Player of the Game
Johnny Damon finally hit his first home run as an Indian, giving him enough points to be today’s Player of the Game. Damon went 1-4 today. Most of his points came from his 3-run home run in the 2nd inning. His score of 5.45 gave him his first Player of the Game of the season.
The Indians offense once again provided some run support. They are hitting the ball well and scoring runs, just not quite enough to win ball games.
Milestone Alert: With Johnny Damon’s run scored today, he is now tied with Joe Morgan for 33rd all time in runs scored.
Pitching failed once again. Starter, Ubaldo Jimenez, gave up 7 runs in 4+ innings pitched. The White Sox had 7 hits off of him, 6 singles and a home run. He also walked 3 and hit a batter. His relief, Jairo Asencio, pitched 2 innings today, giving up 3 runs. Asencio gave up 5 hits: a single, a double, 2 triples, and a home run. The White Sox scored 2 more runs in the 8th inning when Joe Smith allowed 2 of Tony Sipp‘s runners to score. It is hard to win games when pitchers give up 12 runs.
As if the Indians weren’t injured enough, four Indians batters were hit by pitches today. Casey Kotchman (2), Juan Diaz, and Lou Marson were hit, and Marson was removed from the game after being hit in the mouth by Gavin Floyd. There were a total of 6 hit batters in today’s game. Ubaldo Jimenez and Jairo Asencio each hit a White Sox batter.
The Indians lost all three games against Chicago. Only 1/2 game separates Cleveland and Chicago in the standings. If the Indians want to stay in first place, they need to turn things around and start winning games.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 6 – Chicago White Sox 12