Player of the Game
Four players had Player of the Game scores above 4 today, but Derek Lowe nearly doubled the score of the next highest player. Lowe was today’s Player of the Game with a score of 8.47. Derek Lowe pitched a complete game, allowing just 6 hits in his shut out performance. When he did allow base runners, Lowe forced Twins hitters to ground into 4 double plays. The other 3 Indians players with scores above 4 were Shin-Soo Choo (4.73), Asdrubal Cabrera (4.53), and Carlos Santana (4.33).
After losing 3 of 4 games in Boston, the Indians came back with a 2-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins. The Indians next series is in Cleveland, with 2 games against the Mariners.
Shin-Soo Choowas in the lead off spot for the second consecutive game, forcing Johnny Damon to bat in the 7 position. Choo led off 4 different innings today and ended the game going 2-4 with a double, a home run, an RBI, and 2 runs scored.
The Indians scored their first 2 runs of the game (1 in the 2nd inning, 1 in the 3rd inning) via the small ball. Tribe hitters strung together a couple singles and doubles to score their runs. In the 5th inning, however, they felt it was time to show off their power. Shin-Soo Choo, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Carlos Santana each hit solo home runs, adding 3 more runs to the Indians lead.
Jack Hannahan has not played in 2 consecutive games due to some tightness in his back.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 5 – Minnestoa Twins 0