Indians 11, Tigers 10 (13 innings)
Being a writer, calling something indescribable is pretty bad practice. That is literally what I’m supposed to be doing here, describing things. So I’ll try, but just know that I wanted to just call this one a mess and move on. The Tigers jumped out to a four run lead before Max Scherzer (10 GS, 66 IP, 2.59 ERA, 2.95 FIP, 1.7 fWAR) even took the mound, and it took him all of two innings to give it back plus two. Then Victor Martinez and Lonnie Chisenhall traded home runs in the third. Then the Tigers got two in the 5th. Then the home plate umpire ejected Cabrera and Ausmus on a very quick hook. Scherzer was very bad and then pretty good. Of course, the game turned when the Indians botched a double play ball off the bat of Victor in the 8th, leading to two Tigers runs. JUST KIDDING, Joe Nathan allowed a game tying home run in the 9th and sent it to extras. The Tigers almost lost it in the 10th before Rajai Davis gunned down Chisenhall at the plate to extend it. Avila went yard in the top of the 13th, about 5 hours after this one got started, but even that wasn’t good enough as the Indians tied it in the bottom half of the inning and loaded the bases for Ryan Raburn. At which point there was a walk off balk. End of game. End of recap. They’ll head home for a four game set with the Rangers, turning first to Robbie Ray (2 GS, 12 IP, 0.75 ERA, 2.25 FIP, 0.4 fWAR) on Thursday.
The Moment: Rajai guns down Chisenhall trying to score in the 10th…or maybe Avila puts them ahead in the 13th!