Player of the Game
Travis Hafner hit a two run home run early in the game to give the Indians a lead, and the winning margin. He also had a single later in the game as well. Kosuke Fukudome, Asdrubal Cabrera also scored well with home runs of their own, as did the relief pitchers, Joe Smith, Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez, who all earned decisions.
The Columbus Clippers won the Governors’ Cup for the International League championship and will now play for the AAA championship in Albuquerque, NM. The game will be televised on versus if anyone would rather see a championship caliber team, than the Indians.
Jack Hannahan returned from the dead today to take over defensive duties at third from Lonnie Chisenhall late in the game. It’s good that he got over his injury, but hopefully he will be relegated to this type of work for the rest of the season as Lonnie Chisenhall needs to get as many at bats as he can to prepare for 2012. The Indians made a couple of roster moves in the last two days as well, bringing back Zach McAllister and Corey Kluber from AAA. McAllister will start the night game tonight and Kluber will be available out of the bullpen. The Indians also announced that Josh Tomlin will be recalled in time to start next Saturday against Minnesota.
The Indians have found some offense over the last 5 games, scoring at least 6 in every game except today and hitting 3 home runs in today’s game. The Indians even got the home runs from some expected run producers in Travis Hafner and Asdrubal Cabrera.
Waste of space catcher, Lou Marson, struck out another 3 times today. That makes him 0 for his last 6 at bats with 6 strike outs over the last 3 games. If anyone thinks he is better than anyone currently on the Indians or Clippers they are sorely mistaken. Bet no one saw this coming, the “Bad stuff about Austin Kearns” section has now turned into bad stuff about Lou Marson. He’s now batting .233 on the season.
Asdrubal Cabrera hurt himself swinging in his last at bat and was forced to leave the game for the 9th inning with an oblique injury. If the injury is serious at all we can expect Cabrera to sit out the rest of the season. He
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 – Chicago White Sox 3