4/16 Recap

Player of the Game

A day after Asdrubal Cabrera knocked in 4 runs, Orlando Cabrera matched that and raised him 3 Runs scored to win the 'Player of the Game' against the Orioles. O. Cabrera knocked in those four runs on a fielder's choice, a single and a 2 run home run. His final 'POG' score was 8.95 for his second 'Player of the Game' of 2011. Shin-Soo Choo, Matt LaPorta and Travis Buck also had scores of over 3.00. Buck's score of 3.33 was the highest by any Indians left fielder this season, and it came in, what could be, his last game on the Indians for awhile as Grady Sizemore is scheduled to come back soon and will probably take his spot. The final team 'POG' score was 24.60, leading to another Cleveland Indians win.

Feathers Up

Josh Tomlin continued the trend of Indians pitchers going 6+ innings today, only allowing 2 runs and earning the win. Only twice this season has an Indians pitcher thrown less than 6 innings, the last one being Mitch Talbot 10 games ago.

Its a good week to be named Cabrera. Yesterday Asdrubal Cabrera knocked in 4 RBI and today Orlando Cabrera did. It kind of makes me wish they would re-sign Fernando Cabrera and see if he would play as well as the rest.

Travis Hafner had another good day at the plate, getting 3 hits and scoring twice, as did Shin-Soo Choo and Matt LaPorta. Hopefully this will be a continuing trend for Choo and LaPorta and they can join the already hot Hafner, Cabrera, Cabrera and Brantley.

Feathers Down

The defense was a little sloppy today, a step down from what has been stupendous play to this point in the season. Josh Tomlin made his second error of the season and both Jack Hannahan and Michael Brantley had plays that could have been done a little better. Hannahan to hurried a throw second on an attempted double play and the ball short-hopped Orlando Cabrera while if Michael Brantley had played a fly ball to center a little better, the Indians may have been able to either tag out a runner trying for a triple or may have been able to keep him from running to third at all.

It has been a really long time since Carlos Santana has had a hit. The last one I remember was 'Smooth' and that came out in 1999. Come on Carlos, give us something new.

Final Score: Cleveland Indians 8 runs on 13 hits (1E), Baltimore Orange Birds 3 runs on 10 hits (1E). Indians remain in first place and look to sweep tomorrow afternoon.

Joseph Coblitz

About Joseph Coblitz

Joseph is the primary writer and editor of BurningRiverBaseball.com and has been since its inception in 2011. He also writes for The Outside Corner and the Comeback and hosts the Tribe Time Now podcast. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and currently resides in Goodyear, Arizona the Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians. Follow on twitter @BurningRiverBB