Player of the Game
Asdrubal Cabrera continues to lead the Indians in every way possible and that includes 'Player of the Game' awards. Tonight he took home his 10th, three more than 2nd place Matt LaPorta. Asdrubal scored 2.74 by walking 3 times, scoring 2 runs, hitting a single and stealing a base. His last walk and steal came in the 9th inning with two outs, puting the Indians in a place where they could win the game with a single. Cord Phelps and Rafael each had notable games and tied with a score of 2.12. Phelps hit a single and a triple while Perez pitched an inning and two-thirds of shutout relief.
For anyone new to Burning River Baseball, here is an explanation of my 'Player of the Game' scoring system.
Shin-Soo Choo continues to increase his level of play and has now been on base in 7 straight games. Over that span of time he has increased his split stats from .231/.311/.340 to .244/.341/.353. He has also increased his production stats, scoring or knocking in a run in his last 4 games.
The Indians were able to knock Jhoulys Chacin out of the game in the 7th inning, even though he was pitching a 2 hitter, by being patient at the plate, working the count and taking a lot of walks. This drove his pitch count over 100, so that when he did give up his second hit, Rockies manager Jim Tracy felt he had to take him out of the game.
Cord Phelps provided some excitement again with a two out triple in the 9th inning down only one run, but the worst player on the Indians was unable to do anything about it as he struck out on a check swing to end the game.
Yesterday Carmona had trouble pitching with two outs, allowing 6 runs in the 5th after the first two batters were out with no one on, and tonight, Mitch Talbot also struggled with two outs and none on, giving up all 3 of his earned runs in that situation. Overall, Talbot was very mediocre as, while he only gave up 3 runs, he allowed 8 hits, three of them being extra base hits. He also walked 2 batters in 6.1 innings.
With the way Jason Giambi has been hitting this series, you would think he was back on steroids. He has destroyed Indians pitching more than any other Rockie so far. This is only the second time this season he has gotten more than one at bat in two consecutive games and he has delivered with a three run home run in game one and two doubles in game two.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 3 - Colorado Rockies 4