5/12 Recap: Indians 4 – Tigers 3

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.

Feathers 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.

Feathers Down

The Indians are only tied for first place, not in sole possession.

Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 – Detroit Tigers 3

Mike Melaragno

About Mike Melaragno

A 2010 graduate of Lee University, Mike continues to write about the game he loves most-- baseball. He also writes about his two other passions, leadership and media, at mikemelaragno.com . From an early age, he learned to live and die with the Tribe-- mostly die. Died a little when they lost the 1997 World Series in extra innings; died a lot when they were one game away from advancing to the fall classic in 2007 but fell to the Red Sox in game seven of the ALCS. He currently is an assistant baseball coach at St. John High School in Ashtabula, OH.

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