Player of the Game
Chris Seddon earned his first Player of the Game of his career with his best game of the season. Seddon threw 3.2 innings, taking over for Roberto Hernandez early in the game. He did give up a single inherited runner, but was just about flawless after that point, allowing just three base runners and striking out one. His final score was 3.05.
A Brent Lillibridge double kept this game from being another almost perfect game against the Tribe. Brett Anderson (owner of one perfect game already, was mowing through the Indians lineup until the fifth inning, when Michael Brantley was called safe when he was most certainly out. Luckily Lillibridge came through the next inning to remove any possibilities of another Armando Galarraga situation.
Chris Seddon fans will be excited as it looks like he is returning to the rotation after throwing in 3.2 innings in long relief tonight. Roberto Hernandez sprained his ankle in just his third start since coming back to the U.S and is considered day to day. Since it is unknown whether he will make his next start along with the fact that the Indians are considering a six man rotation anyway, it is likely that either Seddon or Jeanmar Gomez will make Hernandez’s next start.
I don’t know if Manny Acta has ever described how he makes out the lineup, but it defies all baseball logic on an almost nightly basis. Tonight he did one of his favorites when he batted Jason Donald, a player not even good enough to be in the lineup on most nights, second. This means that tonight he deserves the second most at bats on the team and is considered a table setter.
Just another game in Cleveland as the Indians fail to score, yet again.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 0 – Oakland Athletics 3