Burning River Baseball took it out on the road tonight to catch the game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.
Player of the Game
Asdrubal Cabrera won his second straight 'Player of the Game' a feat that he alone has accomplished for the Indians this season. Cabrera won his 12th award on the strength of his 2 hit, 2 RBI, 2 run night. He also made a couple of fantastic defensive plays including an unassisted line-out double play. Asdrubal earned a 6.08 for all his trouble, his highest score since June 1st. The second highest 'POG' score of the game was by the other Cabrera, Orlando, who won the game in the 9th with a solo home run.
The game started out great with a two run bomb by Asdrubal Cabrera. It was his team leading 13th home run of the season and gave the Indians a 2 run lead to start the game. By the way for proof I was at the game, check out this video of said home run. That's me in the block "C" hat and gray Indians road jersey acting a fool.
Lonnie Chisenhall made his Major League debut, going 2-4, and most importantly, knocking in a run on a single in the 6th in a game that ended up being decided by one run. Here he is, taking a lead off of second after his first Major League hit, a double off starting pitcher Ian Kennedy. Lonnie Chisenhall is currently batting .500 on the season.
It is such a great feeling to be able to go into the 6th inning with a one run lead and have nothing but total confidence that it will be enough to win the game. While Vinnie Pestano did have a slight hiccough, giving up a single run (raising his ERA to 1.57), Joe Smith, Tony Sipp, Rafael Perez and Chris Perez pitched admirably, going 3.2 innings while only allowing a single hit. It cannot be said enough that the greatest asset on this team is the pitching out of the bullpen.
Let the rage begin. This picture isn't blurry, Chris Perez just moves to fast to be caught on film.
The last 'Feathers Up' is that of the 25,000+ fans in attendance, at least 5,000 had to be Indians fans. In my section alone were people holding signs for Lou Marson and Grady Sizemore, and there were Indians hats everywhere around the concourse. Phoenix is definitely a very friendly road city for the Tribe.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 5 - Arizona Diamondbacks 4