Player of the Game
With a solo home run, Ryan Raburn provided the Indians first run of the game. Raburn was lifted for a pinch-hitter after going 1-3, but still had a high enough POG score (2.99) to beat out Jason Kipnis (2.73) and Carlos Santana (1.99).
Jason Kipnis continues to be the best and most important player in the Indians line up and as usual, today he was right in the middle of the scoring. His second single knocked in the Indians second run of the game, after which he stole second. He eventually scored the tying run that inning as well, scoring on a Carlos Santana RBI double.
Prior to the start of today's game, the Detroit Tigers beat the Royals, taking the five game series three games to two.
Scott Kazmir's arm may no longer be dead, but it certainly isn't as alive as it was earlier in the season. Today, he struggled early and late, giving up three runs in the first two innings and two solo home runs in the fifth. This was after an extended time off as he was replaced last time through the rotation by Carlos Carrasco. At this point, nothing much more can be expected from Kazmir and he should be treated like a pitcher who hasn't thrown more than two innings in a professional season in over two years.
The Indians didn't have much for offense today (or in the series as a whole), but remained in striking distance of this game through eight innings, down just two going into the bottom of the eighth. With two outs and a runner on second, Derek Norris hit an easy ground ball to Asdrubal Cabrera, who made the throw to first. Instead of catching the ball for the final out of the inning, preserving a two run deficit, Nick Swisher completely whiffed on it, allowing the runner to score and the batter to reach second. Norris then scored on a following Josh Donaldson single, putting the game out of reach for the Tribe.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 3 – Oakland Athletics 7