Roster Update: With a double header scheduled today, the Indians and Royals were allowed to add a 26th man to the roster. The Indians chose to add left handed reliever Scott Barnes, which should be very useful after they used the entire bullpen in last night's loss. The Indians made another move as well, placing Lou Marson back on the 15 day DL and bringing back Yan Gomes after just two games in Columbus.
Player of the Game
Asdrubal Cabrera takes the Player of the Game for the atrocious game one loss with his 3-4 performance. He was the only player in the lineup with more than two hits and one of two with an extra base hit. His double helped him to a POG score of 1.03. Justin Masterson had his worst game of the year with a score of -4.05.
Essentially, the Indians have 11 pitchers to throw 18 innings today with a further (expected) stipulation that no pitcher will be allowed to pitch in both games. Justin Masterson helped the Indians make the most of this situation by throwing the first 6.1 innings by himself. While he did allow six runs, he still pitched well and could have won the game with a little offensive support.
One of the Indians struggling top of the lineup hitters seems to be pulling through a little bit as Asdrubal Cabrera was the sole productive member of the Indians offense today, going three for four with a double. The outburst raised his batting average to an impressive .194.
In the second and fourth innings Justin Masterson got two quick outs before walking Mike Moustakas on four straight pitches. Each time the following two batters each got hits, scoring the Royals first three runs, all of which were knocked in with two outs.
The Indians were unable to do anything today against their former first round draft pick, Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie threw the Royals first 6.2 innings and allowed just six hits while shutting out the Tribe.
Matt Albers hit a batter and walked in a run (the fifth time the Royals have accomplished this in 2013), when he was brought into the game for Masterson. To this point in the season, Albers has definitely been the weakest part of a fantastic bullpen. It was the third run allowed by Indians pitching somehow related to a walk, something the staff must avoid until the Indians learn how to hit the ball.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 0 - Kansas City Royals 9