Player of the Game
Russ Canzler won his second Player of the Game of the season with his second home run of the year, finishing the game with a score of 4.14.
Carlos Santana has been playing great since the halfway point in the season (he’s just about the only one who has), but he has especially heated up over the last week. Between the last two games he got on base safely in 7 of 8 straight at bats, including two home runs, 5 RBI and 3 runs scored. In his last five games he has a run scored or RBI in every single game adding up to 6 runs and 7 RBI.
The White Sox brought in Donnie Veal to pitch in the 9th and Shin-Soo Choo showed no morality by beating that little cow with an RBI double down the line.
Zach McAllister was back to form as he threw 6 innings, striking out 7 in a no decision. McAllister allowed just four hits, although one was a home run to Adam Dunn. He left with the lead after allowing just two runs.
Lou Marson was caught stealing twice tonight. Lou Marson can’t steal bases (he has 16 in five seasons). He gets on base so rarely he needs to treat each time like a blessing and treasure it. To get thrown out stealing twice in the same game is incredibly stupid.
Adam Dunn played the Indian killer tonight, hitting his 40th and 41st home runs of the season, the second being a three run blast to give the White Sox the lead against Vinnie Pestano. A rare blown save for Pestano, this was by far his worst game of the season.
In a further tirade against Lou Marson, the aforementioned catcher was allowed to hit with a runner on, down by two in the ninth inning. Michael Brantley, Travis Hafner and Matt LaPorta (all significantly better hitters) sat on the bench with the game on the line. Marson predictably grounded into a double play.
Play of the Game
A gift call from home plate ump Larry Vanover saved the Indians a run when Alejandro De Aza was thrown out at home after a Kevin Youkilis double. De Aza appeared to get his foot on the plate before Marson tagged him out, but the umpire called it the other way.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 – Chicago White Sox 5