Player of the Game
Asdrubal Cabrera stole this ‘Player of the Game’ away from Kosuke Fukudome with an RBI single in the bottom of the 8th. Before this single, Cabrera hit another single and a 3 run home run. The home run was the final nail in the coffin for the White Sox. Fukudome had just about as good a night as he can, started off with a home run to lead off the game. He ended the game with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored along with a fantastic diving catch in right field. In any game that a team wins by 9 runs, there are always multiple heroes and Jeanmar Gomez deserves some credit as another one. Gomez pitched 6 innings, only allowing one earned run and earning the win. Gomez earned 5.49 ‘POG’ points while Fukudome scored 6.94 and winning player Asdrubal Cabrera scored 7.20.
Jeanmar Gomez has pumped his own value up as of late, making him a late season favorite for next year’s starting rotation. In his 5 starts since coming back from AAA on August 30th, Gomez has pitched 6 innings in every game but one and has been the winning pitcher in each start. In those starts he has never given up more than 2 runs in a single game. Gomez has been on the Indians radar since he pitched a perfect game in AA Akron a few years ago and although he has had mixed results over his first two big league seasons, he looks to be becoming a strong option at starter.
With a double in the 7th inning, Travis Hafner became the 35th player to acrue 1,000 hits while playing for the Cleveland Indians. Pronk has more hits than any current member of the Tribe. Congratulations to Travis Hafner, the greatest hitter in Indians history who was unable to play a position on the field.
The Indians won’t be going to the playoffs in 2011. Overall an extremely positive outing against the next best team in the Central.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 11 – Chicago White Sox 2