Originally written June 26, 2012 on Burning River Baseball:
Player of the Game Maybe it's a good thing that Jack Hannahan was ejected tonight. His replacement, Jose Lopez, took advantage of his only at bat with a 3-run home run in the 9th inning. In just one at bat, Lopez scored 5.75 points, winning him his 6th Player of the Game and his 2nd in 3 games. Feathers Up The Indians did not get shut out due to a rally in the top of the 9th inning. The Indians decided to finally start hitting very late in the game. They only had 6 hits going into the inning and added 4 more hits and put 4 runs on the board, avoiding the shut out and forcing the Yankees to bring in their closer. Feathers Down Justin Masterson was not the same pitcher that he had been his last 3 starts. He lacked command tonight and the Yankees took advantage of their opportunities. Masterson had thrown 58 pitches by the end of the 2nd inning. To his credit, though, Jack Hannahan did not make a play that he should have, which prolonged the inning. Masterson ended the day...
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