The Cleveland Indians didn't need much offense in the first game of their afternoon double-header against the New York Yankees. Justin Masterson picked up his 6th win of the season by pitching 9 innings of shut out baseball for his Indians this afternoon.
This is just what Francona needed. he wanted to save his bull-pen and Masterson helped him out by throwing a complete game. Masterson has pitched well all season. Today, he looked stronger as the game went on.
Masterson only allowed 4 hits. The Yankees couldn't adjust to the way he was throwing the ball this afternoon. He was able to strike out, 9 Yankees and only issued, 3 walks. The Indians didn't have much offense in the game and they didn't need much either.
Their only run came off a first at bat home run by Jason Kipnis. How nice is it to see Kipnis turning things around this season? The guy never fails to amaze me. At first you think he needs some time down in triple A and then he turns it up a notch.
The Indians are at the pint in the season, (36 games in) that Kipnis seems to be getting comfortable at the plate. He seems to have found some of the missing confidence we saw a couple of weeks ago. It couldn't have come at a better time.
With the Indians sharing first place with the Tigers, they needed Kipnis to get hot at the plate. A lot of people thought coming into this season the Tribe would be a .500 ball-club. I disagree. If this team can stay healthy and they stay healthy throughout the second half of he season. I see them as contenders.
With the win over the Yankees in game 1 this afternoon, the Indians move into first place all alone, a half of a game ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the A.L. Central. Lets hope they cone take 2 from New York before this day is over. At the time of this article, the Yankees are on top, 3-0 in the 7th inning.
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