The Cleveland Indians are your AL Central champions for the first time in nearly a decade.
Unable to seize the title at home this past weekend, Cleveland’s championship season ended in fitting fashion in Detroit.
The Tribe added another win against the team who will ultimately finish as the runners-up in the division. Cleveland who has struggled against the Tigers in recent years is 16-2 against the Motor City ball-club this season.
“As soon as we got hold of first place, you saw probably the tightest grip on it ever,” Jason Kipnis said to reporters after the game.”We never let go of it, and that’s how much this team competed.”
The win came as most have seemed to for the team this year. In anything but typical fashion.
Tribe ace Corey Kluber left the game in the fourth inning with groin tightness, so Cleveland once again called on its bullpen for the majority of the contest.
They answered the call and held Detroit to just two runs in six innings. Andrew Miller picked up his tenth win of the season, serving as a reminder that he is one of the Indians’ best trade deadline acquisitions in recent memory.
While the pitching staff held the highpowered Tigers offense to four runs, it was the Tribe’s offense that came through to seal the win.
A pair of homers from Coco Crisp and Roberto Perez, along with RBIs from top producers Napoli and Kipnis were enough for the Tribe.
The team will relish the monumental win tonight before getting back in action for game two against Detroit in the series.