Player of the Game
Justin Masterson’s inability to earn a win has not kept him from winning the ‘Player of the Game’. He won for his 6th time today after pitching 6.2 innings and not allowing an earned run. Masterson struck out 5 and only allowed 4 hits, earning him a ‘POG’ score of 5.40, his best start of his last 7. Only one Indians hitter (Michael Brantley 1.35) and one other Indians pitcher (Vinnie Pestano 1.27) had a score of over one today.
Matt LaPorta is progressing well in his rehab and will be reevaluated shortly. Hopefully he will return to the lineup as soon as his 15 days are up. Until he comes back you can expect a lot more low scoring games from the Tribe as they are playing without their top three power hitters in LaPorta, Travis Hafner and Shin-Soo Choo.
The starters have done a good job giving the bullpen some time to rest as Carlos Carrasco and Justin Masterson combined to pitch 14.2 innings of the 16 innings pitched in the two games. The Bullpen Mafia needed this time off so they could spend their energy on more important things like stealing flags and fighting protesters.
Indians pitching has only given up one earned run over the past two games against the Giants…
…But the Indians defense has given up 4 unearned runs which cost the Tribe both games. Today it was Cord Phelps with 2 errors leading to one unearned run.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 0 – San Francisco Giants 1