The pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona joined the club today and had a press conference this morning. He currently is serving a 3 week suspension issued by Major League Baseball. Look to Burning River Baseball later in the day for more information about Carmona.
Player of the Game
Carlos Santana provided much of the Indians offense today. He had 3 hits, including a single, double, and 9th inning home run. His score of 5.37 gives Santana his 7th Player of the Game this year.
Josh Tomlin was very hittable today, but he kept the game manageable. He gave up 8 hits in 6 innings, 7 which were singles. He had great control and did not walk a single batter. Though he received the loss, Tomlin pitched a solid game and deserves some positive praise for his outing.
It sure is nice when the Indians put some hits together to score some runs, but did they really have to wait until the 9th inning? The 9th inning saw a single by Michael Brantley, a 2-run homer by Carlos Santana, a double by Shelley Duncan, and an RBI single by Travis Hafner. The rally was ended when Johnny Damon flew out and Asdrubal Cabrera struck out to end the game.
Jim Thome did not hit a home run today.
The first 2 relievers today gave up runs, making an Indians win even more unlikely as the game progressed. Esmil Rogers, who has been a solid reliever since the Tribe acquired him, gave up a run in the 7th inning. Jeremy Accardo came on in the 8th inning and gave up a solo home run. With the Tribe rally in the 9th inning, these runs proved to be costly.
The Indians are now below the .500 mark for the first time since April. Detroit won today, and they have sole possession of first place. The Indians need to start winning as the red-hot Tigers come into town on Tuesday.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 3 – Baltimore Orioles 4