Player of the Game
Ezequiel Carrera won tonight’s Player of the Game battle with a score of 4.67. Carrera added 3 clutch singles today to knock in 3 runs. He also scored a run himself. Carrera now has 3 PoG awards this season. Jason Kipnis and Shin-Soo Choo also had scores above 4.
Sandy Alomar, Jr. made his managerial debut today as former manager Manny Acta recently lost his job. Alomar made some bold line up decisions, but they seem to have paid off. The boldest decision was putting Cord Phelps in the DH position batting 2nd in the line up. Phelps has seen limited playing time since being included in the September call up. Today, Phelps went 3-5 with an RBI.
The Indians displayed an offensive showcase tonight. They scored 8 runs on 16 hits with some of the best hitting they’ve demonstrated all season. Of the 16 hits, 13 were singles. Shin-Soo Choo contributed two of the extra base hits, both doubles. Six players had at least 2 hits today and 3 players had 3 hits. If they continue this aggression at the plate, look for them to win out the rest of the season.
David Huff recorded his 3rd win. Since being added to the roster, Huff has a 3-0 record with a 2.86 ERA. Though his outing was not stellar today as he gave up 3 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings pitched, he managed to record the win.
Milestone Alert: With his save tonight, Chris Perez has 39 saves, which ties for 6th in single season saves as an Indian.
The only sore spots in the Indians line up today were Carlos Santana and Casey Kotchman. Both ended the game going 0-5 at the plate. However, when the rest of the team is hitting, this doesn’t really matter.
Scott Maine was unable to record an out before being pulled from the game. Maine faced 3 batters in the 8th inning, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 8 – Kansas City Royals 5