5/21 Recap: Tigers 5 – Indians 1

Roster Update: The Indians added a new player to the team today as Nick Swisher's wife had their first child. Relative to baseball, this means that Swisher will be on the paternity list for as long as three days while they get things situated at home. Cord Phelps has been recalled in his place for the second time this year. Phelps went 0-8 in an earlier stint while replacing the injured Jason Kipnis. He will likely be an emergency measure only.

Player of the Game

Cody Allen earned his first player of the game award of the season with a fantastic relief outing. Allen pitched 1.2 innings, striking out 4 Detroit batters in a row.

Feathers Up

Batting Michael Brantley fourth was an odd decision going into the game (instead of dropping either Brantley or Asdrubal Cabrera down in the lineup), but it worked out well in the first. Brantley knocked in the Indians first run on a line drive sacrifice fly to deep right field.

The rather large man, Prince Fielder, struck out 4 times tonight. Corey Kluber and Cody Allen combined in K-ing the big guy.

Feathers Down

Corey Kluber proved phenominal the first 5 innings, but fell apart quickly in the 6th. He gave up the lead by allowing a home run, a double, and another home run. Kluber pitched into the 7th inning, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits.

No miracle walk-off tonight. In fact, the Indians did not have a single baserunner after Carlos Santana walked in the first inning until Michael Bourn singled in the 9th. The Indians did not record their first strike out until the 5th inning, but managed to strike out a total of 7 times by the end of the game.

Final Score: Cleveland Indians 1 – Motor City Kitties 5

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