(6-2) Masterson vs Hernandez (5-2)! In the most anticipated game of this series with the Indians and the Mariners both bringing out their aces to battle it out it was the tribes Justin Masterson once again coming out on top with a 6-0 shut out!
In front of a crowd of almost 20,000, including Kevin Costner, the tribes ace worked with the same power and comand hes had in his past couple starts. Working from ahead in his counts and never looking back he sailed through 7 shut out innings lowering his ERA from 3.14 to 2.83 allowing only 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out just 1 shy of his career high 12 with a new season high of 11! Masterson, with these 7 innings, has now extended his shut out streak to 19 consecutive innings! He has now won his past 4 starts this being his 2nd straight shut out win and his 4th total on the season!
I’m glad to see him back to winning. All pitchers have their ups and downs but after that small but noticable slump he had been in it’s good to see him back pitching the way we all know he can. It just shows in his past outings how much he’s willing to work to say at the top of his game. I mean not only has he been getting better with every start since his slump but he’s better than he was even before that! That’s something I think he’ll remember over the season and be able to use to his advantage when he has an off day.
Being held to his shortest start and most runs allowed on the season with 6 runs in only 5 innings Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was no match for the tribe batters working behind Masterson in this one! Once again striking early the tribe scored 2 in the 2nd, then a Michael Brantley 3 run homer in the 3rd put them up 5-0, and a strange play in the 4th put up their last run when Drew stubbs hit a groundball out about 10 feet and aviles was able to score from 2nd because after getting Stubbs out nobody was covering for the out at homeplate. Those 6 runs were on 8 hits with 5 earned. Hernandez struck out 8, walked 2, and racked up a pitch count of 107 in those 5 innings.
Felix Hernandez is now the 7th Former Cy Young award winner the tribe has beat this season. They have now won 4 straight and sit in 1st place in the A.L. Central with a record of 25-17!