Sunday, June 1, 2014 marked the finale of the Colorado Vs. Cleveland series and boy did it start off quick as Michael Bourn led of the game with a walk and moved up to 2nd base with a throwing error on the Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin, Cabrera was also issued a walk and then Dr. Smooth did what he does best as he drove in Bourne with and RBI into right field. Later in the Inning Giambi took a bases loaded walk and Murphy brought in Brantley with a sack fly to left, the Indians then had an early 3-0 lead at the end of the first.
Throughout the game it was back and fourth as the Rockies scored 2 in the top of the 2nd and tied the game at 3 in the top of the 3rd. But nonetheless the Indians grabbed the lead right back in the bottom half of the inning with a sac fly to right field scoring Brantley. The game remained 4-3 till the top of the 7th when Charlie Blackmon drove in Brandon Barnes with a sac fly to Bourn out in Center.
The game then went into the bottom of the 9th with the score tangled up at 4 a piece, Mike Aviles led off the inning with a sharp line drive to center field, the next batter George Kottaras got the job done by putting down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher Adam Ottavino advancing Aviles to second base. In steps Michael Bourn with one out and a man on second and all Cleveland needed was a single from Bourn to wrap up the series and the sweep against the Rockies. Bourn took a first pitch slider clocking in at 81 mph in for a strike, Bourne then decided to show some power by driving the second pitch (a four-seam fastball at 93 mph) over into the third row of the right field pavilion! Bourn, who no one would expect to end the game on a two run shot hit his very first walk off homerun of his career to seal up the win for the Tribe and also brought out the broom to sweep Colorado out of Cleveland!
This is a great sign for the Tribe as they can carry on some momentum into tomorrow as they host the defending world champs the Boston Red Sox in the series opener at Progressive field. As Justin Masterson (2-4, 5.21 ERA) takes on John Lackey (6-3, 3.27 ERA) first pitch is scheduled at 7:05 PM ET.
-Cameron T. Lopez