Player of the Game
Carlos Santana was today’s Player of the Game with a score of 1.53. Santana contributed a single and an RBI, walking with the bases loaded. Justin Masterson was a close second with a score of 1.39 in his loss today.
Jared Head made his Major League debut today as the Indians left fielder. He received his first big league hit in his first at bat with a weak ground ball past the pitcher. With the injuries to Choo and Brantley, Head will probably see a lot of playing time.
Minimize the damage, that’s what Justin Masterson did today. Masterson did not have his greatest start, but he kept his team within striking distance. Despite giving up 9 hits in 6 innings, all of which were singles, only two of those runners came around to score.
The Indians lose Michael Brantley for the rest of the season. Brantley, who has been battling a hand injury for the past few weeks, will have season-ending surgery. Shin-Soo Choo is also out the next few days with a strained left oblique.
The Indians offense was quiet today after scoring 8 runs last night. The only scored one run today, and it came on a bases-loaded walk. They only had 5 hits, all of which were singles, and did not get a single hit past the 3rd inning. Bottom line is that you have to score runs to win games.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 1 - Kansas City Royals 2