Martinez Makes Detroit Victor-ious Again; Tigers 4, Indians 2
Matt Travis | On 08, Jul 2013
Games like tonight are the ones that hurt the most to lose. The games that you know you had so many chances to win, so many chances to put the other team away but you just couldn’t do it. That is exactly what happened tonight as the Indians fell to in 10 innings, 4-2. With Max Scherzer starting for the Tigers and Scott Kazmir for the Indians, a low scoring affair was expected.
After a hitless first inning from both teams, it was a combo of past Indians who put the Tigers on the board in the second inning. Kluber was able to get Prince Fielder to strike out for the first out of the inning. The next two batters didn’t go as well, as he gave up back-to-back doubles off the bats of Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta, putting the Tigers up 1-0.
The Indians were able to come back in the bottom of the inning and score the important response runs. After the inning started with a Nick Swisher ground out, Michael Brantley reached first on a perfectly placed bunt right down the third base line. Mike Aviles followed up with a single to left field. After Mark Reynolds struck out for out number two, Lonnie Chisenhall came up to bat next for the longest at bat of the night.
Chisenhall was able to battle with Scherzer for seven pitches for a 2-2 count, including a double steal putting the runners on second and third base, before Scherzer stepped off the mound to talk to Brayan Pena. At this point the umpire decided to bring the tarp out and take a 22-minute rain delay. Once the delay ended, Chisenhall was able to come back and take the very first pitch back for a single to right field scoring both runs.
The Tribe had a chance to strike again in the third inning, getting back-to-back two out singles from Jason Kipnis and Nick Swisher before Brantley drew an easy five pitch walk to load the bases. Aviles however was unable to capitalize as he hit a ground ball directly back at Scherzer on the mound for an easy third out.
The Tigers were able to tie the game back at 2-2 with one swing of the bat during the forth inning. With one out and a full count, Matt Tuiasosopo was able to take a pitch to the bleachers in left field for a home run.
The fifth inning saw the Indians squander another good chance to break the tie after a leadoff walk from Cabrera. With Kipnis up next, Cabrera was able to move to second with no outs on a wild pitch. The next two batters Kipnis and Swisher lined and grounded out. The Indians stayed alive with Brantley drawing his second walk of the day before Aviles fouled out on the first pitch of his at bat.
The sixth and seventh innings both held chance for the Tigers to break through but the Indians bullpen came through and held them scoreless. Scott Kazmir left the game with two outs in the sixth inning with a runner on first base. Bryan Shaw came in for Kazmir and despite giving up a single to Andy Dirks, he was able to get Pena to fly out to leave the two runners stranded.
Austin Jackson gave the Tigers a chance with a one out double in the seventh inning before Cody Allen came into the game and attacked the next two batters to close out the inning. He was able to get Torii Hunter to strike out swinging before getting Cabrera to ground out on the first pitch of the next at bat.
The seventh inning started off perfectly for the Tribe, with Michael Bourn getting a hard hit single through the left side of the infield with Cabrera up next to bat. Things didn’t stay that way however, as Bourn attempted to steal second base but got tripped up, caught in a run down and was thrown out for the first out of the inning. Two pitches later Cabrera struck out for the second out of the inning. Kipnis followed up in Cabrera’s footsteps, striking out for the third out.
With both teams going down harmlessly in the eighth inning, the Indians had a chance to win it in regulation but again let another chance slip through their fingers The inning started with Chris Perez coming out of the Bullpen and setting down the Tigers in order on just eight pitches. Mark Reynolds started the bottom of the inning with a leadoff single to left field. With Drew Stubbs coming in as a pinch runner, a pass ball moved him to second base. Chisenhall popped up for the first out of the inning before Gomes struck out for second out of the inning. Bourn was next up but was unable to drive in the run, hitting a deep fly ball out to left field.
The tenth inning saw the Tigers finally take advantage of an opportunity to score and take the lead again. With Matt Albers taking the mound, the inning started off well, setting Jackson and Hunter down for the first two outs. Albers however then lost his control and walked Cabrera and Fielder. The next batter was Martinez who was able to hit a double to center field off the wall to take a 4-2 lead.
Joaquin Benoit came in for the Tigers to close the game out in the bottom of the 10th inning. Cabrera started the inning by striking out followed by Kipnis just barely missing out on an infield single due to a nice throw from Ramon Santiago to first base for out number two. Swisher was able to keep the hopes of the Indians alive, as he was able to hit a two out single to right field. Swisher was able to steal second during the next at bat, before Brantley hit a single to right field. Swisher however did not score as he slipped on the grass at third base, putting men on first and third base for Aviles. Aviles was unable to come through with a hit as he struck out to end the game.
Drew Smyly (4-0, 2.04 ERA) earned the win, with Matt Albers (2-1, 2.97 ERA) getting the loss and Joaquin Benoit (SV 7, 1.73 ERA) getting the save.
The Indians open up a three game series tomorrow night at Progressive Field against the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:05 ET. Josh Johnson (1-3, 4.89 ERA) will start for the Blue Jays while Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4, 4.67 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians.
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