Player of the Game
Jason Kipnis won the ‘Player of the Game’ tonight against the Sox for being the only player who could figure out the knuckle-ball. Kipnis hit his 4th career home run and walked twice against Boston pitching and earned a ‘POG’ score of 3.45. Ezequiel Carrera, Travis Hafner and Carlos Carrasco all had decent games as well, each scoring higher than 1.70. Even though Carrasco’s perfomance of only 3 runs allowed in 7 innings pitched was acceptable, I would still prefer to see David Huff make his next start in the rotation.
You can take all the feathers up from last night’s game and add one to them for tonight’s. Jason Kipnis hit another home run, his 4th in as many games, tying him with Al Rosen for most consecutive games with a home run by an Indians rookie. Ezequiel Carrera hit another double, adding an RBI as well to continue his positive play and Lonnie Chisenhall contributed again with a double and a run scored. Of course the ending was the same as well knocking the Indians to 4 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central.
Feathers Down (AKA: Bad things about Austin Kearns)
Austin Kearns looks like a fool in the outfield. In today’s game alone he mishandled a single, which could have easily turned into more and he crashed into the green monster, missing a catch that every other Indians outfielder would have probably caught. He has to know how bad he looks out there. If he had any self respect at all or wanted the Indians to win, he would just retire immediately.
He also looks like a fool at the plate. His 0-4 tonight with 1 strike out was only beaten by Carlos Santana’s 4 strike out night for worst offensive performance of the night. Apparently, Jobu no hit knuckle-ball.
How does Jacoby Ellsbury beat two different Indians right handers to win the game in back-to-back nights? The Indians are now at .500 for the first time since game 4 of this season.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 3 – Boston Red Sox 4