When the Indians lost their starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco, after throwing just 2-pitches against the Detroit Tigers, manager Terry Francona was forced to go to his bull-pen. Little did he or the rest of the Cleveland Indians, know how this game would turn out.
The Tribe was facing Justin Verlander, the Tigers ace. Francona used a total of 9-pitchers, in a game that would take 10-innings to win. That was record-setting folks. Never before in major league baseball has a team used 9-pitchers and shut out their opponents.
The Indians did just that.. Verlander was at his best. He had a no-hitter going until Jason Kipnis broke through with a hit in the bottom of the 6th inning. The Indians had runners in scoring position earlier in the game, because of a couple of walks by Verlander.
Other than that, the Tribe's offense couldn't get anything going against the Mighty Verlander.
But this year, this Cleveland Indians team is special. Going to their bull-pen didn't give the Tigers the upper hand. The Tribe's bull-pen was brilliant. Francona using the guys he did when he did was brilliant as well.
The Indians held the Tiger scoreless for 10-innings, giving the team a shot at another walk-off win. That's exactly what the Indians did when Ramirez singled to center allowing Kipnis to score from 3rd-base, which he stoled in the first place.
This team has been incredible to watch this season. They've been through a lot and have been able to over-come all obstacles thus far.
Carrassco has suffered a fractured finger on his throwing hand, and will be out for the rest of the season. He was the first one standing in the club-house, offering high fives, after the Indians record-setting walk-off win.
The Indians will go for the sweep, against the Tigers today. Lets hope they can get it. The Tribes magic number is now down to 7, to win the American League Central......
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