Player of the Game
Justin Masterson shut down the Twins offense for tonight's 'Player of the Game', only allowing 2 earned runs in 7.2 IP. He has now won 11 awards in his 26 games played, making him the most important player in every game he plays. Masterson struck out 4 and only allowed 5 hits, all singles. He did leave 2 runners on in the 8th when he was pulled from the game, but Rafael Perez got the final out (and the win) with no problem.
Shin-Soo Choo returned early from his rehab assignment to hit leadoff for the Tribe against the Twins. Choo had a single and a run scored in his productive first game back. His return forced Kosuke Fukudome to move to center and facilitated the demise of...
...Austin Kearns is finally gone! There is one less glaring hole of uselessness on the Indians roster. I have no clue why it took so long, but it is time to celebrate. Without his dead weight on the team, the Tribe should be able to overtake Detroit in no time.
The majority of Indians hits tonight were on plays that could have been called errors, and there were very few that landed past the infield. Even though there were no home runs or deep doubles (Matt LaPorta's game winning double was a bloop hit) the Indians were able to pull it out and win. This shows the importance of putting the bat on the ball and not striking out 10 times a game.
Even though the Indians won, they remain 3 games behind Detroit as the Tigers beat the Orioles tonight. The Indians have three more series against Detroit this season, including one starting on August 19th in Motown. It is probably to early to keep a daily track on how far back the Indians are, but it is hard not to notice.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 3 - Minnesota Twins 2