The 14 runs set a Major League record for the most in the second inning. The record was 13, and it was last accomplished, ironically, by the Yankees exactly four years ago against Tampa Bay. The Yanks went on to win, 19-8, at the old Yankee Stadium on April 18, 2005.
"Everybody just hit, hit, hit," said Shin-Soo Choo, whose three-run homer got the inning going in earnest. "It was a good time." The Tribe's good time began with a little dribbler off the bat of Travis Hafner. That seemingly innocuous 30-foot single off Wang on a ball mishit toward third base led to big things. Jhonny Peralta followed with a single, and Choo smacked his three-run shot into the Tribe bullpen in left-center field. Ryan Garko popped out in foul territory, but that would be the last Tribe out for a long while. The next nine batters would all reach. Ben Francisco doubled, and Asdrubal Cabrera singled to knock him in. Grady Sizemore doubled, and Mark DeRosa followed with a double of his own to bring both runners home and make it 6-2. Wang threw a wild pitch that allowed DeRosa to reach third, then gave up an RBI single to Victor Martinez before getting yanked. In came Claggett, and the run parade continued. Hafner doubled to put two runners in scoring position, and Jhonny Peralta doubled to bring home the pair and make it 9-2. A Choo walk and Garko single loaded the bases. Francisco struck out, but Cabrera sent Claggett's 3-1 pitch into the right-field seats for his first career grand slam. Sizemore followed Cabrera's big blast with a solo shot that made it 14-2. The Indians were remarkably close to batting around the order for the second time in the inning when DeRosa mercifully struck out to end it.
Second to None
|Hafner||Wang||Single to 3B||Scored (Choo)|
|Peralta||Wang||Single to LF||Scored (Choo)|
|Choo||Wang||Homer to LF||Scored (Choo)|
|Garko||Wang||Popout to C||First out|
|Francisco||Wang||Double to LF||Scored (Cabrera)|
|Cabrera||Wang||Single to CF||Scored (DeRosa)|
|Sizemore||Wang||Double to RF||Scored (DeRosa)|
|DeRosa||Wang||Double to RF||Scored (Martinez)|
|Martinez||Wang||Single to RF||Scored (Peralta)|
|Hafner||Claggett||Double to CF||Scored (Peralta)|
|Peralta||Claggett||Double to CF||Scored (Cabrera)|
|Garko||Claggett||Single to CF||Scored (Cabrera)|
|Cabrera||Claggett||Homer to RF||Scored (Cabrera)|
|Sizemore||Claggett||Homer to RF||Scored (Sizemore)|
When all was said and done, the Indians had cranked out 13 hits, including eight extra-base hits. They sent 17 men to the plate, and every member of the lineup scored at least one run. Wang and Claggett combined to throw 69 pitches in the inning."It was definitely interesting," Tribe hitting coach Derek Shelton said. "The biggest part of it was we had seven or eight hits with two strikes. We were able to extend their pitches and have good at-bats. We got rolling and kept going." The only other time the Tribe has scored 14 runs in an inning came in the first inning of a June 18, 1950, game against the Philadelphia A's. The Yankees' previous most runs allowed in an inning came when they allowed 13 runs to the Tigers on June 17, 1925. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a Major League club put up a 14-run inning was June 27, 2003, when the Red Sox did it against the Marlins at Fenway Park. Current Tribe member Carl Pavano pitched for the Marlins in that inning. "I've never been a part of something like that," Francisco said. "We were putting up good at-bats, one through nine. As long as we put up good at-bats and trust each other, we know we can have a big inning like that."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.