Player of the Game
Pitching 2.2 innings allowing just one run to score, Chad Durbin won his 3rd “Player of the Game” award of the season. This is the least amount of points any player has needed all season to win. On a side note, Carlos Carrasco recorded the lowest “Player of the Game” score (-10.35) since Fausto Carmona’s score of -12.63 on opening day. Carrasco also ended the streak of 4 straight starting pitchers winning “Player of the Game” honors.
Kosuke Fukudome made his Cleveland Indians debut tonight. He did not do anything spectacular (0-4), but it is nice to see a fresh face in the Indians outfield. Once the Indians put their strongest lineup on the field, it will be interesting to see how Fukudome can help this team.
The Indians got a hit today, as a matter of fact, they got 5. Though, they produced more runs when they did not get any hits last time, it is nice to see that the ball is being hit into play and runners are getting on.
The bullpen ate up some innings tonight after the abrupt departure of Carlos Carrasco. Chad Durbin pitched 2.1 innings only allowing one run. Frank Herrmann then took over pitching 2 innings. Rafael Perez pitched a scoreless ninth. With the use of the bullpen today, we can only hope that Justin Masterson has a solid start tomorrow.
The defense today was a big improvement over last game. The Indians did not have any errors tonight, as compared to 5, two nights ago.
Carlos Carrasco did not come out strong tonight. In the first inning alone, he allowed two earned runs on a single, a home run, a double, and a walk. In the second inning, he allowed another home run, this time to Alex Gordon. Carlos Carrasco has allowed at least one home run in each of the last 7 games he has pitched. Carrasco took the third inning off, as far as giving up home runs, but made up for it in the fourth by giving up a grand slam to Melky Cabrera. Carrasco was so frustrated, he decided it was a good idea to throw at the head of Billy Butler, the next batter. Needless to say, home plate umpire Scott Barry did not think this was a good idea and ejected Carlos Carrasco from the game.
Final Score: Kansas City Royals 12 - Cleveland Indians 0