Player of the Game
Matt LaPorta won his first ‘Player of the Game’ award in the Indians win against Kansas City. LaPorta scored 3.45 ‘POG points, by hitting a double, knocking in a run, scoring two runs and walking once. Jack Hannahan, Justin Masterson, and Shin-Soo Choo also had notable games and were all within a point of winning the ‘Player of the Game’
The main reason the Indians were able to pull off this win was the production from the bottom of the lineup. The 7-8-9 hitters went 4-11 with 4 runs scored, 3 RBI and 3 walks.
After the bottom of the order had already taken the lead with 3 runs in the 6th, Travis Hafner was able to add one last run, hitting an opposite field double with two outs. This “use the entire field” approach to hitting has strongly benefited Hafner, who is now hitting .351 through 18 games.
Including his last at bat from yesterday’s game, Carlos Santana took 12 straight pitches over three at bats, striking out twice before grounding out in the 5th.
The decision to sacrifice bunt twice with a 2 run (and later 4) lead was a little confusing, especially Asdrubal Cabrera’s attempt. Jack Hannahan had already hit a double after getting two strikes while trying to sacrifice and Cabrera still bunted later in the inning even though he has 14 RBI on the season.
“Control, you must learn control.” Rafael Perez, Vinnie Pestano and Tony Sipp all came into the game tonight and immediately threw two balls to the first hitter they faced. Pestano actually did this to the first two hitters he faced, walking one of them. Overall in the game the Indians walked 7 batters.
Boo to the Royals for playing the theme song from “Angels in the Outfield” in the 9th inning after the Jeff Francoeur home run. There were two problems with this, first they lost the game, second, they aren’t the Angels.
Final Score: Indians remain in first place, Cleveland Indians 7 runs on 11 hits, Kansas City Royals 5 runs on 8 hits.