Monday, April 04, 2005
April 4th, 1997
Indians Play at Angels
Although this was just the third game of the season for both teams, it proved to be an interesting start to the season, a battle between two teams that would finish within two games of each other in the standings, although thanks to divisions, one of them, Cleveland, would go to the playoffs and the pennant, while the other, Anaheim, would watch the World Series from home.
The game began with neither Indians' starter Bartolo Colon or Angels' hurler Allen Watson pitching well.
The game again took a wild turn in the eleventh. With knuckleball pitcher Dennis Springing in for Anaheim, David Justice walked and Sandy Alomar hit a ground-rule double, putting him on second and pinch-runner Chad Curtis on third. Tony Fernandez wrapped a double off the centerfield wall, scoring Curtis and Alomar, and putting the Indians up 4-2. After a Marquis Grissom walk, Jim Thome singled but Fernandez was thrown out at home plate by centerfielder Jim Edmonds.
Now down two runs, the Angels rued their performance in the 10th, when they had loaded the bases with nobody out only to see a pop-up and 8-2 double play get
Indians reliever Paul Shuey ran the count to three and two again, this time on clean-up hitter Tim Salmon. After Salmon fouled off a split-fingered fastball, Shuey came back with a straight fastball and Salmon parked it straight over the fence for a walk-off grand slam, the exclamation point on a 8-6 Angels win.