Box Score: Indians 5, Tigers 3

The Indians came through in the biggest game of the season, against arguably the toughest pitcher. Santana and Hafner jacked back-to-back home runs to tie the game, and Kipnis delivered the go ahead. Smith, Pestano and Perez were incredible. Good guys take two of three.


Scoring Summary
Top 1st: Detroit
– P. Fielder singled to left, A. Jackson scored
Bot 1st: Cleveland
– J. Kipnis hit sacrifice fly to deep left, S. Choo scored
Top 4th: Detroit
– A. Jackson singled to shallow left, A. Avila scored, A. Jackson out at second
Top 6th: Detroit
– D. Young homered to deep right
Bot 7th: Cleveland
– C. Santana homered to deep right
– T. Hafner homered to deep right center
– A. Cabrera singled to shallow right, J. Lopez scored, S. Choo to third, A. Cabrera to second advancing on throw
– J. Kipnis singled to shallow left center, S. Choo scored, A. Cabrera to third


A. Jackson cf413101001.321
Q. Berry lf501000305.286
M. Cabrera 3b400000103.325
P. Fielder 1b402100100.308
D. Young dh311111001.269
B. Boesch rf400000103.249
A. Avila c412000200.244
R. Santiago ss401000201.217
O. Infante 2b300001002.100
2B – A Avila (13, C Perez).
HR – D Young (11, 6th inning off Z McAllister 0 on, 0 Out).
RBI – A Jackson (46), P Fielder (70), D Young (42).
2-out RBI – A Jackson, P Fielder.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – Q Berry 2, B Boesch 1.
GIDP – M Cabrera.
Team LOB – 8.
DP – 1 (P Fielder-R Santiago-J Verlander).


S. Choo rf422000201.297
A. Cabrera ss401100101.280
J. Kipnis 2b202201000.278
M. Brantley cf401000003.293
C. Santana c412110001.238
T. Hafner dh411110001.230
J. Lopez 3b311000100.249
    B. Lillibridge lf100000101.162
C. Kotchman 1b400000002.230
S. Duncan lf200001001.223
    J. Hannahan 3b000000000.235
2B – S Choo (32, J Verlander); C Santana (18, D Downs).
HR – C Santana (8, 7th inning off J Verlander 0 on, 0 Out), T Hafner (10, 7th inning off J Verlander 0 on, 0 Out).
SF – J Kipnis.
RBI – A Cabrera (44), J Kipnis 2 (55), C Santana (38), T Hafner (29).
2-out RBI – A Cabrera, J Kipnis.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – M Brantley 1, T Hafner 1, C Kotchman 1.
GIDP – C Santana.
Team LOB – 6.
E – J Lopez (3, field).
Outfield assists – S Duncan.
DP – 1 (J Lopez-J Kipnis-C Kotchman).


J. Verlander (L, 11-6)7.09552420.952.60
D. Downs0.11000001.172.35
B. Villarreal0.20000101.031.41


Z. McAllister6.19322711.243.18
J. Smith (W, 7-2)0.20000001.123.14
V. Pestano (H, 29)1.00000100.981.47
C. Perez (S, 29)1.01001201.022.82
Pitches-strikes – J Verlander 106-74; D Downs 9-4; B Villarreal 4-4; Z McAllister 117-75; J Smith 2-1; V Pestano 17-10; C Perez 23-13.
Ground balls-fly balls – J Verlander 7-10; D Downs 1-0; B Villarreal 0-1; Z McAllister 9-6; J Smith 1-0; V Pestano 0-2; C Perez 1-0.
Batters faced – J Verlander 31; D Downs 2; B Villarreal 2; Z McAllister 29; J Smith 1; V Pestano 3; C Perez 5.



  • GoTribe

    Where is that right handed stick we need??? Hello?

  • FearTheRoo

    I know I’ve been overly critical of this team lately, but this was a great game. Wish they could always play this way. Could this give us some momentum and get a streak going? Don’t think so, but you never know we are due. Just please don’t trade Choo or Perez!

  • Collin

    As long as we don’t breakdown in Minnesota this weekend, I’ve got a good feeling that right-handed bat will be joining us on Tuesday for the start of the Royals series.

  • Collin

    Closest thing we’ve seen to a playoff game in five years. Great game. Great series.

    /No fate but what we make

  • sizemore who

    FO says our offense is fine. I disagree. We will need to score more than 5 runs to win consistently. I say all in for pence

  • Collin

    Gimme Chase Headley, but I’ll still be ecstatic if we could land Hunter Pence.

