A wild Tuesday at Progressive Field: Post-game notes, photo gallery
The Indians posted their 11th walk-off win of 2013 at Progressive Field, matching Tampa Bay for most in the American League. The victory signals the club’s second walk-off win in the last 6 days, as Matt Carson also delivered a game winning RBI-single in the bottom of the 11th vs. Houston on Thursday. The victory also was the club’s 4th walk-off win vs. the White Sox.
WALK-OFF WINS BY CLEVELAND IN 2013 (11)
April 12: 1-0 vs. Chicago-AL; winning play: Nick Swisher RBI single in B9th
May 3: 7-6 vs. Minnesota (10 innings); winning play: Drew Stubbs RBI double in B10th
May 17: 6-3 vs. Seattle (10 innings); winning play: Jason Kipnis 3-run HR in B10th
May 18: 5-4 vs. Seattle; winning play: Mark Reynolds RBI fielder’s choice in B9th
May 20: 10-8 vs. Seattle (10 innings); winning play: Yan Gomes 3-run HR in B10th
June 14: 2-1 vs. Washington; winning play: Jason Kipnis RBI-fielder’s choice in B9th
July 26: 11-8 vs. Texas (11 innings); winning play: Ryan Raburn 3-run HR in B11th
July 29: 3-2 vs. Chicago-AL; winning play: Jason Giambi PH solo HR in B9th
July 31: 3-1 vs. Chicago-AL (10 innings); winning play: Carlos Santana solo HR in B10th
Sept. 19: 2-1 vs. Houston (11 innings); winning play: Matt Carson RBI-single in B11th
Sept. 24: 5-4 vs. Chicago-AL; winning play: Jason Giambi PH 2-run HR in B9th
Jason Giambi ended Tuesday’s contest with a pinch-hit, 2-run homer (1-1 pitch) in the bottom of the 9th inning off White Sox closer Addison Reed, marking Giambi’s 10th career walk-off home run and second pinch-hit walk off homer this season (3 career pinch hit walk-off HRs). According to research conducted by Elias earlier in the season, Giambi is the oldest player in MLB history to hit a walk-off home run; at 42 years, 258 days, Giambi passes Hank Aaron (42 years, 157 days) who accomplished the feat in 1976.
Giambi is the fifth Indians batter to have 3 pinch-hit home runs in the same season since Ron Kittle in 1987, tying a team record. Dating back to 1950, Giambi is the 13th player to have 10 or more walk-off home runs. Giambi’s game-winner signaled the 5th pinch-hit walk-off homer in Progressive Field history; additionally, the home run marked the 70th walk-off home run by the Indians at Progressive Field, the most by any team since 1994.
The Indians notched their fifth consecutive victory as the club continues to roll through this final homestand of 2013. The Indians continue their success against teams currently below the .500-mark as the club owns a Major League-best 51 wins vs. sub-.500 clubs; the remaining five games for the Tribe are against teams with losing records. Last night’s win was the team’s 87th victory of the season, guaranteeing a 19-win improvement from last season, the club’s largest year-to-year increase since the club saw a 19-win jump from 1991 (57-105) to 1992 (76-86). The Indians have now won a franchise-record 13 straight games against the White Sox, which also marks the longest winning streak by Cleveland against any team since taking 14 straight victories vs. the Kansas City A’s from April 24, 1960 through September 19, 1960.
Ubaldo Jimenez did not factor into tonight’s decision despite delivering another dominant second-half performance (ND, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R-ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, 98 pitches/63 strikes). For the 5th consecutive start, Jimenez limited an opponent to 2 earned runs or fewer; he’s allowed only 4 earned runs across 34.2 innings (1.02 ERA) through 5 starts in the month of September. Jimenez is yet to allow more than 3 earned runs in 12 second-half starts, pitching to an American League-best 1.86 ERA (16 ER/77.1 IP) in that span.
Michael Brantley continued his hot hitting of late, producing the Tribe’s first 2 runs on the evening; Brantley put the Tribe on the board 1-0 when he singled home Asdrubal Cabrera in the bottom of the second, and deadlocked the game at 2-2 when he belted his 10th home run of the season on the first pitch of the 7th inning. Brantley is now batting .423 (14-30) with a double, 2 home runs and 7 RBI over the course of his team-high 8-game hit streak.
–Photos by Kyle Emery, notes by Indians Baseball information staff