Player of the Game
Lonnie Chisenhall‘s second ‘Player of the Game’ award of 2011 came with a two home run night, as he blasted both two run home runs against White Sox ace Mark Buehrle. His ‘POG’ score of 8.51 for the game was more than double his next best game this year. Ezequiel Carrera had a good game as well with 2 hits and 2 RBI. Jeanmar Gomez had his third great game in a row, allowing only two earned runs in 6 innings pitched. Carrera scored a 4.29 while Gomez scored a 3.41.
The Chiz Kid took two deep tonight, a personal record and showed more of what the Indians could have had earlier, if they hadn’t benched him for the past month. The recent injury to Jack Hannahan could be one of the best things to happen to the Tribe this year, as it has allowed Lonnie Chisenhall to take back the starters job at third that should have been his in the first place. In the 7 games since Hannahan’s calf injury, Lonnie has hit 3 home runs, and 6 RBI.
Matt LaPorta‘s double secret probation has apparently ended, but his secret probation remains in effect. He was brought up from AAA today, but was not allowed to play in the game. It will be interesting to see if any news comes out after the season is over about why one of the Indians most consistant hitters was removed from the roster. Apparently Columbus didn’t miss him as the Clippers swept the first round of the International League Playoffs against the Durham Bulls. They will play either the Pawtucket Red Sox or the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in the championship round.
Asdrubal Cabrera is still being forced to play every day even though the Indians are out of the playoff race. Today he went 0-5 with a strike out, but after what he has done for the Indians this season, any bad play is forgiven in advance.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 8 – Chicago White Sox 4