Stupid Signings Update: In a sudden burst of insanity, the Indians traded cash or a player to be named later to the Pirates for former Indian John McDonald. McDonald is currently on the disabled list (making this deal seem even sketchier) and is batting .064 for Pittsburgh. There are at least ten players in the minor leagues with the Indians that would be better hitters right now than McDonald and a few that are equal or better defenders. He isn't worth any cash or a single minor league player as he can only hurt his team. This move is a total mistake and can only lead to regret. It also says something about the irrational distrust of Lonnie Chisenhall, that the Indians would rather bring in McDonald than promote Chisenhall back to where he belongs.
Player of the Game
Carlos Santana won tonight's Player of the Game in a single at bat, knocking in all three Indians runs with a double in the third inning. There was no other positive point for the Indians on the day as they lost their eighth straight game in a row.
It is possible for an Indians hitter to get a clutch hit and Carlos Santana proved so during the third innings today when he hit a two out, bases clearing, three RBI double. The Indians offense has been awful as of late and they really needed either Brantley (who popped out) or Santana to come through in that situation.
Nick Hagadone came in with runners on first and third in the 7th and immediately recorded an interesting double play where Carlos Santana tagged first and eventually caught the runner at third off the base. Just when it looked like the inning would end without any damage, Lance Berkman hit a two run home run to knock Hagadone out of the game. Cody Allen came in for Hagadone, but was unlucky as well, giving up a walk and a double for another run. Going into this inning the Indians and Rangers were tied, but in what has been a common occurrence of late, the bullpen was not dependable and gave up the lead.
Michael Bourn has seen better nights than tonight. The Indians lead off hitter struck out three times and was 0-5 in all. Bourn wasn't alone as the Indians struck out eleven times against Texas pitching and Mark Reynolds struck out three times himself.
It will be interesting seeing Chris McGuiness playing on the Rangers MLB team after the Indians released him during Spring Training. Essentially, the Indians kept Jason Giambi at the cost of the first six years of McGuiness' career. This will likely be a very bad move in the history of the Indians as Giambi is pretty much done with his productive years.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 3 – Texas Rangers 6