5/23 Recap: Indians 12 – Red Sox 3

Roster Update: In "oops we made a big mistake" news, the Indians sent DFA'd David Huff to make room for Scott Barnes as Huff has struggled in his last two outings and Rich Hill is not fit to be a sole left hander out of the pen. If you don't remember, normal left handed match-up man, Nick Hagadone was sent back to AAA on May 17th so that Huff wouldn't have to be exposed to waivers, something that is happening anyway. Hagadone isn't eligible to come back to Cleveland for another four days so Barnes will be his substitute for the time being. Of course if the Indians had just admitted that nobody in baseball would ever pick Huff (or Lou Marson when it comes up in a week) off waivers, this whole minor league stint could have been avoided.

Player of the Game

Drew Stubbs landed hit first POG tonight with his outstanding offensive performanace. Stubbs doubled twice and tripled. With those hits came 3 RBI and a run scored. Yan Gomes is on a current team high 9 game positive POG score streak, second only to Chris Perez's 12 game streak that ended on May 18th.

Feathers Up

Carlos Santana tried a novel approach at breaking his current slump by bunting against the shift and was safe at first. The play was important as Santana scored the first Indians run after Drew Stubbs hit a bloop double down the right field line. The third baseline is always an option for pull hitters like Santana and he has been working during batting practice to take advantage as this huge opening in the field.

Tribe bats came out swinging strong tonight. Each player in the starting line up had at least one hit, with Michael Bourn, Mark Reynolds, and Drew Stubbs leading the way with 3 each. Reynolds and  Stubbs each had 3 RBI and Carlos Santana scored 3 runs.The only starter who did not score a run was Jason Kipnis. Needless to say, everybody was involved in tonight's 12-run effort.

Despite having a 9-run lead, Scott Barnes still recorded a save. He did so by pitching 3 scoreless innings and striking out 4.

Feathers Down

Chris Perez has not recorded a save in 12 games, though he did blow 2 in that time frame. Maybe he should have pitched the final 3 innings tonight.

Final Score: Cleveland Indians 12 – Boston Red Sox 3

Joseph Coblitz

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Joseph is the primary writer and editor of BurningRiverBaseball.com and has been since its inception in 2011. He also writes for The Outside Corner and the Comeback and hosts the Tribe Time Now podcast. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and currently resides in Goodyear, Arizona the Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians. Follow on twitter @BurningRiverBB