Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 4/5/12

The longest home-opener in the history of Major League Baseball sends the Indians home as hard-luck losers. Following a masterful eight-inning performance by Justin Masterson — 8 IP, 10K, 1 BB, 1 ER — closer Chris Perez was all over the map, ultimately allowing three runs and the tie game. The bullpen would ultimately be depleted, leaving Jays catcher JP Arencibia to place a ball deep into the left field home run porch, plating three. This would all go down in front of the largest Opening Day crowd in Progressive Field history.

Blue Jays 7, Indians 4

Final 16   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   R   H   E Toronto 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 10 1 Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 0   WP: L. Perez (1-0) LP: J. Asencio (0-1) Toronto   AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg  Y. Escobar ss 8 1 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0.250 K. Johnson 2b 5 1 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 0.200 J. Bautista rf-1b-rf 4 1 3 2 1 2 1 0 0 0.750 A. Lind 1b 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.333     R. Davis pr-rf-lf 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.000 E. Encarnacion dh 7 0 2 2 0 0 3 0 2 0.286 B. Lawrie 3b 6 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 0.000 E. Thames lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0.000     O. Vizquel lf-1b 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 J.P. Arencibia c 7 1 1 3 1 0 3 0 2 0.143 C. Rasmus cf 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.000  Totals 56 7 10 7 2 7 16 0 16   Batting    Fielding 2B – Y Escobar (1, J Smith); A Lind (1, J Masterson); E Encarnacion (1, C Perez). E – C Rasmus (1, field).     HR – J Bautista (1, 4th inning off J Masterson 0 on, 1 Out), J Arencibia (1, 16th inning off J Asencio 2 on, 0 Out). DP – 3 (K Johnson-Y Escobar-A Lind, Y Escobar-A Lind, Y Escobar-K Johnson-J Bautista).     SF – J Bautista.       RBI – J Bautista 2 (2), E Encarnacion 2 (2), J Arencibia 3 (3).       Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – R Davis 3, E Encarnacion 1, E Thames 1, J Arencibia 1.       GIDP – A Lind, R Davis, E Thames.       Team LOB – 10.    Cleveland   AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg  M. Brantley cf 6 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.167 A. Cabrera ss 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0.143 S. Choo rf 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.250 C. Santana c 4 1 0 0 0 3 2 0 4 0.000 T. Hafner dh 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0.250     J. Donald pr-dh 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.000 S. Duncan lf 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.500     A. Cunningham pr-lf 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0.000 C. Kotchman 1b 7 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.000 J. Kipnis 2b 5 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 0.000 J. Hannahan 3b 6 1 2 3 1 0 2 0 0 0.333  Totals 49 4 7 4 1 11 12 0 18   Batting    Base Running 2B – M Brantley (1, R Romero); S Duncan (1, R Romero). CS – S Choo (1, 2nd base by J Frasor/J Arencibia).     HR – J Hannahan (1, 2nd inning off R Romero 2 on, 2 Out).       S – A Cunningham.       RBI – C Kotchman (1), J Hannahan 3 (3).       2-out RBI – J Hannahan 3.      Fielding Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – A Cabrera 1, C Santana 1, J Kipnis 2. DP – 3 (J Masterson-A Cabrera-C Kotchman, J Kipnis-A Cabrera-C Kotchman, J Hannahan-A Cabrera-J Kipnis).     GIDP – A Cabrera, T Hafner, C Kotchman.       Team LOB – 10.    

 

Toronto   IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA  R. Romero 5 3 4 4 3 4 1 1.20 7.20 J. Frasor 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 2.00 0.00 D. Oliver 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00 C. Janssen 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 2.00 0.00 F. Cordero 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.00 0.00 C. Villanueva 2.1 1 0 0 2 2 0 1.29 0.00 L. Perez (W, 1-0) 4 0 0 0 3 3 0 0.75 0.00 S. Santos 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.50 0.00                      Cleveland   IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA  J. Masterson 8 2 1 1 1 10 1 0.38 1.12 C. Perez (BS, 1) 0.2 3 3 3 2 0 0 7.50 40.50 V. Pestano 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.75 0.00 J. Smith 1.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.20 0.00 T. Sipp 1.1 0 0 0 2 2 0 1.50 0.00 J. Asencio (L, 0-1) 3 2 3 3 2 2 1 1.33 9.00                                         WP – J Masterson.                                       IBB – J Bautista (by T Sipp).                                       HBP – S Choo (by R Romero); K Johnson (by V Pestano).                                       Pitches-strikes – R Romero 96-55; J Frasor 21-10; D Oliver 12-7; C Janssen 20-11; F Cordero 11-6; C Villanueva 41-22; L Perez 62-34; S Santos 17-9; J Masterson 99-66; C Perez 30-16; V Pestano 25-18; J Smith 28-19; T Sipp 29-15; J Asencio 48-26.                     Ground balls-fly balls – R Romero 7-3; J Frasor 0-1; D Oliver 1-0; C Janssen 3-0; F Cordero 2-0; C Villanueva 3-2; L Perez 3-4; S Santos 2-0; J Masterson 10-3; C Perez 1-2; V Pestano 2-2; J Smith 3-2; T Sipp 1-1; J Asencio 3-3.                     Batters faced – R Romero 20; J Frasor 4; D Oliver 2; C Janssen 5; F Cordero 4; C Villanueva 10; L Perez 14; S Santos 3; J Masterson 27; C Perez 7; V Pestano 6; J Smith 6; T Sipp 6; J Asencio 13.                     Game Details                   Umpires: HP–Tim Welke. 1B–Mark Carlson. 2B–Mike Everitt. 3B–Paul Schrieber. Weather: 44 degrees, clear. Wind: 16 mph, in from right.
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