Roster Moves: Carlos Santana has been placed on the 7-day disabled list after suffering a mild concussion caused by a foul ball taken to the mask. Catcher Luke Carlin has been called up as his replacement. To make room for Carlin on the 40-man roster, the Indians transferred reliever Rafael Perez to the 60-day DL, able to be activated as early as June 25th.
Other recent injuries include Travis Hafner, who is listed as day-to-day with a sore knee, and Asdrubal Cabrera, who is also day-to-day with a sore hamstring. Jack Hannahan returned to the line up today after missing 11 games with a sore back.
Player of the Game
Jason Kipnis ran away with today's Player of the Game. Kipnis went 2-4 today, with 2 home runs, giving him 4 RBI and 2 runs scored. Kipnis was the main reason the Indians remained competitive in the game, keeping the score much closer than it could have been. His score of 8.78 gives him his 4th Player of the Game this season.
Tribe batters rallied in the top of the 3rd inning when Michael Brantley hit a bases-loaded double scoring Juan Diaz (walk), Lou Marson (single), and Shin-Soo Choo (hit by pitch). Jason Kipnis continued the rally when he hit a 2-run homer, scoring Brantley. The Indians scored 5 runs in the inning, at that time giving them a 5-4 lead.
The Indians offense scored 7 runs today, which is usually more than enough to win a ballgame.
Derek Lowe gave up a lot of hits early, allowing Chicago to take an early 4-0 advantage. After the Indians came back to take the lead in the top of the 3rd, Lowe was quick to give it away in the bottom of the 3rd. After just 2.1 innings pitched, Lowe gave up 8 runs on 10 hits.
The Indians kept fighting back and remained within a run until the bottom of the 7th inning when Joe Smith came on in relief. Smith had problems getting batters out, giving up 4 more runs (3 were earned) and giving the White Sox a 12-7 lead.
The injury bug hit the Indians hard, removing the 3-4-5 hitters from the line up. The Indians will play short-handed again tomorrow as they avoid the sweep.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 7 - Chicago White Sox 14