Tribe Falls In Finale And Says Goodbye To A Legend; Twins 6, Indians 4
Mike B. | On 26, Sep 2011
It was a bittersweet ending to the Indians home portion of the schedule on Sunday as the Tribe was unable to sweep the Minnesota Twins, and lost 6-4 in 10 innings. It did however, leave fans one last chance to honor Indian legend, Jim Thome.
Each team scored a pair of runs in the first inning. Fausto Carmona, making his final start of the season, demonstrated his entire season in just one start. He started rocky, settled down to look in control, then tired out before exiting the game in the top of the seventh. Carmona would pitch six and a third innings, allowing seven hits, a walk and four earned runs, while striking out three.
Ben Revere and Danny Valencia drove in runs in the first inning to give the Twins an early lead, but Lonnie Chisenhall would single home Jason Kipnis and Travis Hafner to tie the game at two after an inning. Carmona settled down, and Shelley Duncan’s home run into the left field bleachers gave the Tribe a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the third.
Minnesota would scratch single runs in the fifth and sixth innings tying the game at 4-4. Carmona would leave the contest, leaving the game in the hands of the bullpen. Rafael Perez completed the seventh, Vinnie Pestano worked the eighth and Joe Smith the ninth, sending the game to extra innings.
Meanwhile, during the eighth inning, Jim Thome pinch hit for Duncan, in what will most likely be his final at bat as a home member of the Cleveland Indians. Thome waved to the fans and walked. After the inning ended, Thome trotted out to third base, took ground balls and saw one live pitch before leaving the field to another standing ovation.
Thome, who said after the game, “It is more likely I will play next year, than I won’t,” will most likely not be able to return to Cleveland since Travis Hafner is owed another $13 million for the 2012 season. Two designated hitters could not coexist on a team together.
With the final goodbyes in the history books, Tony Sipp entered the game in the top of the tenth and proceeded to give up a home run to Rene Tosoni and a run scoring single to Chris Parmalee, scoring Michael Cuddyer and making the score 6-4. The Indians went quietly in the bottom of the tenth and the home portion of the season, and another Thome chapter, were closed for Cleveland.
The Tribe travels to Detroit for the final three games of the season, looking for at least one more victory to complete a .500 season. Ubaldo Jimenez will lock horns with Doug Fister in the first game, as the Tigers prepare their rotation for the postseason.
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