Player of the Game
With two scoreless innings in relief Jeremy Accardo wins tonight's Player of the Game. He and Nick Hagadone celebrated their Independence Day from Jairo Asencio as they proved that the Indians bullpen can still pitch well, even when the team is losing. Accardo ended the game with a score of 2.50 for his first award of the season.
This recap will have no less than three Will Smith references. The game was terrible, let's just get that out of the way and try to keep it light.
Justin Masterson was a Bad Boy tonight as he allowed 7 earned runs in just 6 innings against the hapless Royals. With the Indians lineup as depleted as it is it was extremely important for Masterson to be dominant and he simply wasn't.
Juan Diaz grounded into two double plays after Luke Carlin was safe on two separate errors against Royal's lefty Will Smith. If you want to see Smith beat up some more aliens make sure to head down to your local movie theatre to check out Men In Black 3. I'm sure it's a fantastic movie. I think if you bring your ticket stub to the Tower City theatre you can get a free popcorn even.
When Ned Yost came out to disagree with Dan Bellino in the first inning he should have saved his breath. Even tonight's starting pitcher could have told him, There's No Need To Argue, First Base Umps Just Don't Understand.
Play of the Game
The Indians got a couple walks off Will Smith to start the bottom of the first and a couple of hits to tie the game, but then this happened:
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 2 - Kansas City Royals 8