Indians 5, Mariners 2, 2nd Game
SEATTLE (AP) _ Baseball returned to the Kingdome without any shaking Friday night.
Less than 24 hours after a moderate earthquake suspended play, the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners finished one game and played another without incident.
A crowd of 38,086, showing no fear of entering a 20-year-old building that was inspected by a team of engineers earlier in the day, saw the Indians win the suspended game 6-4, before taking the nightcap 5-2.
Tony Pena and Julio Franco hit homers in the second game for the Indians, who won their fifth straight.
Charles Nagy (4-1) pitched the Indians to their 17th win in 20 games after Julian Tavares and Jose Mesa finished what Orel Hershiser (3-2) started Thursday night. Mesa saved both games and now has 11 in as many tries.
For Nagy, it was his first victory in the Kingdome after going 0-5. He didn’t have earthquakes on his mind when he showed up Friday night, only a victory.
``When I was sitting on the bench last night, I didn’t even feel it,″ Nagy said. ``I didn’t even know it was going on.″
A quake that measured 5.4 in magnitude rocked the Kingdome and sent 21,711 fans home early.
On Friday night, four fans got into the festive post-earthquake mood by wearing yellow hard hats and longtime Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus was back in his radio-TV booth after fleeing the Kingdome Thursday night.
``Ladies and gentlemen, we’re having an earthquake and I’m out of here,″ Niehaus said when the quake began wobbling the Kingdome and swaying its giant overhead speakers.
Niehaus said he got as far as the Kingdome parking lot and then found a TV truck with a telephone to call KIRO Radio, his flagship station.
``If this would have been an outdoor park like Candlestick in 1989, I probably would have stayed,″ Niehaus said before Friday night’s completion of the suspended game. ``The thing I was concerned about was the concrete roof.″
Pena acquitted himself for making an error by stopping a ball with his catcher’s mask that allowed a run to score when he hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie. His first homer of the season came after Jim Thome doubled.
Pena said it was the first time in his baseball career, including 17 in the major leagues, that he’d made such an error.
``When I did it, I said, `What are you doing?‴ Pena said. ``I was embarrassed. Things like that happen. I’m a human being and I make mistakes. But without that home run, I would have killed myself.″
Cleveland’s Manny Ramirez had an RBI single in the second, a run that was unearned because of second baseman Joey Cora’s throwing error.
The Mariners came back to score twice in the third. The first run scored after Pena’s error allowed Russ Davis to come in from third. Rich Amaral’s infield out brought in Seattle’s second run.
In the fifth, Franco hit his fourth homer of the season against Sterling Hitchcock (3-1).
Hitchcock said the pitch he threw to Pena for Pena’s home run was his most critical mistake.
``I threw the ball in and I shouldn’t have done it,″ Hitchcock said. ``But hindsight is 40-40, 20-20 or whatever.″
Nagy pitched 7 1-3 innings, allowing two runs and seven hits.
``I was just trying to be aggressive with everything I have,″ Nagy said.
The Indians and the Mariners, meeting for the first time since playing in the AL championship series in October, played the final 2 2-3 innings of Thursday night’s game and then played their regularly scheduled second contest.
Twenty hours and 33 minutes elapsed before the suspended game was restarted.
``Seattle’s a tough ball club,″ Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. ``And Lou does a fantastic job.″
Hershiser, who departed the field in favor of Tavares just before the seventh-inning quake, got the victory with Mesa pitching the ninth for his 10th save in as many tries.
Bob Wolcott (1-4) was the loser.
On Thursday night, Albert Belle hit his 11th homer, a two-run shot off Wolcott in the third inning that got the Indians out to a 2-0 lead. Sandy Alomar Jr. and Franco had RBI doubles and Kenny Lofton singled in a run in a three-run fourth. Thome added an RBI double in the fifth.
For Seattle, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez and Paul Sorrento each hit his seventh homer of the season in the game that was suspended.
Notes: The Indians have the best record in baseball at 19-8. ... Pena, Cleveland’s 38-year-old backup catcher, hit his 107th career homer, 25 in the AL. ... After the game, the Mariners moved first baseman-designated hitter Ricky Jordan on the 60-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, because of a sore right shoulder. They put him on the 15-day disabled list earlier Friday. They optioned catcher Chris Widger to Triple-A Tacoma on the same day they recalled him to play one game. ... They purchased the contract of outfielder Brian Hunter from Tacoma after the game. . ... Catcher Dan Wilson was allowed to fly to Washington, D.C., Thursday night to meet his wife, Anne, and their newly adopted 18-month-old daughter, from Bulgaria. Wilson will rejoin the Mariners in time for Saturday’s game.