This Indians entered this game really struggling. They’d lost five straight for the second time this season and in the midst of a tough stretch of games that included two more games against a Cincinnati Reds team that has been as hot as the Indians are cold. The good news is that ace Justin Masterson would be taking the hill to try and stop the losing streak.
The Whole Nine
1. Masterson was absolutely dominating in the first three innings of this game. He made one mistake, and Joey Votto did what he usually does to mistakes – hit it out of the park. Other than that, it was apparent from the start that he had some of his best stuff going in this game. He did struggle with control later on, but Masterson gave the team the start they needed to get back on the winning track.
2. We’ve seen this before (particularly his April 17th start), where Justin Masterson is able to work himself out of a big jam. With the based loaded, no outs, and the team leading by one run, Ma...