Tribe wins on walk-off walk

It’s been a wild season, so it’s only fitting that we add a walk-off walk to the list of ways the Tribe stumbled upon a victory.

Michael Brantley is the first Indian to draw a walk-off walk since Kenny Lofton in 2007 and just the sixth in the Jacobs Field era.

The first man on the list was Rene Gonzales, who walked only five times in his very brief Indians career. On an unrelated note, he’s also the last – and probably only – Tribesman to wear No. 88.

Shelley Duncan is Mr. Clutch

I was going to wait until tomorrow to write this up, but when I saw the name it produced I was too excited to wait.

Shelley Duncan pinch hit for Travis Buck (who had pinch-ran for Travis Hafner) in the 10th inning of tonight’s win over the Royals. Duncan promptedly ripped a RBI double into the left-field corner to give the Tribe a 4-3 lead.

It was the Indians first go-ahead pinch-hit RBI in extra innings since Kenny Lofton singled in Josh Barfield in a game against the Tigers in August, 2007.

But that’s not the best of it.

You have to go all the way back to 1988 to find the last go-ahead pinch-hit extra-base RBI in extra innings, when Ron Kittle homered against the White Sox in the 11th inning to break a 4-4 tie.

Hows that for a random note? From Ron Kittle to Shelley Duncan – two names that will live forever in Indians lore.

In between Kittle and Duncan, Ellis Burks, Jody Gerut, Lou Merloni and Lofton were the only others with pinch-hit go-ahead RBI in extra innings.