Player of the Game
Asdrubal Cabrera won his team leading 18th ‘Player of the Game’ tonight, 7 more than 2nd place Justin Masterson. Cabrera added to his already impressive season statistics with 2 more hits and a walk. Asdrubal singled, doubled, stole a base and scored a run while only getting out once. His double came to lead off the 9th inning in a one person effort to make a comeback. His single and steal lead to the only Indians run of the game. His final ‘POG’ score was 2.19, while David Huff earned a 2.11 after taking the loss. Huff only allowed 6 hits while striking out 5 in 6.1 innings. He only gave up one of the three runs scored against him as the others came off a home run allowed by Frank Herrmann.
The battle for second place in the AL Central began in the Indians favor. In the first inning with two outs, Asdrubal Cabrera singled and stole a base. He would score on a single by Jim Thome, giving David Huff a 1-0 advantage before he even hit the mound.
Brent Morel showed what a powerhouse he can be by jacking two home runs against the Indians, his first multi home run game of his career. Morel now has 5 home runs on the season. The first home run came off David Huff to tie the game at one and the second came when David Huff was removed, so he wouldn’t have to face Morel. Apparently, Brent didn’t care who he faced as he smashed another home run off Frank Herrmann, this one for three runs.
The 7th inning has been a sticking point for Indians starters the past two days. Yesterday Justin Masterspn, and today David Huff, began the 7th but were unable to finish what they started. In both games the starter left two men on base when they left the game and both times the runners scored. Tonight’s game was noticeably worse than last night’s as Herrmann also allowed 2 base runners of his own after he allowed Huff’s to score. Josh Judy then entered the game and promptly gave up a grand slam to Paul Konerko to put the game out of reach.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 1 – Chicago White Sox 8