Your Cleveland Indians, losers of five straight and seven of eight, arrived back in Cleveland in dire need of a pick me up. “We needed to get a victory because we’ve been playing good baseball without much to show for it,” said last night’s starter Justin Masterson. The Big Nasty was the perfect pitcher to take the mound to attempt to end the skid. This is his job as the Tribe’s ace. Be a “stopper,” and streak-buster. Go out, give your team a solid pitching performance and hope that the offense takes care of the rest.
That is pretty much what happened last night as the Tribe took down the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field.
It didn’t start out that way as in the top of the first, all-world first baseman Joey Votto took Masterson deep over the center field fence for a solo homer. Votto is such a stud at the plate (Did I mention I still can’t believe that Terry Francona allowed Nick Hagadone to face Votto with first base open in a tie game in the eighth inning Monday night? I swear, I will let it go!). But from that point forward, Masterson was in control. [Read more...]