Player of the Game
David Huff earned today’s ‘Player of the Game’ with a score of 2.61 after pitching 5.2 innings only allowing 5 hits and one earned run. This marks his second award in as many starts and the 4th consecutive day the starting pitcher has won the ‘Player of the Game’. Seven of the last nine winners have been pitchers showing another drop off in offensive production. In the last 5 games, the Indians have only scored 6 runs, never scoring more than 3 in a single game.
David Huff should have considered changing his name before his call up this season as he is a completely different pitcher. After his last two seasons I was just about ready to give up on him, but he has shown talent in his first two starts this season that we have never seen from him in the past. The announcement that Alex White will be joining the bullpen upon his return means that we will be seeing a lot more David Huff for the rest of the season.
Vinnie Pestano made his triumphant return to the Bullpen Mafia today striking out the side in the 8th inning. This comes after two terrible outings by the rookie righty after which he shaved his head. Does lack of hair make you a better relief pitcher? Anecdotal evidence says yes.
Ezequiel Carrera used his pesky base running abilities to score the only Indians run. Carrera was safe on an error, stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch. Because of this run, Ervin Santana‘s no hitter is irrelevant as far as baseball history goes, as it was not a shut out. If only the Indians were able to not make five errors, they could have won.
This team is ridiculously inconsistent on defense. The Indians made 5 errors today, including 2 by players that have played well for the most part this season on defense. Asdrubal Cabrera bobbled a ball at short and Matt LaPorta turned a splendid play into an error by throwing a ball into the baserunners face. The other errors belonged to Austin Kearns, Lonnie Chisenhall and Carlos Santana. Santana not only made an error attempting to catch a runner stealing, but he also allowed a passed ball that lead to the Angels second run.
The Angels have been the toughest pitching team the Indians have played against this season. Amost every game played between the two teams has been closely contested and today’s game was no different. This is the last time the Indians play the Angels during the regular season and that is great news for the Tribe as they have lost two games each time the two teams have played a three game series.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 1 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3