Player of the Game
Justin Masterson pitched 7 innings as tonight’s Player of the Game with a score of 3.92. In his no-decision, Masterson gave up just 2 runs and struck out 5. He allowed 6 hits and 3 walks, but was helped out by his battery mate, who threw out 3 base stealers. The is Materson’s 3rd Player of the game award of the season, tying him for 2nd on the team.
The bottom of the lineup came through for the Indians to score their first 2 runs in the 2nd inning. Johnny Damon walked with 2 outs in the inning, then Casey Kotchman doubled, scoring Damon. Lead off hitter, Shin-Soo Choo, then singled, scoring Kotchman. The bottom of the lineup has proven to be critical the last few games, coming through to produce runs.
Carlos Santana threw out a career high 3 attempted base stealers. The Marlins tried running on him early in the game. They attempted 4 stolen bases, the first of which was successful when Santana threw the ball into center field, but he nailed the next 3 runners. The Marlins did not attempt another stolen base after the 5th inning.
The Tribe bullpen went to work in the 8th inning when the game was tied at 2. Tony Sipp recorded one out and walked a batter, before handing the ball over to Joe Smith. Smith then forced a come-backer to the mound, but committed an error when trying to pick the runner off second, which allowed him to go to third. This situation with one out was perfect for the Marlins to hit a sacrifice fly and take the lead.
The Indians only had 4 hits tonight, making it difficult to score more than 2 runs.
Play of the Game
Carlos Santana guns down 3 runners attempting to steal.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 2 – Miami Marlins 3