Roster Update: Carlos Santana returned from the 7 Day Concussion DL and Juan Diaz was sent back down to AA Akron. You would think he deserved to at least go to AAA after his success in the bigs, but they just didn’t have enough room for him there with Jason Donald and Cord Phelps in the middle of the infield.
Player of the Game
Ubaldo Jimenez becomes the first starting pitcher to win the Player of the Game in 10 games as he picks up his 3rd award on the season. He was impressive as the aggressive Tigers hitters allowed him to pitch ahead in the count. His score of 5.97 was his second highest on the season. Jimenez pitched 6.2 innings with 5 hits and 1 run allowed while earning the win. With the win he continued his streak of getting a decision in every game this season after his first start.
Quintin Berry playing shallow. The Indians scored their first three runs because the Tigers centerfielder was playing too shallow against Asdrubal Cabrera and Lou Marson. Each player burned him deep for an RBI triple. After Marson’s, Shin-Soo Choo hit a single through a drawn in infield to score Marson.
In related news Lou Marson has been aflame since his return from injury. He is hitting .385 (5-13) over his last four games (.186 on the season before today) with 2 runs and 3 RBI. His season average stands at .213 postgame. Is it a coincidence that Marson starting hitting as soon as his possible replacement was brought up from AAA? Sure, you can think that.
The extra time off seems to have done Ubaldo Jimenez good as he pitched his second best game of the the season today against the Tigers. His key to success? It was the first time this season that he only walked a single batter and it happened in the 7th inning. In fact he had walked at least two batters in every single start before this one. The Tigers’ only run scored after Ubaldo hit the first batter of the game, he stole second on an errant throw by Marson and was knocked in by a Miguel Cabrera double.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 – Detroit Tigers 2