May 13, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Detroit Tigers first base coach Omar Vizquel (31) prior to a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

[Video] Omar Vizquel And The Great Indians Comeback

Vizquel’s Triple With 2-out In Ninth Ties Game At 14-14

The year was 2001 and the Cleveland Indians were on National Television against the Seattle Mariners who were the best team in baseball at the time.

The Mariners had jumped to an impressive 14-2 lead off starter Dave Burba and reliever Mike Bacsik  as the game headed into the bottom of the fifth inning.

Both managers started pulling a few of their starters. The Mariners pulled Ichiro Suzuki, John Olerud, and Edgar Martinez while the Tribe pulled Roberto Alomar, Travis Fryman, Juan Gonzalez, and Ellis Burks.

The replacement Indian players were Wil Cordero, Jolbert Cabrera, Ed Taubensee, and Russell Branyan. The quartet combined to go 5 for 15 with four runs scored and four runs driven in.

One player that did not depart the game early was shortstop Omar Vizquel who will be inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame this weekend.

He had a night to remember going four for six with four runs driven in. It was hit that finally drew the Indians even at 14-14.  He came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded and the Indians trailing 14-11 and cleared the bases with a triple off Kazuhiro Sasaki. It was one of only four career games where he had at least four hits and four or more RBI.

It was his single that pushed Kenny Lofton into scoring position in the bottom of the eleventh inning. Jolbert Cabrera delivered the walkoff single to give John Rocker and the Indians the 15-14 victory.

Omar steps in at the 1:40:22 mark.

 

 

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