Player of The Game
With a walk-off 3-run home run to the bleachers, Shin-Soo Choo took Game 1 Player of the Game honors. His score of 6.30 included his home run, a double, and a great defensive play. This is Choo’s 6th award of the year, his second in the last 4 games. Kosuke Fukodome came in second with a score of 4.39.
Shin-Soo Choo and Shelley Duncan are back with the team. It is nice to have these guys back, especially with the double header today.
Justin Masterson came to the bullpen’s rescue today. The bullpen has been pitching a lot of innings the past few games. Masterson nearly pitched a complete game today,pitching 8.1 innings.
The defense was solid today, with a few good plays by Masterson and Choo. It is a lot easier to stay in the game or maintain the lead when the opposing team has to earn all of their runs.
The Indians tore the ball apart today with 12 hits, 7 of which were doubles. Kosuke Fukudome had a very solid day at the plate, providing the offense the Indians needed to win. Fukudome had a single, 2 doubles, an RBI, and scored two runs, allowing the Indians to squeak by with the win.
Walk-off home run, enough said.
The Indians snapped their 4 game losing streak. If they win tonight, they are guaranteed to gain at least a half game on the Tigers, even if Detroit wins. Hopefully this win is just what the Indians need to get back into the playoff race.
Chris Perez has had a difficult time closing lately. With one out in the 9th inning, he gave up a 2-run double to the first batter he faced, giving Seattle a 5-4 advantage. On a positive note, the Indians did come back in the bottom of the 9th and Chris Perez ended up with the win.
Final Score: Seattle Mariners 5 – Cleveland Indians 7