Player of the Game
Although he only had one plate appearance, Mark Reynolds is the player of the game. What was equally impressive about his at-bat was that he was in the hole 0-2, facing a very tough southpaw in Darin Downs and still came up with the game winning hit on a change-up.
Two-out hits continue to be the main reason why the Indians are tied for first place in the division. They had two more this afternoon in high leverage situations in the ninth and tenth. Michael Brantley's at-bat in the top of the ninth was an excellent one. Known as a patient hitter, he certainly lived up to that reputation as he laid off two tough pitches on the outside part of the plate and shot the third pitch to left field to score the game-tying run. After recording only three saves in his short minor league career, Cody Allen earned his first Major League save, striking out the only batter he faced in the bottom of the tenth.
The Indians are only tied for first place, not in sole possession.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 – Detroit Tigers 3