2009 American League Central tie-breaker game

twins-2009The Detroit Tiger and the Minnesota Twins have been battling all season long for the AL Central division title. After the end of the regular season, both teams had identical records of 86-76 which led to a tie-breaker game to decide the AL Central title. The Minnesota Twins were awarded home field due to winning the regular season series against the Twins. The tie-breaker game wouldn’t disappoint as Tigers jumped to a 3-0 lead in the 3rd inning that included a two-run home run by Tigers Miguel Cabrera. Twins would get on the board later in the 3rd to cut the lead to 3-1. In the 6th, Twins Jason Kubel hit a solo home run to cut the lead 3-2. The Twins kept on coming in the 7th and took their first lead of the game 4-3 with a two-run home run by Orlando Cabrera. The Tigers immediately responded in the 8th with a home-run by Magglio Ordonez that tied the game at 4-4. The game went into extra innings as the game got more intense by the minute. Tigers retook the lead 5-4 with an RBI double by Brandon Inge. The Twins refused to die and tied it 5-5 in the bottom of 10th when Matt Tolbert hit a single to score Michael Cuddyer who led off the inning with a triple. The Tigers were threatening to go ahead once again in the top of the 12th when they had the bases loaded with one out. Tigers Inge was batting and appeared to be hit by a pitch that would’ve force the go-ahead run for the Tigers but the umpire missed the call and replays were “inconclusive”. The Tigers ground into a force out at home and got struck out right after as the Twins got out of a jam. In the bottom of the 12th, the Twins led off with two runners on base. Alexi Casilla would be the unlikely hero when he would hit a walk-off RBI single as Carlo Gomez celebrated as he cross home plate, winning the game and the AL Central division title for the Twins. The Twins would eventually get swept by the New York Yankees in the ALDS. This game was chosen Sports Illustrated as the Best Regular-Season Game of the Decade.

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