Player of the Game
With what ended up being a useless home run in the bottom of the ninth, Jose Lopez takes home tonight’s Player of the Game. His final score was 2.76. Josh Tomlin had the exact opposite score with a -2.76 for his effort. Tomlin is the first starting pitcher to record a negative score in a game this year, although he pitched better than the results show.
Josh Tomlin had great control all night, allowing him to strike out a career high 7 batters and only walk one. His one walk came on a questionable call. His consistency in the strike zone did hurt him a little as both A.J. Pierzynski and Alejandro De Aza hit home runs in the first inning off Tomlin.
In his first career start, Chris Sale was dominant. The young left hander only allowed three hits and one run during 6.2 innings pitched. The only run came when he hit Shin-Soo Choo and Choo stole second off of A.J. Pierzynski. Choo later scored on a Carlos Santana single.
It always amazes me that players who aren’t good enough to crack the everyday lineup somehow find their way into the top of the lineup when they do play. Today, Jason Donald lead off and Jose Lopez hit fifth, rather than moving Jason Kipnis and Shelley Duncan up in the order.
Play of the Game
Shin-Soo Choo’s stolen base off the Chicago battary of Chris Sale and Pierzynski immediately after getting hit in the thumb with a pitch.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 2 – Chicago White Sox 4