Player of the Game
David Huff won tonight’s ‘Player of the Game’ to keep his streak for the season going. So far, he has won the award in every single game he has pitched in (3) this season. Huff has still only allowed a single earned run on the season, although the first run of tonight’s game scored on his wild pitch. He pitched 5 innings tonight, only allowing 3 hits and striking out 6. His final game score was 5.46
The rookies have taken the lead over the last few games, with Lonnie Chisenhall, Jason Kipnis and Ezequiel Carrera all playing big roles for the Tribe. Jason Kipnis has hit a home run in each of the last three games making him the first Indians rookie to do that since Richie Sexson. Lonnie Chisehall hit his third home run of the season (and his career) giving the Indians a one run lead early in the game and Ezequiel Carrera has had 2 total bases in each of the last three games.
A lot of people have been saying the Indians have trouble with the Red Sox, but even after tonight’s tough loss to Red Sox ace Josh Beckett, the Indians are 5-3 against them this season. It seems to me that if you win four of the first six games in a 7 game series against a team, you would be considered the better team, but that doesn’t count with east coast bias.
While David Huff has been very impressive in his first three starts this year for the Indians, there is one small thing that may send him toward Columbus before Ubaldo Jimenez’s first start. In three games he has only given up one run, but has only pitched out of the 6th inning once. While what he has given the Indians thus far is exceptional, it may be asking the bullpen a bit too much to have them pitch 4 innings a night. Hopefully, this won’t bother Indians management much and they will make the right choice by sending Carlos Carrasco back to AAA.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 2 – Boston Red Sox 3