Player of the Game
Fausto Carmona won his first ‘Player of the Game’ award since May 8th for his performance in tonight’s game. Carmona earned 5.06 ‘POG’ points by pitching 6 scoreless innings, only allowing 4 hits and striking out 3. This marks three positive outings in a row for Carmona who seems to be turning things around after having a rough time in June and spending much of July on the disabled list. He probably should have had a win as well, but the Indians bats didn’t show up until the 9th and the bullpen wasn’t as perfect as it has been most of the season.
Jason Kipnis made his first Major League hit a special one as the Indians used it to beat the Angels in walk off fashion. Kipnis becomes the third Indians rookie to make their first hit count as Ezequiel Carrera drove in a run with his first hit and Lonnie Chisenhall‘s was a double (later in that game he hit an RBI single).
The Indians ended their losing streak in style with Kipnis’ walk off single. The Indians 4 game losing streak seemed longer than it actually was, since the last time they won was July 18th. This series becomes important because the Indians lost two to the White Sox who are now in contention and are currently in a series against the Tigers. As long as the Indians win this series, they will gain at least a game on the loser of the White Sox/Tigers series.
How about earning a starting pitcher a win every once in awhile. The last time through the rotation every starter pitched well except for Josh Tomlin, but not a single one earned a win. The offense is mostly to blame as during the last five games they have only scored 5 runs once scored 3 or less the other 4 games.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 3 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2