Walters Walks Off in Series Spilt with DBacks

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Series Result: Indians split series with Diamondbacks 1-1

 
Game Results
Game 1: Cleveland 3 Arizona 2
Game 2: Arizona 1 Cleveland 0 (12)

Indians MVP
Zach Walters
In only his second game with the Tribe, (remember Walters was the player we got in return for Asdrubal) Walters gave the Indians a thrilling walk off home run in the first game of the series.

Indians LVP
Team RISP
In the short two-game series the Indians went a combined 1-15 with runners in scoring position. This stat is the reason why the Tribe was not able to deliver the sweep against one of baseball’s worst teams.

Game 1: Walters walks-off
This game was originally supposed to be played on Tuesday, and was for about 4 innings. The rain came and postponed it to the next day where the Tribe and Dbacks would take part in a traditional double-header. Trevor Bauer took the mound for the Tribe, looking to get revenge on his former team. Statistical wise, it was Bauer’s best performance of the year, as he measured a game score of 73. Bauer went a career high 8 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, striking out 9 and walking 2. As good as Bauer was, the Diamondbacks were able to get on the board first. In the top of the 6th, Jake Lamb walked, and Xavier Paul singled to give the Diamondbacks runners at the corners with no outs. Paul’s single was the first hit for the Diamondbacks. The next batter Jordan Pacheco grounded into a double play, but Jake Lamb came into score to make it 1-0 Diamondbacks. The Indians were able to get the response runs in this game. In the bottom of the 6th, Zach Walters led off with a single, then Jason Kipnis singled and was able to move to second on a throwing error by right fielder David Peralta to give the Indians runners at second and third with one out. With the Indians offense in need of a doctor, up stepped Michael Brantley, who delivered with a two-run single to give the Indians a 2-1 lead. The very next inning, the Indians let the Diamondbacks tie the game, when Aaron Hill hit a RBI groundout. In the bottom of the 7th, the Indians were threatening, with two on and no outs with Zach Walters up to bat, Walters failed to get a bunt down, which resulted in Chris Dickerson getting picked off at second base, needless to say, the momentum was gone. That is, until Walters stepped up to the plate again in the 9th, and sent everyone home (or at least for the next 30 minutes) with his first home run as an Indian, as the Tribe took game 1 by a score of 3-2.

Game 2: 12 and 0
30 minutes after Zach Walters’s heroics in game 1, the second game of the doubleheader was underway. Josh Tomlin was on the bump for the Tribe, and seemed to have his good stuff in this game. Tomlin was only able 5 1/3 innings, but didn’t allow a run, while striking out 4. He was pulled after throwing only 51 pitches, because he recently was suffering with arm soreness. Terry Francona decided to take him out before his arm got tired, and before he began serving up meatballs. The highlight of the night (and maybe even the year) occurred in the top of the 6th, with a runner on second for the Diamondbacks. David Peralta hit a long, and hooking line drive to deep right field, where Ryan Raburn made an amazing diving catch. Here’s the link to the Web Gem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIroWyOfzdo The Indians just couldn’t muster anything going offensively as they grounded into 3 double plays on the night, and went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The game went into extra innings, and lasted till the 12th, when C.C. Lee walked leadoff batter Alfredo Marte, who then moved to second on a sac bunt, before slugger (I’m being sarcastic) Tuffy Gosewisch singled the runner with a ball into centerfield to give the Diamondbacks a 1-0. In the bottom of the 12th, the Indians figured they would have a chance against closer Addison Reed, but he made quick work of the Tribe as the Diamondbacks would win by a score of 1-0

Up Next: The Indians face off against AL East leaders, the Baltimore Orioles for 3 games at Progressive Field

–Chris Sladoje (@CST_Doje)

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