7:05 PM ET, September 22, 2007
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
• Summary: Cleveland's chance to lock up the AL Central crown was thwarted in part by Mark Ellis and an untimely Indians' fielding error. In the second inning, Ellis' towering pop off Paul Byrd, on what should have been the third out of the second, landed with a thud between the right-hander, Casey Blake and Kelly Shoppach. Ellis finished 3-for-5 with a solo homer, three RBIs and scored twice.
• Unsung heroes: Nick Swisher was 3-for-5, drove in two runs and scored twice while Jack Cust was 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs.
• New record: Ellis' 76 RBIs are the most by an A's second baseman since the club moved to Oakland in 1968. Phil Garner had the previous high with 74.
• Figure this: Cleveland had its four-game winning streak stopped and dropped to 21-6 since Aug. 25.
• Hunt for October: Cleveland remained 7½ games ahead of Detroit in the AL Central, as the Tigers lost 7-4 to Kansas City.
• Quotable: "If I had to do it over again, I would have just run over there and caught it myself. That was bad quarterbacking there." -- Byrd, on the Indians' misplay of Ellis' popup
-- ESPN.com news services
Athletics 9, Indians 3
The magic number is derived by adding one to the number of remaining games and subtracting the number of games ahead in the loss column from the second-place team. Here's where the leaders stand:
|x-clinched playoff spot|
Haren has a 3.12 ERA, slightly behind Carmona's 3.03. ... Ellis' 76 RBIs are the most by an A's second baseman since the club moved to Oakland in 1968. Phil Garner had the previous high with 74. ... Cust's seven homers tie him with Mark McGwire (1990), Jose Canseco (1990) and Bob Cerv (1958) for the most by an A's hitter against Cleveland in one season. Cust is batting .417 with 19 RBIs in nine games against Cleveland. ... It was only the 10th sellout at the Jake, which was packed 455 consecutive times when the Indians dominated the Central in the late-1990s. ... Indians LHP Cliff Lee, demoted to the minors this season, pitched two scoreless innings. ... Cleveland DH Travis Hafner went 3-for-4, his first three-hit game since July 15.
Regular Season Series
|Cleveland leads 6-4 (as of Sat 9/22)|
|Fri 5/11||@OAK 8, CLE 2||Recap|
|Sat 5/12||CLE 6, @OAK 3||Recap|
|Sun 5/13||@OAK 10, CLE 7||Recap|
|Mon 6/25||@CLE 5, OAK 2||Recap|
|Tue 6/26||@CLE 8, OAK 5||Recap|
|Wed 6/27||OAK 13, @CLE 7||Recap|
|Thu 6/28||@CLE 4, OAK 3||Recap|
|Fri 9/21||@CLE 4, OAK 3||Recap|
|» Sat 9/22||OAK 9, @CLE 3||Box Score|
|Sun 9/23||@CLE 6, OAK 2||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Athletics | Indians|
|2nd||J Hannahan doubled to deep right center, M Ellis and M Scutaro scored.||2||0|
|4th||M Ellis homered to left.||3||0|
|5th||N Swisher singled to right, D Barton scored, N Swisher to second on error by catcher K Shoppach.||4||0|
|5th||M Ellis doubled to deep left, N Swisher and J Cust scored, D Johnson to third.||6||0|
|5th||G Sizemore homered to right, F Gutierrez scored.||6||2|
|6th||N Swisher doubled to deep center, S Stewart scored.||7||2|
|6th||J Cust homered to center, N Swisher scored.||9||2|
|7th||T Hafner singled to center, A Cabrera scored.||9||3|
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|Stadium||Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH|
|Attendance||40,663 (96.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||69 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Greg Gibson, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Tony Randazzo|