Player of the Game
Asdrubal Cabrera beat the Reds today all by himself and is rewarded with his 4th 'Player of the Game' award of the season. Cabrera set a new high for 2011 with a score of 11.19. While that number was brought down by two errors, the 2 home runs and 5 RBI more than made up for it. When it was all said and done, Asdrubal went 5 for 5 with 5 RBI, 2 runs scored and a steal.
The top three hitters in the Indians lineup destroyed the Reds, going 10 for 12 with 6 runs scored and 9 RBI. Most of that was produced by Asdrubal Cabrera in his career high day, but Michael Brantley and Shin-Soo Choo were just as important in the effort. This is extremely important with Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore out of action and the top of the lineup has not failed.
The biggest part of those three hitters was Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera set a career high in hits and RBI with 5 each and had one of the greatest games in the past couple of years. Asdrubal now leads the team in games played, at bats, hits, total bases, runs scored, RBI, triples and home runs. There is no question that right now, Asdrubal is the teams MVP and one of the best short stops in the Major Leagues.
In the first inning, Manny Acta called for Travis Buck to steal second with Carlos Santana on third. The play was a delayed steal of home and through a missed tag and a terrible throw, the Indians were able to score both Buck and Santana on the play. Manny Acta has been aggressive all season and especially after having trouble scoring the last few games, he is taking every chance he can to score runs early in the game.
In his Major League debut, Josh Judy looked ok, pitching a scoreless 9th to put the game away. Judy allowed 2 hits, but was saved by an outstanding catch by Ezequiel Carrera. Carrera has had a very limited amount of playing time and has already made an amazing catch and had a game winning RBI single. He is already well on his way to burning his image into management's heads so they will not forget about him when he is sent back to AAA Columbus when Grady gets back.
Carlos Carrasco was unable to put the game away after the Indians gave him a 7-1 lead. Carrasco gave up one run in the 4th, 2 more in the 6th and allowed a double before being removed in the 7th. Carrasco allowed two solo home runs, which were not a very big deal, but the 4 doubles he allowed later in the game were a problem.
Final Score: The Indians swept the Reds for their 6th home sweep of the season. There is no better way to stay in first place than winning every single game you play.
Cleveland Indians 12
Cincinnati Reds 4