Roster Updates: With injuries to both Lou Marson (15 Day DL, cervical [neck] strain) and Carlos Santana (DTD, left thumb contusion), the Indians have decided not to bring Jason Giambi off the DL just yet, instead adding both Yan Gomes and Omir Santos to the 25 man roster. This brings the number of Indians on the active roster to 25 as Gomes will be the starting catcher for the next few days with Santos the back-up.
Player of the Game
It seems like nobody wants to win this award anymore, but it has to go to someone. Today, Asdubal Cabrera hit his second solo home run of the season in a 1-3 effort, knocking in and scoring the only run of the game. For this, he wins his first Player of the Game of 2013 with a score of 3.07.
Carlos Carrasco made his first start in over a year and showed he is still the same type of pitcher. He was very successfully in inducing ground balls early on. Poor defense hurt him, but he was able to induce double plays in each of the first two innings to cover for the Indians two errors (one of which was made by Carrasco himself).
In an interesting move, Terry Francona decided to use tomorrow's scheduled starter, Brett Myers, rather than multiple relief pitchers to throw the last 6+ innings. The move made sense as the Indians had moved back the rotation to make a place for Carrasco, so this was Myers day to pitch anyway. Because of that, Zach McAllister will be able to pitch tomorrow with normal rest. It also took a game that was already lost and made the best of it, wasting just two pitchers instead of four or more. Wasting Myers in a loss isn't much of a loss in itself as he has already given up 11 extra base hits and 14 runs in his 10+ innings pitched.
The Indians had a greatly reduced lineup on the field tonight from a combination of the catcher injuries and a left hander on the mound. Michael Bourn was given his first game off of the year and Lonnie Chisenhall was held out as well. Combine that with an offense that has been spotty so far this year and you have a recipe for a low scoring offense.
Going into the series if there was one hitter the Indians didn't want to beat them, it was Robinson Cano. Despite very little offense around him, the Indians were unable to pitch around him in either of the first two games. Cano hit his third home run of the series against Carrasco today.
Fresh off a suspension he earned two years ago, Carrasco hit Kevin Youkilis with a pitch immediately after Cano's home run. The hit was obviously intentional, so he was ejected without warning. Of course Carrasco had already given up seven runs, so maybe the home plate umpire was just trying to help Terry Francona out. Brett Myers (tomorrow's projected starter) was needed to come in for relief, throwing the Indians rotation into flux and possibly shortening the roster if he gets suspended again.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 1 – New York Yankees 14