Player of the Game
Justin Masterson won his second Player of the Game of the season, even though he wasn’t able to record the win in the game. His score of 4.74 was his highest since Opening Day. He pitched into the 9th inning before he was relieved for the final two outs by Vinnie Pestano. Masterson struck out 5 and only allowed 4 hits in the game. Michael Brantley had one of his best games of the season with 3 hits, an RBI and a run scored, but was unable to move the winning run to third when it really counted. His final score was 3.07.
The Indians have restructured the lineup as I predicted by placing Jason Kipnis in the two hole and flipping Travis Hafner and Carlos Santana. This may or may not change back to the old lineup as soon as Shin-Soo Choo comes back from his hamstring ailment.
Travis Hafner has started in 11 consecutive games and has gotten on base in each one. Last year the Indians’ DH never played in more than 14 consecutive games. He definitely appears to be injury free and running on all cylinders.
Justin Masterson played the Ace today and outdueled Jered Weaver, simply by staying in the game longer. The Indians weren’t able to score against Weaver, but by making him throw a lot of pitches were able to knock him out of the game early. Masterson allowed a couple of runs, but was much more efficient, enabling him to stay in the game through the 8th inning while the Angels were forced to use their terrible bullpen.
It was the Torii Hunter show tonight as the Indians former nemesis knocked in both Angels runs and kept the Indians from scoring their first run. Hunter scored Albert Pujols from second with a single and kept Asdrubal Cabrera from scoring the same way right after with a good throw from right field. He later added a solo home run to increase the Angel lead to two.
Play of the Game
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a walk off single to right field to knock in Aaron Cunningham and win the game for the Tribe. What I really loved about this hit was that the Angels had brought an outfielder in to play infield, so all he had to do was hit it in the air to win the game, but he hit a ball that would have been a double against a normal defense and a triple or inside-the-park homerun against the defense they had set up.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 3 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2