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Shin-Soo Choo hits a three-run walkoff homer

Aug 23, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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Last night Indians’ closer Chris Perez blew a tie game in the ninth when he lost control and started getting all plunky.  Today, probably not fully trusting his closer — or maybe just wanting to save him for the nightcap of today’s double header — Manny Acta sent Justin Masterson out for the ninth inning with a 4-3 lead even though he was already over 100 pitches.

Masterson gave up two singles and Acta said, screw it, let’s go to the closer.  The closer, however, went to a full count on rookie Trayvon Robinson before allowing a two-run double. Blown save.  I, and I’m guessing the beat writers in attendance, started writing their “Perez is the goat again” stories.

But in the bottom of the ninth, the Tribe quickly put runners on the corners against Brandon League on a double and an error, which brought Shin-Soo Choo to the plate. First pitch: Choo hits a long homer to left. Ballgame. Indians beat the M’s 7-5.

So, this game had an earthquake shake the press box, two blown saves and a dramatic walkoff bomb.  Not a bad day at the old ballpark.

  1. amr5026 - Aug 23, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    This has been said by others before, but your pictures are always spot-on for the articles. Love it.

    • paperlions - Aug 23, 2011 at 5:05 PM

      Yep, love the “strutting Leo” Choo picture.

  2. easports82 - Aug 23, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Credit Bill Bavasi for another Indians’ W.

  3. apac6586 - Aug 23, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Choo’s your daddy?!

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