Player of the Game
Shin-Soo Choo won his 5th Player of the Game award tonight. Because of his time on the disabled list, this is the first time he has won since May 20. Choo was a big contribution to what little offense the Indians had tonight. Choo had 2 singles and a solo home run, giving him a PoG score of 3.79.
Chad Durbin did a great job in long relief tonight. Durbin pitched 2.2 innings, going longer than starter David Huff. Durbin allowed one of Huff’s base runners to score and 2 unearned runs scored after a Michael Brantley error. Overall, Durbin pitched well tonight.
The Indians fell behind early tonight. In the first inning, David Huff gave up a couple of hits, two walks, and a sacrifice fly to the top of the Tigers lineup, giving Detroit a 2-0 advantage. Huff ended the first inning with 34 pitched thrown, one-third of what an average starter will pitch in 6-7 innings. The second inning wasn’t any better for Huff. He gave up two more runs, giving Detroit a 4-0 advantage after just 2 innings. Huff only pitched 2.1 innings before the Indians bullpen took over.
After a great defensive game last night, left fielder Michael Brantley had a costly mistake tonight. He appeared to be distracted by the base runner on 3rd, Victor Martinez, who had gone back to the base to tag up, and dropped a routine fly ball, which lead to 2 unearned runs.
This is a critical series for the Indians, as they battle the Tigers for first place in the Central Division. The Indians must win tomorrow to avoid the sweep if they want to stay close to the Tigers atop the Division standings. After the loss tonight, the Indians are 3.5 games out of first place.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 1 - Detroit Tigers 10