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Box Score: Indians 6, Mariners 5

Reserve infielder Jose Lopez went from zero to hero in one afternoon, committing an error which would ultimately lead to a Seattle Mariners run in the fifth inning, only to hit a game-tying three-run home run in the eighth inning as well as scoring another game-tying run in the bottom of the 11th.  A Carlos Santana single would seal the deal as the Tribe came from behind twice in the same game.

Final 11 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
                           
Seattle 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 5 8 0
                           
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 6 10 1
 
 
WP: J. Smith (4-1)
LP: B. League (0-3)
Seattle
  AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg 
D. Ackley 2b-1b 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 3 0.26
M. Saunders cf 6 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 4 0.234
I. Suzuki rf 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.278
K. Seager 3b 6 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 2 0.269
J. Smoak 1b 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.209
    M. Kawasaki pr-2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.176
A. Liddi lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0.262
    C. Wells lf 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.216
J. Jaso c 3 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 0.259
M. Carp dh 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0.132
    J. Montero ph-dh 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0.244
B. Ryan ss 3 1 2 1 0 2 0 1 2 0.153
 Totals 42 5 8 4 0 7 14 2 23  

 

Batting    Base Running
2B – M Saunders (10, J Smith); K Seager (11, Z McAllister); J Jaso (5, Z McAllister). SB – D Ackley (3, 2nd base off Z McAllister/C Santana), B Ryan (2, 3rd base off Z McAllister/C Santana).
   
RBI – M Saunders 2 (14), J Jaso (9), B Ryan (8).  
   
2-out RBI – J Jaso, B Ryan.  
   
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – D Ackley 1, I Suzuki 3, K Seager 2, J Montero 1, B Ryan 1.  
   
Team LOB – 11.  
Cleveland
  AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg 
S. Choo rf 6 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 2 0.256
J. Kipnis 2b 4 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0.268
A. Cabrera ss 6 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 0.326
T. Hafner dh 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0.259
    A. Cunningham ph-dh 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.213
C. Santana c 4 1 2 1 0 2 0 0 2 0.269
M. Brantley cf 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.267
J. Damon lf 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0.17
    S. Duncan ph-lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.198
C. Kotchman 1b 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.207
J. Lopez 3b 4 2 1 3 1 1 1 0 6 0.216
 Totals 41 6 10 6 1 8 10 0 22  
 Batting    Fielding
2B – S Choo (10, H Noesi); C Kotchman (4, S Delabar). E – J Lopez (1, field).
   
HR – J Lopez (2, 8th inning off S Delabar 2 on, 2 Out). PB – C Santana.
   
RBI – A Cabrera 2 (17), C Santana (22), J Lopez 3 (6).  
   
2-out RBI – A Cabrera, J Lopez 3.  
   
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – T Hafner 2, J Lopez 3.  
   
Team LOB – 13.  
Seattle
  IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA 
H. Noesi 6 5 1 1 3 5 0 1.29 5.61
L. Luetge 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.35 0
S. Delabar (BS, 1) 0 2 3 3 1 0 1 0.98 5.4
C. Furbush 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.95 4.3
T. Wilhelmsen 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.45 3.92
B. League (L, 0-3; BS, 3) 0 2 2 2 3 1 0 1.44 3.12
                   
 Cleveland
  IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA 
Z. McAllister 5 3 4 3 5 6 0 1.23 4.34
J. Asencio 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.17 4.64
N. Hagadone 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.77 1.54
J. Accardo 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
T. Sipp 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.5 5.79
C. Perez 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.17 3.52
J. Smith (W, 4-1) 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 1.29 3.18
WP – B League.
 
BALK – Z McAllister.
 
HBP – T Hafner (by C Furbush).
 
Pitches-strikes – H Noesi 100-67; L Luetge 17-8; S Delabar 20-8; C Furbush 33-21; T Wilhelmsen 9-6; B League 26-9; Z McAllister 101-55; J Asencio 7-6; N Hagadone 25-16; J Accardo 5-4; T Sipp 17-12; C Perez 17-7; J Smith 23-15.
 
Ground balls-fly balls – H Noesi 8-10; L Luetge 1-1; S Delabar 0-2; C Furbush 3-0; T Wilhelmsen 0-0; B League 0-0; Z McAllister 5-9; J Asencio 0-0; N Hagadone 1-2; J Accardo 1-0; T Sipp 0-0; C Perez 0-1; J Smith 2-1.
 
Batters faced – H Noesi 27; L Luetge 4; S Delabar 5; C Furbush 6; T Wilhelmsen 2; B League 6; Z McAllister 26; J Asencio 2; N Hagadone 6; J Accardo 2; T Sipp 4; C Perez 4; J Smith 5.
 
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Adrian Johnson. 1B–Gary Cederstrom. 2B–Lance Barksdale. 3B–Fieldin Culbreth.
Weather: 60 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, in from right.

  • MrCleaveland

    This has been a great, great year for Blown Saves throughout the majors. Since the Save may be the most over-rated stat in sports, this is good to see.

