Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 4/6/12
Justin Masterson and the Indians played what many would consider an ideal Opening Day game through the first eight innings Thursday against Toronto. The offense produced a solid four runs off Ricky Romero, Masterson struck out 10 and got another 11 batters to ground out in an eight-inning, one-run masterpiece start, and the Indians carried a 4-1 lead into the ninth. But then they handed the ball to Chris Perez, and things went downhill in a hurry. The Blue Jays needed just five batters to tie the game against Perez; he would face seven overall, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks, recording just two outs. Let’s take it hitter-by-hitter: Links lead to Brooks Baseball at-bat pages. None on, none out: vs. Yunel Escobar 0-0 91 MPH high inside ball 1-0 91 MPH low inside looking strike1-1 91 MPH middle middle line drive single center field Immediately one thing jumps out: Perez, a supposed flamethrower — one with a 94.3 MPH career average fastball and 93.4 MPH average fastball last
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