Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 9/16/12

The Indians avoided the sweep this afternoon in dramatic fashion by getting to Tiger closer Jose Valverde in the bottom ninth to win the game 7-6. After a RBI triple by Carlos Santana that scored the tying run in Jason Kipnis, Valverde intentionally walked Michael Brantley and Ezequiel Carrera to load the bases with one out to face Lonnie Chisenhall. Chisenhall then lined one into right field over the drawn-in outfield to win the game. The Tribe stands at 61-86 and opens up a three-game series at home against the Twins on Tuesday night.

Scoring Summary Top 1st: Detroit - B. Boesch singled to pitcher, A. Dirks scored, M. Cabrera to third, D. Young to second, M. Cabrera scored, D. Young to third on pitcher U. Jimenez’s fielding error Top 3rd: Detroit - D. Young singled to shallow right, M. Cabrera scored, P. Fielder to second Bot 4th: Cleveland - S. Choo singled to shallow left, R. Canzler and J. Hannahan scored Bot 5th: Cleveland - R. Canzler singled to pitcher, A. Cabrera scored, M. Brantley to third - L. Chisenhall grounded into fielder’s choice, M. Brantley scored, R. Canzler out at second Bot 6th: Cleveland - C. Santana singled to third, A. Cabrera scored Top 7th: Detroit - M. Cabrera homered to deep left, O. Infante and A. Dirks scored Bot 9th: Cleveland - C. Santana tripled to right, J. Kipnis scored - L. Chisenhall singled to right center, C. Santana scored, M. Brantley to third, E. Carrera to second  Detroit AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg Q. Berry cf 5 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .270 A. Dirks lf 4 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 .312 M. Cabrera 3b 5 3 3 3 1 0 1 0 2 .330 P. Fielder 1b 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 .303 D. Young dh 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 .271 B. Boesch rf 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .246     D. Kelly rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .179 J. Peralta ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 .249 A. Avila c 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .247     G. Laird c 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .264 O. Infante 2b 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .260  Totals 36 6 10 5 1 4 5 0 13  Batting 2B - Q Berry (9, E Rogers); M Cabrera (36, U Jimenez). HR - M Cabrera (38, 7th inning off J Smith 2 on, 2 Out). RBI - M Cabrera 3 (123), D Young (64), B Boesch (54). 2-out RBI - M Cabrera 3, B Boesch. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - P Fielder 1, J Peralta 2. GIDP - O Infante. Team LOB - 7.  Fielding E - O Infante (8, field). PB - A Avila.  Cleveland AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg S. Choo rf 5 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 1 .278 J. Kipnis 2b 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 .252 A. Cabrera ss 4 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 .269 C. Santana c 5 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 .254 M. Brantley cf 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 .282 R. Canzler lf 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 .286     E. Carrera lf 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .245 L. Chisenhall dh 5 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 2 .283 C. Kotchman 1b 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .226     V. Rottino ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .091     C. Phelps ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .071     M. LaPorta 1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .227 J. Hannahan 3b 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .232     B. Lillibridge ph-3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .186  Totals 38 7 13 7 0 5 6 1 15  Batting 2B - J Kipnis (19, J Valverde); J Hannahan 2 (15, R Porcello 2). 3B - C Santana (2, J Valverde). RBI - S Choo 2 (56), C Santana 2 (67), R Canzler (7), L Chisenhall 2 (13). 2-out RBI - S Choo 2, C Santana. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - S Choo 1, R Canzler 2, J Hannahan 1. Team LOB - 11.  Base Running SB - A Cabrera (8, 2nd base off D Smyly/G Laird). CS - C Santana (4, 2nd base by D Smyly/G Laird).  Fielding E - U Jimenez (1, field). DP - 1 (A Cabrera-C Kotchman).  Detroit IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA R. Porcello 4.2 8 4 2 3 2 0 1.53 4.57 D. Smyly 2.1 2 1 1 0 3 0 1.27 4.25 B. Villarreal (H, 9) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.13 2.36 P. Coke (H, 19) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.61 3.58 J. Valverde (L, 3-3; BS, 5) 0.1 3 2 2 2 0 0 1.27 3.77  Cleveland IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA U. Jimenez 6.0 5 3 2 3 2 0 1.60 5.43 J. Smith (BS, 3) 1.0 4 3 3 0 1 1 1.26 3.32 V. Pestano 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.03 2.17 E. Rogers (W, 2-1) 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.11 2.54 WP - E Rogers. IBB - M Brantley (by J Valverde); E Carrera (by J Valverde); P Fielder (by U Jimenez). Pitches-strikes - R Porcello 91-53; D Smyly 37-24; B Villarreal 5-3; P Coke 12-7; J Valverde 22-11; U Jimenez 96-53; J Smith 17-11; V Pestano 8-6; E Rogers 31-17. Ground balls-fly balls - R Porcello 12-3; D Smyly 2-1; B Villarreal 1-0; P Coke 0-1; J Valverde 0-2; U Jimenez 6-9; J Smith 3-1; V Pestano 1-1; E Rogers 1-1. Batters faced - R Porcello 26; D Smyly 8; B Villarreal 1; P Coke 2; J Valverde 6; U Jimenez 25; J Smith 7; V Pestano 3; E Rogers 5. Game Details Umpires: HP–Mark Wegner. 1B–Brian Knight. 2B–Wally Bell. 3B–Mike Winters.
Weather: 72 degrees, clear.
Wind: 6 mph, left to right.
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