It might be time for baseball fans to start paying attention to the Cleveland Indians.
The AL Central-leading Tribe have won five straight, and Terry Francona‘s club completed a four-game sweep of the Mariners on Monday in dramatic fashion.
After taking a 5-5 tie into the bottom of the seventh, the teams combined to score eight runs over the final 3 1/2 innings, with Cleveland’s Mike Aviles coming home on an error to tie the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Seattle again took the lead on a Justin Smoak homer in the top of the 10th, but Indians catcher Yan Gomes responded with a three-run bomb in the bottom of the frame, allowing Cleveland to walk off with a win in what reliever Chris Perez called the “best game [he’s] ever been a part of.”
It may be a highlight of Perez’s career, but even this finish can’t come close to the game these two teams played back in 2001, when the Indians rallied from a 12-run deficit over the final three innings to complete the greatest comeback in MLB history.
Check out a video of Gomes’ walk-off by clicking here.