Player of the Game
Michael Brantley won the game with a walk-off walk off Kyle Farnsworth and he won the 'Player of the Game' by hitting a solo home run off Andy Sonnanstine. It was Brantley's second home run of the season and he earned a 'POG' score of 4.97 for his efforts. Michael also stole a base and singled.
I hope Joe Madden learned something tonight. No matter how many infielders you have, you still can't defend the walk. Madden went to an unconventional 5 man infield which worked against Orlando Cabrera to get the first out, but was unable to get Michael Brantley out when he walked in the winning run.
Walk this way. The Indians walked 5 times against Rays starting pitcher Andy Sonnanstine, forcing him to leave the game in the 4th inning due to his high pitch count, even though he only gave up 2 runs. Overall the Indians walked 11 times during the game, leading to the eventual win and giving them chances to win all night.
The Indians streak outweighed the Rays streak this time as the Tribe's 13 (now 14) game home winning streak continues and Tampa Bay's 8 game road winning streak comes to an end. Tampa has played notoriously bad in their history in Cleveland, especially Andy Sonnanstine, and that bad luck maintained tonight.
There were four solo home runs hit in the game tonight, two by each team. I take this as a negative, because the Indians had so many baserunners (21), but were so unlucky that none of them were on for either home run. Of course one of those batters was the first man to hit in the game, so you can't fault him for that. The Rays home runs (at least the first one) showed Josh Tomlin's number one fault again. If he can ever get hitters to stop hitting him so hard when they do hit him (4 doubles and a home run allowed tonight) he will be a solid middle of the rotation pitcher for years to come.
Michael Brantley, Orlando Cabrera, Carlos Santana, Asdrubal Cabrera all did something tonight and Grady Sizemore, Shin-Soo Choo and Travis Hafner each didit twice. They left runners on base in scoring position. Multiple times the Indians had runners on third base with one out and didn't score. Two of the times the Indians did get runners in from third were because of mistakes by Rays pitchers. Once on a passed ball, the other on the game ending walk. Its not a big deal, because you only need one more run than the other team, and they did that tonight, but it could have been very important otherwise.
Poor Frank Herrman didn't get to pitch again. Its probably a good thing for the team, because they only needed to use three relievers (Tony Sipp, Vinnie Pestano and Chris "Pure Rage" Perez), but Herrman has now made three trips to Cleveland and hasn't pitched since his first one. He will be sent down to AAA Columbus tonight for tomorrow's starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 5 runs on 10 hits, Tampa Bay DEVIL Rays 4 runs on 8 hits.