Roster Update: As predicted in the Astros series preview, Jeanmar Gomez was sent back to AAA after struggling in Houston. For the time being Scotty Barnes has been called up and will be used in the bullpen, but Zach McAllister is scheduled to take his place this Thursday in Baltimore. Gomez started the season out playing well as almost every other starting pitcher struggled, but he has fallen off some as of late as the other pitchers are starting to come around.
Barnes will be looking to make up for his last outing as he gave up 5 runs while only recording one out. He was solid in all his other relief appearances for the Indians and has played well for the Clippers as well, so it should turn out that that one outing against Cincinnati was an aberration and not what to expect from the real Scott Barnes.
Player of the Game
Esmil Rogers won his first Player of the Game of the year as he an inning and a third and only allowed one more batter than the minimum. Rogers struck out two and stranded a runner at third when he first came in the game. His final score was 1.78. In fact, every member of the bullpen that pitched tonight had a score over one, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Josh Tomlin’s score of -9.08.
Scott Barnes pitched well as he threw 2.2 innings in long relief after Josh Tomlin was removed from the game early. Barnes gave up a single run, but struck out three and only gave up one hit.
Going into this game Michael Brantley had only a single hit against the Yankees and Josh Tomlin had never given up a home run to a Yankee hitter. Neither of those are true anymore. Thanks to the Yankees announcers at YES for repeating these things over and over during the first 3 innings.
Casey Kotchman had a bad night tonight, mostly noticeable because the players ahead of him had slightly better games. Kotchman went 0-4 with 3 runners stranded in scoring position. He also ended the game with an easy ground out.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 1 – New York Yankees 7