When you score only two runs against the Yankees, your pitching needs to be great to come away with a victory; Jake Westbrook was only outstanding. Jake gave up only four hits in his eight innings, but two of them were home runs, the last of which was a crucial two-run homer in the eighth off the bat of Curtis Granderson. Jake made it through the eighth inning for only the second time this season, and if there weren't any interested parties in his services before tonight's game, there will be now. The official line from the Indians is that they would like to keep Westbrook around past this season, but with Cliff Lee and now Dan Haren off the market, he's going to be a very attractive fallback for a club who doesn't want to pony up for Roy Oswalt.
Javier Vazquez befuddled the Indians all night, bouncing back from a poor start against the Angels. The Indians scored two runs, one on a Travis Hafner bomb, the other on a Shin-Soo Choo double, and though all five of their hits were for extra bases couldn't manage anything more. Vazquez pitched into the eighth, but was pulled after walking Michael Brantley to open the inning. David Robertson, not Joba Chamberlain, was called upon to face Asdrubal Cabrera. The Indians tried to pull off a hit-and-run, but Cabrera fouled off the pitch; had he let the pitch go, Brantley probably would have stole the base. Instead, Brantley went back to first, and Cabrera later grounded into a double play, short-circuiting their last chance before Mariano Rivera's inning.
The Indians would bring the winning run to the plate in the ninth, as Carlos Santana got jammed but blooped a single into center field. But the next three hitters would ground out, and Santana ended the game at second base.
|Highest WPA||Lowest WPA|
|Shin-Soo Choo||.087||Asdrubal Cabrera||-.254|
|Carlos Santana||.064||Matt LaPorta||-.175|
|Chris Perez||.039||Jhonny Peralta||-.113|