Player of the Game
With a quality 6 inning start, starting pitcher, Derek Lowe, won tonight’s Player of the Game. He allowed just one walk, 8 hits, and striking out 5 in 6 innings of work, giving him a PoG score of 4.64. Prior to today’s game, Lowe only had 3 strikeouts for the entire season, so 5 in a game is a feat for him. Tonight was a great improvement over his last start, in which he allowed 4 runs in just 4.1 innings of work.
The Indians took the early lead in the first inning. Jason Kipnis reached base after getting hit by a pitch, followed by a double by Asdrubal Cabrera. Carlos Santana then hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Kipnis, and giving the Indians the 1-0 lead.
Jason Kipnis proved that he is speedy enough to fill in the lead off position when Michael Brantley takes a day off. Kipnis led off the top of the first by getting on base and eventually scoring, and later in the game, Kipnis reached on a bunt single, and stole second base.
The Indians continue to show their patience at the plate. It helped that Royal’s starter, Jonathan Sanchez, was wild, but the Indians walked a total of 9 times tonight. Sanchez walked the bases loaded in both the 2nd inning and the 5th inning, with his wildness in the 5th eventually leading to 3 more runs for the Indians.
After Kansas City starter Sanchez walked the first 3 batters in the 2nd inning, the Indians were unable to take advantage. With the bases loaded and no one out, Jason Kipnis popped out and Asdrubal Cabrera grounded into a double play.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Kansas City Royals 3 – Cleveland Indians 4