Site note: In an effort to reduce the amount of negativity produced by BurningRiverBaseball.com we will no longer be making any mention of Austin Kearns until he either gets his batting average above .250 or is removed from the roster. I believe we have said all there is to be said about this particular outfielder and will now await the Indians response to the situation.
Player of the Game
Travis Hafner won his second 'Player of the Game' in the last three games, this time with a 2 run home run. Pronk has been on base in each of his last 22 games played and has a hit in each game since coming off the DL. Tonight, 3 of the 4 Indians runs scored came with Hafner at the plate, the other run coming when starting pitcher Jason Hammel balked home Jack Hannahan. Hammel obviously balked out of pure fear of Hafner. His final 'POG' score for the game was 4.12 and he has now won 6 total in 2011.
Like any pitcher, Josh Tomlin has had his struggles this season, but he crammed them all into 4 consecutive starts. Tomlin started the season with 9 straight great games, then fell off for the next four. In the two games since then, Tomlin has regained his stride and has pitched well in his last two games. Yes, he does give up a lot of home runs, but that is only because he pitches to contact and lets his fielders do the work. Very rarely are there base runners on for those home runs and he has yet to allow a steal attempt this season. Overall, Tomlin, along with Justin Masterson, has been one of the Indians most consistently successful starters all year.
Vinnie Pestano has earned a hold in 4 of his last 5 appearances and did not give up a run in any of them. His 10 holds are second on the Indians to Tony Sipp (14) and tied for 10th in the American League. Tonight Pestano struck out 3 batters in one inning of work (spread across the 7th and 8th). Over his last 4 games he has struck out 8 batters in 4.2 innings.
There was no rain tonight so we didn't get to hear Matt Underwood, Rick Manning and Mike Hargrove do their weatherman routine.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 - Colorado Rockies 3