Player of the Game
Maybe it’s a good thing that Jack Hannahan was ejected tonight. His replacement, Jose Lopez, took advantage of his only at bat with a 3-run home run in the 9th inning. In just one at bat, Lopez scored 5.75 points, winning him his 6th Player of the Game and his 2nd in 3 games.
The Indians did not get shut out due to a rally in the top of the 9th inning. The Indians decided to finally start hitting very late in the game. They only had 6 hits going into the inning and added 4 more hits and put 4 runs on the board, avoiding the shut out and forcing the Yankees to bring in their closer.
Justin Masterson was not the same pitcher that he had been his last 3 starts. He lacked command tonight and the Yankees took advantage of their opportunities. Masterson had thrown 58 pitches by the end of the 2nd inning. To his credit, though, Jack Hannahan did not make a play that he should have, which prolonged the inning. Masterson ended the day pitching 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 singles.
The Yankees got another call in their favor when Jack Hannahan hit a foul ball into the first row down the third base line. Left fielder, Dewayne Wise, obviously did not catch the ball, but because he came up from his stumble into the seats with the ball, Hannahan was called out. This was the best scoring opportunity the Indians had before the 9th inning with a runner on third, but the rally was quickly ended with a horribly blown call. It’s okay, though because the Yankees announcer got a good laugh from it.
Play of the Game
Dewayne Wise makes a “catch” in foul territory. Jack Hannahan saw a replay later in the game, which eventually led to his ejection.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 – New York Yankees 6