The Tribe just keeps on rolling and this time doing it in dramatic fashion.
With the game tied in the bottom of the 9th, Carlos Santana belted a walk-off grand slam off Detroit’s Joaquin Benoit. It was the Tribe’s first walk-off in that fashion since Jim Thome (also against the Tigers) in 2002.
And of course, we can’t talk about walk-off grand slam’s without mentioning Bill Selby. With two outs, two strikes and the Tribe trailing 7-6 against arguably the greatest closer in baseball history Selby – who hit just 11 career home runs – hit one of the most improbably homers in Indians history. It was the first walk-off home run allowed by Mariano Rivera, and is still the only walk-off grand slam he has given up.
Santana’s blast was also just the 11th walk-off grand slam for the Tribe in the past 50 seasons. Here are the others, curtousy of baseball-reference:
|2002-07-28||Jim Thome||DET||Juan Acevedo||down 6-5||b9||1|
|2002-07-14||Bill Selby||NYY||Mariano Rivera||down 7-6||b9||2|
|1999-05-23||Omar Vizquel||DET||Todd Jones||down 4-3||b9||1|
|1998-05-03||Sandy Alomar||TBD||Roberto Hernandez||down 8-6||b9||2|
|1996-07-31||Albert Belle||TOR||Bill Risley||down 2-0||b9||2|
|1995-07-18||Albert Belle||CAL||Lee Smith||down 5-3||b9||1|
|1992-09-06||Carlos Martinez||SEA||Mike Schooler||down 9-8||b12||2|
|1979-09-09||Bobby Bonds||TOR||Tom Buskey||tied 10-10||b9||1|
|1973-04-22 (1)||Ron Lolich||BOS||Sonny Siebert||down 7-4||b9||2|
|1962-07-04 (2)||Don Dillard||DET||Jerry Casale||tied 2-2||b13||0|