Player of the Game
Starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez was the top player in tonight’s game against the Minnesota Twins. He pitched 7 strong innings, giving up just 3 singles, while he walked only 3, and struck out 2. One Twin run was scored while Gomez pitched, but it was unearned. With a score of 6.54, this is Jeanmar’s first Player of the Game award of the season. Casey Kotchman took second place tonight with a score of 4.78, which included a single and a 2-run home run.
The Indians played small ball to score their 2 runs in the 4th inning. Jason Kipnis singled and advanced to 3rd on Asdrubal Cabrera‘s ground-rule double. Travis Hafner drove in Kipnis with a ground out to the right side of the infield, advancing Cabrera to 3rd. Carlos Santana then hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Cabrera.
The Indians added 2 more runs in the 5th inning with the long ball. After Jose Lopez doubled, Casey Kotchman hit a 2-run home run.
The Indians were able to come back and win the game after the Twins tied it up in the 8th inning. Casey Kotchman singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Lou Marson, who ran for Kotchman, scored on a Shin-Soo Choo single, giving the Indians the lead.
The Twins were able to take the lead early when Carlos Santana threw a ball into left field attempting to throw out Darin Mastroianni, who was taking 3rd on a passed ball. This unearned run was the only run allowed while Jeanmar Gomez was pitching.
The bullpen was rocky in the 8th inning, allowing the Twins to come back and tie the game. Vinnie Pestano and Nick Hagadone each were only able to record one out. Pestano walked a batter and gave up a double, allowing one run to score. Hagadone came in the game and allowed a home run, allowing 2 more runs to score. Joe Smith came in the game and quickly recorded the last out in the 8th inning.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 5 – Minnesota Twins 4