Masterson Outguns Darvish, Tribe wins 1-0
By RAY ROBINSON | 7/28/2013, 1:09 a.m.
Masterson outguns Darvish, Tribe wins 1-0
By Ray Robinson
Indians center fielder, Michael Bourn lined a solo home run over the right field fence to open the game on Saturday night at Progressive Field and that was all that was needed as the Indians placed another notch in the win column against the struggling Texas Rangers with a 1-0 victory.
The win, their third in a row, comes on the heels on a spectacular win Friday night that offered plenty of fireworks that culminated with a 11th inning walk-off homer supplied by Ryan Raburn. The Tribe finished off the
Rangers 11-8. It was the teams seventh walk off victory this year.
Saturday nights game had been hyped as being a pitchers duel delight and that is exactly what it became. However, when the dust cleared, Masterson would once again be crowned king of the hill. Still, both pitchers gave it all that they had, they showed all of their stuff and often.
Rangers ace, Yu Darvish, had the boys from Cleveland flustered and confused. His command was right on the money and he kept the game exciting and close. He struck out 11 Tribe batters during the evening scrum.
Masterson gave a stellar performance and his teammates were terrific in their defensive mode, making diving catches and some outstanding, if not nearly impossible stops, spins and throws for outs. Mastersons slider was working to perfection so he pounded the Rangers with it repeatedly.
In the eighth inning and with two outs, Masterson, having pitched 113 pitches, was yanked after slugger Nelson Cruz crushed a pitch sending it deep into center field for a single.
The crowd tried to keep manager Terry Francona from making the switch with cheers and plenty of accolades for Masterson's work, however, Francona went to the bullpen anyway.
Set-up man, Joe Smith came in and took care of business. Andre Beltre hit a hard one all the way back to the track, ending the eighth. Closer, Chris Perez stepped in in the ninth, did his business and got his 14th save of the season. Indians win 1-0.
The Indians improve to 55-48 and are 3 behind the Detroit Tigers for the AL Central lead. They look to sweep the weekend series from the Rangers on Sunday at Progressive Field.