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Tigers suffer setback, blow ninth-inning lead versus Indians

Sep 16, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

Lonnie Chisenhall AP

The White Sox completed their sweep in Minnesota earlier today, but the Tigers couldn’t match the feat in Cleveland. They gave up a 6-5 lead in the ninth to lose to the Indians 7-6.

Carlos Santana tripled in Jason Kipnis to tie the game off Jose Valverde, and Lonnie Chisenhall singled to win it afterwards. For Santana, it was the second triple in two days after his first broke up Anibal Sanchez‘s no-hitter in the seventh inning Saturday. Prior to that hit, Santana had two career triples in 1,152 at-bats.

Detroit wasted a big game by MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera. He went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and a double. He’s driven in a run in five straight games, and he’s up to 123 RBI for the season.

The loss concludes a four-game winning streak for Detroit and drops them two games behind the White Sox in the AL Central in advance of Monday’s makeup game in Chicago. The Tigers then get three games against Oakland before finishing with six against the Twins and seven versus the Royals.

  1. historiophiliac - Sep 16, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    I think the problem started when Leyland left Porcello in after he gave up two runs…and then 2 more, ruining our 3 run lead. After Leyland got tossed, they pulled Porcello finally. Miggy was great, but you should never put in Valverde to close when you have a 1 run lead.

    • jdd428 - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      Isn’t that what a closer’s job is supposed to be? If he can’t preserve a 1-run lead on a regular basis, he shouldn’t be in that role.

  2. qcubed3 - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Thank you Cleveland!

  3. jcbutterfli - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    More like Papa **ck up blew it for the Tigers! we love watching our Tigers but I hate it when he comes out with all his stupid showboating! where did it get him tonight?

  4. ericellers - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    I love it!! It makes my heart sing when over the top performance challenged closers blow a save. Rodmans another, and even my yankees closer is an azz clown. Maybe I’m just used to seeing the greatest closer all time shut em down the humbly walk off the field with out having to make more out what they just did then it actually was. “get through an inning without giving up a run”? But no they draw attention to themselves however the means looking like cheap dog and pony show.

    • jdd428 - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:44 PM

      You make a fair point about Mariano (and I might add other all-time greats like Hoffman, Wagner) being classy and not showboating.

      But as a point of fact, Rodney has blown just TWO saves this season. TWO. In 45 chances so far. And in his only other season as his team’s primary closer (20+saves), he had 37 saves and ONE blown save with Detroit in 2009.

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