Player of the Game
In today's battle of the Yu's (U's) pitching match-up, the underdog U came out on top. Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez pitched 7 shut out inning of baseball, striking out 6 Rangers hitters. In those 7 innings, Jimenez only allowed 2 hits, a single and a double. Ubaldo's Player of the Game score of 8.42 is the second highest score of any player this year.
Doesn't anyone ever listen to Rick Manning? If the sun is out, you need to be wearing sunglasses! In today's case, lack of sunglasses helped the Indians as Johnny Damon got credited with a single that Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler lost in the sun. This was the beginning of the Indians 3-run 3rd inning. After the single, Yu Darvish walked Jason Kipnis, and Asdrubal Cabrera doubled both runners in. Shin-Soo Choo would later single, scoring Cabrera after a throwing error by Elvis Andrus.
The Indians showed patience at the plate today, forcing Yu Darvish out after six innings. Indians hitters were taking Yu deep into counts, and walking a total of 5 times, 4 of those against, well, Yu know.
Jason Kipnis continued his 10-game hit streak today with a solo home run off Darvish. Kipnis now has 5 home runs on the year and a batting average of .300.
Vinny Pestano donimated once again. He relieved Tony Sipp in the 8th inning after Sipp had given up 2 runs. Pestano came in, lights out, and stuck out the only batter he saw that inning. Pestano has yet to let an inherited runner score this year.
Before today's game, did Yu think that the Indians would give Darvish his first loss in the Majors?
The Indians continue to play atop the AL Central division, after taking 2 of 3 from the Rangers this weekend. The Indians play a double header tomorrow against the 3rd Place White Sox.
Indians batters struck out 13 times today, 11 of those against, Yu guessed it, Yu Darvish.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 - Texas Rangers 2