Before today’s game the Indians placed starting pitcher Fausto Carmona on the 15 day disabled list for the injury he sustained while running the bases yesterday. Because of this move, the Indians were able to keep Josh Judy on the roster when Chris Perez returned from the bereavement list. There has been no official mention of who the Indians will bring up to replace Carmona or if they will try to make it to the All-Star break with a 4 man rotation.
Player of the Game
Shelley Duncan won today’s ‘Player of the Game’ in a loss to the Reds, going 3 for 4 and accounting for 3 of the Indians 5 runs. It is his 4th of the season and he didn’t have much competition as the entire team combined had a ‘POG’ score of 3.13. Duncan scored 5.97 of that by himself.
Right when it looked like the entire active roster would have a positive ‘POG’ score for the season, Mitch Talbot went and got blown up. Since Chad Durbin has been able to put together a few solid outings, Talbot (-8.2 total season ‘POG’ score) is the only player on the active roster that has hurt the team more than he has helped. Other players no longer on the roster that are in the same position are Fausto Carmona (-17.3), Jeanmar Gomez (-2.4) and Justin Germano (-4.0).
Lou Marson threw out two base runners during game play today, one at third on a sacrifice fly, the other at second on a bunt attempt. Marson has played well since the injury to Matt LaPorta. Before the injury, Marson was playing about once every three games, but since then he has played in 12 of the last 14 games.
Shelley Duncan came through for the Tribe with his first home run since April. This two run home run accounted for the first two Indians runs and his single later in the game lead to the Indians 5th run.
The only negative thing we ever heard about Lonnie Chisenhall in the minors was that his glove was not Major League ready. Today he made his first big defensive gaff, an error on a ball between his legs in the first inning. While that ball should have been caught, he has otherwise played well on defense and has a hit in every game this season, more than making up for this error.
Chris Perez has been though a roller coaster of emotions the past few weeks. Against Colorado he was put in in a non save situation and took his third loss of the year, then he converted 2 one run save opportunities. Right after that his grandmother died and he celebrated his birthday within a couple of days of each other. He has now rejoined the team and was just selected as one of the Indians representatives to the All-Star game. Hopefully after all this he can remain the cool, calm and collected ball of pure rage that we all know and trust in save situations.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 5 – Cincinnati Reds 7