The Cleveland Indians started their 2013 season north of the border with a win over the Toronto Blue Jays. This was Indians manager Terry Francona’s first win with his new team. Justin Masterson pitched 6 innings giving up just 1 run and 3 hits. Masterson walked 4 and struck out 5 batters.
In his first at bat for the Indians, Tribe center fielder Michael Bourn was almost decapitated when R.A. Dickey the Blue Jays knuckle ball-er delivered the first pitch of the game. It was high and inside and almost took Bourn’s head off on the way by. Bourne would end up grounding out to second at his first at bat in an Indians uniform, however he would go 2 for 5 in the game and he scored a run also.
The Indians first run came in the 2nd inning off a Lonnie Chisenhall hall ground-out to the short-stop that drove in Michael Brantley. Then Drew Stubbs keep the scoring going with a single to left field that drove in Mark Reynolds the Indians D.H. who went hit-less as the Indians D>H. with one strike-out last night.
The Indians were on top 2-0 and never trailed for the rest of the game. It would be Asdrubal Cabrera who would help the Indians score their other 2 runs, Cabrera hot a two run blast to right-field (370 feet) to drive in Bourn and make it Indians 4 Toronto 1 and that is the way the game would end giving Francona his first win of the season.
Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez would both get some work in the game. Pestano worked one inning and struck out one and Perez would work the 9th striking out one also. It was a great team effort and a great team win.
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