Roster Update: Injuries have really killed the Tribe this season and we have two more to add to the list. Michael Brantley‘s day-to-day wrist problem has pushed him onto the 15 day DL along with starting pitcher Josh Tomlin, who is out with right elbow soreness. These two bring the Tribe DL to 7 players, all of whom are starters except for Trevor Crowe, who has yet to play a game on the team this year. Nick Hagadone and Jim Thome were brought up for Brantley and Tomlin.
Player of the Game
Ubaldo Jimenez won his first ‘Player of the Game’ as an Indians, going 7 innings for only the 2nd time in 5 starts and only allowing one run on a solo home run. Jimenez struck out 10 and only walked one, giving him tremendous K/9 and K/BB rates for the game. Ubaldo had exactly the kind of swing and miss stuff that the Indians expected from him when they traded Alex White and Drew Pomeranz to Colorado. With the win, his final ‘POG’ score was 6.29, his second highest score of the year and enough to almost bring him back to 0.00 on the season.
Shin-Soo Choo has returned from his side injury, and only ended up missing one full game. Choo didn’t start today, but came in as a very talented defensive replacement in the 8th inning. He grounded out in his only at bat, but showed enough progress that he should start tomorrow.
Ubaldo Jimenez became the strike out machine that he is supposed to be for the first time today, striking out more than 7 batters in a game for the first time as an Indian. Jimenez struck out double digits for the 11th time in his career.
It is much better to slide outside the plate when trying to score than to slide on the inside of the plate. There is a lot more room to manouver out there and it is harder to block the plate. Hopefully Kosuke Fukudome will learn this lesson from Carlos Santana. Who ever though Carlos Santana would be better at baserunning than anyone else.
When everyone was reading off Jim Thome’s team records before the game started, the one they forgot was the one he leads by the most in. Strike outs. Thome had struck out 1,377 times prior to tonights game and added another 2 during the game. This now gives him more than 550 more than the next worst on the list, Travis Hafner. Unless the a young Indians phenom ends up turning into Mark Reynolds, this is one record that Thome may hold eternally.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 2 – Kansas City Royals 1