Player of the Game
Travis Hafner contributed offensively today as he takes his 5th Player of the Game of the season. Hafner’s score of 6.09 included 3 singles, 3 RBI, and a home run. Several other players ended with decent scores: Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin-Soo Choo, Michael Brantley, , and Vinnie Pestano all ended with scores over 2, and Carlos Santana and Ezequiel Carrera each had scores above 3.
Chris Seddon made his first start in the season and his 5th in the Majors. His stats did not look that great for today’s game. He was removed from the game in the 5th inning and gave up 4 runs on 7 hits. The 4 runs he allowed tied for the fewest amount of runs allowed by a starter in 9 games.
The Indians were aggressive on the bases today, recording 3 stolen bases. Asdrubal Cabrera stole 2 bases and Ezequiel Carrera stole one.
Ezequiel Carrera continues to stay hot as he keeps Shelley Duncan on the bench. In his 3 games since coming up from Columbus, Carrera is 7-12 with 3 runs scored.
The Indians and Manny Acta found themselves in trouble in the bottom of the 9th inning with a tied game. Relief pitcher, Josh Tomlin, gave up a lead off triple to Austin Jackson. Tomlin would strike out Omar Infante for the first out in the inning. He then intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder to set up a double play and surpass the strongest hitters in the Detroit line up. After adding a 5th infielder (Jose Lopez), Tomlin got Quintin Berry to ground into a double play to end the inning.
After the exciting/nerve racking bottom of the 9th inning, Travis Hafner and Ezequiel Carrera hit back-to-back home runs to take the lead in the 10th.
Almost the entire line up contributed today. The offense combined for 17 hits and recorded at least one hit in the first 7 innings. Too bad this wasn’t enough to end their losing streak.
Milestone Updates: Travis Hafner hit his 200th career home run. Asdrubal Cabrera is now ranked in the top 50 in career double in Indians history, tied with Rick Manning.
Tribe batters piled up the strike outs today. In the 6th inning, they combined for 11 strikeouts. After 10 innings, they had accumulated 13.
After scoring 3 runs in the top of the 10th inning, Chris Perez was unable to complete the 3-run save. He let 5 runs score in the 10th inning, bringing the Indians losing streak to 9 games.
Play of the Game
A very exciting double play gets the Indians out of the 9th inning.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 8 – Detroit Tigers 10