It just wasn't meant to be. Despite Mike Maroth pitching well all year long and turning in yet another solid start, he couldn't pull out a victory.
Maroth allowed 2 runs on 8 hits through 7 innings, walking 1 and striking out 5. Even better for Maroth was that in the top of the 8th, Ivan Rodriguez hit a solo Home Run to take a 3-2 lead.
But the Indians took the lead right back, getting 3 runs off Esteban Yan to distance themselves from the Tigers.
For the Indians, Ben Broussard's 2-run double in the 9th provided the game winning runs. Ron Belliard also went 2-for-4 with a solo Home Run.
Also, in a bit of a rarity, Third Baseman Eric Munson was ejected from the game in the 1st inning for arguing a call made by First Base Umpire Jim Reynolds. The strange part of it was that Munson was not in the lineup for the game with Cleveland, as he was ejected for coming onto the field for arguing the call. Manager Alan Trammell protested as well, but was not tossed.
NOTES: Game 2 of the Midwest League Championship series between West Michigan and Kane County was postponed. No word yet on what changes will be made, and whether or not the two team's will still head to West Michigan for Thursday's game.