  • Steve

    Major league teams scoring more than 5 runs per game – Texas, just barely getting there at 5.03, in maybe the best hitters park in MLB.

  • Dee P


  • sizemore who

    Don’t need to average 5, but more than a few times a month would be nice. A lot of our offensive games come on losses with little pressure

  • Hypno_Toad

    This game showed us that this team has fight in them.

    Once Roberto comes around we can get rid of Lowe and solidify the rotation (I’m holding out hope that Fausto’s “every other year” approach comes through this year). We still need that right handed bat!!

  • Dee P

    I know the Rockies say he is staying put, but Cuddyer would be a great fit for us.

    1. He can play corner OF and corner IF.

    2. He’s a RH impact bat.

    3. He would be under the Indians control for next season too.

    4. He will “only” cost 10.5 million next year – we will have room once Lowe and Hafner come off the books.

    5. He knows the AL Central’s top pitchers, so a long adjustment period should not be needed.

    6. Indians and Rockies have a great trading relationship…but honestly have no idea who the Rox would request back.

  • Dee P

    Tomin, Masterson, and Jimenez….all three need to be huge over the weekend. The White Sox are in Texas, and the Tigers on the road in Toronto. Huge chance to gain some ground…as both Sox and Tigers could easily lose their series.

  • sizemore who

    I have always liked him, but headley, soriano, or francouer are more up our alley I’m afraid

  • mgbode

    interesting. he should definitely be “cheaper” in terms of prospects as he does have a decently large salary, he is not hitting all that well (worse than last year despite Coors-bump), and the Rockies should be happy to get anything for him.

    he has still hit for decent power and his splits home/away are about equal. he wouldn’t be Headley or Pence, but those are probably pipe-dreams anyway.

  • mgbode

    best game of the year. 2-0 vs. Verlander (and a history of success too). 7-2 vs. Detroit on the year.

    and let’s not forget: Santana has found his power 🙂

    (anyone have a site that can show Santana hitting w/ Hafner and w/o Hafner? it seems like there would be staggering stats differences there)

  • BuckeyeDawg

    Every time I’m ready to throw in the towel on this team, they go and do something like this. Sorry I doubt so easily. “Believeland”, indeed…

  • Kildawg

    The turning point in this game was Joe Smith getting Miggy to hit that 2 for 1 ball to end the top of the 7th. Compound that with the back to back HR (much needed) from Santana and Hafner and we BAT AROUND on VERLANDER to win. (caps used for emphasis)

  • Steve

    Well what is winning consistently? Most people incorrectly assume it means frequently. If we need 5 runs a game to win frequently, one would assume that many teams are scoring 5 runs a game, but they aren’t.

  • Steve

    And a .287 OBP away from Coors, which would be the worst on our team. For the last two months now, Damon has just hit as well as Cuddyer once you get the latter out of that bandbox.

  • mgbode

    Home/Away splits

    BA .271/.250
    BABIP .305/.281
    OBP .347/.287
    OPS .853/.744
    ISO .235/.203

    AB 170/164
    HR 7 / 7
    2B 15/13

    So, the only thing he does less away than home is he walks less. I don’t think that has much to do with Coors (similar power, same BA adjusted for BABIP, etc.)

  • sizemore who

    My bad, Steve. We have more than enough offense. Seriously though it will be easier to trade for a bat than an arm that will be here past this year.

  • Dee P

    True…but he does have a successful track record that goes back much longer than just the past two months. Plus, the argument could be made that a trade to a contending team would re-energize him a bit and boost his numbers. I’d take him as the player he is now, over the player Damon is now any day of the week.

  • Dee P

    Plus, this is his first year in the NL. It is no surprise that some players simply struggle longer as they take time to “learn” the pitchers of the opposite league. OBP has not been an issue for him in the past posting a +.340 over his 11 seasons in Minnesota. Breaking it down further he has a career OBP of .333 at Chicago, .342 at Detroit, .371 at KC, and .363 at Minnesota….surprisingly he only has a career .280 OBP at Cleveland, but that must be due to our outstanding pitching staffs over the past decade…ha.

    Point is, I’d put more stock into these numbers over his career than the past two months of him struggling in a new league. I have no doubt he’d come over here and be the same type of player he was in Minnesota. Not great – not an MVP – but a reliable RH bat that would look great cleaning up the scraps left from Hafner and Santana in the 6th – 7th hole.