Player of the Game
With his first career home run, Jason Kipnis won his first “Player of the Game” award of the year with a score of 2.81. Carlos Santana took second place today with a score of 2.14, which included a single and a triple.
Asdrubal Cabrera continued to be a human highlight reel today. He showed off his range, arm strength, and hops on several occasions this afternoon.
Jason Kipnis hit his first Major League home run today. This hit ended an 0 for 12 drought for Kipnis. He has only played in 7 games since being called up on July 22nd. In that time, Kipnis has gone 3 for 22. Maybe this home run will give Kipnis some confidence so he can settle in and hit on a more consistent basis.
In his 3rd game as a Cleveland Indian, Kosuke Fukudome finally gets his first hit, a lead-off double in the bottom of the 6th inning.
Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana combined today to go 5 for 8. Cabrera went 3 for 3 with two singles, a double and two walks. Santana went 2 for 4 with a single and a triple. Tribe bats finally seem to be coming around, but now the Indians need to figure out how to give their pitchers more run support.
The Indians have not been very aggressive on the bases lately, compared to their stolen base activity earlier in the season. Today, both Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Brantley attempted to seal bases, but were caught before the pitcher even went to the plate. Both players were taking off on the first move, and the pitcher threw the ball to first on a pick off attempt.
Indians hitters combined for 12 strikeouts today. The main reason for firing Jon Nunnally, the former Tribe hitting coach, was because batters were striking out too much. Things have not seemed to have gotten any better.
Final Score: Kansas City Royals 5 – Cleveland Indians 3