Player of the Game
Carlos Santana did a little bit of everything tonight, earning him the Player of the Game. His 3 run home run gave the Indians the lead and he added a hit and a walk to his stat line as well. Santana also threw out a runner attempting to steal and stole a base himself after his single. While stealing second, a terrible throw by A.J. Pierzynski allowed Santana to take third as well. Travis Hafner's 2 run home run and single put him in second place with a score of 5.40, while Santana scored a 6.58.
Matt LaPorta is third in the league in batting average with a .386 clip. Lonnie Chisenhall is also tearing the cover off the ball with a .326/.351/.562 line. Combined they have hit 13 home runs and knocked in 30. They also have 15 combined doubles and 32 runs scored. It isn't even fair. It's like these guys should be in a whole different league.
The Indians win and gain sole possession of first place to begin May. Chris Perez's save pushes him into a tie for the league lead in saves as well.
Casey Kotchman is currently hitting .143, worst in the league by 7 points. He and Aaron Cunningham combined have a total of 4 extra base hits and 6 RBI. These guys are totally outmatched. It's almost like these guys should be in a totally different league.
Johnny Damon left the game in the bottom of the 6th with PMS. Trainers say he should have stayed in Goodyear until the end of his cycle.
It's hard to get a chances with 5 runners in scoring position in a single game, but Shin-Soo Choo not only had those chances, he managed to go 0-4 during the game, stranding all 5 runners. He wasn't the only Indians hitter to with a RISPLOB tonight, Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana, Travis Hafner and Shelley Duncan had them as well, but he was the most prodigious.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 6 - Chicago White Sox 3