Indians Complete Sweep of Tigers on Walk-off Balk in 13th Inning

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2014


Wednesday afternoon's game between the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians featured something that you don't see every day: a walk-off balk.

The two teams were involved in a wild game where runs were scored early and often. After rallying in the ninth inning to force extra innings, Cleveland entered the bottom of the 13th inning needing a rally to complete the sweep.

After Detroit's Phil Coke blew a one-run lead, Al Alburquerque was summoned from the bullpen with runners on second and third with two outs. The Tigers elected to intentionally walk the first batter Alburquerque faced.

Although the Indians never put a ball in play against the reliever, they were able to walk off with a victory with Ryan Raburn at the plate:

Alburquerque's slight glove and head movement was enough for the umpires to call him for a balk, which allowed Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to score from third to give Cleveland an 11-10 victory.

Game over.

The Tigers entered the series with a 10.5-game lead over the Indians in the American League Central, but they leave town with only a 7.5-game lead after being swept.