Player of the Game
Carlos Santana hit a home run, a double and knocked in 3 to win tonight’s ‘Player of the Game’ with a score of 6.01. This marks the first time that Justin Masterson didn’t win this award in his last 4 starts. It is just Santana’s third ‘Player of the Game’ of the season.
The Indians came back strong and well rested after the All-Star break, scoring 8 runs for the first time in the last 10 games. They started off especially strong with both Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana hitting home runs for a quick 3 run lead that the Indians would never relinquish.
Lonnie Chisenhall was back in action after having his face destroyed a week ago with the aid of a new batting helmet. Lonnie and his new helmet went 0-3, but it’s just good to have him back in the lineup.
The Bullpen Mafia had another strong showing tonight, especially Vinnie Pestano and Tony Sipp who pitched a perfect 8th and 9th innings, striking out 5 of the 6 batters faced.
Justin Masterson allowed more than double his usual amount of runs by giving up 4 in 6 innings. He also allowed 8 hits, including 4 doubles. On a positive note, he struck out 8 batters in those innings.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 8 – Baltimore Orioles 4