If the next three in this four game series between the Indians and the Mariners are anything like this first one then we’re in for some great ball games, and the players have a tough three days ahead of them! Boy what a game, parts exciting, parts nerve wracking, another one where you didn’t quite know how it would turn out. Just what you want to see from two teams that in their last 18 games the Mariners were 12-6 and the tribe was 14-4.
The starters went strong staying almost neck and neck with eachother. Jimenez allowed 2 runs, 1 homer, on 7 hits with 2 walks and a career high 9 strikeouts in 5 innings. Maurer on for the Mariners gave up 3 runs, 1 homer, on 5 hits. He walked 4 and struck out 6.
The tribe had an early 2-0 lead in the 2nd. Homers by both teams from Morales in the 4th and Stubbs in the 5th had the tribe lead at 3-1, but in the 6th on his second pitch Rich Hill gave up a 2 run homer that tied the game at 3 all.
The game quickly became a battle of the bullpens with neither side giving in and sending this game into extra innings. For the tribe Hill, Allen, Shaw, Perez, and Pestano,who got his first win of the season, all combined for that one run off Hill on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. The Mariners Furbush and Capps took down the Indians in order from the 6th through the 9th innings retiring 15 straight.
But in the 10th with a 2 out walk to Stubbs and an infield single from Bourn Jason Kipnis on a 0-1 count from Luetge cracked a 3 run homer to right for the tribes first walk-off homer of the season and for the 6-3 win!
After the game Kipnis was being interviewed by tribe announcer Tom Hamilton and he told Kipnis ” You know you only needed one run to win” and Kipnis replied with ” That’s what happens when you try to stay short.” I thought that was great!