“The Best Game I’ve Ever Been A Part Of…”

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That was said by Indians closer Chris Perez after the 10-8 win and sweep of the Mariners Monday. That could no doubt be true. This game, if not for some bad plays, really should’ve been over more than once. Call it fate, call it luck, call it what you will but once again the Indians took the series closer the same way they took the opener. A three run homer in the bottom of the 10th!

“It was the craziest, most fun…” Perez went on to say. Craziest though is to say the least about this game. In the first two games the Mariners came back to tie it up late but in this one I think they were making up for Sundays shut out because in this game no matter what the tribe did the Mariners just kept coming back. The tribe had the lead three different times and in all three the Mariners came back to tie and finally take the lead.

It started with the Mariners up 2-0 in the first. Then in the second a Ryan Raburn three run homer followed by a Yan Gomes solo blast put the tribe up 4-2. Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma has not allowed more than three runs in any of his past starts this season untill those two homers. In the 3rd the Mariners bring in two more to tie it at 4. But not for long, still in the 3rd Michael Brantly singled in Nick Swisher to bring the tribe back up 5-4. In the 4th though the Mariners tied it back up until the 7th when the tribe again went on top 6-5.

The 8th is when things went from back and forth to just plain strange. The Mariners lead off hitter in the 8th Kyle Seager homered off Vinnie Pestano to tie the game up yet again. In the 9th, lead off hitter Endy Chavez homered off Chris Perez to give the Mariners their first lead since the second at 7-6. Then in the bottom of the 9th with two out and two on Carlos Santana hits what should’ve been the game ending out but Mariner pitcher Tom wilhelmsen who was covering first dropped the ball tossed from first baseman Justin Smoak allowing Kipnis to score and tie the game back up at 7. In the 10th the Mariners got the lead again off a Justin smoak homer off Joe Smith making that three solo homers in three innings off three different tribe pitchers. In the bottom of the 10th Brantley was on with a single and stubbs on with a sac bunt, which he was called out on but first baseman Justin Smoak dropped the ball so he was then called safe, and it was time for Yan Gomes to come to the plate.  On a 3-2 count he cracked the second three run walk off homer of the series to left!

Tribe starter Scott Kazmir did not have a great start only lasting to face two batters in the 4th he gave up 5 of the runs on 7 hits, walked 2 and only struck out 2. Like the announcers were saying. With him having a bad start in this one, with the long outings the starters have been having in the past few games, at least he had a well rested bullpen that was ready to go out and play.

And so ends one of the greatest series i have ever seen not only because of the tribe wins but because of the great battles back and forth all series to get them. The Mariners didn’t make it easy for the tribe to get these wins I mean with the exception of the shut out it took a walk off RBI single and two walk off three run homers in the 10th to get the job done. That’s some good ball playing on both sides. This is the first time the Indians have swept the Mariners in four games since 1981!

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