Player of the Game
Carlos Carrasco pitched a complete game and only allowed 1 earned run against the World Series champion Giants. He earned the loss anyway due to Carlos Santana's errors, but he still won the 'Player of the Game.' His 8 inning, 6 hit performance garnered him a 'POG' score of 4.57. Carrasco's score was slightly lower than it normally would have been due to his 0-3 effort at the plate. It is his 4th consecutive start that he has won 'Player of the Game'.
The Indians took advantage of Jonathan Sanchez's wildness early on, walking 6 times and pushing him out of the game in the 5th inning. All three runs scored against Sanchez got on base initially with either walks or were batters that were hit by pitches.
I'm so glad that we finally get watch Carlos Carrasco strike out and hit weak ground balls. Isn't it great the National League is doing its best to live in the past and keep the glory of pitcher hitting alive?
Tonight's loss can be almost solely placed on Carlos Santana's shoulders as he knocked in two runs early in the game, then committed two errors that allowed 3 unearned runs to score.
If you are wondering why Michael Brantley was given both days off around an already scheduled off day, don't look here for the answer, because I'm wondering the exact same thing.
Final Score: Indians 3 - Giants 4