Photo Gallery: It’s a BalkOff! (Plus post-game notes from wild Wednesday)

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THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN: The Indians posted their second walk-off victory of this series (3rd of season) as Detroit’s Al Alburquerue balked home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 13th…courtesy of STATS: The walk-off balk is the first in the majors since July 4, 2011 when the White Sox beat the Royals (Aaron Crow) in the bottom of the 9th…marks the first walk-off balk in extra innings since June 16, 2011 when the Braves beat the Mets in the bottom of the 11th on a balk by D.J. Carrasco…on Monday, Michael Brantley blasted his team-leading 9th home run of the season to break a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the 11th for the club’s second walk-off win of the season…Cleveland recorded the club’s first walk-off win of the season on May 7 vs. Minnesota on a Mike Aviles game-winning single in the bottom of the 9th…the Indians celebrated 11 walk-off victories in 2013 (6 walk-off home runs), tied with Boston for 2nd-most in the American League behind Tampa Bay (13)…the win was the 23rd walk-off win in club history vs. Detroit, the most walk-off wins against any team.

CLEVELAND

  • After taking the first two games of this series earlier in the week, the Indians have completed their first 3-game sweep over the Tigers since May 22-24, 2012 here at Progressive Field…also marks the Tribe’s first series win over the Tigers since May 10-12, 2013 (2-1) at Detroit, and the first in Cleveland since July 24-26, 2012 (2-1).
  • The 5 hour, 16 minute game marks the longest game at Progressive Field since August 30, 2008, a 14-12 loss to the Tigers in 5:33…the 13-inning game also marks the longest at Progressive Field since August 7, 2013, a 6-5 loss to the Tigers in 14 innings.
  • The Indians used 9 pitchers in today’s 13-inning marathon, one shy of the club record of 10 on September 18, 2012 vs. Minnesota (12.0 IP).
  • Indians offense plated 15 runs off Detroit’s starting rotation in the 3-game series, batting .375 (30-80) with 12 extra-base hits (11-2B, 1-HR); Tigers rotation registered a 7.50 ERA (15 ER/18.0 IP) in the 3-game series.
  • Cleveland improves to 4-1 in the season series vs. Detroit, as the two clubs split a pair of mid-April tilts at Comerica Park earlier this season; Tribe went just 4-15 vs. Detroit in 2013 (1-9 at Progressive Field)…the Indians are now 14-9 against American League Central opponents, winning 6 straight and 10 of last 12 games within the division.
  • Cleveland has gone 15-11 at Progressive Field in 2014, 2nd-best A.L. home record behind Detroit…Indians have now reeled off 3 consecutive home victories and have won 6 of 9 and 10 of their last 15 here in Cleveland.

ZACH McALLISTER

  • Faced 14 batters across just 2.0 innings and allowed 5 runs on 5 hits including 2 home runs before turning the game over to Scott Atchison in the 3rd (ND, 2.0 IP +2, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR, 59 pitches/36 strikes)…McAllister entered today’s start 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA (3 ER/18.2 IP) in 3 starts vs. American League Central opponents this season.
  • McAllister was coming off a career-low 1.1 innings in his last start on Friday vs. Oakland and has now surrendered 12 earned runs over his last 3.1 innings…owns a 19.96 ERA (17 ER/7.2 IP) over his last 3 starts.

MICHAEL BOURN

  • Notched his second consecutive multi-hit effort (8th of the season), finishing 3-6 with a pair of singles, a double and 2 runs scored…marks his second 3-hit performance of the season, first since April 23 vs. Kansas City.
  • Bourn has hit safely in 5-straight games and 21 of his last 24 overall – batting .284 (29-102) with 3 doubles, 4 triples, a home run, 10 RBI and 8 runs scored over that stretch.

LONNIE CHISENHALL

  • Recorded his first home run of the season in the bottom of the 3rd off Tigers starter Max Scherzer, extending the Indians early lead to 7-5…Chisenhall has hit in 4 straight games, going 6-13 with 2 RBI over that stretch…finished the homestand 6-14 with 3 extra-base hits, 3 walks and 2 RBI.
  • Chisenhall is 20 for his last 55 (.364) spanning over 18 games, notching 5 doubles, 5 RBI, 5 walks and 8 runs scored over that span.

BRANTLEY MATCHES HOME HIT STREAK RECORD

  • With his 2-run single in the bottom of the second, Michael Brantley has now hit safely in 18 consecutive home games, matching the longest home hit streak by an Indians player in Progressive Field history (1994-2014)…Kenny Lofton (1996) and Robbie Alomar (2000) each recorded 18-gamers…Alomar’s record-tying 18-game stretch in 2000 was the last home streak longer than 17 games…longest hit streak in Progressive Field history by any player is an active 22-game stretch by Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers (has hit safely in all 37 career games vs. Cleveland).
  • Last home hit streak longer than 18 games by an Indians player came back in 1984 when Julio Franco hit safely in 19 straight at Cleveland Stadium from June 8-22.
  • Over the course of the streak, the longest home hit streak in the Majors this season, Brantley has hit .400 (30-72) with 6 doubles, 6 home runs and 20 RBI…has hit safely in 22 of 25 home games overall.

BRANTLEY MAKES MORE HISTORY

  • Recorded his 7th career 4-hit game this afternoon (first of the season), finishing 4-7 with a double, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored.
  • More notable, Brantley became just the sixth Indians player dating back to 1914 to notch at least 4 hits, 3 RBI and 2 stolen bases in the same game, the first such effort since Frankin Gutierrez on July 16, 2007 in an 11-10 loss to the White Sox here in Cleveland…others accomplishing the feat for Cleveland were Joe Carter (6/10/86), Chuck Hinton (6/27/65), Lew Fonseca (4/18/29) and Charlie Jamieson (6/15/25).
  • Brantley is the first big-leaguer to accomplish the feat since Alex Rios on October 3, 1999 for the White Sox at Detroit.
  • Brantley played all 13 innings of this afternoon’s game in left-field and did not record a single defensive chance of any kind; Chuck Hinton of Washington holds the Major League record, recording no chances in left field in an 18-inning game on June 14, 1963 vs. the Indians at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

–Photos by David Cleveland

2 Comments

What a game! Thrilling to see our team refuse to give up and sweep the Tigers. Congratulations and thanks for 5 Hrs. 16 mins. of pure pleasure.

Redemption indeed.

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