Player of the Game
Along with the game winning hit, Ryan Raburn took home the Player of the Game with his three run home run. Raburn also singled and scored earlier in the game as the team's DH. Along with his impressive outing, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher, Asdrubal Cabrera, Michael Brantley, Drew Stubbs and Chris Perez all finished the game with POG scores of at least 3.00.
Corey Kluber was far from perfection today, but his offense backed him up for once and he was able to leave the game with the lead. Nick Swisher started things off with a home run and the lower half of the lineup continued what he started. Of note, Michael Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera and Mike Aviles each had three hits (Aviles hit singles in four straight plate appearances) and scored two runs. Drew Stubbs and Michael Bourn were the main batters to knock them in, with Stubbs recording two RBI on a single while Bourn used a fielder's choice and a single to knock in three.
Chris Perez made up for a less than stellar outing by the first three pitchers used out of the bullpen. Cody Allen, Rich Hill and Joe Smith combined to allow four runs in two innings and blow the save. Perez, however, was able to come into the tie game in the ninth and throw two perfect innings. This marked the Indian closers first appearance that lasted two innings since 2010.
Milestone Alert: Asdrubal Cabrera took advantage of extra innings to notch his third hit of the night, moving him into a tie with Casey Blake for 50th all time as an Indian with 794 hits. Cabrera has played less games than all but two of the players with more hits as an Indian.
Ryan Raburn gave the Indians their seventh walk off win of the season with a no out, three run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning. Santana and Cabrera had lead the inning off with two singles before Raburn hit the blast to left off Jason Frasor
The Indians defense did not improve during the trip home as two errors in the third inning cost the Tribe another unearned run. This time Kluber made a nice grab on a liner to the mound, but threw the ball into centerfield on what should have been a double play. Instead of the inning ending when the next batter flied out, the Rangers scored their first run. On the play, Carlos Santana was not able to hold onto the ball, allowing Elvis Andrus (who was safe on the first error) to reach third.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 11 – Texas Rangers 8