Covering the Bases: Game 68

Major League Bastian


Indians 8, Reds 1

FIRST: Not one. Not two. Not three…

Four strong starts in a row now for Justin “Big Nasty” Masterson. The preacher’s son is rollin’ and the Indians are thanking the good Lord. On Wednesday night, Masterson was masterful — pun entirely intended — in a complete-game masterpiece (again, couldn’t help myself) against the Reds.

“We feel right now,” Indians manager Manny Acta said, “the way he’s throwing the ball over his last four outings, we have the guy that we had last year who, every five days, regardless of who’s pitching for the other side, we have a very good chance to be in the game.”

Over nine innings against the Reds, Masterson scattered three hits and allowed one unearned run (Jay Bruce reached on an error in the eighth and later scored on a groundout). The righty struck out nine and walked none. He…

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