Player of the Game
Nick Swisher had a kind of rough day today, playing poor defense and ending the game 1-4, but his two run home game him the largest portion of the offensive attack and he didn't allow an unearned run like Mike Aviles did. For this, he won his sixth Player of the Game award of the year.
The Indians offense rediscovered it's power today and needed every ounce of it. Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles (who came in when Asdrubal Cabrera was ejected for arguing with the home plate umpire) each hit two run home runs in the sixth, while Carlos Santana hit a solo shot in the seventh to tie the game.
It seems unlikely that everything could go badly at the same time, so while the defense, starting pitching and offense has struggled, the bullpen has finally gotten itself back together. They combined to pitch most of the final six innings and didn't allow a single run, stranding two runners in the fourth and accumulating the win, hold and save.
After a season high four errors last night, the Indians defense was still lackluster today. Two terrible plays in the second inning by Nick Swisher and Asdrubal Cabrera allowed an inning that should have ended scoreless to continue, eventually seeing the Angels score twice more.
Justin Masterson was wild and hittable today and the two things combined for a lot of runs against him and a lot of pitches thrown, forcing an early exit for the Indians ace. Overall, Masterson threw just 4.1 innings and allowed five earned runs.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 6 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, California, USA 5