Player of the Game
Shin-Soo Choo took this Player of the Game late as he attempted an impossible comeback with a two run home run in the 9th inning. It was his second hit of the night and gave him a score of 4.63. Carlos Santana (3.05) had a decent game with a home run of his own and Corey Kluber (2.47) settled down nicely after a rocky start. Asdrubal Cabrera‘s score of -3.66 (mostly derived from four unearned runs) was his fifth game this season with a score under -3.
Because four Athletics runs were unearned, the Indians officially won this game.
Hopefully when September comes around the Indians will bring up a few players from Columbus like Matt LaPorta, Russ Canzler and Cord Phelps so they can show the Indians how to be winners. This team is absolutely terrible right now.
A dropped ball by Casey Kotchman gave Asdrubal Cabrera an error and lead to four unearned runs in the bottom of the third. With the Indians averaging just four runs of offense in their last seven games, they cannot afford to give up any unearned runs, let alone multiples in one inning.
The Indians had their first scoring chance of the night in the top of the 4th inning when Asdrubal Cabrera doubled with one out and Shin-Soo Choo followed with a single. Cabrera looked to score on the single, but was held up as a strong throw would have had him by a mile. Carlos Santana followed with an easy double play, much to the excitement of Bartolo Colon.
Play of the Game
Casey Kotchman’s dropped ball in the third inning. This Indians team plays very different when ahead than it does behind, starting with how Manny Acta manages his pitching staff. As soon as the Indians are down by more than one run, the basically give up and start thinking about the next game. This makes it extremely important not to give up runs early, especially unearned runs.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 5 – Oakland Athletics 8