Indians 7, Tigers 6
The Detroit Tigers lost their manager, catcher and a crucial
game in the AL Central race.
Now, the Tigers are hoping to quickly rebound from their sour
Sunday after twice blowing leads to the Cleveland Indians.
Lonnie Chisenhall singled in the winning run with one out in the
ninth inning to give Cleveland a 7-6 win – the Indians’ first at
home when trailing after eight innings in more than a year.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland was ejected and catcher Alex Avila
hurt in a collision with Prince Fielder as Detroit dropped two
games back in the AL Central. The Tigers go to Chicago to face the
first-place White Sox on Monday.
”It was a good comeback,” Leyland said. ”There wasn’t
anything cheap about it. It was a heck of a ballgame. Give them
credit. That’s the way it goes. Turn the page and move on.”
Before the game, Leyland said the makeup of Thursday’s rainout
with the White Sox would be huge since it is the last meeting
between the rivals.
It is even bigger for the Tigers after Cleveland’s comeback.
Jason Kipnis doubled off Jose Valverde (3-3) and scored the
tying run on a one-out triple by Carlos Santana. Right fielder Don
Kelly nearly made a leaping catch, but the ball dropped as he
crashed into the wall.
Valverde then intentionally walked both Michael Brantley and
Ezequiel Carrera to face Chisenhall, who lined the first pitch to
”You’ve got to get the ball to the outfield there,” Chisenhall
said. ”They weren’t walking guys to get to me, I’d like to think.
They were trying to get the bases loaded and have the force
”It’s definitely exciting. You like to win games like
Esmil Rogers (2-1) pitched one inning for Cleveland, an AL-worst
17-45 since the All-Star break, and just 11-37 since July 26.
Miguel Cabrera, with visiting Detroit fans chanting ”MVP!
MVP!” hit a three-run homer in the seventh to put the Tigers ahead
6-5. Cabrera connected off Joe Smith for a 402-foot drive.
But Valverde got his fifth blown save in 36 chances as he worked
for the third day in a row.
”We were asking a lot of Valverde,” Leyland said. ”He had
better velocity than he had the last couple of nights. We talked to
him before the game and he said he was good to go.”
Valverde credited the Indians.
”I made good pitches, but they hit them,” he said. ”I want to
be perfect, but I am not. Now, let’s go to Chicago and win.”
Cleveland scored two unearned runs in the fifth for a 4-3 lead
after trailing 3-0. Leyland got tossed for arguing the play that
put the Indians ahead.
With the score tied at 3, first-base umpire Brian Knight ruled
shortstop Jhonny Peralta’s throw trying for an inning-ending double
play was too late as Brantley scored from third base.
First baseman Prince Fielder hopped off the bag and yelled and
Leyland came out to disagree. Cabrera was restrained by other umps
from going across the diamond from his third base position to join
Earlier in the inning, Leyland disputed a call by Knight that
also kept Detroit from turning a double play.
”They were unbelievable bang-bang plays,” Leyland said. ”At
this time of year with the importance, you get a little more
excited. Obviously, I thought they were out. The umpire saw it
Avila left in the sixth after colliding with Fielder. Avila was
about to catch Santana’s foul pop along the warning track in front
of Detroit’s dugout when Fielder, listed at 275 pounds, ran into
him. The ball dropped and so did Avila.
”It looked like a knockout punch,” Leyland said. ”The elbow
got him in the jaw.”
Leyland said trainers told him Avila has a sprained jaw, no
concussion, and could possibly play Monday. Leyland said he likely
was going to rest Avila anyway against White Sox lefty Jose
Given new life, Santana got an RBI single on another
questionable call by Knight. With Asdrubal Cabrera on second,
Santana hit a grounder between third and short that Miguel Cabrera
snared with a dive. His high throw from his knees pulled Fielder
off the bag, but the first baseman tagged Santana. Knight ruled
safe as Asdrubal Cabrera kept running and scored.
Fielder and acting manager Lloyd McClendon both protested.
”It was a weird game,” Tigers starter Rick Porcello said.
”Whether we get those calls or not is tough to say. It was
frustrating, but you have to deal with it and push on.”
Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the first off Ubaldo Jimenez. Both
runs scored as Brennan Boesch was safe with a bases-loaded infield
single when Jimenez fielded his slow tapper, but threw low and late
to first for an error.
Cleveland loaded the bases on three walks in the first, but
Porcello got Russ Canzler to hit the ball back to him and made the
play for the third out.
Delmon Young, hitting .167 (5 of 30) in the Tigers’ previous
eight games, hit an RBI single to make it 3-0 in the third.
Porcello gave up three hits in the fourth as Cleveland got
within 3-2. Shin-Soo Choo’s two-run bloop single to left drove in
Canzler, who had singled and came after a two-out double by Jack
NOTES: Cleveland won the season series, 10-8. … Tigers CF
Austin Jackson was a late scratch because of a sore left knee. He
got hurt trying to make a catch Saturday when he ran into the
center-field fence. ”I definitely anticipate playing (Monday),”
Jackson said. ”We’ll see. It hurt too much today.” … Peralta
played his 73rd straight game without an error, longest streak by a
Tigers shortstop since at least 1957. Eddie Brinkman had a 72-game
streak in 1972. … Miguel Cabrera has hit .369 (7 of 19) with 2
homers and 7 RBIs off Smith. … Jimenez, 1-9 in 13 starts since
the All-Star break, still has a 9-16 record and avoided becoming
the first Indians pitcher to lose 17 games since Tom Candiotti went
7-18 in 1987. … Indians 1B Matt LaPorta was twice shaken up after
crashing into a railing while trying to catch foul popups in the
same at-bat by Tigers 2B Omar Infante in the ninth. He stayed in