Player of the Game
With a double and an RBI fielder’s choice, Travis Hafner takes tonight’s Player of the Game. It is his second of the year, tying him for the team lead with Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis. His score of 1.57 was almost matched by Aaron Cunningham who earned a score of 1.53.
Aaron Cunningham knocked in his first run of the season today to bring the Indians within 2 in the 7th. Cunningham has played in all but 3 games this season, but has not had very many at bats as he usually comes in late in games for defensive purposes.
The Indians have shuffled their lineup around in the last couple games, moving the hot hitting Jack Hannahan above the sluggish Casey Kotchman. Kotchman has not had a hit in his last 6 games played and the drop in the lineup should limit his number of at bats. It is possible that one more lineup change could be coming in the near future as well. If Michael Brantley continues to struggle and Jason Kipnis remains hot, the Indians could move Kipnis into the lead-off role and drop Brantley to the bottom third of the order.
The Royals proved that you can’t lose every game by breaking their 12 game losing streak. Jairo Asencio removed all doubt in the 9th inning by allowing the Royals to score 4 times on two home runs. Prior to that the combined efforts of Ubaldo Jimenez, Dan Wheeler and Rafael Perez had kept the game manageable.
Play of the Game
Asdrubal Cabrera turned a double play in the 8th inning behind Rafael Perez to keep things from getting out of hand.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 2 – Kansas City Royals 8