Tribe rallies for thrilling walk-off win
Cleveland overcomes four-run deficit in ninth to beat Detroit
CLEVELAND -- They stormed the field and mobbed the hero of the night, as the script dictates in such a dramatic and unpredictable comeback.But back in the clubhouse afterward, the music played no louder, the smiles were no wider and the quotes were no more colorful. Yes, to hear them tell it, a stunning 12-11 victory over the Tigers on a muggy Friday night at Jacobs Field was really just business as usual to the Indians. Forget for a moment that their 19-4 record at home is the best in the Majors and the best in club history. Forget that they've now beaten the rival Tigers five times in the span of a week. Forget that their 15-4 record in the American League Central is the best mark within a division in the big leagues. This Indians team doesn't bask in its own glow. "These guys take it one day at a time," manager Eric Wedge said. "That's a cliché, but that's the way these guys go about it. What I saw happen [in this game] was the way these guys play, with regard to fighting and not quitting." They didn't quit when they were down, 5-1, in the sixth. They didn't quit when they were down, 9-5, in the eighth So it stood to reason that they wouldn't quit when they were down, 11-7, in the ninth. "Everyone in here has said all along this team is never too far behind to come back," David Dellucci said. "And we proved that tonight." It was Dellucci whose two-out line-drive single up the middle off Todd Jones in the bottom of the ninth brought home the winning run and sent a sellout crowd of 41,365 fans into a frenzied state. But that was really just one of a multitude of big hits in a ballgame that featured an affluence of offense. The offense came early against Tribe starter Fausto Carmona, who, like C.C. Sabathia before him, stumbled a bit when it came to facing the same team in consecutive starts. Carmona was beat up for five runs in six innings, none bigger than the two Craig Monroe put on the board by golfing Carmona's sinker out of the yard for a homer in the sixth. "Monroe did a great job digging out that sinker," Wedge said. Now, it was the Indians' task to dig out of the 5-1 deficit Carmona had left behind. It seemed a tall order, given that the only costly mistake left-hander Mike Maroth had made through five innings was allowing a solo homer to Victor Martinez, who has now notched an RBI in eight straight ballgames.
|"It was a playoff atmosphere on June 1. This one really felt good, because it was in front of our home crowd. To do it in front of your home fans is very incredible."|
|-- David Dellucci|
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.