Player of the Game
Justin Masterson pitched the Indians first complete game of the season and was the ‘Player of the Game’ tonight. He scored a 5.93 good for his fourth award of the season.
The line on Masterson: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR. He faced the same number of batters as Peavy (29). If it was not for the back-to-back hits in the 1st inning off him, we would be talking about him just as much as Peavy. The only RBI he gave up was on a sacrifice fly to Adam Dunn in that 1st inning. He also recorded eight ground ball outs on the evening.
Peavy kept his fastball up in the zone all night long and the Indians recorded 10 fly ball outs.
Speaking of Santana, manager Manny Acta should consider taking him out of the clean-up spot for a while to regain his composure and confidence.
Travis Hafner was out of the lineup this evening with a strained rib cage muscle that he suffered in batting practice before the game. We will keep on eye on this because the Indians usually play coy about player injuries. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but the fans want to know and that is OUR job.
Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera were the only players in the lineup that had positive scores.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 0, Chicago White Sox 1