Player of the Game
Justin Masterson won the game and his 13th Player of the Game of the year. He threw 6.2 innings, allowing just one run for a score of 5.86. Michael Brantley produced all the Indians runs and came in second with a score of 5.55.
Justin Masterson showed what he can do today, dominating the AL East leading Yankees, not allowing a hit or walk until two outs in the fourth inning. The game ended for Masterson with two outs in the 7th following a great performance. He only allowed a single run on seven hits and two walks while recording six strike outs.
Minor League Craziness: Justin Toole started off tonight’s game for the Carolina Mudcats in right field and hit a single in the first inning. In the second he moved to center field to take over for Delvi Cid and in the third he played left. He moved to the infield in the fourth as he took over first base, then continued his rotation as he played second in the fifth and short stop in the sixth. He played the seventh at the hot corner and caught the eight, calling two strike outs for reliever Rob Nixon. In the ninth with a four run lead, Justin Toole came in to close the game out and gave up two solo home runs. While this might not seem too impressive, he did strike out the last two batters to end the game. Before today, Toole had played 22 games at first, 31 games at second, 5 games at short, 17 games at third, 3 games in left field and 8 as a DH at three different minor league levels for the Indians. This is his first game as a pitcher this season, but he did throw one perfect inning in 2010 and the Indians have been talking lately of using him as a pitcher more often. Today was the first game of his career for him to play catcher, center field or right field. Former Florida Marlins manager (2010-2011) Edwin Rodriguez is the current manager for the Mudcats.
No possible negatives when the Indians end a nine game losing streak against the Yankees. The Feathers Down is simply that there was a nine game losing streak to begin with.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 3 – New York Yankees 1