Player of the Game
Shin-Soo Choo won tonight’s Player of the Game as he did everything in his power to win this game, but it just wasn’t enough. Choo went 3-6 with a run and three RBI including an RBI single in the 9th inning with the Tribe down two. His final score was 4.18. Shelley Duncan and Jason Kipnis also had games with scores over 3.00 as they each provided a large part of the Indians huge offensive outpouring.
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a home run in his second consecutive game, knocked in a run for his third consecutive game and got a hit in his fourth consecutive game. Cabrera is arguably the most important part of the top part of the lineup and when he is playing well the Indians offense plays well.
The Tribe had their hitting shoes on, as Rick Manning would say as they recorded 16hits during tonight’s game. The Indians did a little bit of everything tonight with some strong hits deep into the outfield, some bloop singles and even a couple infield hits including one by Shelley Duncan.
Lonnie Chisenhall turned into a fastball that broke his right ulna. He will be placed on the disabled list after the game and will likely be out for at least a month. This should make the decision of who to send down for Travis Hafner a lot easier. This really hurts Chisenhall the most as he is the one who broke his arm. Also, this takes playing time away from the young phenom, giving it back to Jack Hannahan and Jose Lopez.
The Indians defense was a little shakey early on tonight as errors by Casey Kotchman and Asdrubal Cabrera lead to three unearned runs. Kotchman also had another bad play that inning on an infield single.
Derek Lowe may have been left in a little too late today as he had already allowed 4 runs (only one earned) and let the first two hitters get aboard with singles. The next batter hit a home run, making it very hard for the Indians to come back.
Play of the Game
Jack ‘Hot Corner’ Hannahan showed off his quick reflexes as he snagged a line drive to end the 5th inning.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 8 – Baltimore Orioles 9