Justin Masterson once again showed his importance to the Cleveland Indians with a sensational second shutout of the season to secure victory against the New York Yankees.
Following on from his shutout against the Chicago White Sox in April, Masterson has now become the first Cleveland pitcher to record two complete-game shutouts in the same season since Gred Swindell and Bud Black back in 1989.
The 28-year old pitched a four-hitter and kept the Yankees on the back-foot throughout the game, single-handily defending Jason Kipnis’ first innings home run and handing the New Yorkers their first defeat in five games.
Without superstar names Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira, the Yankees were retired four times and struck out nine by an unplayable Masterson and a very solid defence. The result was galling for fans betting MLB World Series.
New York’s best chance came in the second when they managed to load the bases on a pair of two-out infield singles sandwiched around a walk. But Masterson quickly saw to that threat by striking out No. 9 hitter Alberto Gonzalez.
It may not have been the most exciting game to watch, but there won’t be as many tense games this season and Cleveland manager Terry Francona was just delighted with his pitcher for securing the victory.
“Masty went out and did exactly what you want your ace to do. From the very first pitch of the game he had power, he had a breaking ball, he attacked hitters.”
“There was no wiggle room because we had one run and he made it stand. I get a big kick out of watching him because he enjoys pitching,” admitted a relieved Francona after the win to MLB betting news pundits on the Bet365 website.