No one likes being 25 games under .500, but it does give you the enjoyment of playing the role of spoiler. With the Indians walk-off win over the Tigers on Sunday afternoon the Tribe clinched the season series (10-8) and dropped Detroit two games behind the division-leading White Sox.
As horrific as this second half has been for the Tribe, one positive I can say is that they always stepped up against Detroit. Maybe it was the extra motivation of playing a rival or maybe just dumb luck, but either way it’s nice to see them play their best baseball against the Tigers. And it’s especially fun to know that if the Tigers miss the playoffs they’ll look back on those 10 losses to the Tribe and wonder what went wrong.
A few other notes on the game….
- Ubaldo Jimenez wasn’t great, but he avoided his 17th loss of the season. The Indians haven’t had a 17-game loser since Tom Candiotti went 7-18 in 1987.
- This was the Indians first walk-off since Asdrubal Cabrera‘s home run off Aroldis Chapman on June 19. It was also the first walk-off of Lonnie Chisenhall‘s career.
- This was the Indians 4th walk-off against Detroit over the past two seasons. All four came against different pitchers, with Jose Valverde giving up the winning hit this time around.
- Cord Phelps came off the bench and went 0-1. He has just one hit in 14 at-bats this season (.071 BA).
- According to the AP, Jhonny Peralta set a Tigers record for the most consecutive games played at SS without an error. I guess when you’re too slow to get to anything hit to your right or left it makes it pretty easy to not make any mistakes in the field…