Player of the Game
Asdrubal Cabrera hit the game winning home run and was only a triple away from the cycle as he won his team leading 16th ‘Player of the Game’ award. Cabrera scored 7.74 ‘POG’ points for his 3-5, 4 RBI night. By my accounting, this was his third best night of the season statistically, behind only the two games he hit two home runs in.
Jim Thome hit an opposite field home run to tie the game against the Royals at 4. It was his 335th home run in an Indians jersey and his 602nd all time. I don’t know if I’ll keep mentioning it, but as the team leader in home runs, walks and strike outs, every time he does one of these things, it will be a new Indians record. They are also all records that are unlikely to be broken anytime soon. There is certainly no one involved with the Indians right now that has the capability of breaking any of them.
Jack Hannahan has been very hot of late, especially in the last two games. In the last two games, Hannahan has had multiple 2 out hits with runners on base. In his last 4 games, Hannahan has 9 hits (all singles except for the triple tonight) and 6 RBI, including one in each game and three tonight. Hannahan’s hot play has lead Lonnie Chisenhall, who has struggled some (but not that badly), to spend an inordinate amount of time on the bench.
Leading off Kosuke Fukudome tonight was a good move by manager Manny Acta. Since Michael Brantley will be out for an unknown amount of time, it is important to find a replacement that has a little more experience and is a little more dependable than Ezequiel Carrera and Jason Donald. The top of the lineup in tonight’s game was stronger than any in a long time with Fukudome followed by Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Santana and Jim Thome. Now if Matt LaPorta ever gets back into the lineup the Indians should be able to score as much as any other team.
Shin-Soo Choo started tonight’s game, but was removed after his second at bat with the same sides sorenes that has been bothering him over the last couple days. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Choo held out of tomorrow’s game, as it is a quick turn around in a 1:05 start.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 8 – Kansas City Royals 7