Short and Sweet:
After Mike Clevinger gave up four runs on four hits in just 4.1 innings pitched, the Tribe bullpen was able to pick up the slack by not allowing another run for the rest of the contest. Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth, Edwin Encarnacion hit an RBI double that scored Francisco Lindor to tie the game. The Indians had runners on second and third with one out, but strikeouts by Jay Bruce and Bradley Zimmer cut the Tribe rally short. In the bottom of the ninth after a Brandon Guyer double, Roberto Perez laid a bunt down the third base line that allowed Guyer to score on an errant throw by Brock Holt for the walk off.
There was plenty of reason for concern among Tribe fans as both Andrew Miller and Carlos Santana were taken out of the game with injuries. It was reported during the game that it looked like Santana had tightness in his lower back. Fortunately Jay Bruce played first earlier in his career and was able to take over for Santana. Miller reported that he felt discomfort in the same right knee that he was just on the DL for while warming up. Miller torques his body in his intense delivery and puts a lot of strain on his right knee which explains a lot.
Tribe Top Three:
- Roberto Perez 59% of twitter vote- With a early home run and a walk off bunt that scored Guyer in the bottom of the ninth, Perez who has struggled offensively all season deserves the number one spot tonight.
- Dan Otero 23% of twitter vote- Otero came in the game with the Indians down 4-3 and was ably to pitch two perfect innings. striking out two.
- Edwin Encarnacion 15% of twitter vote- EE knocked in Frankie Lindor in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game and really spark the Indians’ offense.
Austin Jackson– Jackson was 2 for 4 and had the hit in the eighth that allowed the Tribe to tie the game. The Indians did not manage a hit off of Boston’s pitching staff until the bottom of the eighth.