7/6 Game Recap: Rays 10 – Indians 3

Roster Update: Shelley Duncan returned from his paternity leave and Jason Donald was optioned to AAA Columbus.

Player of the Game

Shin-Soo Choo runs away with tonight’s Player of the Game. Choo contributed 2 singles, an RBI, and a run scored in tonight’s loss to the Rays. His score of 2.57 gives Choo his 5th PoG award of the season.

Feathers Up

After losing 2-0 before batting, the Indians tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the 1st inning. Shin-Soo Choo scored on a double play ball by Travis Hafner and Asdrubal Cabrera scored from 3rd on a balk.

Feathers down

Justin Masterson got to a rocky start in tonight’s game. He gave up a lead off single to Desmond Jennings, who advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jennings later scored on a Ben Zobrist home run, giving the Tampa Bay Rays an early 2-0 advantage. He gave up 2 more runs in the 3rd inning after allowing 2 more singles, a walk and another wild pitch. Masterson only pitched 4.1 innings before giving up 8 runs on 9 hits and walking 4. On a positive note, Masterson struck out 7 Tampa Bay batters.

Nick Hagadone entered the game in the 5th inning in relief for Justin Masterson. His appearance was not any better than Masterson’s. Hagadone  pitch 0.2 innings in which he gave up 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs.

Play of the Game

Asdrubal Cabrera makes a nice bare-handed catch and throw to first.

Final Score: Cleveland Indians 3 – Tampa Bay Rays 10