Player of the Game
Justin Masterson was dominant again and struck out 10 batters in seven innings. He allowed just two singles during his time in the game and a single run. It is his team leading 7th Player of the Game (tied with Jason Kipnis), but just his first since May 19th.
The Indians were able to take advantage of off days and move Justin Masterson up a spot in the rotation for the fourth time this year. This has allowed him to make 16 starts, three more than Ubaldo Jimenez and four more than Scott Kazmir and Corey Kluber. With less than four dependable men in the starting rotation, throwing Masterson as often as possible is the best thing the Indians can do to win.
There is something to be said about playing the numbers and it worked for Terry Francona tonight. Coming into the game, Gio Gonzalez had shut out the Indians for almost 20 straight innings, but one new signing, Ryan Raburn had seen a lot of success against the Nationals starter. Francon...