    (The converse of that argument might be that the rash of Blown Saves this year only goes to show how hard it is to get a Save. I’m not buying it. It’s a bogus stat.)

  • Jeff D

    Roll Tribe!

  • mgbode

    at least it has to do with the pitcher and the defense only.   saves and holds are much more useful stats than wins.  let’s get rid of that one first.

  • mgbode

    and the Twins caught the Tigers by their toe 🙂

  • MrCleaveland

    You, my good man, are barmy. As in daft. Mad as a March hare. ‘Round the bend. Two pints short of a bollox. Toad-lickingly absent . . .

  • mgbode

    please explain how pitcher wins are more useful than pitcher saves/holds.  

  • Ritz

    How dare Manny Acta use Chris Perez in a non-save situation!? I am outraged!

    Oh wait… We only do that when it does not work, with the benefit of hindsight.

  • mgbode

    good point.  though plenty usually jump to the comments as it’s happening too 🙂

  • And, with another win, Smitty moves within one win of the Masterson/Jimenez juggernaut total.

  • BIKI024

    wins are wins, count just as same if it’s a starter or reliever who gets credited the win..  we’re 22-16 in spite of less than a handfull of wins from M/J..  they should pick it up, which bodes well for the future prospects of the team..

  • 5KMD

    Agree, should definitely be swtiched to something like quality start.

    Don’t worry my friend, I’m sure the actual decision makers on the teams pay no attention to these useless stats. They only care about, you know, how thejguy actually throws pitches. I know it seems weird.

  • 5KMD

    A starter can throw 100 pitches and retire every batter he faces and theoretically not get a win.

    A reliever in the same game can come in and throw 1 pitch and get the win.

    It all depends on when and how often the offense decides to score runs.

  • 5KMD

    As described above, I only care about how often the team wins the game the M/J pitch in, not if those two actually get credited with said win.

  • mgbode

    what?  that makes too much sense to be true

  • mgbode

    yes, see Roy Halladay and Matt Garza as they are this year’s 2011 Masterson.

  • Herr Dr.

    Thank you Casey Blake. Carlos may not be the perfect player, but he is highly entertaining to watch.

  • BIKI024

    just win baby! 

  • BIKI024

    Shapiro and the Tribe FO should get thanks as well, and of course Ned Colletti.  Donny Baseball must have nightmares thinking how good that lineup could be if Santana was still in LA.  

  • BIKI024

    Shapiro and the Tribe FO should get thanks as well, and of course Ned Colletti.  Donny Baseball must have nightmares thinking how good that lineup could be if Santana was still in LA.  

  • 5KMD

    Dempster too I’ve heard.

  • BIKI024

    FWIW, there’s a slight difference in bringing him out in a non-save situation in the 9th inning versus 10th, or latter innings.  of course you expect CP to pitch at high level regardless of what the situation is, but these relievers are such creatures of habit, as supersitious as most baseball people are, it’s always a tough, gut call on when to go with the closer in non-save situation.  fortunately lately Manny’s gut has been right many more times than wrong.  glad CP didn’t get burned yesterday, it probably would’ve been ugly with him and the fans today if that were the case.  

  • AlexMathews

    No kidding. I was live-chatting this game and when Acta called for Perez in the 10th, people were already calling for his head before he even threw a single pitch.

  • AlexMathews

    Yeah, I don;t think it’s true either…because often the Cy Young award just goes to the pitcher who has the most wins!

  • cmm13

    for more information on this subject see: Felix Hernandez vs. Josh Tomlin earlier this year.

    King Felix fanned 13 in that game, pitched lights out, dodged a jam in the 8th to turn the ball over to his closer (League) in the 9th.

    The result… Tribe win and Hernandez is slapped with a no decision.

  • mgbode

    it has been better recently, but yeah.

  • mgbode

    and Samardjza.  the Cubs offense and bullpen is destroying what could be a great season for them.

    I think we should hold a couple of our relievers for ransom to them.  They’d likely pay through the nose for whatever we wanted to stop that blood-letting.

  • mgbode

    my favorite is the RP comes into a tie game, gives up the go-ahead run.   then the offense scores 2 in the bottom frame and the RP gets the ‘win’

    now, if I could just think of a time when that happened recently.  hmm…

  • cmm13

    Maybe Smitty should have that printed on his business card?

  • Ritz

    If its a tie game at home, there is going to be nothing to save. Therefore, the Indians would waste having Perez in the bullpen if he is not used in the tie game.

  • BIKI024

    yes, you’re technically right about it not being a “save situation”, but it’s not often that the home team’s closer comes out in tie game at top of the 9th.  it’s a gut call by the manager, obviously in that situation Manny felt good with middle of lineup coming up in the bottom of 9th..  bottom line, he should’ve hit his pitches regardless of the situation, and it makes it much easier to 2nd guess when things don’t go as planned, espcially when you could send Pestano in there giving the heater, but it’s not common to send the closer out in top of 9th..