Player of the Game
Travis Hafner took his fourth 'Player of the Game' of the season, going 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. Hafner knocked in all three runs on his first double and scored after hitting his second. This is Pronk's second 'Player of the Game' out of the last three games. He scored a 5.70.
In the first inning, after lead-off man Michael Brantley doubled, Manny Acta called for Asdrubal Cabrera to bunt. This is coming right after the Indians lit up Kansas City for 19 runs. Acta wasn't taking anything for granted, looking to make sure to score first. The Indians did score first as Brantley, Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Santana all scored on Travis Hafner's first inning double. This kind of move is apparently why Manny Acta was selected today to be a coach in the All-Star game this year.
Carlos Carrasco made a successful second start after coming back from his elbow injury. On the season he has now only made three bad starts, his first start of the year, the start he made after he hurt his elbow, but before he went on the DL and his first start after the DL stint.
The Indians have hit plenty of home runs this season at home, but have had trouble hitting them on the road. The Indians have been successful this series in their bid to hit more road runs as Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera have all hit road runs in Kansas City.
Chris 'Pure Rage' Perez had to pitch in another non-save situation today. How is he ever going to break the record for saves in a season if the Indians keep winning by more than 3 runs.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians sweep two consecutive series in three total games,
Cleveland Indians 7
Kansas City Royals 3