Indians Rally in 9th to Bury Tigers
And this last one was just as eventful as any.
The Tigers struck first, getting two early runs off Ubaldo Jimenez, but Cleveland came back, building a 5-3 lead after 6. The Tigers lost Jim Leyland early in the fifth, one of his customary arguments with the umpire crew, and then an inning later, Alex Avila and Prince Fielder collided going for a foul ball (Avila’s been scratched from today’s matchup with a jaw injury from the incident). Then there was a brief reversal of fortune for Detroit in the seventh, when the Tigers took a 6-5 lead behind a 3-run slam by Miguel Cabrera, his 38th of the year. The lead would last until the ninth, when Jose Valverde just completely blew up, only recording one out, while walking two, and giving up three hits, including Lonnie Chisenhall’s game-ending RBI-single.
The Indians started their season series against the Tigers strong, winning the first five matchups and seven of the first nine. But then Detroit struck back with a sweep in early August. Cleveland regained the momentum by winning two out of three in Detroit a couple weeks ago, then Detroit took hold of this past weekend’s series winning the first two games, but weren’t able to capture the sweep to tie the season series at 9 a piece.
With Chicago’s win yesterday, the Tigers now sit two games back in the AL Central and today, the two teams will go head-to-head for the last time this season, playing a makeup game in Chicago this afternoon, Doug Fister facing Jose Quintana. After this series, the Tigers have three games against the Athletics, then close their season with 13 games against Kansas City and Minnesota. I’d say that things couldn’t look much more positive for Detroit schedule-wise, but they have a long history of failing to beat both of these teams when they really need to. The White Sox have things a bit harder with series against the Angels and Rays around the corner.