Every game is a must-win as the Tribe fights for a Wild Card spot. The three American League Wild Card leaders all won in extra innings Wednesday night. The standings remain unchanged. Cleveland is a half-game back from Tampa Bay. Oakland leads the Wild Card race up two games.
Cleveland beat Detroit 2-1 in the 10th by Yasiel Puig’s walk-off single to right. This was Puig’s first walk off with the Indians. The hit by Puig was about two feet shy of being a grand slam. The Tribe is now 17-1 against the Tigers this year.
Rookie Aaron Civale pitched a season high 7 2/3 innings and only allowed one run. His solid outing proved once again that the Rookies in the Tribe’s rotation are quality pitchers. Adam Cimber, who has been inconsistent, earned the win by pitching a perfect inning including two strikeouts.
There’s a lot to be said about the current faces of the Indians team. No one could have anticipated the injuries that the Tribe has had to endure. However, not once has the team given up. Yes, fans are disappointed that the for the first time in four years Cleveland hasn’t clinched the division. What the team has done though is show strength in the face of adversary.
The season has been riddled with injuries and the loss of key players. No excuses have been made as the young players have stepped up to fill the gaps.
The talent is there.
Is the heart, determination and grit there?
One would have to say yes based on the fight shown to finish strong. It is tough for fans to think of not hearing those famous words by Tom Hamilton: “Cleveland, you will have another October to remember!” No matter how the Wild Card race plays out – the team should be proud. The Tribe are a season-high 26 games over .500 and have done that without the star players they started the season with on the roster.
Mike Clevinger will take the mound next looking to bounce-back from his loss to Minnesota. The playoff push continues as the Tribe looks to keep their win streak going and fans are rooting for every team that plays the Rays.