Jason Kipnis' First MLB Hit Gives Indians Walk-Off Win

By Lewie Pollis

We all know the Cleveland sports cliché: just as everything looks like it’s going right, it all falls apart. Indians, Cavs, Browns, whoever—their hot streaks seem to be designed for the sole purpose of setting up heartbreak.

After the Tribe’s comeback, walk-off 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Progressive Field Monday night, it seems like things are inverted. The Indians team doesn’t give us false hope and burst our collective bubble—it lets us down only so it can build us up.

Heading into the bottom of the ninth inning of last night’s game down 2-1, the Indians still had a 19% chance of winning, but it felt like it was already over. The Indians got off to an early lead and Fausto Carmona held the Angels scoreless through six innings (who’d have thought Carmona would be in line for the victory against Dan Haren?), but then Vinnie Pestano hung a fastball to Bobby Abreu that he smashed to right field for a two-run homer in the eighth inning.

Then came the ninth inning and the magic began. Michael Brantley hit a leadoff single and stole second. He stole second and scored on Travis Hafner’s double to tie the game. A Carlos Santana walk and a Jack Hannahan hit-by-pitch later, the bases were loaded.

Bases loaded, two outs, tie game—every kid’s dream. Rookie Jason Kipnis stepped to the plate for just the seventh time in his MLB career and gave the world a taste of his tremendous talent. His first-ever big league hit was a line drive to right field that scored Santana and gave the Indians a walk-off win.

What if?

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