First the the bugs got to the New York Yankees.
Then Travis Hafner finished the deal.
Helped by a freakish invasion of bombarding bugs that rattled
rookie reliever Joba Chamberlain in the eighth inning, the
Cleveland Indians rallied to beat the Yankees 2-1 in 11 innings to
take a 2-0 lead in their AL playoff series.
Hafner's bases-loaded single with two outs scored Kenny Lofton
with the game-winner.
The 40-year-old Lofton walked on four pitches to lead off the
rally against Luis Vizcaino. Franklin Gutierrez
failed twice to get down a sacrifice before hitting a single.
After a sacrifice and a popout, Hafner lined a single on a 3-2
pitch to end a stirring pitchers duel. Indians starter Fausto
Carmona pitched nine strong innings. The Yankees' Andy Pettitte
went six and a-third shutout frames. But reliever Chamberlain
allowed a run with two wild pitches in the eighth when the gnat
storm was at its worst.
Game 3 will be Sunday night at Yankee Stadium. Jake Westbrook
will be trying to pitch Cleveland to a sweep against Roger Clemens.