Excitement is back in Tom Hamilton’s voice.
Certain commenters indicated that this Crazy Gang of Misfits Just Keeps Finding Ways to WIn. It is easy to dismiss it as a goofy trope, but may I remind you that every trope exists for a reason. Sometimes they resonate with reality.
So, if There Is Just Something About This Team, then what was it tonight?
Audacity. Chutzpah is another word I offer. Not only do they manage to stay in the game, but they do it in the strangest ways.
Seriously — this team battled back to tie twice, then took the lead and held off the Tigers for a 6-5 victory. Did it take a diving catch from defensive replacement Jordan Luplow to end an errant inning of Emmanuel Clase? Sure did. We even intentionally walked a pinch hitter. I dunno, it worked this time.
I’m not sure that’s any stranger than re-animated Bryan Shaw blowing dudes away or Jake Bauers going 3-3 with a walk, either. This team makes no sense. It’s going to steal and bunt and RBI blank-out its way to glory, baby.
Anything is possible now. I expect Josh Naylor to hit an inside-the-park home run before the end of the year because a squirrel bit Max Kepler.
Willi Castro started it off with his third double of the season to right field. This scored Niko Goodrum and advanced Victor Reyes to 3rd. He too scored when Robbie Grossman hit a sacrifice fly to Harold Ramirez. (2-0 Tigers after two)
The Indians countered with two runs of their own in the top of the third. Rene Rivera singled to score Owen Miller, then Cesar Hernandez grounded into an RBI fielder’s choice (drink). In the bottom half, Detroit retook the lead with a Nomar Mazara RBI single. (3-2 Tigers after three)
Cleveland scored again to tie the game when Harold Ramirez crushed a ball right back to Detroit starter Spencer Turnbull in the sixth inning. The ball deflected toward Will Castro at second base, but Ramirez reached first and Amed Rosario scored before the Tigers could rein it in. (Tied 3-3 after six)
The seventh inning is when the game opened up, if only for a moment. Owen Miller scored on a wild pitch, then Eddie Rosario drove in two more on a single to left. Willi Castro provided Detroit’s reprisal in the form of a two-run dinger off of Nick Wittgren. (6-5 Cleveland after seven)
Emmanuel Clase scared us; Jordan Luplow freed us of free. Joy.
- Rene Rivera did his best to make a bunt part of the team’s run production assembly line. His sacrifice worked (in that it moved the runner), but what appeared to be a run disappeared upon further review in New York. Much ado about bunting.
- Jake Bauers not only shined at the plate, but he made a couple of nice plays in the field. He struck down a runner who tried to dart home while a pickle sorted itself out. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, he stuck with a ball that squirted out of his glove and tossed it to Emmanuel Clase for the out.
- Eddie Rosario made a running catch in the bottom of the eighth inning near the netting in left. The ball struck the palm of his glove and tried to dart to safety, but Rosario snatched it in the webbing to complete the out.
Then, he crashed into the wall.
- Does anyone know if the player I am about the discuss prefers to go by JC Mejia or Jean Carlos Mejia? Either way, he looked great in an inning of scoreless relief.
Cesar Hernandez started tonight’s game with a hit-by-pitch. Welcome to Detroit!
Another game in Detroit at 7:10 PM. Aaron Civale and Tarik Skubal face off on the mound.