- It’s not every day that you see a team hit three triples in one inning (the last time the Indians did that was Opening Day 1968).
- You don’t often see a team hit four triples in one game. (The last time the Tribe did that was August 12, 2001, in Texas.)
- You don’t see Jason Kipnis hit two triples in one game every day, much less in back-to-back at-bats.
- You don’t see Juan Uribe score from first base every day. But there he was in the 4th inning, chugging along like a tremendous steam locomotive to score from first on a Lonnie Chisenhall triple that also scored Jose Ramirez. Ramirez was already on third, having gotten on base with his own triple. Later that inning, Jason Kipnis added a third triple, his second of the game. Add in a single by Chris Gimenez and a double by Carlos Santana, and the Indians had a 5-run 4th inning. They had already scored two in the 3rd inning, on a pair of singles and Kipnis’s first triple. It’s significant that none of the Indians’ runs came on homers. Yes, you take the long ball when you can get it, but hitting the ball in the gap, moving the runners around, and producing runs will consistently win ballgames.
- It’s not every day that you see Danny Salazar give up more walks (5) than record strikeouts (3). Two of those walks were the first two batters of the game. Salazar didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but managed to shut out the Tigers for the first four innings. Then came the 5th inning. There’s always that one inning where things blow up. Salazar gave up back-to-back singles to Steven Moya and James McCann. A wild pitch put Andrew Romine on 1st, loading the bases with no outs. Ian Kinsler singled to score 1 run. Cameron Maybin grounded into a force out, which scored two. Salazar managed to get out of the inning without further damage.
- You don’t often see a batter strike out but reach 1st base. Cody Allen came on in the bottom of the 9th to close out the game. Andrew Romine struck out swinging, but the ball got away from catcher Chris Gimenez. Romine ran down the line to first. Gimenez threw to 1st and hit Romine in the back. Allen gets a strikeout. Romine gets 1st base. Gimenez gets an error. I get a face palm.
- You don’t often see an 8-4-2-3 double play. After striking out Romine yet ending up with a runner on first (which seems like some sort of baseball Sophistry), Allen gave up a pair of singles. Romine scored, making it a 7-4 ballgame. With runners on 1st and 2nd and only one out, Melky Cabrera came to bat. Now Cabrera had already hit into two double plays in the game. He represented the typing run, plus it seemed like he was due. It sure looked like it. Cabrera slammed a high fly ball to deep center. Rajai Davis ran that sucker down like The Flash, caught, bobbled it, and crashed into the wall, but held on. He threw to cut-off man Kipnis, who threw it in to Gimenez. Gimenez made up for his earlier error by realizing that Cameron Maybin hadn’t tagged up and hadn’t returned to 1st base. He the ball to Mike Napoli, who was waiting at 1st base. 8-4-2-3 double play. Ballgame. Indians win 7-4.
- You don’t see Terry Francona win his 300th game as Indians manager every day.
- You don’t see your team win their seventh game in a row every day.
*Note that the final scored was changed from 7-4 to 7-5 on Saturday. The Tribe still won.