Player of the Game
Fausto Carmona came through big in his second straight start, pitching 6 strong innings while only allowing one earned run. He only gave up 6 hits and struck out 6 with the only run coming off a home run by Ichiro Suzuki to lead off the game. Carmona is one of the most important peices of this team if the Indians are still going to try to make it to the playoffs.
I got nothing. Carmona was ok, but not great. The defense wasn’t good. The offense was terrible. The Indians lost another game in the standings to Detroit while playing one of the worst teams in the Majors. Finally, the majority of the starting lineup is now out with either their own medical situation or someone close to them. Where is Trevor Crowe? Give me more Crowe.
Shin-Soo Choo was missing from tonight’s game to be at the birth of his child. You would think his wife would understand that he is in the middle of a divisional race and can’t be bothered with little things like babies. To make matters worse, he left so abruptly that the Indians weren’t able to call up a replacement and had to play tonight’s game with 24 men. With Choo missing along with Shelley Duncan and Travis Hafner, the Indians showed a definite drop in offensive production.
These wild and crazy pitchers have to get things under control. Between Fausto Carmona and Chris Perez, 4 Seattle batters were hit by pitches, two of whom came around to score. Both of these runs were unearned, one because of a wild throw by catcher, Lou Marson, the other because of a stupid error by Perez, who was trying to get the runner out at third on a sacrifice bunt.
Here’s something I don’t understand about Manny Acta. If Jason Donald wasn’t even good enough to be on the team for the majority of the season (meaning he was worse than Adam Everett, Austin Kearns, etc) then why is he all of a sudden hitting higher in the lineup than Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana and Kosuke Fukudome? Just because the normal number 2 hitter (Jason Kipnis) is out, doesn’t mean you need to let his replacement hit second. The higher in the lineup you bat, the more at bats you get. Who wants to see Jason Donald go 0-4 while batting second? This is an ongoing discussion I’ve been having all year, just with different players each time.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 2 – Seattle Mariners 3