Game 85: Rays 5, Indians 2

The guy on the left has only four less home runs than the guy on the right.

Jake Westbrook gave up all five runs on three home runs, normally not the way he gives up runs. Two of the home runs came off the bat of Carl Crawford, and they both looked like hanging sliders or possibly changeups. Jake's been striking out more batters recently with sliders and changeups, but throwing more offspeed pitches brings with it more hangers.

The Indians likewise scored all their runs on home runs as well. Michael Brantley led off the game with his first major-league home run, and Andy Marte added a solo shot in the second. Brantley had hit just 15 home runs in his professional career, but the way he jumped on the Wade Davis fastball you'd think he'd been hitting 15 home runs a season in the minors. Marte's home run was his second of the season. Tonight's game marked the first time this season Andy had started three games in a row, and given how Jhonny Peralta's playing, it might make sense to give him a start at third tomorrow, assuming Matt LaPorta's back in the lineup.

After Carlos Pena's solo shot made it 5-2, Jake did settle down and pitch through the sixth inning (striking out seven without walking a batter), but the damage had already been done. The Indians couldn't take advantage of Davis in the first couple innings, and they couldn't put another run on the board.

 

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via www.fangraphs.com


Highest WPA Lowest WPA
Andy Marte .066 Jake Westbrook -.274
Jason Donald .057 Jhonny Peralta -.150
Carlos Santana .030 Jayson Nix -.113
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