Player of the Game
With a game-tying homer in the bottom of the 8th inning, Jose Lopez won Player of the Game with a score of 6.27. Before the home run, Lopez had an error, a strikeout, and 3 runners in scoring position left on base, but the 3-run homer made up for all of that. In the 10th inning, he walked and later scored another tying run. Lopez won his 2nd Player of the Game this season, his other one coming on April 9th.
The Indians bats (at least Jose Lopez’s) came alive in the 8th inning. It looked like the Indians were going to take a 4-1 defeat until they tied it up in the 8th. Carlos Santana started the inning with a walk. Casey Kotchman then doubled. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Jose Lopez hit a home run off the railing in left field, tying the game at 4. This took Zach McAllister, who pitched a very average game, off the hook for the loss.
Tony Sipp pitched a flawlessly in relief today. He pitched the 9th inning and one out of the 10th, facing the minimum 4 batters and striking out 3 of them.
When it looked like the Indians were going to lose after giving up a run in the top of the 10th inning, they came back to ties the game. Jose Lopez and Jason Kipnis walked, and Asdrubal Cabrera drove Lopez in to score the tying run.
The Indians won the game in the 10th inning after Seattle pitcher, Brandon League, walked several Indians hitters and Carlos Santana singled in the game-winning run.
The Indians have completed their 2nd 2-game series sweep in a row. The go into the weekend with a 4 game winning streak.
The Indians defense was a little rough today. In the 5th inning, Jose Lopez had a fielding error and Carlos Santana had a passed ball, which combined led to an unearned run. In the 8th inning, there was a high pop up in far territory right in front of home plate which Casey Kotchman attempted to field, running all the way from first base. In his nice hustle attempt, he dropped the ball. Justin Smoak was credited with a single on the play, but it obviously should have been an error. Hits like that should be easy outs.
Travis Hafner was removed from the game after getting hit by a pitch on the hand.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 6 – Seattle Mariners 5