The Tigers and the Indians played until almost two o’clock this morning in Cleveland with the Indians winning 3-to-2 in the 14th-inning. Detroit’s seventh pitcher, David Pauley, was on the mound with one out in the 14th when he hit the batter and the Indians walked off with the victory.
Both team’s bullpens were stingy as the score remained at two-two after the second inning when a 2-hour plus rain delay began after which the starting pitchers were replaced. The Indians ended up using 8 pitchers.
The Tigers really got a solid outing from rookie Duane Below. He replacedDetroitstarter Doug Fister and tossed 4 perfect innings. In fact, Below has set down all 22 batters he’s faced since moving to his relief role after making two starts for the Tigers.
The Cleveland win moved the second place Indians to within 3 games of Detroit. Rick Porcello starts tonight for the Tigers in game two of the 3-game series with the Indians.
Brandon Inge fans will be happy to learn that Inge will be called up to Detroit from Triple-A Toledo when major league rosters are expanded on September First. Inge was sent down to the Mudhens last month and cleared waivers after the Tigers picked up third baseman Wilson Betemit from the Royals for a pair of minor leaguers.
The White Sox have a season-high 5-game winning streak with last night’s 4-to-3 victory at Baltimore and are now just 4-games behind the Tigers.
The Cubs lost to the Nationals 3-to-1 last night at Wrigley Field. And Atlanta’s Dan Uggla had an infield single to extend his hitting streak to 30 games to tie Andre Ethier for the majors’ longest hitting streak of the season. Uggla went 1-for-6 in the Brave’s 4-to-3, 11-inning win atFlorida.