes down on swinging on a 2-2 pitch for the final out.


Inning       1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E
Indians      0   1   0   2   0   0   1   0   0   4  10   0
Orioles      1   1   2   0   0   5   1   0   x  10  12   1


Orioles win their first post-season game in thirteen years. The Indians drop the first of this best of 5 series against Baltimore and enter into tomorrows' game in a must-win situation. Join us tomorrow as Indians pitcher Orel Hershiser takes the mound to try to get the Indians back in this series.

WP:David Wells
LP:Charles Nagy


FINAL SCORE: Orioles 10 - Indians 4