Player of the Game
Kosuke Fukudome won his second ‘Player of the Game’ with 2 hit, 2 strike out night. Both of Fukudome’s were critical and would have helped the Indians win if any other offensive player had done anything. His first single loaded the bases with two outs while his solo home run late in the game brought the game within 2 runs. His final score was 3.34.
Ubaldo Jimenez looked great through the first 3 innings, striking out 5 of the first 6 Detroit outs and only allowing one base runner. The rest of the game didn’t go as well as it could have for him, but he did only allow a single run scoring hit in his 7 innings pitched. It’s not his fault the Indians can’t score more than 3 runs a game.
There were really only two important situations in this game, one for each team. In the bottom of the third, the Indians got two men on with one out for Grady Sizemore, who then struck out. After Kosuke Fukudome singled to load the bases, Asdrubal Cabrera struck out as well, ending the inning and the best offensive chance the Indians had all game. Detroit’s chance came at the top of the next inning, when they did the same thing, getting 2 runners on with only one out. The difference is, they took advantage with Victor Martinez hitting a 3 run home run that accounted for all the Tigers runs until the 8th.
Grady Sizemore is back and making up for lost time. He struck out twice today and may be trying to catch up his lost ground in the career strike out race. Grady probably thought the record was within his reach with only about 600 more k’s to go, but then the Indians re-signed their all time strike out leader. His two today put him within 18 of the player with the third most strike outs in an Indians uniform, Jhonny Peralta.
As stated in the Series Preview today’s loss makes it absolutely necessary for the Indians to win the last two games in this series. Any other outcome and you can basically kiss any shot at the playoffs goodbye.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 2 – Detroit Tigers 4