Friday, April 13, 2012

Tribe Wins & The Shelly Duncan Outfield Shift

Ned Yost employs an outfield shift against Indians left fielder Shelly Duncan
The Indians improved to 2-4 on the season by defeating the Kansas City Royals 8-3. They did their heavy lifting in the first inning scoring 7 times off Royals starter Luke Hochevar who seemed to be rattled by a check swing single on an excuse me swing by Shelly Duncan and a wind blown triple off the bat of Jason Kipnis. Asdrubal Cabrera capped the scoring by hitting a solo home run to straight away center in the 8th inning.

Indians starter Derek Lowe (2-0 1.98 ERA) worked 6.2 innings for the win and surrendered 3R/3ER on 11 hits while striking out 2 and walking 0. The Indians used a trio of relievers (Tony Sipp, Joe Smith, and Vinnie Pestano) to work the final 2.1 innings.

Close Call: Kotchman On/Off The Bag?






INDIANS BOXSCORE

ClevelandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brantley, CF5121012.136
Cabrera, A, SS5221001.250
Choo, RF4122120.227
Santana, C, C5010023.208
Hafner, DH5000013.200
Duncan, LF3111111.300
Cunningham, LF0000000.143
Kotchman, 1B4110001.120
Kipnis, 2B4112011.120
Hannahan, 3B3111100.316
Totals3881183812.196

BATTING
2B: Cabrera, A (2, Hochevar), Brantley (2, Hochevar).
3B: Kipnis (1, Hochevar).
HR: Cabrera, A (2, 9th inning off Herrera, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Kotchman; Santana, C; Kipnis 3; Duncan; Choo 2; Cabrera, A 6; Brantley 3; Hannahan.
RBI: Choo 2 (2), Duncan (3), Kipnis 2 (4), Hannahan (5), Brantley (1), Cabrera, A (2).
2-out RBI: Duncan; Kipnis 2; Hannahan; Brantley.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cabrera, A; Duncan; Kipnis; Brantley.
GIDP: Hafner.
Team RISP: 5-for-11.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Choo (2, 2nd base off Hochevar/Quintero), Kipnis (1, 2nd base off Teaford/Quintero).

FIELDING
DP: 3 (Kipnis-Cabrera, A-Kotchman 2, Kipnis-Kotchman).


ClevelandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lowe, D(W, 2-0)6.211330201.98
Sipp(H, 1)0.100000018.00
Smith, J1.01001102.25
Pestano1.00000202.45
Totals9.012331504.22

WP: Lowe, D, Sipp, Hochevar.
Pitches-strikes: Lowe, D 92-59, Sipp 2-1, Smith, J 18-11, Pestano 16-11, Hochevar 70-48, Teaford 71-43, Herrera 15-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lowe, D 8-6, Sipp 1-0, Smith, J 1-0, Pestano 1-0, Hochevar 4-2, Teaford 5-3, Herrera 0-1.
Batters faced: Lowe, D 29, Sipp 1, Smith, J 4, Pestano 3, Hochevar 22, Teaford 15, Herrera 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Sipp 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Paul Emmel. 1B: Gary Darling. 2B: Jerry Meals. 3B: Lance Barrett. 
Weather: 66 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 12 mph, R to L.
T: 2:39.
Att: 40,230.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media





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