Roster Update: Three minor league players were called up to start up the roster expansion in September. The Indians brought up Scott Barnes (who has already thrown in the Indians bullpen), Thomas Neal (acquired last season from the Giants in the Orlando Cabrera trade) and Russ Canzler, who started tonight. Barnes and Canzler were playing in Columbus while Neal was a member of the AA Eastern League Western Champion Akron Aeros. There is a good chance that the Indians will bring up more players over the course of the month, especially after the MiLB playoffs are over.
Player of the Game
Carlos Santana takes tonight’s Player of the Game as he was right in the middle of the Indians rally in the first. Santana knocked in the first two runs of the game with a single and later scored. His final score was 3.23.
It’s almost like the Indians set a goal to have the worst month in the history of the franchise and are right back to where they were before August. Starting in the first inning, the Indians were hitting, pitching and playing good defense against the Western Division leading Texas. Looks like we can just forget about that whole last month as the Indians are right back in the running for the Central Division title.
Russ Canzler batted fifth tonight (showing the weakness of the Indians lineup) and was pretty successful in his Indians debut. Canzler was a part of the big first inning for the Tribe, moving the runners along with the Indians 4th consecutive hit.
The scouting report on Scott Feldman had said he was a very streaky pitcher, but who knew this meant within a single game. Tonight, he allowed five consecutive base runners to reach and four runs in the first inning, then only allowed two more base runners all game and no more runs.
For some reason, Chris Perez was absent from the bullpen tonight so the Indians did some shuffling to cover his spot. Esmil Rogers threw the first part of the 8th and Vinnie Pestano came in to get the last out of that inning. Pestano stayed on for the 9th to record his 4th career save, his first of the season.
Play of the Game
Vinnie Pestano struck out Geovany Soto looking for the second out in the 9th after being down in the count 3-0.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 – Texas Rangers 3