Player of the Game
One could not ask for a better start than Derek Lowe gave Indians fans today. Lowe pitched 7.2 innings of shut out baseball, only allowing 3 hits, 2 singles by Kendrys Morales and a single hit by Chris Iannetta. He worked very efficiently, keeping his pitch count low all game by forcing Angel batters to hit the ball into play, letting the defense do their job. At one point in the game, Derek Lowe retired 13 straight batters. His spectacular performance today won Derek Lowe is 2nd Player of the Game honors with a score of 8.14, the highest score of any player this season.
During the past 2 games, Torii Hunter has been listed in the “Feathers Down” portion of the game recap. Today, Hunter receives a giant “Feathers Up.” It was Hunter’s 2-run error in the 5th inning that led to the first 2 Indians runs. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a routine fly ball to right field with 2 runners on and 2 outs. Torii hunter appeared to be under the ball ready to catch it, but he apparently lost the ball in the sun, allowing both runners to score.
While Torii Hunter could not handle the sun, Aaron Cunningham decided to deal with the sun in style. The inning after Hunter’s error, Cunningham wanted to make sure the same thing didn’t happen to him. When a line drive was hit to him in right, he lost his footing, fell down, and proceeded to get up and still make the catch.
The Indians took advantage of another Angel error in the 8th inning when releif pitcher Kevin Jepsen threw wildly to first base on a Jack Hannahan sacrifice bunt. This allowed pinch runner, Jason Donald, to score from 2nd on the overthrow and gave the Indians an extra out. The Indians were able to add 2 more runs to their lead, giving them a 4-0 advantage after 8 innings.
The Indians continue their homerless streak. Tribe hitters have not hit the ball out of the park in 11 games.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 0