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Francona eats hay, Tigers steal game, 6-5

Ray Robinson | 8/8/2013, 1:14 p.m.
Miguel Cabrera smashed a rocket over the center field wall during Wednesday nights 6-5 win over the Indians Photo by Ray Robinson

It ain’t easy being the manager of a professional baseball team. Sometimes you’re a hero and at other times you’re a billy goat. Just ask Tribe manager Terry Francona.

Last night at Progressive Field and in the heat of the battle, Francona had to make a decision. Should he take out rookie sensation, Danny Salazar, after he had just completed pitching seven strong innings and was holding on to a 3-2 lead against the ferocious Detroit Tigers or should he send the rookie back out with a chair and a whip to tame the motor city kitties.

Francona had just watched the youngster excite and confuse one of the most feared offenses in all of baseball. He had just witnessed him strike out Miguel Cabrera. Not only did he strike out Cabrera, he did it three times. Francona heard the fans going absolutely nuts about the new mystery kid on the hill.

Well, Francona choose the latter, sent Salazar back out for the eighth, and ended up eating hay as the league’s best hitter, Cabrera, crushed one over the center field wall breaking a 4-4 tied and giving the Tigers a 6-4 lead.

Baaaaaad decision.

Still,the Indians, never being the type of team to give up, threatened a comeback after bringing the score within one, 6-5. They even got a runner all the way around to third base before the game ended in the 14th inning with the score still stuck and the Indians defeated.

Salazar made his major league debut against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 11th of this year. The game against the Tigers was just his second outing. He threw 103 pitches, gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and walked one.

The Indians and Tigers play the final game of the four-game series tonight at Progressive Field. First pitch is at 7:05p.m.