Player of the Game
With an amazing score of 1.27, Joe Smith was tonight's Player of the Game. Smith pitched one scoreless inning with a strikeout, earning him his second "Player of the Game" award this season. With a single and a double, Lonnie Chisenhall was a close second with a score of 0.93.
Jason Kipnis made his much anticipated Major League debut at second base for the Indians. Though he did not do much on offense, Kipnis showed off his defensive skills with a great play up the middle to retire Mark Teahan at first. Kipnis also showed how much of a team player he could be when he took one for the team: he refused to move out of the way of an inside pitch in the 8th inning, which brought Carlos Santana, the tying run, to the plate.
Lonnie Chisenhall tried to jump start the Indians offense in the 5th inning with a 2-out double. Austin Kearns followed with an infield single. The Indians were unable to capitalize, and remained shut out through 5.
Carlos Carrasco pitched a solid game, despite giving up a 3-run shot to Carlos Quentin in the 5th. Carrasco ended up pitching 6.1 innings, allowing 3 walks, 6 hits, and striking out 6.
The bullpen was able to keep the Indians in the game. Rafael Perez, Joe Smith, and Frank Herrmann pitched a combine 2.2 innings, allowing a total of 2 hits, 2 walks.
Carlos Carrasco had a slow start to the game, walking the first 2 batters he faced. Though he got out of the inning with no damage, it is never good to see a pitcher start a game with control issues. In the first inning alone, Carrasco made 23 pitches (9 Strikes, 14 Balls).
Cleveland's offense lacked the entire game. The Indians only had 3 base runners through 6, with only one of those (Lonnie Chisenhall) able to get into scoring position. The Indians ended the game with just 5 hits.
Final Score: Chicago White Sox 3 - Cleveland Indians 0