The Cleveland Indians got their big guys to step up to help take down Justin Verlander and his Detroit Tigers. The Indians were down 3-1 in the seventh inning when Carlos Santana stepped up to the plate to start a rally that would send the Indians into the lead by the time the smoke cleared. Santana sent a blast over the right field wall. Just like that the flame was lit, Travis Hafner cane to the plate and hit a home run over the right center field wall. The Tigers and the mighty Justin Verlenader could feel the momentum shifting. The Indians weren’t done there, Asdrubal Cabrera singled to right and Lopez scored and now the Indians took the lead over Detroit 4-3.
The Indians would bat around in the 7th, Jason Kipnis who battled Verlander all night long came to the plate and reached on an infield hit and Choo would score. The Indians had a two run lead and that is all Jim Leyland could take, Justin Verlander was removed from the game and the Tigers would finally bring this seventh inning rally to an end. The damage was already done, all the Indians had to do from there was more of the same, they brought in the best 8th inning set-up man major league baseball has seen in some time. Vinnie Pestano came into the game and took care of the Tigers in order sending those motor city kitties back to their litter box.
From there it was Indians Closer Chris Perez who came into the game in the ninth and closed down the Tigers offense for the night. It didn’t come easy for Perez, he had some guys on base and he didn’t get the call he needed on a double play that was as close as any I’ve seen in some time. Perez already performed his patented fist pump thinking he had the save before he realized it wasn’t over. Perez had to regain his composer and go back to work. Chris Perez would the strike out to end the game and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3.
Manny Acta said he needed his big bats to step up and that they did tonight. The Indians are now 7 for 9 against The Tigers.
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