Player of the Game
Chad Durbin won the first 'Player of the Game' award for any Indians relief pitcher in 2011, bailing out Jeanmar Gomez and by pitching 2.2 perfect innings and stranding two of Gomez's runners. Durbin also struck out two for a 'POG' score of 3.63. Gomez had the worst score of the game with a -5.96. His was the first negative score by a starting pitcher since game 2.
The Indians played tonight with a starting pitcher who hadn't pitched a game in the majors all year and four starters on the bench, but were still able to stay in the game up until the last at bat.
The Tribe remains in first place even though they lost to the second place team.
Chad Durbin put all his bad outings behind him and pitched masterfully to give the Indians a chance to win. That gives him two consecutive good appearances, following his two absolutely terrible appearances. So far this year, Durbin has had 3 good outings and 4 bad ones.
Jeanmar Gomez looked very hittable in his first start of the season and was probably left in the game an inning too long. He also gave up 5 stolen bases in 4.1 innings, more than the Indians have given up in one game all year. Judging by his performance last season, I would expect Gomez to settle down and pitch well in his next start. He will have to get a little better since Mitch Talbot is expected to be on the disabled list for at least a month.
Manny Acta gave Grady Sizemore, Travis Hafner, Matt LaPorta and Jack Hannahan all the day off on the same day against a pitcher who has allowed lefties a .400 batting average against. Hafner and Sizemore eventually played, but if they had gotten all their normal at bats, the Indians probably would have won this one.
Carlos Santana struck out looking on three pitches with the bases loaded in the ninth. He didn't take the bat off his shoulder. Yech!
Final Score: Cleveland Indians lose to the Kansas City Royals 4-5