OT: Tigers Sweep Indians with fantastic finish

Submitted by turtleboy on August 5th, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Did you see the end of the Tiger game today? It was 5-5 and A-Jacks led off the 9th with a triple so all we need is a decent fly ball to win. Infante struck out, they walked Miggy & Prince to load the bases and Q-Berry hit into a 3-2-3 double play to end the threat. The Indians hit 2 homers in the 10th and took an 8-5 lead and I believe half the folks left Comerica Park. Our first 2 guys made outs in the 10th - down to our final out near the bottom of our lineup. Avila walked, Dirks walked, A-Jacks doubled to score Avila, Infante singled to score Dirks & A-Jacks to tie the game. Then Miggy hit a walk-off 2 run shot to win it 10-8 - all with 2 outs. GO TIGERS!!!

 

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Comments

HipsterCat

August 5th, 2012 at 7:45 PM ^

In the 9th jackson was at third so walking both of them didn't advance anybody, if somebody had gotten a single to score him there it would have scored him even if they hadn't walked miggy and prince. With infante on first, walking miggy then prince moves omar over to third and then a single wins the game. It seems like a poor call in hindsight when compared with the 9th but those open bases make the difference.  

jdon

August 5th, 2012 at 10:11 PM ^

And you're both right; Either option could have worked; It really is a toss up and questioning the walks in the 10th isn't nearly as detrimental to Cleveland as the talk shows and internets are making it out to be.

 

WMUgoblue

August 5th, 2012 at 7:20 PM ^

Hindsight is obviously 20/20 but it would be hard for Acta to justify putting the winning run at 3rd. I'm certainly glad he didn't but it's not really Acta's fault his closer cant get 1 more out. Dirks deserves some accolades for taking a close 2-2 pitch to keep the rally alive for AJ, Omar, and the big man.

bronxblue

August 6th, 2012 at 11:05 AM ^

In addition, with Perez having trouble finding the strike zone, putting the winning run on 3rd opens up the possibility of losing on a wild pitch or a passed ball, or even a run-of-the-mill error on a sharp liner.  I know managers get credits for wins than they deserve, but if Perez is unable to get outs from the 8 and 9 hitters for the Tigers, that's on him and not Acta.

Seth9

August 5th, 2012 at 9:38 PM ^

Loading the bases in a tie game is very difficult to justify when your pitcher has walked the 8 and 9 hitters and is generally having trouble finding the zone. Furthermore, the only way that Cabrera can get the run home with the runner on first and the outfield playing back is with a homerun or a perfectly placed hit (or a misplayed ball, although that's more or less equally likely to happen with anyone up and a defensive with the bases loaded is more likely to let in the run). Thus, the percentages favor pitching to Cabrera in that specific situation. Unfortunately for Cleveland, Cabrera hit a bomb.

snarling wolverine

August 5th, 2012 at 7:08 PM ^

As much as Leyland can be frustrating with his old-school decisions and such, he seems very good at managing the clubhouse.  His teams seem to generally have good chemistry.  There was a poll of MLB players taken a little while ago asking "If you could have any manager besides your own, who would you choose?" and I think he won it.

DK81

August 5th, 2012 at 7:09 PM ^

Most entertaining regular season game since Tigers (Verlander No hit bid) vs Angels (Weaver), when Guillen watched his homer and got weaver tossed..... Gutsy much needed win though.

Philbert

August 5th, 2012 at 7:18 PM ^

This is where being a tribe fan really hurts. Just terrible. If Perez ever opens his trap again there will be about 35000 fans ready to throw him in the lake.

MGoBender

August 5th, 2012 at 7:53 PM ^

 

Should have run the squeeze in the ninth...Leyland is a great manager, but it kills me that he never calls this play, it seems.

Very few managers call the squeeze in any situation.  Leyland is actually one of them (I think we had one last year).  Other than Socia in LA, you're not going to find many guys who will risk it, especially since bunting at the big league level is not emphasized (for good reason).

Another point, why risk a squeeze and taking away your runner at third with zero outs when you have Cabrera and Fielder on deck?  Even if you expect a walk to either or both, then you end up with the bases loaded and 1 outs, which is what happened.

Calling a squeeze and taking the bat out of Miguel's hands would have been a terrible move.

 

Blue boy johnson

August 5th, 2012 at 7:55 PM ^

At the end of the day it boils down to: Perez didn't have IT today and the Tigers made him pay. Just like Benoit didn't have IT today and the Tribe made him pay. That's baseball... gotta love it when things go your way. Blue Dragon OTOH...

mgobleu

August 5th, 2012 at 7:59 PM ^

You have GOT to be sh****ng me. My wife sat waiting to take the dog and the boy to the park, and I told her we'd go after the game. Then Cleveland went up 9-5 and I said, ok, let's go. Maybe this will be a spark so they can make another run...

AKMuskie

August 5th, 2012 at 7:59 PM ^

Would have thought with 2 outs and NOBODY on there would be no chance of a TIE but two walks, a double, and a clutch bloop single from Infante did the trick! And then we already knew by then if Cabrera was getting a pitch it would go over the fence. Best Tigers game of the year and the best one I've ever seen! More than half of the fans left...smh.

smitty1983

August 5th, 2012 at 8:57 PM ^

To be the most fun and best teammate. He has made bad decisions off the field but I loved how he pulled Ajax over with him for his interview and told everyone Ajax was the hero today. Thats a great teammate.

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

August 5th, 2012 at 10:59 PM ^

Had to be right at the part where he talked about the "key play of the game" and he realized he was gonna have to watch the highlight of that homer again.

The Cleveland dugout shots (in both the Detroit and Ohio broadcasts) are pretty schadenfreudey too.  You can watch the pain of losing ooze right out through the screen.

ChopBlock

August 6th, 2012 at 12:01 AM ^

as SEATTLE right now in the WC, and only three games ahead of KC. Wasn't it just a couple weeks ago that we were in the thick of the race?

If anyone wants to know what it's like to be an Tribe fan, just think the Year of Infinite Pain, over and over and over again for the last 60 years. Except minus the New Math game*

 

*Yeah, I know, that 14-2 comeback and yadda yadda. Once in 60 years does not redemption make