Trailing three runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Cleveland Indians tied the game to force extra frames, then loaded the bases before an improbable throwing error allowing the game-winning run to cross the plate in a 5-4 come-from-behind victory on Saturday afternoon over the Seattle Mariners.
The game featured plenty of unwatchable moments, but Indians fans that gutted out the messy action through the first seven innings got a show to watch in the final three innings as the Tribe rallied back from a four-run hole, using a long ball in the eighth and a two-out rally by the bottom of the order in the ninth before an ending most could not have scripted.
Cleveland ended its road trip in dominating fashion, as Triston McKenzie bounced back from a career-worst performance to fire five shutout innings of two-hit baseball before letting his bullpen handle the rest as the Indians blanked the Kansas City Royals by a 4-0 final on Thursday afternoon.
The Indians won six of seven games during their road trip over the last week, taking two of three from the Chicago White Sox before sweeping the Royals in a four-game series in KC for the first time ever. The stretch of improved play on the field for the Tribe moved the team right back into the mix in the American League Central Division, as the 17-13 club has moved from third place to the top of the pack over the course of the last week.
In the tenth inning of the April 13 contest between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox, catcher Roberto Perez and reliever James Karinchak were crossed up and the defensive stalwart was hit in his throwing hand. While it certainly caused some to hold their collective breaths, Perez was back in the lineup the next day and continued to man his spot as the key signal caller behind the plate for the Tribe, alleviating concerns for a while.
Three weeks later, Perez is going to take a rest. The Indians announced on Wednesday that the slumping backstop had been placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured right ring finger.
After a brief scare on Tuesday when starting catcher Roberto Perez was crossed up with reliever James Karinchak and took a pitch to his bare right hand, the Cleveland Indians have brought in additional catching depth. The team announced the signing of 37-year-old backstop Rene Rivera to a minor league deal, assigning him to the team’s alternate training site.