Player of the Game
The player of the day was Shin-Soo Choo who, in his return to the lineup had a double, triple and 2 home runs between the two games. Choo knocked in 5 and scored twice, also walking twice on the night. There is no question now that Choo is the best hitter on the Indians now, as he should have been all season. He scored 5.50 ‘POG’ points in game two of today’s double header (2 more points than anyone else on the team) for 11.80 points on the day. Choo has averaged 2.27 points per game since his return from the disabled list, more than a full point over his season average.
Kosuke Fukudome went yard for his first time in an Indians uniform. Fukudome hit a solo shot down the right field line in the bottom of the second inning to give the Indians an early 1-0 advantage.
Jack Hannahan showed off his defensive skills tonight with a few great plays. He stretched over the Tribe dugout for an out in the first inning and made an outstanding throw in the sixth to gun down Wily Mo Pena at first. Along with his defense, Jack hit singles in each of his last 4 at bats, including an opposite field drive in the 9th inning.
The Indians offense battled hard the entire game, depite being down by 8 runs at one point. They scored in 4 of the first 6 innings.
The third inning was very rocky tonight. Seattle scored 5 earned runs on 4 hits, and absolutely pounded Zach McAllister. Ezquiel Carrera bobbled a ball that allowed Ichiro Suzuki to score on a Frankin Guitierrez double, but that error did not make a difference as Mike Carp homered later in the inning. The fourth inning wasn’t any better for McAllister. He allowed 3 more earned runs and only got one out before the bullpen had to take over. Two unearned runs scored on a dropped ball by center fielder Kosuke Fukodome. After the top of the fourth inning, the Indians were down 10-2.
Finals Score: Seattle Mariners 12 – Cleveland Indians 7