Facing the New York Yankees, Tribe second baseman Carlos Baerga became the first player in MLB history to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same inning. In the seventh inning, facing lefty Steve Howe, Baerga deposited a 3-2 pitch into the seats (in left-center) giving the Indians an 8-5 lead. Later in the seventh, with righty Steve Farr on the mound, Baerga switched to the left-hand side of the plate. Same result. Baerga etched his name in the record books as he ripped Farr’s pitch into the stands in right-center.
Because of Baerga’s heroics, Alvar Espinoza’s seventh-inning performance is overlooked. The utility infielder also had two hits, including a three-run homer, in the same inning during the Indians’ 15-5 drubbing of New York. Sometimes even your biggest moment gets overshadowed by others around you.