Big Inning Sets Down Tribe and Masterson; Blue Jays 5, Indians 4
Adam Balog | On 13, May 2014
Tuesday night Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians faced off against the knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey and the Toronto Blue Jays. The difference was one big inning, with Toronto taking advantage and defeating the Indians, 5-4.
Great pitching from both sides controlled the first two innings of baseball in Toronto. Masterson got off to a good start by throwing just seven pitches in the first inning. Both the Indians and Blue Jays went three up three down the first two innings.
Mike Aviles got the first hit of the game in the third inning, with a single up the middle. Next Michael Bourn followed with a walk. Nick Swisher put the Indians on the board, with a two out single to right that short hopped Jose Bautista that allowed Aviles to score from second, giving Cleveland a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning Juan Francisco crushed his sixth home run of the year to right center to put the Blue Jays in front 2-1. Brett Lawrie and Josh Thole would reach base and put Masterson in a jam. Masterson would strike out Kevin Pillar, and get Reyes to ground out to shortstop to get out of the inning.
The Blue Jays stayed hot in the sixth inning. Masterson walked Cabrera and Jose Bautista followed with an infield single to third base that was knocked down by a diving Carlos Santana. Adam Lind then doubled to left to put the Blue Jays up 4-1. Toronto was not done there, after striking out Edwin Encarnacion, Francisco doubled to score Lind and make it 5-1. Masterson walked Lawrie, which lead to his departure of the game. Josh Outman came in from the bullpen to replace Masterson (2-2). Outman would get out of the inning by getting Thole to ground out to first and then getting Pillar to strike out.
The Indians came right back in the seventh inning. Asdrubal Cabrera led off with a single to right field. The next batter, David Murphy, reached on an error to second base and Yan Gomes was walked to load the bases. Lonnie Chisenhall was hit by the pitch to make it a 5-2 game. Dickey’s (4-3) night would be over, as Aaron Loup would come in to replace him. The next batter Bourn singled to make it a 5-3 game. Swisher kept the offense going with a sacrifice fly to right to make it 5-4.
John Axford, the Indians former closer, came in to pitch the bottom of the seventh inning to regain his confidence. Axford got Reyes and Cabrera to both ground out, and struck out Bautista.
Santana singled to center field to start the top of the eighth inning. Santana moved to second on a passed ball that popped out of Thole’s glove. Gomes singled to left field, which led to a play at the plate by a great throw from Melky Cabrera. Santana was called out on a bang-bang play. Indians manager Terry Francona decided not to use his challenge or ask the umpire to see if Thole was blocking the plate.
Mark Rzepczynski and CC Lee combined to pitch a scoreless eighth inning.
Casey Janssen came in to pitch the ninth inning for Toronto and earn his first save of the season. Bourn would single with two outs but the Indians couldn’t put a rally together. The Indians fell 5-4 to the Blue Jays. With the loss the Tribe falls to 18-21. Corey Kluber will face off against Dustin McGowan on Wednesday night.
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