Player of the Game
The Indians did not have any offense until the 6th inning. That all changed when Pronk slammed a 2-run shot over the right field wall. This was Travis Hafner‘s 13th home run of the year, earning him the “Player of the Game” award tonight with a score of 4.43. This is Hafner’s 10th award of the year, tying him for 4th place on the team.
Ubaldo Jimenez pitched deep into the game and had a very good outing until the 7th inning. Jimenez ended up pitching 7 complete innings, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits. He went into the 7th with a 2-1 lead and left the game trailing 4-2. Jimenez struck out 7 White Sox batters and walked just 2.
Indians batters only struck out 4 times tonight. If you have been watching the Indians play all year, you know that this is a big deal. Games seem to be a lot less frustrating when a team can hit the ball into play.
Chad Durbin entered the game in the 8th inning, relieving Ubaldo Jimenez. He gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, Alexei Ramirez. He also gave up a home run to the third batter he faced, Alex Rios. But that’s not all. Chad Durbin was not satisfied with only giving up 2 home runs in an inning. He allowed Brent Morel to smash a 2-run shot into left field, giving up a total of 3 home runs in just one inning. Durbin continues his woes out of the bullpen, maintaining an ERA of over 5.00.
Final Score: Chicago White Sox 8 – Cleveland Indians 4