It looked like Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was on his way to his 13th win of the 2013 season. The Tribe had the lead over the White Sox and it was up to Indians closer Chris Perez who came in to the game in the 9th inning.
Perez then gave up 2 home runs to the Whites Sox and just like that the Indians were down 4-3 having to use their last at bat to try to win the game and stay in the race for the Wild Card spot that Perez left up for grabs.
That’s when Indians manager went to his bag of tricks and pulled out the season veteran Jason Giambi who has been in this situation more than any other player in the Indians club house. Giambi came into the game as a pinch hitter, he followed Aviles who just struck out and it was up to him to do something with 2 outs.
Brantley was on base just as he has been so many times this season. Giambi hit a home run to right field that traveled to right field flying 409 feet to drive in Brantley and just like that the 42-year-old veteran goes from sitting on the bench to the Indians hero who kept the hopes of a wild card spot alive.
This isn’t the first time Giambi came up to the plate and hit a blast that would help the Indians win the game as a pinch hitter. It isn’t as easy to come into the game at the last-minute and do that but Giambi makes it look easy.
The Indians win the game and they hold onto their 1 game lead over the Rangers for the wild card spot. Wow, what a great hit he had under the amount of Pressure Chris Perez set up for him.
With the 5-4 win the Indians move to 87-70 on the season. Congratulations Jason Giambi.
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