Yesterday I pulled up the Indians statistics for runners in scoring position with two outs and it wasn't pretty. The Indians have the worst batting average during those situations in the entire league at .160. They had only driven in 26 runs.
Why do I still bring this up after a 9-7, 12-inning see-saw win for the Tribe?
Well they strung together three, two-out hits with runners in scoring position last night during the ninth inning.
Asdrubal Cabrera scored pinch runner Josh Barfield on a two-out, two strike single up the middle to tie the score at four. Victor Martinez followed with a double, scoring Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo drove in Martinez with a single.
The fact that Cabrera came through isn't much of a surprise. he is currently hitting .308 in such situations. Martinez improved his average with two outs and runners in scoring position from .100 to .182. Choo now sits at .167.
Travis Hafner and Jhonny Peralta are batting .000 in such situations with no RBI.
At one point Monday Blue Jays starter Brian Tallet, a former Indian farmhand, had a no-hitter going. Ryan Garko ended the no-hitter in the seventh with a single. Super prospect Matt LaPorta then sent the next pitch into the left-center field stands for his first major league hit and home run.
The shot tied the score at 2-2 and the Indians took the lead a few batters later when Cabrera scored Ben Francisco with a fielders choice. The Blue Jays would retake the lead in the bottom of the inning.