Player of the Game
Jeanmar Gomez picks up today’s Player of the Game with a stellar performance on the mound for his second start in a row. Gomez earned a 7.77 with 6.1 shut out innings and only 6 base runners allowed. Gomez was aided by a couple double plays, including one he started himself. This is not just his second consecutive award, but 4 of the last 6 have been won by the Indians starting pitcher of the day. More on that later.
How did this happen? The last time through the rotation, every single starter had a good outing going back to Jeanmar Gomez’s last start. Gomez continued this success in today’s start as he went 6.1 scoreless innings. Over those 6 games Indians starters have thrown 41 innings (6.8 per game) and only allowed 7 runs for an ERA of 0.65.
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a solo home run today to provide for enough runs to win the game. It is his 5th of the season and although he may never hit for as much power as he did in 2011, he is showing that it wasn’t a total fluke.
The Bullpen Mafia was impressive today, making up for their less than remarkable outing yesterday. Joe Smith started off by getting a double play to end his inning and Vinnie Pestano followed with a perfect inning including a strike out to earn his hold. Chris Perez finished the game off in style as three Marlins hitters never lifted the bats off their shoulders as he struck out each batter looking.
Edward Mujica pitched a 1-2-3 inning today. I don’t think he ever did that during his entire career with the Indians. What’s up wit dat?
Play of the Game
In the 6th inning, Jeanmar Gomez helped himself out after hitting a batter by fielding a ball and going to second for the double play.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 2 – Miami Marlins 0