Masterson Struggles And Tribe Falls; Reds 12, Indians 7
By Mike Brandyberry
I guess this is why they play exhibition games.
A day after Ubaldo Jimenez gave up five runs in the first inning, Justin Masterson allowed six runs in an inning and a third, giving the Reds an early lead and coasting to a 12-7 victory in Goodyear, Arizona. Masterson allowed a run in the first inning before allowing five more while only recording an out in the second inning. Masterson threw 45 pitches, only 25 strikes.
Derek Lowe and Zach McAllister each pitched two scoreless innings and were impressive in their efforts, however, Tony Sipp and Dan Wheeler were batted around by the Reds offense. Wheeler allowed four earned runs in his inning of work. He is one of the spring invitees vying for one of the two available bullpen spots. As a veteran who has had success at the big league level, Wheeler is expected to have an inside track.
Despite the seven runs the Indians scored, most came in the later innings. Carlos Santana homered, Jason Kipnis doubled and Michael Brantley tripled to account for the notable offense for the Tribe starters. Juan Diaz had two hits for the Tribe and Ryan Spilborghs drove in a run. Spilborghs is fighting for a position in the Tribe outfield.
Tuesday’s Cactus League game will be in Goodyear against the Kansas City Royals. Kevin Slowey gets the start tomorrow as he competes for the fifth starter’s spot. Jeremy Accardo, Scott Barnes, Nick Hagadone, Vinnie Pestano and Chris Ray will also be available to pitch for Cleveland. No radio or television broadcast, but the game can be found on Indians.com.
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