Pronk’s big day leads Tribe to rout over Angels

The Tribe gave the Angels a taste of their own medicine as their offense erupted in a 14-2 victory Saturday afternoon. With the game tied at two, the Indians exploded for eight runs in the sixth. Half of those runs came as a result of Travis Hafner’s third grand slam of the season. He celebrated his birthday in a Pronk-sized way, going 3 for 4 with a home run, double, and a career-high six RBI.

“I love to be in that situation,” Hafner said. “It’s a great opportunity to just go out ready to hit. You know the pitcher has to come after you with his best stuff, and you have to be ready to hit it.”

The Angels’ fielding woes were partly to blame for the Tribe’s offensive onslaught. They committed three errors in the ballgame and only four of the 14 runs scored by the Tribe were earned. The most costly error came in the sixth by Vlad Guerrero. With two outs and runners on second and third, Guerrero dropped a Ronnie Belliard fly ball down the right field line to kick start the rally. Cliff Lee rebounded from an awful month of May, giving up only two runs in seven innings.

Lee looked like his old self Saturday, which is good to see. For the past two series now, the Indians have gotten blown out in the first game and came back to win the second. The Indians have a great chance to win another series with C.C on the mound Sunday.

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