Player of the Game
In today's Cleveland Indians win against the Seattle Mariners, Justin Masterson won his first player of the game. Masterson pitched 6.1 innings, striking out 9 and allowing one earned run, which scored on a hit that was allowed by Rafael Perez. Justin only allowed 4 hits and 1 walk, while earning a win. His 'Player of the Game' score was 7.80. This is the third straight game that the player of the game set the record for highest score of the season. The second place player for the player of the game award was Chris 'Pure Rage' Perez, who scored 2.25 'POG' points. Perez pitched a perfect 9th striking out 2 and earning a one run save. The final team 'POG' score was 14.47, good for the Indians 6th win in a row.
The Indians win again, their 6th in a row, keeping them in first place in the Central Division. The Tribe has already won this series against the Mariners, giving them two series wins in a row, and will go for the sweep tomorrow.
Justin Masterson pitched beautifully against the Mariners, throwing 6 of shut-out baseball, while racking up 9 K's. Masterson's only run allowed came in the 7th when Rafael Perez allowed an inherited runner to score. Justin did it completely differently than in his first start, which was also a success, by using the strike out for his main weapon, instead of the ground ball. Masterson didn't strike out anyone in his first start.
Tony Sipp and Chris Perez both pitched well in relief again, earning a hold and a save respectively. Expect to see a lot more of this, this season.
The defense was a little shaky today on two separate plays. The first was a wild pitch that got by Carlos Santana, which in itself wasn't a big deal, but the runner advanced from first to third, because no one ran to pick up the ball by first. This probably should have been Matt LaPorta's play, because Santana had dove on the ground initially trying to stop the pitch. The second bad play was an error by Michael Brantley when he misplayed a single hit to center field.
Rafael Perez came into the game in the 7th with a runner on and walked the first batter. Perez worked his way out of it, only giving up one run, but it could have been much worse. Just about the worst thing a relief pitcher can do is walk the first batter they face.
Final Score: Indians 2 runs on 7 hits, Mariners 1 run on 6 hits.