Player of the Game
The ‘Player of the Game’ tonight was Asdrubal Cabrera for scoring the winning run in the 14th inning. Cabrera also knocked in the first run of the game and scored the second in the 1st inning, if anyone can remember when that happened. His final score for his team leading 14th award was 3.77. Chad Durbin gets an honerable mention for making a spot start in the third inning and pitching 3 scoreless innings, facing the minimum.
The rain delay ruined both starters outings, but both bullpens came through admirably. While each starter gave up 2 runs in 2 innings, both teams pens made it through the next 7 innings without allowing a run, to send the game into extras. All said and done, 13 relief pitchers were used by both teams for a total of 23.1 scoreless innings.
Thanks to David Pauley for hitting Kosuke Fukudome to drive in the winning run. I love baseball, but 2 am is a little late.
Carlos Carrasco was placed on the 15 day disabled list with some swelling in his “elbow.” This came at an extremely convenient time as the Indians had to bring Jack Hannahan back for tonight’s game and didn’t want to get rid of any position players. It is also convenient because Carrasco was being suspended and was going to be replaced this time through the rotation by David Huff anyway. Now, Carrasco can stay on the DL until September when he won’t hurt the team by taking his suspension, because the rosters are expanded.
Jason Donald was caught stealing home on a suicide squeeze play by Michael Brantley in the 8th inning. Brantley tried to make contact, but the ball was low and outside and the catcher easily tagged out Donald trying to score. The play was reminiscant of Asdrubal Cabrera’s squeeze play against Boston early in the season to win a game 1-0. The only difference was that last time it worked. It was an interesting call by Manny Acta for being aggressive, but Michael Brantley has played well enough this season that he probably should have been able to try to score him from third on his own.
Jeff Kellogg was Coco Puffs tonight. He took away Chad Durbin’s Special K early in the game as he Cinnamin Toast Crunched the strike zone down somewhere below the hitter’s knees. He should thank his Lucky Charms that Victor Martinez and Travis Hafner didn’t gang up on him and knock out his Fruity Pebbles.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 3 – Detroit Tigers 2