Box Score: Indians 2, Pirates 0

For the second straight start, Justin Masterson was dominant, striking out nine and blanking the Pirates for seven strong innings, as the Tribe defeated the Buccos 2-0 in front of nearly 32,000 fans at Progressive Field. The Indians broke the scoreless tie in the third with a two-out RBI double by Carlos Santana on a full count that scored Asdrbual Cabrera. In the eighth inning, Michael Brantley extended his hit streak to 22 games with a single back up the middle that scored the second run of the game. Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez combined to finish the game off and put this one in the win column. Tomorow afternoon (4:05 start), Ubaldo Jimenez looks to turn in his third straight solid start (I know, I can’t believe I typed that either) against Pittsburgh’s A.J. Burnett.

Scoring Summary
Bot 3rd: Cleveland
– C. Santana doubled to shallow left, A. Cabrera scored
Bot 8th: Cleveland
– M. Brantley singled to shallow center, S. Choo scored, C. Santana to second
 Pittsburgh
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBSeason Avg
A. Presley lf400000102.227
N. Walker 2b402000110.270
A. McCutchen cf300001101.321
G. Jones dh400000203.250
C. McGehee 1b402000001.235
P. Alvarez 3b300001101.189
J. Tabata rf300001214.230
R. Barajas c300000101.228
J. Harrison ss201000100.225
 Totals300500310213
 Batting
2B – N Walker (12, J Masterson).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – A Presley 2, G Jones 1, C McGehee 1, J Tabata 2.
GIDP – J Tabata.
Team LOB – 7.
 Base Running
SB – N Walker (6, 2nd base off J Masterson/C Santana), J Tabata (8, 2nd base off J Masterson/C Santana).
CS – J Harrison (2, 2nd base by J Masterson/C Santana).
 Fielding
Outfield assists – A Presley.
DP – 1 (A Presley-R Barajas).
 Cleveland
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBSeason Avg
S. Choo rf310001210.269
A. Cabrera ss210002201.296
J. Kipnis 2b400000203.275
C. Santana c301101001.230
M. Brantley cf401100001.284
J. Damon lf301000100.180
    A. Cunningham lf100000102.185
C. Kotchman 1b302000000.219
L. Chisenhall dh201000000.227
    J. Lopez ph-dh100000002.250
J. Hannahan 3b300000004.269
 Totals29262048114
 Batting
2B – C Santana (10, J McDonald).
RBI – C Santana (29), M Brantley (30).
2-out RBI – C Santana, M Brantley.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – M Brantley 1, A Cunningham 1, J Hannahan 1.
Team LOB – 7.
 Base Running
SB – S Choo (9, 2nd base off J Grilli/R Barajas).
 Fielding
DP – 1 (J Kipnis-A Cabrera-C Kotchman).
 Pittsburgh
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPSeason ERA
J. McDonald (L, 5-3)6.03112500.982.32
T. Watson1.02000001.204.05
J. Grilli0.20112201.141.82
J. Cruz0.11000101.631.99
 Cleveland
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPSeason ERA
J. Masterson (W, 3-6)7.04003901.404.38
V. Pestano (H, 16)1.00000101.052.10
C. Perez (S, 21)1.01000001.032.49
WP – J Masterson.
HBP – J Harrison (by J Masterson).
Pitches-strikes – J McDonald 101-54; T Watson 10-9; J Grilli 24-12; J Cruz 8-5; J Masterson 109-70; V Pestano 9-8; C Perez 5-3.
Ground balls-fly balls – J McDonald 3-10; T Watson 1-1; J Grilli 0-0; J Cruz 0-0; J Masterson 5-6; V Pestano 0-2; C Perez 1-1.
Batters faced – J McDonald 23; T Watson 4; J Grilli 4; J Cruz 2; J Masterson 28; V Pestano 3; C Perez 3.
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Lance Barksdale. 1B–Fieldin Culbreth. 2B–Adrian Johnson. 3B–Gary Cederstrom.
Weather: 72 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 13 mph, in from center.
  • Hypno_Toad

    31,000+ down at the ballpark tonight. Great to see.