Player of the Game
Shin-Soo Choo burst out against the Angels tonight winning the ‘Player of the Game’ award with two hits including a two run double to take the lead. Choo had been slumping of late, earning negative ‘POG’ scores in 4 of his last 6 games. Carlos Santana, following Choo in the lineup, earned the second highest score tonight by knocking Choo in after he doubled and scoring a run of his own. Choo won his second ‘Player of the Game’ award with a score of 4.03.
All it took to make the best pitcher in baseball look human was one dose of the Cleveland Indians. Coming into this game, Jared Weaver led the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts, but that didn’t stop the Tribe, who scored more runs against him than any other team this season. All 4 Indians runs were scored against the starter who was only able to pitch 6 innings. The Indians also got 7 hits against Weaver and didn’t strike out a single time, both were the best against Jared this season. Its amazing anytime the Indians can go 6 innings without striking out, let alone against the top strikeout pitcher in the league.
Alex White pitched as well in his second start as he did in his first, earning his first career win, while only allowing 3 earned runs in 6 innings. White did allow a few hits, but got one double play and was able to get out of trouble, including keeping any runs from scoring when the Angels hit a triple with one out. White has pitched so well in his first two starts, that he may be able to keep his spot in the rotation when either Carlos Carrasco or Mitch Talbot come back.
The top of the lineup came through for the Tribe as a group for the first time in a week, with the top four hitters accounting for 3 RBI and 4 runs of the 4 runs scored. Grady Sizemore and Asdrubal Cabrera each walked and scored and both Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Santana doubled to knock in 2 and 1 run respectively and each then scored. The 5 through 9 hitters have been a strength to this team all season and it is good to see the players who are supposed to be carrying team, carry the team.
Chris ‘Pure Rage’ Perez earned his 10th save of the season this year in much more impressive fashion than his last few appearances. Perez was forced to pitch 5 of 6 games before having yesterday off and was beginning to look rough in the last 3 of those games. In two of those games Perez allowed 4 singles, 2 walks and 2 runs (both games were with a two run lead so he still earned saves). Today, the Rage was the perfection we have learned to expect from him, slamming down the Angels, three up and three down.
If you think that the Indians did anything wrong tonight, you are an eternal pessimist. This team is 22-10 and just beat the best pitcher in the American League on one of the best teams in the American League.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4, California Angels 3