Player of the Game
Jason Kipnis scored 7.31 points tonight as he won his 6th Player of the Game of the season. With Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner out, Kipnis is taking over the leading role of RBI man on this team. Tonight he had a single and a steal to go along with the Indians first grand slam of the year. Derek Lowe (6.13) and Lonnie Chisenhall (5.61) each had scores over 5.00 as well. The Indians team score of 27.31 was their highest since April 15th against the Royals when they won 13-7.
Lonnie Chisenhall is on fire as the little mustach beat the big mustache (Carl Pavano). Lonnie hit his second home run of the season in just four games and added two singles and a steal as well. You can and should vote for Lonnie Chisenhall to win the Golden Groomer Award by tweeting Lonnie Chisenhall with the hashtag #GoldenGroomerAward
Starting with Jeanmar Gomez's start on May 19th the Indians went almost two full times through the rotation with great starts every night. Gomez ended that streak with his performance on May 30th and started a new streak of terrible starts that lasted one time through the rotation. Lowe's start tonight was the best Indians start since Gomez on May 25th and ends the streak of awfulness.
Just as I predicted, Derek Lowe pitched masterfully and the Indians dominated the Twins all night. Look for this to continue on throughout the series and the rest of the season as the Twins continue to swing and miss as they try to break their way out of that paper bag.
A couple defensive miscues cost the Indians a run in the 7th. Derek Lowe bobbled a ball at first and Johnny Damon booted a ball in left as the Twins only run scored. While it didn't matter in this game, it could matter in another game. The Indians need to clean up their defense as a whole if they want to compete.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 7 - Minnesota Twins 1