Player of the Game
Jason Kipnis made a late-game comeback, overtaking Ubaldo Jimenez‘s score of 5.37 with his 3-run home run in the 9th inning. Kipnis achieved a score of 7.06 today, which included a single, a double, a walk, a home run, and 3 RBI. Kipnis now has a team-leading 7 PoG awards this season.
Indians batters came out swinging after getting just 3 hits last night. Tribe hitters combined for 4 runs on 10 hits. Shin-Soo Choo, Jason Kipnis, and Shelley Duncan each had multiple hits in today’s game.
For the 3rd straight game, the starting pitcher has pitched at least 7 innings and has given up 2 runs or less. Ubaldo Jimenez pitched 7 innings in today’s game, giving up just 1 run on 5 hits and striking out 7. His only mistake, just like Justin Masterson last night, was a home run to Carlos Beltran.
Michael Brantley got out in his first 2 at bats, but hit a single in his 3rd, extending his hit streak to 18 games.
Jason Kipnis got his 15th stolen base of the season and has 13 straight successful attempts. The Indians continue to lead the American League in stolen bases.
The White Sox lost today, so the Indians are just a half game out of first place.
Vinnie Pestano had control issues today. After quickly recording the first out in the 8th inning, Pestano walked the next 3 St. Louis hitters to load the bases with the score tied at 1. He managed to strike out Yadier Molina and Allen Craig to get out of the inning with no damage, and even managed to earn the win.
Play of the Game
Jason Kipnis wins the game with a 3-run shot in the 9th inning.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 – St. Louis Cardinals 1