Roster Moves: Cord Phelps was promoted for Zach McAllister before today’s game. Luis Valbuena previously been sent down to make room for Zach McAllister.
Player of the Game
Shelley Duncan went 3-5, all singles, with an RBI, knocking in half the Indians run to win his 5th ‘Player of the Game’ of the season. Duncan wasn’t even scheduled to start the game, but was added minutes before the game started to replace Shin-Soo Choo. This game was even better for Duncan as he didn’t look like an oaf while playing left field, like he does from time to time. Duncan’s final score was 2.15, 0.77 points less than his score in last night’s game. Duncan has played well in his two games back from his last trip to AAA and will probably remain on the team for the rest of the season as a pinch hitter/DH.
After Felix Hernandez had effectively shut down Indians hitting the first time through the lineup, striking out the last 4 batters, Ezequiel Carrera lead off the third inning with a bunt back to the pitcher. Hernandez was not prepared for it and had to dive with Carrera ending up safe at first. Zeke then stole second and scored on Shelley Duncan’s single. This was the best thing I saw in the game. When a pitcher is absolutely dominating, sometimes you have to try something different, especially when you know you don’t have a chance against him.
It’s irrelevant whether the Tigers win or lose if the Indians can’t win anyway, so we can stop scoreboard watching. Losing 3 out of 4 against one of the worst teams in baseball is inexcusable.
Shin-Soo Choo was held out of today’s game after he hurt his side while stretching before the game. This sounds a lot like what knocked out Jason Kipnis. Maybe the Indians need to hire a yoga master to introduce some flexibility on the team. Michael Brantley is also day-to-day again with his wrist problem. So far Brantley has missed 8 games over the last 20 due to this injury, but has avoided the disabled list. At least when he is still on the roster he can pinch run and the Indians will have plenty of outfielders when Grady Sizemore returns and September 1st rolls around.
Maybe giving Asdrubal Cabrera a day off isn’t a great idea when 2 of your best players are already out of the lineup with day-to-day injuries and Felix Hernandez is pitching for the opposition.
Josh Tomlin pitched 4.2 innings to successfully end his Major League record 37 game streak of pitching at least 5 innings each game to start a career. At first he looked like he has all season, giving up only a home run to Wily Mo Pena over the first 4 innings. Once the 5th inning started, he just lost it, allowing 4 more runs on 5 hits.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 2 – Seattle Mariners 9