Player of the Game
Asdrubal Cabrera showed some offense after a short slump with a 2-run home run over the left field wall in the top of the third inning. This home run gave Cabrera enough points to win “Player of the Game” with a score of 4.40. This is Cabrera’s 17th award of the season, the best on the team by 6 games. Jason Donald came in second in the PoG race tonight with his solo shot, giving him a score of 3.68.
The Indians hit the scoreboard early tonight. Kosuke Fukudome hit a long single in the top of the first inning and Carlos Santana would later hit a double, which scored Fukudome. Jim Thome singled Santana in, giving Masterson a 2-0 advantage before he even threw a single pitch.
Jason Donald hit his first home run of the year in the top of the fourth inning with a solo shot to left field. This was Donald’s first Major League home run since August of 2010.
Justin Masterson received plenty of run support from his offense tonight. In the first inning alone he got more support than he did his entire last outing. The Indians hitters gave Masterson a 5-run buffer tonight, which was enough to give Masterson the win.
In the same at bat he hit the home run, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a foul ball off his knee. He continued that at bat and remained in the game for defense in the bottom of the third inning. With just one out in the inning, the pain was unbearable and he was removed from game.
Carlos Carrasco joins Michael Brantley on the list of Indians out for the season. Carrasco is scheduled for Tommy John surgery, effectively ending his 2011 campaign and putting 2012 in doubt. This is especially disappointing as the Indians are now have very little pitching depth outside of the Major League roster.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 5 – Kansas City Royals 4