" Turning point: A three-run fifth inning supplied the Indians with the seven runs it needed to drop the Angels.
" Hero: After not making an appearance since Opening Day, C.C. Sabathia allowed three runs and threw seven K's in seven innings.
" Figure this: Tickets for the three-game series at Miller Park were all priced at $10 a pop.
" Elias Says: In two of the Angels' losses, the final out came when Erick Aybar, representing the tying run, was caught stealing.
-- ESPN.com news services
Indians 7, Angels 6
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Even if Milwaukee gets blanketed with the
predicted 10 inches of snow overnight, Cleveland Indians manager
Eric Wedge will wake up knowing that his team still can play
baseball on Wednesday.
And given the events of the past week, he's pretty sure of one
"We brought it with us," Wedge said.
No, this wasn't Jacobs Field. But considering the foot of snow that blanketed the Indians stadium over the weekend, a dumping the team is using flatbed trucks to remove, this wasn't all that bad, writes Wayne Drehs. Story
After sitting through a weekend's worth of snow in Cleveland
without playing a game that counted, the Indians finally got to
play a home opener of sorts, beating the Los Angeles Angels 7-6
Tuesday night under the retractable roof at Milwaukee's Miller Park
-- some 450 miles away from Jacobs Field.
Talk about a getaway day.
Cleveland's three-game series against the Angels was moved to
Milwaukee after a spring snowstorm wiped out four scheduled games
against the Seattle Mariners.
Indians players were concerned about being rusty after the
layoff, but Cleveland starter C.C. Sabathia was anything but.
Despite not having pitched since opening day, Sabathia (2-0) gave
up three runs -- one earned -- and struck out seven in seven innings.
"It wasn't that weird," Sabathia said. "We were playing a
home game somewhere else."
The game ended when pinch-runner Erick Aybar was thrown out by
catcher Kelly Shoppach -- the second time in five games that Aybar,
representing the tying run, was thrown out for the last out of the
game trying to steal second. Aybar also was erased against Oakland
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he left the decision to steal
up to Aybar on both plays.
"But I wouldn't have given him the option if we didn't have a
good chance to be successful," Scioscia said.
Angels starter Ervin Santana (1-1) gave up six runs and seven
hits in 4 1/3 innings for the loss.
"Next outing's going to be better," Santana said. "The ball
goes out of here pretty fast."
The game was a victory for the Brewers, who priced seats for all
three games at $10 each and were pleasantly surprised at the
response -- an announced crowd of 19,031 who showed up to politely
root, root, root for their adopted home team.
The Indians brought their mascot, Slider, and paid for superfan
John Adams to bring his big drum -- a fixture at Indians home games
-- to Milwaukee.
"I think it's great," Adams said. "They started a little too
early. I know a lot of people from Cleveland [who] live in Chicago
came racing up after work."
But Tuesday's game had a touch of Milwaukee, as the chorizo won
the sausage mascot race that was held after the sixth inning, just
like during Brewers games.
And fans seemed too busy doing the wave in the seventh inning to
notice that Sabathia had struck out Garret Anderson to pitch out of
a jam. Even Wedge admitted he was temporarily mesmerized by what
amounted to a changeup wave by the fans, done at half its normal
"I've never seen a slow wave before," Wedge said. "That
locked me up a little bit."
Had the Indians actually played at home on Tuesday, they planned
to give away replicas of the thick black eyeglasses worn by Charlie
Sheen's character in the 1989 baseball comedy "Major League" to
promote the release of a special edition DVD.
In some respects, Tuesday became a live-action version of the
movie, in which the Brewers' old Milwaukee County Stadium stood in
as the stunt double for Cleveland's former ballpark, Municipal
"We were talking this morning about the irony of being in
Milwaukee," Adams said. "It's incredible. I was in County
Stadium, it looked very similar to old Cleveland Municipal."
But it wasn't quite the same without Bob Uecker, who was in
Florida for his real-life job as the Brewers' radio announcer and
unable to reprise his role as Harry Doyle, the Indians' fictional
television announcer in the movie.
And to co-opt a Doyle catch phrase, Tuesday's game was just a
bit inside -- and as far as the players were concerned, playing
indoors was just fine.
"I'd rather be here than out in the snow," Kendrick said.
Indians LHP Cliff Lee, who has a strained abdominal muscle,
gave up one hit in two innings in a rehab outing for Class A
Kinston. ... C Victor Martinez, who has a strained left quadriceps,
might return this weekend. Martinez did not travel with the team
after his wife gave birth to a baby girl Tuesday morning. ...
Angels RHP Bartolo Colon, who is recovering from a torn right
rotator cuff, was scheduled to make a rehab start for Class A
Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday night.