Player of the Game
Justin Masterson outdueled Justin Verlander and won his 4th Player of the Game of the year for it. Masterson scored his 5.63 via his 7 innings pitched with only one run allowed. The Indians ace earned the win while striking out 4 and allowing 10 baserunners (plus one safe on an error). It is his second consecutive award and it ties him with Travis Hafner for the second most on the team.
The Indians have thrown two runners out at the plate in two days, this time by Jose Lopez at third. This has come about mostly because the Tigers have been struggling with runners in scoring position and decided to send both runners on contact. Indians pitching has done a good job in these situations (runner on third with less than 2 outs) as well by keeping the ball on the ground or striking hitters out.
The Indians scored two runs off Justin Verlander. This is amazing against a pitcher with an ERA around 2.00 who throws 102 MPH in the 8th inning. Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo home run to lead off the game that landed in the mezzanine while Michael Brantley and Jose Lopez provided the winning margin.
Jose Lopez has been an extremely pleasant surprise the past two weeks as he has filled in for Jack Hannahan. Today he continued his hitting streak (9 games) and knocked in the go ahead run with a single. He has played in 11 games since Hannahan was hurt and has knocked in 7 over that time. His defense has also been good enough to not hurt the team. After this showcase he certainly seems to have earned a spot on the team for awhile at least.
The Indians sweep the Tigers moving them 6 games ahead of Detroit and 4 above Chicago. The Tribe will go to Chicago to face the second place White Sox tomorrow.
Miguel Cabrera made a diving play from third to end the 7th inning. This is completely unfair as the Tigers were supposed to be increasing their offensive prowess at the expense of their defense.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 2 – Detroit Tigers 1