Jason Giambi sends a pinch-hit, two-run, walk-off home run into the visitor’s bullpen in right in the bottom of the ninth as the Cleveland Indians come back to win a 5-4 final over the Chicago White Sox. It was, as announcer Tom Hamilton proclaimed, “Mardi Gras, in September, in Cleveland.”
The exhilarating win for the Tribe extended their winning streak to five straight and made many forget about the blown save in the top half of the inning by closer Chris Perez that created the opportunity for the Giambino.
The Indians led early on a Michael Brantley RBI-single in the second, but the White Sox tied it on an Avisail Garcia sacrifice fly in the fourth off of Ubaldo Jimenez and took the lead in the seventh on an RBI-single from Alejandro De Aza off of Cody Allen. Brantley tied the game at two with a leadoff homer off of Chicago starter Hector Santiago in the bottom of the seventh and a Jason Kipnis two-out single drove home the go-ahead run later that inning.
In the ninth, Dayan Viciedo drove the third pitch of his at bat deep to left off of Perez to tie the game. The Tribe closer appeared to rebound, getting back-to-back swinging strikeouts, but De Aza struck for a solo shot to give the Sox the lead.
Cleveland would come down to its final out after Brantley’s one-out single and stolen base were sandwiched by a pair of strikeouts by Chicago closer Addison Reed. Giambi pinch-hit for Matt Carson, who had just entered the game in the top half of the inning, and drove a 1-1 pitch into the White Sox bullpen for the walk-off victory.
It was the ninth homer of the year for Giambi, his second walk-off shot against the White Sox in 2013, and his tenth career walk-off homer.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1903 – Cleveland third baseman Bill Bradley hits for the cycle and notches five hits in total in a 12-2 win over the Washington Senators. He registers 12 total bases in the game with a second double in addition to his cycle.
Bradley will finish the season with a .313 batting average and a career-high 22 triples for the Naps, who will finish 77-63 and in third place in the American League.
1974 – Future Indians infielder John McDonald is born in New London, Connecticut.
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