Game 52: Indians 6, Blue Jays 3



Mitch Talbot got out of a first inning jam with a double play, and was very effective after that. After consecutive poor outings by Justin Masterson and Fausto Carmona, Talbot's 6.2 solid innings was a very pleasant and much-needed surprise.

After Talbot got out of the first, the Indians got on the board; Grady Sizemore dropped a double between the left and center fielders, scoring Carlos Santana from second. The Indians would score two more in the third inning on  three more hits, including a Michael Brantley triple. And the Indians would take control of the game with three consecutive hits in the fifth (thanks in large part to Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia dropping the ball at a play at the plat). Toronto starter Brandon Morrow, who has a very good fastball, gave up most of his hits on misplaced off-speed pitches.

The defense also was good. Jack Hannahan made two exceptional defensive plays, one a leaping grab of a line drive in the third, the other a pick play on a smash one-hopper later in the game.

The relievers were the only bad spot. Joe Smith allowed two inherited runs to score in the seventh, and Tony Sipp allowed a home run in the ninth, leading to Chris Perez's entrance.

 

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via www.fangraphs.com


Highest WPA Lowest WPA
Talbot .253 Buck -.067
Santana .143 LaPorta -.049
Brantley .127 O. Cabrera -.031
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