Player of the Game
Jason Kipnis won today’s Player of the Game with three singles, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI and a steal. His score of 5.11 earned him his team leading 5th award of the season.
The new arrivals produced well today. Lonnie Chisenhall hit a solo home run in his first bat of 2012 and later singled while Josh Tomlin earned a win in his return to the starting rotation. Tomlin did allow 2 home runs and 4 total runs in just 5 innings, but it was good enough to keep the Tribe in the game.
The Indians makeshift lineup has had no problems producing runs even with the absence of Carlos Santana, Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis Hafner. They have averaged 5.75 runs per game since the departure of the three major players. Luke Carlin (2 singles with 1 run), Jose Lopez (2 singles with 3 RBI) and Juan Diaz (single and a run) all stepped up their game today especially as they were needed.
Walks hurt the Tribe today as the Royals scored their first and last runs of the game off of walks. To start Josh Tomlin walked Jeff Francoeur and Eric Hosmer immediately followed with a home run. Later, Nick Hagadone walked Jarrod Dyson who then stole second base easily. He scored on a Alcides Escobar single.
Let no one say that I only point out when the umpires get calls wrong against the Indians. Today, Jason Kipnis was tagged out going to third in the Indians 5 run 3rd. However, the umpire called him safe and he scored on the next hit. Even if he actually wasn’t touched (he was) he should have been called out for leaving the base line. Let’s play fair people.
With the injury to Lou Marson yesterday the Indians only had two players on their bench today, both of whom were outfielders. Aaron Cunningham came in early as a defensive replacement for Johnny Damon leaving only Shelley Duncan on the bench. It’s a good thing the Royals weren’t out for blood today as there were no infielders or catchers available defensively.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 8 – Kansas City Royals 5