Player of the Game
With a Player of the Game score of 4.46, Josh Tomlin won his 7th “PoG” Award of the season. His 7th “PoG” ties him for third on the team for the year. Tomlin pitched 8 innings with 2 runs allowed on 4 hits in his loss to the Angels. Matt LaPorta, with his solo shot in the bottom of the 7th, took second place honors tonight with a score of 2.79.
Jason Kipnis got the first extra base hit of his career with a double in the third. This was the second hit of his young career, with the first coming walk-off style last night to win the game.
The great pitching tonight by both Jared Weaver and Josh Tomlin made for some exciting baseball. Josh Tomlin pitched a gem of a game, allowing just 2 earned runs on 4 hits in 8 strong inning. At one point in the game, Tomlin retired 12 straight Angel batters. He showed great control tonight, just walking one batter, an intentional walk to Kendrick in the 7th inning.
Matt Laporta ruined Jared Weaver’s shutout by taking him deep in the bottom of the 7th inning. That was only the 6th home run surrendered by Weaver this season, and the first one since June 8th.
Justin Germano pitched a perfect game for the Columbus Clippers tonight. This has nothing to do with the Indians game tonight, but it is a great glimpse of what the Indians have in store for the future. Congratulations, Justin!
Get ‘em on, Get ‘em over, leave ‘em stranded? In both the third and the fourth innings, the Indians did a great job of getting runners on and playing small ball to get them over, but they failed to get them in. In a pitcher’s duel, like the one we saw today between Jared Weaver and Josh Tomlin, every run is critical. The Indians need to take advantage of every scoring situation they get. In the bottom of the 9th, with the bases loaded and 0 outs, the Indians were unable to score any runs.
Once again, the starting pitcher made a strong appearance and did not get the win. Tonight, it was due to the lack of run support.
Final Score: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 - Cleveland Indians 1