Injury Updates: Josh Tomlin is scheduled to recieve Tommy John surgery to repair his right elbow. This means he will likely miss all of 2013, just like Carlos Carrasco has missed all of this one after his Tommy John surgery. As far as the Indians roster goes, it will free up one more 40 man spot as Tomlin can be placed on the 60 Day DL instead of the 15.
Rafael Perez has seen a further delay in his comeback as he sprained his ankle. It is very unlikely he will make another appearance on the Indians roster this year.
Grady Sizemore has had his rehab stopped indefinately after yet another set back. He is extremely unlikely to ever play another game in Cleveland and possibly in the Major Leagues.
Player of the Game
Casey Kotchman knocked in the only Indians runs and had two singles, therefore he is the default Player of the Game. Congratulations Casey, in a gave filled with losers, you were the least bad.
The Indians’ Hernandez matched up surprisingly well against the Mariners’. Through the first four innings the game was scoreless and Roberto Hernandez hadn’t given up a single hit, while Felix had given up four. In the end Roberto didn’t deserve his fate as Esmil Rogers came in for him in the seventh after just 72 pitches and only two runs allowed. Rogers immediately gave up a home run off the upper deck facing to seal the game for Felix.
Just under 40,000 yellow-shirted Mariners fans showed up for tonight’s game in recognition of Felix Hernandez’s perfect game. This is great for a team that has trouble drawing a crowd on a regular night, but it really shows how awful attendance is in Cleveland. This year the Indians have had one game over 30,000 that wasn’t a weekend game or Opening Day.
Manny Acta let Esmil Rogers lose what was a close game before he came in. When you’re 15 games under .500 and in a six game losing streak for the second time in a month, you have to play any game within 3 runs like you are winning. Since Hernandez pitched into the 7th, there is no reason that Acta couldn’t have gone with Joe Smith, Vinnie Pestano (who hasn’t pitched in three games) and Chris Perez (if needed) like he would have had they been winning. Between that decision and a botched suicide squeeze, this was one of those losses that can actually be pinned on the manager.
Play of the Game
There were a lot of fantastic plays tonight, especially by those in teal, but this one was the best. I don’t often give this to the opposing team, but I don’t know that any Indian has made a play this great all season.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 1 – Seattle Mariners 5