Player of the Game
Jim Thome provided the Tribe with some offense tonight as he won his 2nd “Player of the Game” award since rejoining the Indians. Thome singled, doubled, and walked. He also scored 2 runs and drove in one, giving him a PoG score of 4.06.
The Indians provided some offense tonight, scoring in 4 consecutive innings. They scored one run in the fourth inning on a Shelly Duncan double. Their run in the fifth inning on a wild pitch by Max Scherzer. In the sixth inning, the Indians scored two runs on a Jason Donald single. The Indians scored 2 more runs in the seventh inning. Jim Thome doubled in a run and Lonnie Chisenhall hit an RBI single.
Once again, Nick Hagadone looked strong in relief for the Indians. Hagadone pitched 1.2 innings. He did not allow a hit, struck out 2, and picked a runner off of first base. Hagadone has been fantastic in his last 5 outings.
Zach Putnam also had a good outing out of the bullpen. Putnam pitched the 8th inning, retiring all three Tiger hitters he faced and struck out one.
The Indians fell behind early when starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez gave up 3 runs in the first inning. Gomez pitched to 8 batters, giving up 4 hits and hitting a batter. The Tigers were able to add one more one in the second inning when Wilson Betemit hit a solo shot off of Gomez. In the fourth inning, Gomez gave up 2 more runs on a line drive that cleared the fence off the bat of Delmon Young. Gomez ended the night pitching 4.2 innings, giving up 8 runs on 10 hits.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 6 – Detroit Tigers 9