At this point in the season, the Indians deserve a lot of credit. Despite enduring one of the most epic collapses in Indians history, they have continued to play hard in September. At times, in August, they looked like they had folded the tent and checked out for the year. Yet, in September, the Indians are 10-14, with eight of the ten wins coming in one-run games. With their 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox, the Indians really impacted the A.L. Central race, helping the Tigers into a one-game lead in the division with seven games to go.
The Indians didn't waste a first inning opportunitiy, but they could have done more. That was the story of the night, even though they scored six runs. In the first, Jason Kipnis walked with one out and Carlos Santana kept the inning alive for Russ Canzler's two-out RBI single to open the scoring. Travis Hafner, who left seven men on base on an 0-for-5 night, flew out with two on to end the inning.