Player of the Game
In dramatic fashion, Hero Matt LaPorta took tonight's "Player of the Game" honors. He did it with his walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning. The home run, along with a double and great offensive play earlier in the game, gave LaPorta a PoG score of 6.11. Justin Masterson had a solid outing tonight and came in second with a PoG score of 5.04.
Justin Masterson had a solid appearance today. He pitched 8+ innings and gave up just 2 runs on 9 hits. He was able to keep the Indians in the game all night, setting up the come-from-behind win. Masterson had great control all night, walking just one batter. He kept his pitch count low so he was able to pitch into the 9th inning.
Few plays in baseball are more exciting than a walk-off win at home. The Indians fought hard all game to stay within a few runs. Their offense finally came around in the 8th inning, scoring their first run in 24 innings. This momentum carried over to the 9th. A hit batter and a double set up for the tying run to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kosuke Fukudome. Lonnie Chisenhall then drew his third walk of the night, bringing Hero Matt LaPorta to the plate, who blasted a 3-run shot off the railing in left field.
Trade rumors have been stirring, and the Indians welcome Ubaldo Jimenez to the starting rotation. The Indians gave up four prospects in the deal. Stayed tuned to the site for more details regarding this transaction.
In the trade mentioned above, the Indians gave up one of their top pitching prospects, Drew Pomeranz, who was just drafted last year.
Final Score: Kansas City Royals 2 - Cleveland Indians 5