Player of the Game
Ezequiel Carrera takes the 'Player of the Game' for basically scoring the first run all by himself. He singled then, when the pitcher tried to pick him off at first, went all the way to third on the overthrow. Carlos Santana quickly followed with a one out sacrifice fly to bring him in and the Indians stopped scoring for the night, almost before they started. David Huff earns bum of the game for allowing all 5 runs in just 6 innings. Huff allowed 6 hits, including 3 extra base hits, to effectively destroy any chance the Indians had at winning this game.
It's not that bad that the Indians lost today. They faced a Cy Young caliber pitcher in Jeff Francis and are so far up in the divisional standings, there's no way Detroit can catch up.
The White Sox lost to the Tigers for the second day in a row and Detroit looks to sweep tomorrow. While this may seem nice as it places the White Sox further behind the Tribe, the Indians really needed the White Sox to help bring Detroit down a game or two. The next series against Detroit could make or break 2011 for the Cleveland Indians.
Jared Head started his career going one for one, but has fallen off a bit late, going 0 for his last 18. Head has been a defensive upgrade over Shelley Duncan and Austin Kearns, but is an obvious step down from Michael Brantley. Too make what could be a long note short, Indians fans won't be sad to see the return of Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo in the coming weeks. Head did get his first career steal today after being safe on an error. The steal came on what looked like a botched hit and run. I look forward to seeing the tens of steals that Head will get over the rest of his career.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 1 - Kansas City Royals 5