Player of the Game
Travis Hafner knocked in 3 runs tonight in three separate at bats and won tonight’s Player of the Game with a score of 6.77. Pronk had an RBI ground out, double and solo home run to account for those runs. He also scored two runs. Positive outings by Jairo Asencio, Tony Sipp and Ubaldo Jimenez along with the demotion of Dan Wheeler have lead to the Indians having no negative players on the current roster. There are a few players that are close, but every player on the team has been a positive part of the total effort this season.
Shin-Soo Choo looked good in the lead-off spot again today. Since being moved there he has been 6-12 with 2 doubles, a home run, two RBI and four runs scored. The move was made to give more at bats to the Indians most effective hitters. It may be unconventional, but this lineup will almost certainly score more than one with a fast player that hits .220 at lead-off.
The Indians success against the Twins wasn’t too much to get excited about as they are a last place team throwing out rookies and soon to be retirees, but scoring 8 runs against Felix Hernandez in 4 innings is very impressive.
The Indians finally wizened up and replaced Dan Wheeler with Jeremy Accardo, the pitcher who would have won the job out of Spring Training if the competition had truly been fair. Accardo made his Indians debut tonight and pitched a single perfect inning with a strike out. This note is very similar to tonight’s Feathers Down.
Feathers Even? Ubaldo Jimenez wasn’t vomit inducingly horrible tonight. Of course he was pitching against one of the worst offenses in the Majors and he still allowed 3 runs and threw over 100 pitches in 6 innings. It may be a step in the right direction, but it wasn’t a very big one.
At some point the Indians may want to stop watching Matt LaPorta set records in AAA, while Casey Kotchman sits at the bottom of the league in batting average. I know he has already had a ton of chances, but he never struggled to hit over .200. Kotchman went 0-3 with two strike outs and a double play tonight which puts his season average at .196 while LaPorta is hitting .331/.403/.644. Matt set a new record for most home runs at the Clippers new stadium tonight. Nobody wants to set minor league records. Give him a break. Trade him, release him or bring him up. Matt LaPorta can do absolutely nothing more at AAA. (This could have been about how Lonnie Chisenhall should be on the team instead of Jose Lopez, but LaPorta hit that home run).
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 9 – Seattle Mariners 3