Player of the Game
Kosuke Fukudome provided the only Indians offense tonight with his third home run as an Indian in the 7th inning, giving the Indians their only run of the night. He was tonight’s “Player of the Game” with a score of 2.93. Nick Hagadone came in second tonight with a score of 2.27.
Luis Valbuena and Jason Kipnis returned to the ball club today, Valbuena from AAA Columbus and Kipnis from the DL. The Indians might finally be able to take advantage of the expanded September roster, and hopefully Kipnis can continue smashing the ball like he did before the injury.
Nick Hagadone had a great appearance in relief tonight. He pitched 2 innings, giving up just one hit and striking out 2.
Fausto Carmona had a rocky first inning after retiring the first two batters. A two-out walk, single, balk, and five more singles gave the Tigers a 5-0 lead before the Indians even had a chance to bat. Carmona pitched just and inning and a third before being pulled from the game. Carmona gave up 7 runs on 8 hits in his very short outing tonight. Of course, it doesn't matter how many runs you give up when your offense can only score you one run.
The Indians elimination number is down to 14, meaning any combination of 14 Indians losses and Tigers wins will mathematically eliminate the Indians from playoff contention. Starting postgame tomorrow the E# will be listed underneath the Central Division standings on the right side of the page. Coming into the series it was a much more manageable 18, but the Tribe has lost to the only team they could absolutely not afford to lose to. A loss in tomorrow's game could be the final nail in the coffin for the 2011 Cleveland Indians.
Final Score: Detroit Tigers 10 - Cleveland Indians 1