Player of the Game
Shelley Duncan knocked in 4 and scored 3 times to win today’s ‘Player of the Game’ award. Duncan hit two home runs off probable Cy Young award winner, Justin Verlander. Combined with the 2 he hit 3 games ago, he has now hit half his home runs for 2011 in the last 4 games. Duncan also added a single and scored when Lonnie Chisenhall hit a two run home run of his own in the 7th inning. Duncan earned 8.44 total ‘POG’ for the game, a score marred by his error and the eventual unearned run that was allowed.
Trevor Crowe is finally back in the Major Leagues after spending the first 5 months of the season on the disabled list. While the Indians could have really used him earlier this season while dealing with the all of the outfield injuries, it is better late than never. At least now Crowe will be able to play a month to get his timing right before competing in Sring Training next year for the starting left fielder role. Jared Head was designated for assignment to make room on the 40 man roster for Crowe.
Shelley Duncan absolutely owned Justin Verlander today, pulling two home runs onto the left field home run porch. He has now hit 4 home runs in as many days with 9 RBI and 5 runs scored to go along with it. All the hits came in 2 games Kansas City and today against Detroit. It makes one wonder if the Indians would have been able to score more runs with Duncan playing first and Carlos Santana catching instead of Lou Marson behind the plate. In 9 less games Duncan has 7 more home runs and 21 more RBI than Marson. Matt LaPorta is also better than Lou Marson with 10 more home runs and 32 more RBI in 33 more games played, but since Manny Acta has a vendetta against him, he isn’t an option. Both Duncan and LaPorta have spent time in AAA this year even though there have been expendable players that are much less talented on the roster all season.
After starting off great, Masterson fell apart in the 7th and left with the bases loaded without getting an out. Masterson was well out-pitching the other Justin until this point, only giving up 2 runs while Verlander allowed 4. With Masterson out, Joe Smith gave up a single and run, following which Tony Sipp gave up everything else on a Victor Martinez grand slam to give up the lead.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 6 – Detroit Tigers 8