Player of the Game
Travis Hafner provided almost all the offense today and for that he won his 4th Player of the Game of 2012. Hafner knocked in 2 with a home run to tie the game in the 6th and the Indians scored the go ahead run on Pronk’s fielder’s choice in the 8th.
Zach McAllister was fantastic today as he pitched into the 7th and didn’t allow a single walk. He did allow two earned runs, but they were as unearned as earned runs can be. Check the Feathers Down for the Indians defensive gaffs in the 6th inning.
Travis Hafner came up limping into third after he should have scored on a two out double, but hit a home run in his next at bat. The home run tied the game at two as Jason Kipnis had previously singled.
Vinnie Pestano was masterful getting out of a jam that he created for himself and Chris Perez was perfect in the 9th to win and save the game for the Indians. Perez has been perfect in save opportunities since opening day and Pestano now holds the Indians record for K’s in consecutive relief outings with 23.
Milestone Alert: Two Indians hit milestones today as Travis Hafner played in his 1,051st game, good enough to tie him for 25th on the All-Time Indians list with Ray Chapman and Johnny Damon moved into 36th all time in Major League history with his 9,953rd at bat. Damon passed Pudge Rodriguez on the all-time list.
The series win keeps the Indians in 1st place in the Central through the next series with the White Sox and moves the Tigers to 5 games back. They will go for the sweep tomorrow against Justin Verlander with Justin Masterson on the mound. Get ready early for this must see baseball as the game starts at noon.
The Indians played some terrible defense in the 6th and only some questionable official scoring allowed the runs allowed to be earned. First Jason Kipnis turned a single into a double by overrunning the ball on a bunt down the first base line. Andy Dirks then doubled over Shin-Soo Choo‘s head on a ball that could possibly have been caught to score Quintin Berry for the first run. The second run scored on a great diving stop by Asdrubal Cabrera at short when he made a poor throw to the plate. Carlos Santana was unable to catch the ball at all and the Tigers took a 2-0 lead.
Not that Jose Lopez hasn’t performed admirably, but the Indians probably should have placed Jack Hannahan on the 15 Day DL when he was injured and brought up Lonnie Chisenhall. This is Hannahan’s 9th day being listed as day-to-day and it doesn’t look like he will start tomorrow either. His injury has severely limited the Indians bench options.
Play of the Game
Michael Brantley threw out fat and stupid as he tried to take third on a short fly to center.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 – Detroit Tigers 2