The Top 10 Cleveland Indians Plays of 2012 (with Video)

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  • No. 5: Jack Hannahan‘s go-ahead single (April 19 @ Seattle) — +.488 WPA

Eight innings into this pitcher’s duel, Josh Tomlin had gone toe-to-toe with Felix Hernandez and had given it his best, holding the Mariners to one run on five hits. Unfortunately, Hernandez had a shutout going before he turned it over to Brandon League to preserve a 1-0 lead in the ninth. A Carlos Santana walk, a Travis Hafner single, a Casey Kotchman sacrifice bunt, and a Shelley Duncan base on balls brought Hannahan to the plate with the bases loaded.

Lucas Luetge got the Mariners out of the jam without any further damage, but Chris Perez pitched a perfect ninth as the Indians won 2-1.

  • No. 4: Asdrubal Cabrera’s go-ahead single (May 17 vs. Seattle) — +.493 WPA

After Lopez’ aforementioned eighth-inning heroics, the Indians and Mariners remained knotted up at 4-4 until Michael Saunders‘ RBI double off Joe Smith in the top of the 11th put Seattle on top. A Lopez walk, a Shin-Soo Choo strikeout, and a Jason Kipnis base on balls into the bottom of the 11th, Asdrubal Cabrera stepped in against Mariners closer Brandon League.

Aaron Cunningham walked to load the bases before Carlos Santana delivered with a walkoff single as Cleveland came back for a 6-5 victory.

  • No. 3: Jason Kipnis’ go-ahead home run (September 13 @ Texas) — +.529 WPA

The Rangers held a 4-2 lead when Joe Nathan took the mound in the top of the ninth innings. Ezequiel Carrera immediately made it a one-run game with a leadoff homer. Russ Canzler kept the momentum going with a single, bringing up Jason Kipnis as the go-ahead run at the plate.

Texas threatened in the bottom of the ninth via Elvis Andrus‘ two-out triple, but Chris Perez shut the door on a 5-4 Tribe win.

  • No. 2: Carlos Santana’s game-tying triple (September 16 vs. Detroit) — +.549 WPA

Ubaldo Jimenez had left the game with a 5-3 lead after six innings, but Miguel Cabrera‘s three-run homer off of Joe Smith put the Tigers in the driver’s seat. The score remained 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth, and Santana stepped to the plate against Jose Valverde with one out and the tying run (Jason Kipnis) on second.

Valverde then intentionally walked Michael Brantley and Ezequiel Carrera to load the bases for Lonnie Chisenhall, who won it with a walkoff single.

  • No. 1: Asdrubal Cabrera’s walkoff home run (June 19 vs. Cincinnati) — +.796 WPA

Two down. Bottom of the 10th. One on, one out. Shin-Soo Choo is the go-ahead run at first. Aroldis Chapman is on the mound. Asdrubal Cabrera is at the plate. The 3-1 pitch:

Indians win, 3-2.

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