Before the game today, Alex White was placed on the 15 day disabled list for the injury he sustained in yesterday’s game. White would have been sent to the minors anyway, because Mitch Talbot is ready to return to the club, but this hastens his exit. For the time being, Josh ‘The Judge’ Judy has been called up to replace him.
Player of the Game
Josh Tomlin won his 6th game and his 4th ‘Player of the Game’ of the season. Tomlin struck out 3 in 7 innings and only allowed 1 run for a ‘POG’ score of 7.13. It was his highest score of the season. Travis Buck also had his highest score of the season today, 4.30, after returning to the lineup from his turf-toe injury. Buck hit the home run that won the game for Tomlin.
Josh Tomlin had his best game of an already impressive season, lowering his ERA to 2.41. Tomlin pitched 7 innings, only allowing 3 hits (all singles) and one run.
Vinnie Pestano of the ‘Bullpen Mafia‘ handled the 8th beautifully, striking out the side and earning his 5th hold of the year. Last night Vinnie notched his first career win and he doesn’t look to be slowing down. Pestano fills a gap in the bullpen for a right handed set up man, that has been vacant since Rafael Betancourt was traded.
Progressive Field was sold out today for the first time since 2008 in a game that wasn’t the home opener. Yesterday’s game was seen by over 30,000 fans, as was the only game played in the Seattle series last week. Whether it’s because the Indians are winning, the Cavaliers are losing, or because the NFL lockout is looming, it doesn’t matter. People are finally paying attention to the Tribe.
Yesterday, Travis Wood no hit the Indians for 5.1 innings. Today, Home Bailey kept the Tribe hit-less for 3.2. Whatever the Indians were doing to score early in games is no longer working and, while it is exciting to win in your last at bat, it isn’t a sustainable way to keep winning.
Cleveland’s schedule in Interleague play this year couldn’t be any worse for Travis Hafner. Right now when the Indians are having home games against a National League team, the DH is injured and after he is expected back, the Indians will play nine consecutive games at NL parks at the end of June. Pronk will be limited to pinch hitting opportunities in those games, and would much prefer to be injured then, than now.
Final Score: With Kansas City losing today and Detroit on a four game losing streak, this win moves the Indians to 6.5 games ahead in first place in the American League Central Division.
Cleveland Indians 2
Cincinnati Reds 1