Player of the Game
Michael Brantley went 4-5 tonight with 2 doubles, 2 singles, 2 RBI, and a run score, giving him tonight’s Player of the Game Honors. Brantley raised his batting average up to .256 with tonight’s performance. With a score of 5.20, this was Brantley’s 2nd award of the season. Jack Hannahan came in second behind Brantley with a 2-run homer, a single, and 2 RBI, scoring 4.58.
The Tribe bats came alive tonight. The scoring started in the 2nd inning when Casey Kotchman hit a sacrifice fly scoring Shin-Soo Choo (walk). Jack Hannahan then hit a 2-run home run scoring Michael Brantley (double). The scoring continued in the 3rd inning after Jason Kipnis lead off the inning with a solo homer. A single by Asdrubal Cabrera, a Travis Hafner walk, and double by Choo and Brantley added a couple more Indians runs and forced Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett to be taken out of the game.
Derek Lowe was solid again tonight. He was hit quite a bit, giving up 7 singles and 2 doubles, but he minimized Boston to just 2 runs.
Tony Sipp is not quite as dominating as he was last year. Tonight, Sipp gave up a solo home run in the bottom of the 7th inning. He was removed from the game after recording just 2 outs.
Play of the Game
Fianl Score: Cleveland Indians 8 – Boston Red Sox 3