Mitch Talbot took the 'Player of the Game' award home for his effort against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Talbot pitched 8 shut-out innings and started the ninth, only to be taken out after the first batter doubled. Before that hit, Talbot had only allowed 4 hits, all singles and 2 walks. Talbot struck out 4 and secured a win giving him a 'Player of the Game' score of 8.61, a new single game high for the Indians in 2011. It was Mitch Talbot's first award this year, in just his second game played. Matt LaPorta took second place in 'POG' scoring, by hitting a three-run home run in his first at bat. Matt lost some points after that by making a poor defensive play and getting out in his last two at bats, once with a runner in scoring position, but he still earned a score of 5.44. The final team 'POG' score was 20.30, good for the Cleveland Indians 8th win in a row. Indians 4, Angels 0
Asdrubal Cabrera, fresh off his player of the week award, continued to play Babe Ruth and hit a first inning home-run. It isn't just the fact that he is hitting very well, but that he is doing it early on in the ballgame when there are, on average, higher leveraged situations. In such a case, he has been "Mr. Clutch" in a sense.
Matt LaPorta's 3-run home run in the 2nd inning essentially put the nail in the coffin on the Angels evening… I am happy to see Matt hitting the ball well. If he hits to his potential this year… what a middle of the order we have! Not only was Mitch Talbot very effective tonight, he was also efficient. He faced 30 batters and threw 112 pitches. Every team in the AL Central lost today… KC did not play.
Feathers Down I did not get to see Chris Perez's awesome beard.