Player of the Game
Lonnie Chisenhall was fantastic today, posting what was probably his best game of his career. He scored 7.54 points with a single, triple and home run along with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Chisenhall also fielded his position well as he handled many attempts without any issues at all. The only drawback from his game was a caught stealing after he hit his single.
The Indians scored some runs tonight with actual hits instead of ground outs and then they did it some more. Shin-Soo Choo and Lonnie Chisenhall each had multiple RBI hits and Casey Kotchman had one as well. When all was said and done, the Tribe offense put up more runs tonight against Cincinnati than they did during the entire series against Pittsburgh.
Lonnie Chisenhall was a double away from the cycle and was on top of the ball all night as he looked better than he has all season. He hadn't knocked in a run since he hit his second home run of the season in his 4th game played.
Milestone Alert: Johnny Damon currently sits alone at 35th in at bats in Major League history with 9,650.
The Indians 2-4 hitters went 1-11 tonight with one walk being their only other contribution. This actually isn't that bad of a note since Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis (#2 and #3) have been playing extremely well all season (as can be seen by their rankings in voting for the All-Star Game). The fact that the Indians were able to score double digits without those two players is extremely impressive.
It was another day to forget for Derek Lowe and the good thing for him is that people probably will. Lowe allowed 7 runs on 11 hits through just 5 innings and has now severely struggled in 3 of his last 5 starts. Unlike some of his other problem starts, however, today he was leaving balls up in the strike zone and allowing very solid contact. It may be time to thank Derek for his amazing job during the first half of the season and start looking towards getting Zach McAllister ready for the stretch.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 10 - Cincinnati Reds 9