Yankees Stung at Cleveland

Swarming bugs help Indians take a 2-0 series lead
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2007 11:22 PM CDT
Cleveland Indians' Kenny Lofton runs home from third to score the winning run on an 11th-inning single by Travis Hafner to beat the New York Yankees, 2-1, in Game 2 of an American League Division Series...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Indians lead the Yankees 2-0 in their ALDS series, following Friday night's 11-inning victory. A game which saw phenomenal pitching from starters Pettitte and Carmona  is destined to become famous for the insect swarm that arrived in the later innings. The pests certainly got to Yankee reliever Joba Chamberlain, who gave up a game tying run on a wild pitch in the eighth.

"They bugged me, but you've got to deal with it," he said afterwards, the AP reported.  Ump crew chief Bruce Froemming agreed, saying the midges caused "just a little irritation."  The bugs looked to have buzzed off by the bottom of the 11th, when the  Indians' Travis Hafner hit a game-winning single off Luis Vizcaino, on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded and two outs.