#BeatDetroit: The Tribe’s most memorable moments at Progressive Field vs. the Tigers
The Indians are 98-66 all-time at Jacobs/Progressive Field vs. the Tigers, though Detroit had our number last year at home and in the overall series.
We’re trying to change that. We need to pack Progressive Field this week as the Tigers come to town for the first time this year! As a little helper, here’s a brief history of the Tribe’s memorable moments at this ballpark against the Tigers. Come on down to the ballpark this week; you never know what kind of history you might see made!
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Postscript/Editor’s Note: We posted this Monday afternoon, before Michael Brantley’s walk-off homer on Monday night. Let’s add that one to the mix, shall we?
BRANTLEY HOMER BEATS ALBUQUERQUE, TIGERS
July 7, 2013
Torii Hunter had tied the game in the top of the eighth with a three-run homer, but the Indians quickly rebounded in the bottom half: After a Nick Swisher walk, Brantley hit a two-run shot in an eventual 9-6 win.
INDIANS RALLY AGAINST LIGHTS-OUT VERLANDER WITH BACK-TO-BACK HOMERS
July 26, 2012
Prior to the seventh, Justin Verlander had allowed one run and three hits … but that changed when Carlos Santana homered to lead off the inning. Travis Hafner followed with another, and the Tribe added two more in a 5-3 win.
MASTERSON OUTDUELS VERLANDER, INDIANS SWEEP TIGERS
May 24, 2012
Two months into his finest season to that point, Indians ace Justin Masterson took the mound against Verlander, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. The Indians were sitting atop the American League Central and were looking to complete a three-game sweep of their rivals. In front of an electric Thursday afternoon crowd, Masterson was the better Justin on this day, pitching seven innings of one-run ball and notching his second win of the young season. Chris Perez earned his 16th save as the Indians edged the Tigers, 2-1.
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PRETTY, JUST GET IT DONE
August 9, 2011
Kosuke Fukudome didn’t need a homer to get the job done; in fact, he never made contact with the bat: Fukudome was hit by a pitch by David Pauley, scoring Asdrubal Cabrera to give the Indians a win in 14 innings.
O-CAB DELIVERS WALK-OFF ENCORE
April 30, 2011
The Indians finished their best April in team history in dramatic fashion: a 13-inning walk-off win, their second in as many nights. This night’s hero: newcomer and veteran infielder Orlando Cabrera, whose single to center scored Michael Brantley and ensured a series victory. The Indians finished April with a 12-2 record at Progressive Field, 18-8 overall.
CARLOS SANTANA HITS WALK-OFF GRAND SLAM
April 29, 2011
After sweeping the Kansas City Royals in three games, the Tribe welcomed the Tigers for a weekend series. Seventh-inning home runs by Matt LaPorta and Asdrubal Cabrera tied the game at 5. So it remained until the bottom of the ninth, when Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit surrendered singles to Jack Hannahan and Grady Sizemore and intentionally walked Cabrera, setting the stage for a bases-loaded showdown with Carlos Santana. Ahead in the count 3-1, Santana crushed Benoit’s next offering deep into the right field night.
BLAKE BRINGS INDIANS CLOSER TO CLINCHING
September 17, 2007
Trailing the Indians in the Central Division by 4.5 games, the Tigers had a prime opportunity to make up ground when they visited Progressive Field for a three-game set starting on September 17. Detroit carried a 5-2 lead into the eighth. Victor Martinez’s groundout cut the Tribe’s deficit to two, and Jhonny Peralta’s opposite-field home run off flame-throwing Joel Zumaya tied the game at 5. Still knotted at 5 in the bottom of the 11th, Casey Blake launched a Zach Miner offering into the left-field bleachers, boosting the Tribe’s division lead to 5.5 games. The Tribe would go on to sweep the Tigers and clinch the Central Division the following Sunday.
FIVE-RUN NINTH ENDS IN WALK-OFF TRIBE WIN
June 1, 2007
The Indians entered the bottom of the ninth against Tigers closer Todd Jones down 11-7, but they quickly got to work: Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer, and Josh Barfield and David Dellucci followed with two-out RBI singles, the latter the walk-off variety.
July 28, 2002
THOME WALKS OFF IN GRAND STYLE
Jim Thome – who hit 23 homers at the ballpark vs. Detroit and batted .354 in 61 games – hits a walk-off grand slam.
April 20-21, 2001
Einar Diaz and Thome work their magic on back-to-back days, Diaz with a single on the former and Thome a homer on the latter as part of a sweep by the Tribe.
July 24, 1998
FRYMAN WINS IT FOR THE INDIANS
Third baseman Travis Fryman hits the game-winning homer in the 11th.
May 23, 1999
Omar Vizquel, not known as a power hitter, hits a walk-off grand slam in the ninth inning.
May 16, 1996
ALOMAR DOUBLE DIPS
The Tribe catcher hits two homers, including a walk-off job in the 12 inning with a man aboard, to beat the Tigers, 3-1.
August 26, 1995
UNCONVENTIONAL STEAL PUSHES TRIBE TO SWEEP
Eddie Murray stole home when the Tigers threw to second on Paul Sorrento’s attempted steal, and the Indians 6-2 win was part of the team’s second home sweep of the Tigers in 1995.
June 7, 1995
THOME WALK-OFF COMPLETES SWEEP
With the green light on a 3-0 pitch, Thome hammered one deep to right to beat Brian Maxcy and the Tigers, giving the Indians their fifth straight win in a year in which they eventually won 100 games.
May 8, 1995
ALOMAR HITS WALK-OFF HOMER
Detroit scored runs in the eighth and ninth innings to turn a 5-3 Tribe lead into a 5-5 tie. Sandy Alomar, though, had other plans in extra innings: He took Felipe Lira’s 1-1 pitch out of the park for another Indians walk-off.
–Chris Zakelj, Courtney Shilling, Joel Hammond/Video courtesy of MLB Advanced Media