5/5 Game Recap: Rangers 5 – Indians 2

Player of the Game

Asdrubal Cabrera was the Indians star player today as he contributed not only on defense, but also with 4 hits and an RBI on offense. His efforts earned him today’s Player of the Game with a score of 3.16. Joe Smith took the loss as he allowed a 3 run home run to Adrien Beltre in the 11th. His score of -3.65 was his worst of the season.

Feathers Up

Even though chances were few and far between, the Indians were able to score enough to keep with the Rangers. On just three hits, the Indians scored two runs in the 8th to tie the game. Asdrubal Cabrera doubled in Michael Brantley after which Jason Kipnis scored on a passed ball.

Nick Hagadone had another excellent outing as he threw two innings of shut out baseball, striking out one and only allowing a single hit.

Feathers Down

It makes you miss Kelly Shoppach, doesn’t it? Why do back up catchers get delusions of grandior? There is room on any baseball team for a player who is willing to play a couple times a week and bat .280.

Indians pitchers have averaged 9.4 innings a game. This is from a combination of playing extra innings and winning road games that has lead the Indians to be the most overworked staff in the Majors. Relief will come Monday at the latest as Zach McAllister will be recalled to pitch one of the two games against Chicago.

Play of the Game

Asdrubal Cabrera turned a double play by tagging out the runner going to third, then throwing to first.

Final Score: Cleveland Indians 2 – Texas Rangers 5

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Joseph is the primary writer and editor of BurningRiverBaseball.com and has been since its inception in 2011. He also writes for The Outside Corner and the Comeback and hosts the Tribe Time Now podcast. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and currently resides in Goodyear, Arizona the Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians. Follow on twitter @BurningRiverBB