May 7, 1999 – Tribe Scores Seven Runs in both 7th and 8th Innings to Complete Comeback
On a warm Friday evening at Jacob’s Field, a steady wind was blowing directly out to center. The ball was jumping off bats on both sides as the Devil Rays would post 11 runs on 13 hits. The Indians put on a clinic scoring 20 runs on 21 hits.
The Rays got ahead early, and were up 9-1 in the fourth inning. Former Indians Paul Sorrento and Herbert Perry combined for five RBI. A two-run home run by Fred McGriff was a major contribution.
The Tribe sent 13 batters to the plate in the bottom of the 7th and 12 in the bottom of the 8th. The Indians smashed five home runs, including two by David Justice and a grand slam by Robbie Alomar in the bottom of the 8th.
Indians hit 8 for 16 with runners in scoring position, which speaks to just how many scoring opportunities were available.
Paul Wagner was credited with the win–his only win in his three appearance cup-of-coffee with the Indians, and the final win of his Major League career.