In the midst of rapid-fire trades, the Indians managed to play a game..and win, too!
Jake Westbrook was scheduled to start, but was scratched when the Indians traded him to the Cardinals, making the third rotation vacancy in a week. Josh Tomlin, who had shone in his major-league against the Yankees, was tabbed to take the mound on three days rest. Tomlin only pitched into the sixth inning, but given the circumstances was more than the Indians could have hoped for. Josh had more trouble today than in his first start, running into major trouble in the third, but retired Yunel Escobar and the white-hot Jose Bautista with the bases loaded. He gave up his only run of the game on a home run off the bat of Jose Molina. After the Jays ran themselves into an out, Manny Acta pulled him with one out in the sixth. Jensen Lewis gave up a line shot, but since it was right at Matt LaPorta's glove, the Indians doubled up Vernon Wells to end the inning.
The bullpen, after getting a night off yesterday, rose to the occasion. After the Indians took the lead on a Shin-Soo Choo double in the top of the seventh, Joe Smith got out of the bottom of the inning unscathed, no thanks to a Jayson Nix error; after the error, he induced Molina to ground into a double play. Smith would pitch a 1-2-3 eighth, though the Indians defenders made a couple of routine plays way too exciting. And Chris Perez, after allowing the first two runners to reach in the ninth, pitched his way out of the jam by striking out Edwin Encarnacion and pinch hitter Travis Snider with the bases loaded. Kerry Wood wasn't going to pitch the ninth even if he hadn't been traded, but Perez's save and Wood's trade made a nice juxtaposition, the former hopefully a preview of many successful years to come, the latter the departure of an ill-fitting free agent closer.
|Highest WPA||Lowest WPA|
|Joe Smith||.259||Jayson Nix||-.207|
|Chris Perez||.207||Chris Gimenez||-.202|
|Shin-Soo Choo||.195||Trevor Crowe||-.136|