2000 Hall of Fame Game

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Another offensive explosion marked the 54th annual Hall of Fame Game at Doubleday Field, as the Arizona Diamondbacks overpowered the Cleveland Indians 12-7.

Four home runs were hit over the course of the first three and a half innings of play to tie the score at three heading into the bottom of the fourth. Down 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Arizona first baseman Greg Colbrunn hit a three-run shot to give the Diamondbacks their first lead of the game.

The Indians responded with back-to-back solo shots from Travis Fryman and Alex Ramirez to tie the game at three.

In the top of the fourth, Ricky Ledee hit another solo shot to give Cleveland a 4-3 advantage, but the Diamondbacks responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to retake the lead.

Both teams tacked on a run in the sixth inning, and the Indians added another in the top of the seventh, but the Diamondbacks stormed back with a six-run bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach.

Luis Terrero led off the inning with a single and scored on Hanley Frias’ double to begin the rally. Five runs later, the Indians finally recorded the third out of the inning.

Cleveland got one back in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly that scored Zack Sorenson, but that was as close as it could get.

Six different Cleveland players had multi-hit games, but Ramirez led the way with two RBI. The Indians had 17 hits on the day whereas the Diamondbacks had 15.

For Arizona, Colbrunn’s three RBI were a game-high, though three other Diamondbacks had two RBI.
A 19-year-old C.C. Sabathia started and pitched three innings for the Indians, giving up three runs on three hits and striking out four. None of the 10 pitchers used in the game pitched more than four innings.

Terrero won the game’s Most Valuable Player Award after a 2-for-4 performance that included two runs scored and several run-saving defensive plays in center field.

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