7/18 Game 2 Recap: Indians 6 – Twins 3

Roster Update: It was Jeanmar Gomez who was removed from the roster for the return of Fausto Carmona, which means David Huff will remain in the Indians starting rotation. The Tribe now has the normal 5 man rotation and 5 man bench.

Player of the Game

Lou Marson showed up on offense and won his first ‘Player of the Game’ in the last 65 games. Marson was a huge contributor to the Indians win, hitting a double and a home run and scoring twice. His final ‘POG’ score was 4.68. If anyone was wondering who had the largest total score on the day, it was David Huff, who won the award in the early game. Michael Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera and Ezequiel Carrera all stood out as well as all three earned a score of more than 1.25 in both games. Brantley played especially well in the second game with 3 hits and 3 extra bases.

Feathers Up

That’s what you call a Twin killing.

Ezequiel Carrera showed off his speed today as he turned in his first two steals of his career, one in each game. The second steal came off a pick-off move where Carrera was running on first movement and he still beat the throw to second. Zeke was a spark to the offense in both games as he turned a single, an error and two walks into 3 runs and an RBI. The Indians have made good use of Carrera’s speed so far this time up as he has played in every game as either a starter or pinch runner.

The Indians scored 2 runs in the 5th by doing exactly what they needed to do. With two outs, Lou Marson on second and Carrera at first, both Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera had bloop singles just beyond the infield. Had either player tried to hit a home run the inning would have probably ended before a single run scored, but because they were willing to shorten their swings and just make contact, the Indians pushed two runs across the plate.

The Indians kept scoring late in the game to cement the victory, including some 2 out runs and two separate RBI singles by Travis Hafner. The last run, which was scored when Carlos Santana tripled in pinch runner Luis Valbuena, did make the game a 4 run game, taking a save opportunity away from Chris Perez, making that play a feathers down.

Feathers Down (AKA: Something bad Austin Kearns did)

Today Austin Kearns turned a single into a double when he didn’t pay attention to Alexi Casilla running the bases. While Casilla was burning his way toward second, Kearns lightly tossed the ball to the cut off man without looking up. Later in the game Kearns was caught stealing because he is very, very slow and should never even attempt to steal. This ends “Something bad Austin Kearns did.”

Joe Mauer is a hit machine and he rapped out 6 more in today’s double header. The only thing good about that is the Indians still managed to win both games. Hopefully he got these 3 hit games out of his system early in the series and will slump during the next two games, only batting .350 or so.

Final Score: Cleveland Indians 6 – Minnesota Twinkies 3

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